GOREE ISLAND, Senegal — Michaelle Jean has been drawing attention in Africa for declaring that slavery still exists, and on Friday she visited a dungeon with a dark past to illustrate her point.
The Governor General’s statement about the plight of children in Senegal was being widely reported in the country’s media. Her visit made the front page of several newspapers Friday.
HAVANA, Cuba — Corruption at the highest levels of government — not the meddling of a small band of dissidents — is the greatest threat to Cuba’s communist system, a leading academic said in a highly unusual opinion posted Thursday on a state Web site.
WASHINGTON — Former CIA Director Porter Goss agreed with a 2005 decision to destroy interrogation videos showing waterboarding, but nobody told White House counsel Harriet Miers, who was “livid” to find out afterward, according to internal CIA emails.
WASHINGTON — Hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid payments from the U.S. government must let patients choose which persons, including gay and lesbian partners, can visit them and help make critical health decisions, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
Gay rights advocates hailed the move as a major step toward fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
JIEGU, China—Rescue teams fought gusty winds and altitude sickness today as survivors faced a second night outside in freezing weather after strong earthquakes left more than 600 dead and 9,000 hurt in a mountainous Tibetan area of western China.
SYDNEY, Australia — President Barack Obama on Thursday reaffirmed his plans to start withdrawing U.S troops from Afghanistan in 2011, saying they “can’t be there in perpetuity.”
LONDON — Ash clouds from Iceland’s spewing volcano disrupted air traffic across Europe on Thursday as authorities closed air space over Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries. Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded as flights were cancelled and it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again.
TAMPA, Fla. — The little girl’s voice on the 911 call was faint yet cheerful, letting central Florida police know that after four days of searching and lots of prayer, they had found missing 11-year-old Nadia Bloom.
“Hi. This is Nadia and I’m the girl that got lost,” she said Tuesday from deep inside an alligator-infested swamp in Winter Springs .
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — It only takes a few words for Master Cpl. Shawn Grove to crack the stone-faced expressions that most Afghan villagers save for the foreign troops in their country.
“Salam aleikum,” he says — a traditional Middle Eastern greeting that means, “Peace be upon you” — before launching into an effortless stream of what locals says is near-flawless Pashtu.
BEIJING — A series of strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan area of western China on Wednesday, killing at least 400 people and injuring more than 10,000 as houses made of mud and wood collapsed, officials said. Many more people were trapped and the toll was expected to rise.