ATHENS — Greece’s only hope of avoiding bankruptcy is to take money from a joint EU and International Monetary Fund rescue package, the finance minister said Thursday during a heated Parliamentary debate overshadowed by the deaths of three people during protests against spending cuts.
Russian special forces rappelled onto a disabled oil tanker taken over by Somali pirates and freed 23 Russian sailors early Thursday, the commander of the EU Naval Force said. Ten pirates were arrested and one was killed.
NEW ORLEANS — A boat carrying a huge concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico arrived Thursday at the spot in the sea where a blown-out well is spewing hundreds of thousands of litres a day.
PORT FORCHOUN, La. — A 100-ton contraption to help funnel oil spewing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was loaded onto a boat Wednesday so it could begin its journey to the leak site 80 kilometres off the Louisiana coast.
The giant-concrete-and-steel box is the best short-term solution to bottling up the disastrous oil spill that threatens sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast.
NEW YORK — A Pakistan-born U.S. citizen accused of driving a bomb-laden SUV into Times Square and parking it on a street lined with restaurants and Broadway theatres was to appear in court Tuesday, federal authorities said.
MUMBAI, India — An Indian court on Monday convicted a Pakistani man of murder and waging war for his role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead in the heart of India’s financial capital. Two Indians accused of helping plot the attacks were acquitted.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, preparing to make his second nominee to the Supreme Court, warned Wednesday of a “conservative” brand of judicial activism in which the courts are often not showing appropriate deference to the decision of lawmakers.
NEW ORLEANS — A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig’s operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline.
KABUL, Afghanistan — Dozens of Afghan schoolgirls have fallen ill in recent days after reporting a strange odour in their classrooms in northern Afghanistan, prompting an investigation into whether they were targeted by militants who oppose education for girls or victims of mass hysteria.
SEOUL, South Korea — An explosion caused by a torpedo likely tore apart and sank a South Korean warship near the North Korean border, Seoul’s defence minister said Sunday, while declining to assign blame for the blast as suspicion increasingly falls on Pyongyang.