- India must keep rights promises: lobby group
AFP – 1 hr 23 mins ago
NEW DELHI (AFP) – Human Rights Watch on Monday urged India to live up to its legal and moral commitments after becoming a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
- UN nuclear agency eyes Syria over noncooperation
AP – 1 hr 24 mins ago
VIENNA – Syria’s refusal to cooperate with U.N. inspectors on its alleged nuclear program is expected to dominate discussions as members of International Atomic Energy open a weeklong meeting.
- Ban Ki-moon to launch re-election campaign
AFP – 1 hr 29 mins ago
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Ban Ki-moon’s bid for a second term at the helm of the United Nations is expected to become official Monday when he formally announces his desire to stay on as secretary general, diplomats said.
- UN chief virtually certain to get second term
AP – Sun Jun 5, 10:17 pm ET
UNITED NATIONS – The worst kept secret at the United Nations is that Ban Ki-moon wants a second term as secretary-general and will almost certainly get it, possibly this month.
- Pope denounces ‘disintegration’ of Europe families
AP – Sun Jun 5, 5:49 pm ET
ZAGREB, Croatia – Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up his visit to Croatia on Sunday by denouncing the “disintegration” of family life in Europe and calling for couples to make a commitment to marry and have children, not just live together.
- Conservative leader close to 3rd term in Macedonia
AP – Sun Jun 5, 5:21 pm ET
SKOPJE, Macedonia – Macedonia’s conservative coalition government was on the verge of victory in Sunday’s early general elections, according to preliminary results.
- E. coli outbreak blamed on German veggie sprouts
AP – Sun Jun 5, 4:27 pm ET
HAMBURG, Germany – The terrifying E. coli outbreak in Europe appears to have been caused by vegetable sprouts grown in Germany, an agriculture official Sunday as the toll climbed to at least 22 dead and more than 2,200 sickened.
- Germany says beansprouts may be behind E.coli
Reuters – Sun Jun 5, 3:58 pm ET
HAMBURG (Reuters) – German-grown beansprouts could be the source of the deadly E.coli outbreak that has killed 22 people, made more than 2,200 ill and led Russia to bar EU fruit and vegetable imports, officials said on Sunday.
AP – Sun Jun 5, 3:03 pm ET
LISBON, Portugal – Projection: Portugal’s Social Democrats unseat Socialist govt in landslide election win.
- Macedonia vote ends peacefully after bitter campaign
Reuters – Sun Jun 5, 2:22 pm ET
SKOPJE (Reuters) – Macedonians voted peacefully in a parliamentary election Sunday amid accusations of fraud and intimidation that could threaten the country’s efforts to join the European Union.
- Eyeing EU, NATO, Macedonia votes in snap polls
AFP – Sun Jun 5, 1:37 pm ET
SKOPJE (AFP) – Macedonians came out in droves to vote in snap polls Sunday hoping to push their leaders to focus on overcoming the economic crisis and solve the name-row with Greece that is blocking EU entry.
- Portugal votes for new govt, fears more austerity
AP – Sun Jun 5, 12:12 pm ET
LISBON, Portugal – Portuguese voters were choosing a new government Sunday, one that will be forced to impose grinding austerity measures as part of a euro78 billion ($114 billion) bailout deal expected to pitch the country into a two-year recession.
- Portuguese centre-right beats Socialists in vote
Reuters – Sun Jun 5, 7:20 pm ET
LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal’s center-right Social Democrats (PSD) scored a convincing win over the Socialists in an election on Sunday, punishing the outgoing government for a 78 billion euro bailout that will bring deep austerity.
- Top UK academics form new university
AP – Sun Jun 5, 11:18 am ET
LONDON – A group of prominent British academics said Sunday they are starting a private liberal arts university in London to rival the country’s elite institutions in Oxford and Cambridge.
- Spain’s king leaves hospital after knee operation
AP – Sun Jun 5, 10:56 am ET
MADRID – Spain’s King Juan Carlos left a hospital Sunday, two days after successfully undergoing knee replacement surgery.
- Obama calls Merkel’s life story ‘an inspiration’
AP – Sun Jun 5, 10:07 am ET
BERLIN – President Barack Obama has praised Chancellor Angela Merkel as “a good friend and one of my closest global partners” before the German leader’s trip to the U.S. next week.
- Royals shine at Derby though queen’s horse loses
AP – Sun Jun 5, 7:01 am ET
LONDON – Britain’s royal family is doing better on the fashion front than in their sporting endeavors.
- Portugal opposition wins election after bailout: exit polls
AFP – Sun Jun 5, 6:13 pm ET
LISBON (AFP) – Portugal’s Social Democrats defeated the ruling Socialists in an early election Sunday and will be able to form a majority in parliament with a smaller conservative party to implement a 78 billion euro bailout programme