Leading Leftist Bo Xilai Fired In China
The popular regional politician had been rumored to be in consideration for a promotion to the powerful Politburo Standing Committee ahead of a radical shake-up expected at the Communist Party's upcoming congress.
Leader of Russian Anti-Putin Protests Jailed, Threatens Hunger Strike
Sergei Udaltsov was one of the ringleaders behind protests in Moscow that drew tens of thousands of activists angry at the re-election of Vladimir Putin as President for a third time.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Calls for Urgent Political Reform, Hails Democracy
Speaking live on Chinese state television, Wen warned the country must change its leadership structure or risk a return to the dark days of the Cultural Revolution.
Obama Treats British PM Cameron To 'March Madness' Before White House Talks
The two leaders are expected to hold talks on a wide range of issues including the withdrawal of U.S. and UK forces from Afghanistan and the ongoing crisis in Syria.
EU Suspends Hungary Payments After Budget Deficit Breach
The unprecedented move marks the first time the Union has punished a member state for flouting the strict budget rules, which stipulate no country must go above a debt ceiling of 3 percent of GDP.
Bus Crash Kills 22 Children in Swiss Tunnel
The bus was carrying 52 mostly Belgian school children back to the towns of Lommel and Heverlee from a skiing trip.
Sri Lanka Illegally Holding Hundreds of Prisoners: Amnesty
In a report titled Locked away: Sri Lanka's security detainees, Amnesty accuses the Sri Lankan government of arbitrarily detaining prisoners arrested under counter-terrorism laws introduced to combat separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Has Israel’s Iron Dome Missile System Prevented War In The Middle East?
The multi-billion dollar Iron Dome missile defense system managed to intercept a significant portion of short-range rockets fired into Israel, restraining public opinion and buying Israel's leaders time to effect a climbdown.
Israel Palestine Truce Holds, Army Hails Triumph for Iron Dome
The last Israeli airstrike occurred on Monday after which a small salvo of around six rockets was fired from Gaza across the border into Israel.
Murdoch Protege Brooks Arrested Again In UK Hacking Probe
Rebekah Brooks, who formerly ran News Corp. unit News International, was arrested Tuesday for a second time in connection with alleged illegal interception of phone messages and a system of bribes to police officials.
Clinton Blasts Russia, China Over UN Vetoes On Syria
The top U.S. diplomat urged all countries to speak with one voice ... that the killing of innocent Syrians must stop. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad has subjected its citizens in several cities to military assault and disproportionate use of force.
Swiss Voters OK 'Sex Boxes,' Reject Longer Vacations
In a referendum, 67 percent of Swiss voters said no to extending annual leave to six weeks from four, while a majority in Zurich approved setting up temporary shelters known as sex boxes from which licensed prostitutes can work.
After Greece, EU Ministers Discuss Looming Spanish Debt Problem
As ministers meet to finalize the Greek payout, concerns have been raised that Spain may become the next challenge for the Union as it struggles to keep its debt-ridden Southern members afloat.
Syrian Regime And Rebels Accuse Each Other Of Committing Civiilian Massacres
Both sides in Syria's bitter armed clashes have claimed the other is responsible for the killing of women and children in Homs and other cities, after footage emerged of blood soaked and mutilated bodies over the weekend.
Taliban Vow Revenge for Rogue U.S. Soldier Killings
In a statement on their website, the group promised to take revenge against the American savages for Sunday's bloody rampage which left 16 Afghans -- including nine children and three women -- dead.
3 Gaza Militants Killed As Israel Raids Enter 4th Day
The latest strike comes after four days of attacks that began Friday when an Israeli strike killed two suspected militants accused of planning a cross-border attack via Egypt.
Al-Qaida Threatens to Execute Yemeni Soldier Hostages
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued a statement Thursday saying family members of soldiers captured by the group should continue pressuring the Yemeni government to cooperate in a prisoner swap.
Sarkozy Claims Greek Debt Deal Solves Crisis; Germany Wary
The French president's hopeful comments came as Germany's finance minister warned against overreacting to the deal, saying Greece must use its sovereign debt lifeline wisely.
Barclays' Chief Diamond Nets $26 Million Pay Deal
The deal, which does not include the bank covering Diamond's £5.7 million tax bill, comes after Barclays' profits fell 3 percent in 2011 and is set to anger shareholders and fair pay campaigners critical of huge payouts.
Nigeria Deaths: Italian President Outraged Over UK's Failed Hostage Rescue [VIDEO]
The bodies of Chris McManus, 28, and Italian Franco Lamolinara were found after the combined British special forces and Nigerian military operation on Thursday.
Greece Debt Deal: 86% Sign Up For Bond Swap
Greek officials say the deal eases their country's debt burden by €105 billion. Next up: Action by the European Union to determine if Athens will get emergency loans to help avert a default.
Female Students Injured In Rare Saudi Arabian University Protest
A female student with epilepsy died after receiving a blow to the head, while the others were either injured in the crush or by polic
Lagging Sarkozy Vows To Quit French Politics If He Loses Election
Sarkozy is lagging behind his rival Francois Hollande after the Socialist candidate widened his lead this week advancing 2 points to 30 percent support for the April 22 election first round.
Greece Says 75% Of Private Creditors Agree To Crucial Bond Swap
Greece had until Thursday afternoon to persuade at least 70 percent of private holders of its government debt to accept a swap that includes losses of up to 74 percent.
Allied Irish Bank to Axe 2,500 Workers
The bank said half of the redundancies, 500 more than it previously proposed, should occur this year.
Syria Minister Joins Rebels To Oppose Assad
Deputy oil minister Abdo Hussameddin, the highest-ranking official to defect during the uprising, said in a YouTube video that he was joining the revolution of this dignified people.
Taliban Bomb Killed 6 British Soldiers in Afghanistan
The British Warrior vehicle was traveling over unpaved roads in the Nar-e-Saraj area of the province, where British troops have been training local police officers and security forces for about a year.
End of Cheap Car Insurance for Women After EU Ends Positive Discrimination
A new European Union law preventing insurers discriminating on the basis of gender will see the cost of premiums for women across the continent rise when it comes into effect later this year.
Greek Minister Blames EU for Athens' Debt Crisis
The comments come as more private investors signed up to a crucial debt swap deal set to make or break the country's continued use of the Euro and its membership of the EU.
Olympus Chiefs Charged With $1.7 Billion Accounting Fraud
Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday it had charged the individuals for falsifying financial statements in a bid to hide company losses for the financial years 2006 and 2007.