Hungary Backtracks on Contested Reforms After EU Pressure
(Reuters) Hungary’s parliament has approved changes to the constitution, removing restrictions on political media campaigns ahead of next year’s election and backtracking on other legal aspects the European Union has said may conflict with its principles.
Libyan PM Says Dialogue, Not Bloodshed Must Stop Oil Protests
(Reuters) Libya is losing some $130 million a day due to protests that have crippled the North African’s oil sector, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Tuesday and insisted he still wanted to solve the crisis through dialogue rather than force.
Afghanistan Commitment to Human Rights Waning: U.N.
(Reuters) A surge in civilian casualties and attacks on women in Afghanistan spotlights waning government support for human rights, the United Nations’ top rights officer said on Tuesday.
Deadly Mexico Storms Kill 42, Floods Strand Thousands
(Reuters) Two powerful storms pummelled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf on Monday, killing at least 42 people and stranding some 40,000 tourists in the Pacific resort of Acapulco amid some of the worst flooding in decades.
Curfew Imposed as Thai Rubber Protest Drags On
(Reuters) Protesters blocked a highway in southern Thailand for a second day on Tuesday in a bid to force the government to increase a subsidy for rubber farmers, even though a curfew was imposed in the area after clashes with riot police on Monday.
Philippine Army Says Muslim Rebels Fleeing Southern City
(Reuters) Philippine forces freed scores of civilian hostages on Tuesday as fighting subsided in a port city where hundreds of rogue Muslim guerrillas have been battling for more than a week.
Wrecked Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Raised Off Rocks in Italy
(Reuters) Salvage crews on the Italian island of Giglio raised the Costa Concordia cruise liner early on Tuesday, completing one of the most difficult and expensive wreck recovery projects ever performed.
Powerful typhoon downgraded after lashing Japan
TOKYO (AP)—Crews were cleaning up wrecked houses and assessing damage Tuesday in the wake of a powerful typhoon that lashed Japan with torrential rains, leaving at least two people dead. Typhoon Man-yi weakened into a tropical storm by late Monday, though violent winds persisted into the night.
UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria
UNITED NATIONS (AP)—Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, U.N. inspectors reported Monday that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired from an area where Syria’s military has bases, but said the evidence could have been manipulated.