By Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, t
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves. Sikorski, who until September served as Poland's foreign minister, was quoted telling U.S. website Politico that Putin made the proposal during Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk'
By Walter Brandimarte and Alonso Soto RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff is gaining momentum but remains locked in a dead heat with challenger Aecio Neves ahead of Sunday's runoff to Brazil's presidential election, two surveys showed on Monday. Centrist candidate Neves lost a slight but statistically insignificant lead over leftist Rousseff for the first time since the
By Ayman al-Warfalli and Feras Bosalum BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Libya's beleaguered elected parliament has declared a formal alliance with a renegade former general, as it struggles to assert some authority in a country many fear is sliding into outright civil war. Three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, the oil-producing desert state is in chaos, with Islamists and other militias
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Two Canadian soldiers were injured in a hit-and-run in the province of Quebec on Monday by a male driver who was later shot dead by police officers, said a spokesman for the Surete du Quebec, the provincial police force. The incident took place in the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, around 40 km (25 miles) southeast of Montreal. After the collision the driver sped off and wa
By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - At least 33 people were killed in a suicide bombing and gun attacks in central Yemen, tribal sources and medics said on Monday, as al Qaeda fighters seized a Yemeni city in a new challenge to the central government. Violence has spread in Yemen since Shi'ite Muslim Houthis took over the capital, Sanaa, last month, threatening the stability of a country that bo
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rape and other forms of sexual violence by all sides in South Sudan's civil war have become so widespread that a 2-year-old child was among the victims, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict said on Monday. "In my 30 years of experience, I've never witnessed anything like what I saw in Bentiu," Zainab Hawa Bangura told
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Supreme Court justice linked to former President Ricardo Martinelli was suspended on Monday over corruption charges in a landmark corruption case that has mesmerized much of Panama.
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal appeals court has opened the door for Syngenta Seeds to revive a lawsuit it brought against Bunge North America in 2011 over the agribusiness company's refusal of a type of genetically modified corn. An opinion in the case came on Monday as Syngenta and its parent company, Swiss-based Syngenta AG, have become the target of lawsuits over the same variet
By Brian Winter BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) - He remains the one true rock star of Brazilian politics, introduced to an adoring crowd of thousands over the weekend as "our eternal president." Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 68, is back on the campaign trail after a brief hiatus, hoping that a burst of his signature charisma and rapport with the poor will be enough to push his chosen successor, Pres
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan eased to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round of the Valencia Open on Monday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power. The 53-year-old must make tough decisions, and soon, to stand a chance of
Sydney (AFP) - Former prime minister Gough Whitlam, one of Australia's most admired figures who led the nation through a period of massive change, died Tuesday aged 98, his family said.
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada said a man who ran down two Canadian soldiers in his car in a Quebec strip mall on Monday, and who was later shot dead by police, "had become radicalized." The Canadian government did not specify what it meant by radicalized but in the past has used the term to refer to Canadians who become supporters of militant Islamic groups. Quebec police shot and killed the 25-year-
Montreal (AFP) - A man who mowed down two Canadian soldiers Monday in a Quebec supermarket parking lot died from shots by police, authorities said.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam, who was dismissed from office in a constitutional crisis in 1975, died Tuesday, family members said. He was 98 years old.
SAN FERNANDO, California (AP) — Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says a man charged with killing a Saudi Arabian college student stabbed him in an attempt to keep both the car he had arranged to buy via Craigslist and the purchase price of more than $30,000.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A new poll shows that Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has gained ground over her rival in a tight re-election race.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trinidad and Tobago women's soccer team — which didn't have enough money for lunch when it arrived in the U.S. nearly two weeks ago — moved closer to the final stages of World Cup qualifying Monday with a 2-1 win over Guatemala in the CONCACAF championship.
Abuja (AFP) - Nigeria was declared Ebola-free on Monday in a "spectacular success" in the battle to contain the spread of a virus which is devastating Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia where more than 4,500 people have died.
LONDON (AP) — A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rattled Ecuador's border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — AbbVie is walking away from its proposed $55 billion takeover bid of Shire and has agreed to pay the rival drugmaker a $1.64 billion breakup fee.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are accusing an Israeli settler of running over two schoolgirls, killing one of them, and speeding away.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two fishermen from a boat that capsized in rough waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Khartoum (AFP) - Sudan's ruling party Monday named President Omar al-Bashir as a possible candidate for the country's April presidential elections, an advisor said, despite doubts he would stand again.
NEW YORK (AP) — A globally prominent rabbi led Jewish teenagers in a prayer vigil Monday outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.
Tehran (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Tehran late Monday on his first visit to Iran since taking office after the crisis triggered by the advance of Islamic State militants.
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa was held to a controversial 1-1 draw by visiting Empoli on Monday in the first match since the port city was hit by devastating floods.