Thursday, March 31, 2011
BBC News - There has been heavy fighting in Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, between forces loyal to the UN-recognised president, Alassane Ouattara, and supporters of incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.
Witnesses have reported hearing intense gunfire near Mr Gbagbo's residence, while Mr Ouattara's supporters say they have taken control of state television.
His government earlier closed Ivory Coast's borders and declared a curfew.
Mr Gbagbo has refused to relinquish the presidency since November's election.
But the national army has put up almost no resistance since Mr Ouattara's supporters launched an offensive on Monday.
Pro-Ouattara forces reportedly now control about 80% of the country.
Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12929625
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
CNN Money - Google announced Wednesday that it has chosen to deploy its ultra-fast broadband network in Kansas City, Kansas.
Google will provide broadband Internet access to the city with speeds of about 1 gigabit per second. That's around 100 times faster than what most Americans have available to them today. Google said that the network's speed would be fast enough to download a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes.
Read full story at CNN Money: http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/30/technology/google_kansas_city/
Myanmar's former Prime Minister Thein Sein has been sworn in as the country's new president.
In February, Myanmar convened its first parliament in more than two decades in the capital, Naypyidaw.
The lawmakers came into office after elections were held in November for the first time in 20 years. The elections drew fire from critics who said the voting was aimed at creating a facade of democracy.
The regime refused to allow international monitors to oversee the race and would not allow international journalists to cover the voting from inside the country. Journalists who reported from inside Myanmar had to do so surreptitiously.
The military junta also overhauled Myanmar's constitution in a way that critics say was aimed at tightening the regime's grip.
The constitution now requires more than 100 military nominees in parliament. Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962.
Among those who boycotted the elections was opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, which described it as a sham.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/30/myanmar.new.government/
CNN - At least nine city and provincial officials were among dozens killed when armed militants took over a government building in Iraq and held hostages this week, Interior Ministry officials told CNN Wednesday.
At least two journalists, including CNN contributor Sabah al-Bazi, were among the dead when armed men assaulted and seized the building in Tikrit in northern Iraq on Tuesday.
At least 56 people died and 98 others were wounded in the attack, which ended after Iraqi forces launched a raid to take back the building and free the hostages.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/03/30/iraq.violence
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's parliamentary computer and the foreign and defence ministers' machines are all suspected of being hacked, with China under suspicion, reports said Tuesday.
Read full story at Yahoo! News.
Friday, March 25, 2011
CNN - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit Myanmar has gone up to 75, state media reported Friday.
At least 111 people were injured, Myanmar Radio reported.
The 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Myanmar on Thursday near its borders with China, Thailand and Laos, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It was a relatively shallow quake, which can be very destructive.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/25/myanmar.quake/
Reuters - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah said on Friday he was ready to cede power, the third Arab ruler who may be forced out by popular protests which began in North Africa and have now spread into the Gulf, Syria and Jordan.
Read full story at Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/25/us-mideast-idUSTRE72O6E420110325
CNN - Demonstrations turned violent in Amman, Jordan, Friday as government loyalists clashed with protesters who are pushing for reforms.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/03/25/jordan.protests/
Thursday, March 24, 2011
CNN - The European Union is under cyber attack, a spokesman said Thursday, as a major international summit begins.
The attack is targeting the EU Commission -- its executive arm -- and the external action service, said Antony Gravali, a spokesman for the EU administration in Brussels, Belgium.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/03/24/eu.cyberattack/
CNN - The quake hit in eastern Myanmar, about 55 miles (89 km) north of Chiang Rai, Thailand, the survey reported.
It had a magnitude of 6.8, the survey said, revising the estimate down from an initial reading of 7.0.
One person was killed by a roof collapsing in Chiang Rai, Thailand's MCOT network reported, and tremors were felt in the capital Bangkok, 479 miles (772 km) south of the epicenter.
It was a relatively shallow quake, which can be very destructive.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/24/myanmar.quake/
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
AOL News - After a month of street protests - led mainly by students and pro-democracy advocates - against his nearly 32-year rule, Saleh became dramatically more isolated after security forces opened fatally shot more than 40 demonstrators on Friday.
The killings set off an avalanche of defections by top figures in his ruling party, influential tribal leaders and, most damagingly, al-Ahmar and a string of other top generals.
Read full story at AOL News: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/22/yemeni-president-ali-abdullah-saleh-pledges-to-step-down-by-year/
Monday, March 21, 2011
CNN - Hundreds of protesters marched Monday in the southern Syrian city of Daraa after they buried the body of a protester who was killed Sunday in clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces, an eyewitness told CNN.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/03/21/syria.clashes/
Sunday, March 20, 2011
AOL News - AT&T Inc. said today it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion that would make it the largest cellphone company in the U.S.
Read full story at AOL News: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/03/20/atandamp-t-to-buy-t-mobile-usa-for-39-billion/
BBC News - Muammar Gaddafi says Libya will fight a 'long war' after Western air strikes against his forces to protect rebel-held areas.
Military officials are said to be assessing the damage after at least 110 missiles were fired by the US and UK.
After an attack by French planes, some 14 bodies were lying near destroyed military vehicles outside the rebel-held city of Benghazi, Reuters says.
Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12798568
CNN - A grandmother and her teenage grandson were rescued Sunday in Japan, nine days after they became trapped in their home following the earthquake and tsunami, officials said.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/20/japan.rescue/
CNN - Workers began to see some success in their battle to cool down reactors at the quake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Sunday, but Japanese officials said they may need to release additional radioactive gas into the air.
The plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said electricity was being supplied to a switchboard in reactor No. 2.
Read full story at CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/20/japan.nuclear.reactors/
Sunday, March 13, 2011
BBC News - South Sudan says it is suspending talks with Khartoum, accusing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of plotting to overthrow the southern government.
Read full story at BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12723872
Thursday, March 10, 2011
CNN - An 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Japan early Friday, triggering tsunami warnings and sending people fleeing out of buildings in the capital.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii says a tsunami warning is in effect for a large swath of the Pacific after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Japan.
A tsunami warning was in effect for Japan, Russia, Marcus Island and the Northern Marianas. A tsunami watch has been issued for Guam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia and U.S. state of Hawaii.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Stuff.co.nz - Frank Buckles enlisted for World War One at 16 after lying about his age.
He made it home again and ultimately became that war's last surviving US veteran, campaigning for greater recognition for his comrades-in-arms before dying at 110.
Read full story at Stuff.co.nz: http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/4715866/Last-US-veteran-of-WW1-dies-at-age-110