GUATEMALA CITY Fighting graft accusations, Guatemala's former President Otto Perez said on Friday he could have made "10 or 15 times" the money he is accused of stealing if he had taken bribes offered by powerful Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Perez resigned as president on Thursday and was jailed while a judge weighs charging him in a corruption scandal that sparked widespread protests and upended his government ahead of Sunday's presidential election.
ASHLAND, Ky. A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S
ASHLAND, Ky. A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was held in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge on Thursday and sent to jail.
PARIS France offered its farmers additional financial help on Thursday including tax rebates and investment aid after they drove 1,500 tractors onto the streets of Paris to protest against falling incomes and rising costs. French farmers, struggling with the effects of Russia's embargo on Western food products and a slump in prices, say higher taxes and stricter environmental protection rules are hampering their competitiveness against European neighbours
BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned 3-year-old boy. France and Germany said European countries must be required to accept their shares of refugees, proposing what would potentially be the biggest change to the continent's asylum rules since World War Two.
WASHINGTON The Pentagon has not detected any threatening activity from the Chinese navy vessels in the Bering Sea, the White House said on Wednesday. "Based on their analysis they have not detected any sort of threat or threatening activities," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
SANAA At least 20 people were killed and dozens wounded in two bombings near a mosque in a northern district of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, media run by the city's ruling Houthi militia said.
SHANGHAI The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in China's Shandong province late on Monday has risen to five, state news agency Xinhua reported, as China still seeks answers to a far larger blast in the port city of Tianjin earlier last month. The latest blast happened close to midnight in a county roughly 275 km (170 miles) south of Tianjin, where explosions at a warehouse storing dangerous chemicals devastated an industrial park on Aug.
ATHENS Greece's Syriza party is on course to win 26 percent of votes in a snap election in September, just one point ahead of the conservative New Democracy party, a poll published by the Pulse for Action 24 television channel said on Tuesday. Former premier Alexis Tsipras resigned in August to seek a new mandate for a bailout deal he clinched with the country's international creditors. But opinion polls show his Syriza party's lead is slipping, suggesting his decision to call a snap election could backfire.
BRUSSELS The EU executive will outline new plans next week to share out refugees across European states as well as to speed deportations of unwanted migrants, the 28-nation bloc's migration commissioner said on Tuesday. Dimitris Avramopoulos told Reuters that new EU systems for processing asylum claims in Italy, Greece and possibly Hungary could involve detaining those rejected until they return home, as European governments strain to balance obligations to provide refuge with hostility among the public to mass immigration
VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication, which can only be lifted by designated church officials. However, from Dec.
MOREHEAD, Ky. A Kentucky county clerk, defying a new U.S. Supreme Court decision and citing "God's authority," rejected requests for marriage licenses from same-sex couples on Tuesday in a deepening legal standoff now two months old
Rebekah Brooks will return to Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corp as chief executive of its UK division, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for fresh parliamentary elections, his office said on Monday, in a widely anticipated move after two months of coalition talks failed to produce a coalition government ahead of a deadline.
MOSCOW A Russian government agency on Monday ordered Internet providers block access to a page on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia for containing banned information on a type of cannabis. The move could lead to the Russian-language version of Wikipedia becoming totally inaccessible, the organisation that supports the website warned, since Wikipedia uses a protected protocol which means providers cannot block separate pages on the same site. Since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012, Russia has passed legislation banning sites that contain child pornography, drug-related or militant material, or which advocate suicide.
ANKARA Turkey and the United States will soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria that borders Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday. Detailed talks on the plans between Washington and Ankara were completed on Sunday, and regional allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, as well as Britain and France may also take part, Cavusoglu said in an interview.
PARIS The gunman who was disarmed by passengers on a train in France two days ago looked weak and malnourished and said he had only meant to rob people, a lawyer who interviewed him after the attack said on Sunday. "(I saw) somebody who was very sick, somebody very weakened physically, as if he suffered from malnutrition, very, very thin and very haggard," the lawyer, Sophie David, told BFMTV. David said the 26 year-old Moroccan expressed surprise when he was told that European authorities suspected him of being an Islamist militant
ZURICH Two light planes collided in flight at an air show in Dittingen, Switzerland, on Sunday, killing one of the pilots, police said. The aircraft, in a German flying group of three planes, crashed at around 0915 GMT, Basel-Landschaft police said in a statement.
KIEV Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on all political forces in the country on Sunday to rally behind his plans for constitutional change aimed at ending a separatist conflict in the east and defeating what he termed the "Russian aggressor". Poroshenko used a flag-raising ceremony in Kiev on the eve of Independence Day to make a clear pitch to his coalition allies to overcome their doubts and vote in favour of amendments to the constitution that will allot special status to separatist-minded parts of eastern Ukraine
SAN SALVADOR Fourteen members of one of El Salvador's most powerful street gangs were killed in a prison on Saturday in what appeared to be an internal gang purge, authorities said. El Salvador has been racked by rising violence over the past year, with murders surging since the breakdown of a gang truce between the Barrio 18 group and their rivals, the Mara Salvatrucha