Showing Archived Posts

Death Toll from Violence in Northwest Syria Rises to 35

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Syrian rights groups say the death toll in a two-day government crackdown on protesters in the northwest has risen to 35 as exiled opposition figures called for the isolation of authoritarian President Bashar al-Assad. The violent clashes began Saturday and continued into Sunday, after thousands of residents turned out for the funerals of other anti-government […]

Tags: , , Posted in Middle East

Slovenians Reject Raising Retirement Age

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 6:30 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Voters in Slovenia have soundly rejected plans to gradually raise the retirement age. Unofficial results show 72 percent voted against the referendum while just 28 percent voted in favor of it. European Union officials had urged Slovenians to support raising the minimum retirement age from 60 to 65. They say the country’s aging population is […]

Tags: , Posted in Europe

Bomb Blasts in NW Pakistan Kill 24

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Officials in northwestern Pakistan said Sunday two separate bomb attacks killed at least 24 people and wounded more than 45 others. In the first incident, a bomb ripped through a passenger vehicle at a bus terminal in Matani, a town near the city of Peshawar, killing six people and wounding at least 10 others. Hours […]

Tags: , , , Posted in South Asia

Peruvians Voting in Presidential Contest

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Early exit polls in Peru’s presidential run-off elections Sunday show former army officer Ollanta Humala has a narrow lead over the daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori. Participating in elections is mandatory for Peru’s nearly 20 million eligible voters. In the first round of balloting in April, Humala won 32 percent of the vote, […]

Tags: , , , Posted in Americas

Hackers Attack Nintendo

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Japanese video game maker Nintendo says a website operated by its U.S. subsidiary was broken into several weeks ago, but no personal information was stolen. The company made the announcement Sunday, saying that the break-in did not compromise any consumer information and that the security of its systems is monitored all the time. The entertainment […]

Tags: , Posted in East Asia Pacific

Gates Says Goodbye to Troops in Afghanistan

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring at the end of the month, visited southern Afghanistan Sunday to say goodbye to American troops fighting Taliban insurgents. In his remarks during visits to bases in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, Gates said a soon-to-begin U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should start with support troops, not combat […]

Tags: , , , Posted in South Asia

Opposition Unseats Socialists in Portugal

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Portugal’s opposition has unseated the ruling Socialists in the troubled country’s parliamentary election. Outgoing Prime Minister Jose Socrates conceded defeat late Sunday after several television exit polls gave the Social Democrats an insurmountable lead. He says he will also step down as Socialist Party leader. Social Democratic leader Pedro Passos Coelho will likely become the […]

Tags: , , , Posted in Europe

Syria Says 20 Dead as Israel Opens Fire on Golan Protesters

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Israeli troops on Sunday fired at hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters who attempted to cross the barbed-wire fence between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Syrian state media reported that 20 protesters were killed, including a woman and a teenage boy, and more than 325 wounded. Syrian hospital officials confirmed the casualty count, providing names of […]

Tags: , , , Posted in Middle East

Blast in Nairobi Kills 1, Injures 29

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

Officials in Kenya say one person was killed and at least 29 were injured Sunday when an explosion in downtown Nairobi set a gas station on fire. Witnesses say the blast occurred around 11 a.m. local time near Nairobi’s Kirinyaga Road. The injured were taken to a local hospital, where several were being treated for […]

Tags: , , , Posted in Africa

Exit Polls: Opposition Unseats Socialists in Portugal

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
Leave a comment

A television exit poll in Portugal says the opposition Social Democrats have unseated the ruling Socialists in the troubled country’s parliamentary election. Voters went to the polls in an early election following the resignation of Prime Minister Jose Socrates after the old parliament rejected his economic reform plans. The country was forced to turn to […]

Tags: , , , Posted in Europe