SANTIAGO A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital city of Santiago and generating a tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and French Polynesia. Chile's government urged residents to evacuate the coastline.
OUAGADOUGOU Soldiers fired warning shots outside Burkina Faso's presidential palace on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to protest the detention of government leaders inside by the elite presidential guard, witnesses said. The warning shots, fired by unidentified soldiers as night fell on the capital, caused the crowd to retreat slightly but not to disperse
JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russia next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin on the expanding Russian military presence in Syria, an Israeli official said on Wednesday. "The prime minister will present the threats to Israel emanating from the increased flow of advanced weaponry to the Syrian arena and from the transfer of lethal weaponry to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups," the official said. Moscow has come under international pressure to explain its moves in Syria, where the Kremlin has been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a 4-year-old civil war
OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso's powerful presidential guard should be dismantled, according to a commission charged with proposing reforms after a popular uprising toppled the West African nation's longtime president. The elite unit, known locally as the RSP, was a key pillar of President Blaise Compaore's regime before mass demonstrations forced him to flee the country last October, ending 27 years of rule
CAIRO Egyptian Army aircraft hunting for militants in the desert mistakenly bombed a convoy of mostly Mexican tourists, killing 12 people and wounding 10, authorities said on Monday. Survivors said their group was bombed from a plane and helicopters. As members of the tourist convoy tried to flee, additional forces on the ground fired on them, Egyptian security sources said.
MOREHEAD, Ky. The county clerk from Kentucky jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said Monday on her return to work she will not block her deputies from issuing them but will not authorize them, as one couple celebrated their marriage.Shannon and Carmen Wampler-Collins received a marriage license late Monday morning from a deputy clerk as friends and family in the clerk's office chanted "love has won" while demonstrators opposed to gay marriage shouted in the background
GHAZNI, Afghanistan Taliban insurgents stormed a prison in the central Afghan city of Ghazni early on Monday, killing police and releasing many prisoners, police said. A Reuters reporter at the scene saw the bodies of two men who appeared to be suicide bombers and a blown-up car that had apparently been used to destroy the main entrance of the jail. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said gunmen and the bombers attacked the prison at 2 a.m
KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia has arrested three suspects in connection with the investigation into a bomb blast in central Bangkok last month that killed 20 people, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday. Two Malaysians and a Pakistani national were arrested and were assisting with the investigation, Khalid told reporters.
SYDNEY Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismissed mounting speculation on Monday that his position is in danger, playing down talk that he may call a snap election to stem off a leadership coup from within his own party. Abbott emerged badly weakened from a leadership challenge by lawmakers in his own Liberal Party in February, which came about after weeks of infighting and dismal poll numbers, and pledged a new spirit of conciliation. He and his government have since consistently lagged the centre-left opposition Labor Party in opinion polls, helping to fuel speculation over how long his party would give him to turn things around.
ATHENS Twenty eight refugees drowned off a Greek island on Sunday when their boat sank, the coastguard said, thought to be the largest recorded death toll from any single accident in Greek waters since the refugee crisis began. "A wooden vessel carrying them overturned about three miles east of Farmakonisi early Sunday," a coastguard spokeswoman told Reuters. The accident coincided with a plea from Greek caretaker Prime Minister Vasiliki Thanou for the European Union to agree a more comprehensive policy for dealing with the increasing numbers fleeing to the region to escape war and poverty
RIYADH At least 65 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said, in an accident that came just weeks before Islam's annual haj pilgrimage. The civil defence said on its Twitter account 154 people were also injured in the accident. Al Arabiya television earlier said the crane had fallen because of strong storms - western Saudi Arabia has been hit by strong sand storms in the last few days
DUBAI At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the Muslim annual haj pilgrimage.
SHANGHAI China and the United States can cooperate on cyber security and could work together with other countries on global cyber security rules in a spirit of respect, China's top diplomat was quoted on Friday as saying. The comments from State Councillor Yang Jiechi were published in the English-language China Daily after U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a congressional committee on Thursday the United States must beef up security against Chinese hackers.
IDOMENI, Greece Thousands of refugees trudged through mud and torrential rain to Greece's border with Macedonia on Thursday, swelling a human tide across Europe that authorities appear powerless to control. Hungary, a key transit country for migrants trying to reach richer and more welcoming countries such as Germany and Sweden, said it expected to finish building a fence along its border with Serbia by early October to help stem the flow. Denmark, the latest front line in the continent's migrant crisis, allowed refugees to move freely through its territory to Sweden, a day after it shut a motorway link with Germany in a bid to halt the flow of people.
DEMOSO, Myanmar Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged voters to opt for "real change" and back her party in the first general election since the end of military rule, as she took her campaign into the backyard of a close presidential ally. Thousands of supporters gave Suu Kyi a rapturous welcome in Demoso in the sparsely populated state of Kayah on the Thai border.
A British Airways plane caught fire at an airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but the flames were extinguished and just two people among the 159 passengers and 13 crew onboard suffered minor injuries, McCarran International Airport said on Twitter. Pictures from the scene showed flight 2276, bound for London Gatwick, engulfed in flames and thick black smoke after an aborted takeoff. McCarran International said the fire had been put out, and that flight operations continue on its three other runways.
Grayson, Ky. Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, walked out of jail on Tuesday after the U.S
LONDON Britain has killed two of its nationals in Syria, suspected of fighting for Islamic State (IS), with a drone strike, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, despite the government not having a parliamentary mandate to take military action in the country. Britain conducts regular attacks in neighbouring Iraq and flies drones over Syria to gather intelligence on the hardline IS group. But unlike some other coalition partners it does not target IS positions in Syria as Cameron failed to get the go-ahead from parliament to do so in 2013
BUDAPEST Migrants trickled across Hungary’s border into Austria on Saturday, swept west on buses by an overwhelmed government that had vowed to stem their tide but gave up in the face of defiant crowds that set out on foot for western Europe.