Quantcast
Home » Archives » World (Page 1446)

Eurozone ‘may allow’ selective Greek debt default

Eurozone finance ministers are open to the possibility of allowing a selective debt default in Greece within a new rescue plan for the country, the Dutch finance minister said Tuesday. “It’s not excluded anymore, clearly,” Jan Kees de Jager said on arriving for talks with European Union counterparts, one day…

Japan quake makes 2011 costliest disaster year

Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in March are set to make 2011 the costliest year on record for natural disasters, German insurance giant Munich Re said on Tuesday. Total economic losses for the first six months alone were $265 billion, easily exceeding the $220 billion recorded for the whole of…

Last orders for warning-free booze in Australia

Australia’s major alcohol brands on Tuesday launched voluntary health warnings on their labels targeting children, pregnant women and excessive boozing in a country famed for its binge-drinking culture. DrinkWise, an industry body representing 80 percent of Australia’s big alcohol names by volume, said new labels would be phased in on…

China province seeks to ease ‘one-child’ policy

China’s most populous province has asked for permission to ease the one-child policy after more than 30 years, an official said Tuesday, as concerns grow over gender imbalances and an ageing population. Guangdong in southern China wants Beijing to allow couples where just one parent is an only child to…

U.S. drones kill 25 militants in Pakistan

A volley of US missile strikes killed 25 militants after destroying their compounds in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas on the Afghan border, security officials said Tuesday. Twin drone attacks hit militant strongholds in North and South Waziristan 12 hours apart, as the United States announced it was suspending more than…

France in contact, not negotiating, with Libya

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday that France had had “contacts” with the Libyan regime concerning the departure of leader Moamer Kadhafi but no real negotiations had taken place. “There have indeed been contacts, but it has not turned into a real negotiation,” he told France Info radio station.…

France to pull 1,000 troops from Afghanistan: Sarkozy

President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday that France would withdraw a quarter of its 4,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, becoming the latest NATO power to downsize its combat mission in the war-torn country. The French leader announced the withdrawal after jetting in on a surprise visit…

Brother of Afghan president ‘martyred’

Updated July 12, 2011; 4 am ET. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the younger brother of the Afghan president and a powerful figure in the deeply troubled southern province of Kandahar, was assassinated on Tuesday, officials said. Initial details were sketchy, but a family friend, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP…

Iran denies U.S. claims it armed Iraq rebels

TEHRAN — Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Monday rejected accusations by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta that Iran had armed rebels in neighbouring Iraq. “The United States is not in a good position in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are doing everything they can to maintain their military presence…

DR Congo rape victims to get $3.5 million from the European Union

KINSHASA — The European Union will provide 2.5 million euros ($3.5 million) to help care for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo under an agreement signed Monday. The cash will go towards “appropriate medical care” for victims of sexual attacks in the east of the country, the EU…

Google+