UN Says Eating Insects Will Solve World Hunger, Global Warming, Pollution, and Create Jobs The latest weapon in the U.N.'s fight against hunger, global warming and pollution might be flying by you right now. Edible insects are being promoted as a low-fat, high-protein food for people, pets and livestock. According to the U.N., they come with appetizing side benefits: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and livestock pollution, creating jobs in developing countries and feeding the millions of hungry people in the world. More
Philippines mulls pullout of Syria peacekeepers The Philippine foreign secretary says he is recommending to President Benigno Aquino III to pull out all Filipino U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights following the abduction of four by Syrian rebels. More
Iran president still a force even as his era ends When many struggling families in this eastern Iranian city take stock of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's legacy, it's not about the oratory full of bluster and menace or his tussles with Iran's ruling clerics that are known to much of the world. More
Thailand protesters storm finance, foreign ministries NEW DELHI -- Blowing whistles and calling for the prime minister to resign, anti-government demonstrators forced their way into Thailand’s finance and foreign ministries Monday, joining thousands who poured into the streets of the Thai capital of Bangkok for the second day in a row. 11/25/2013 - 10:08 pm | View Link
Syria Enters a 'Fragile' Truce The break brought a rare calm to areas such Hama ... "It is crucial they be on the ground," he said. The U.N. monitors won't be deployed unless the truce holds until next week, Ms. Rice said, unlike Arab League monitors earlier in the conflict ... 04/12/2012 - 3:14 pm | View Link
Syria mostly calm after UN truce deadline The government met those demonstrations with a harsh crackdown, and more than 9,000 people have died since, according to the U.N. Bassma Kodmani, spokeswoman of the opposition Syrian National Council, said the truce has largely been observed since 6 a.m ... 04/12/2012 - 1:17 am | View Link
Syria calm after UN truce deadline Annan is to brief the U.N. Security Council by video conference from Geneva on Thursday afternoon. Both the government and the opposition have said they will abide by the truce, which began ... el-Zour to the east were all calm, said the Britain-based ... 04/11/2012 - 10:47 pm | View Link
Syria calm after UN truce deadline, but troops defy some of Annan's demands Annan is to brief the U.N. Security Council by video conference from Geneva on Thursday afternoon. Both the government and the opposition have said they will abide by the truce ... el-Zour to the east were all calm, said the Britain-based ... 04/11/2012 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Activist report calm in Syria at truce deadline BEIRUT (AP) — Opposition activists said Syria's uprising hotspots were quiet after a deadline for a U.N.-brokered truce passed at dawn Thursday, hours after President Bashar Assad's regime promised special peace envoy Kofi Annan it would halt fighting. 04/11/2012 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party on Monday backed a deal to form a new German government with its center-left rivals, putting aside concerns over concessions that include a national minimum wage and a move to make it easier for some people to retire early.
In what has become the longest effort to form a government in post-World War II Germany, Merkel negotiated with the center-left Social Democrats to form a "grand coalition" of the country's biggest parties.
The Social Democrats, who finished a distant second at the polls, extracted concessions that include Germany's first mandatory national minimum wage of 8.50 euros ($11.65) per hour and a change to the pension system that will allow some longtime workers to retire at 63 on full pensions.
Egyptian police chased students of an Islamic university around their campus Monday, arresting dozens and firing tear gas after protesters set security vehicles on fire, the interior ministry said.
Sunday's protests were fuelled by the referral to trial of 21 university students on charges of rioting and storming the office of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar mosque weeks ago.
The political arm of the Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party, said the student protests represent a daily "challenge" to the current authorities, accusing them of waging a "war of annihilation" against Al-Azhar students.
The Interior Ministry, responsible for the police, said about 200 students had blocked the streets Monday outside the university campus — a major thoroughfare in eastern Cairo, and pelted police with rocks and firebombs, damaging at least three police vehicles and injuring policemen.
Protesters retreated to the campus after police fired tear gas and kept up their rioting there, damaging staff cars and other university properties, the ministry said in its statement.
A Italian Coast Guard official has testified that hundreds of people were still aboard the shipwrecked Costa Concordia when the commander abandoned the cruise liner in a lifeboat.
Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco become a national hero after repeatedly ordering Francesco Schettino, the Concordia's commander on trial for manslaughter and abandoning ship, to return to the badly listing vessel.