Violent rain storm sweeps over Rio de Janeiro

Violent rain storm sweeps over Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A violent lightning and rain storm has swept across Rio de Janeiro, flooding streets and knocking out power in some neighborhoods.

Posted: 01/16/14 at 7:50 pm EST
  • Panama: North Korea ship owners will pay fine

    Panama: North Korea ship owners will pay fine

    PANAMA CITY -- The owners of a North Korean ship seized by Panama for carrying Cuban fighter jets and missiles are paying a $670,000 fine to recover the vessel.

  • Chinese police take away outspoken Uighur activist

    Chinese police take away outspoken Uighur activist

    BEIJING -- Police have taken away an outspoken scholar of China's Turkic Uighur ethnic minority and raided his home, seizing computers, cellphones and even his students' thesis manuscripts, his wife said Thursday.

  • UN chief urges Syrian opposition to join talks

    UN chief urges Syrian opposition to join talks

    KUWAIT CITY -- The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday urged Syria's Western-backed but fragmented opposition to attend upcoming peace talks, as President Bashar Assad met with regional ally Iran's top diplomat ahead of the negotiations next week aimed at finding a way out of the country's bloody three-year conflict.

  • Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

    Beijing air pollution at dangerously high levels

    BEIJING -- Air pollution has reached dangerously high levels in China's capital, where the concentration of toxic small particles registered more than two dozen times the level considered safe.

  • Venezuela's president shuffles economic team

    Venezuela's president shuffles economic team

    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reassigned members of his economic team Wednesday but didn't announce a painful currency devaluation that economists say is needed to stabilize the economy of Latin America's biggest oil economy.

  • French president's reported mistress denied post

    French president's reported mistress denied post

    PARIS -- France's Culture Ministry has denied an actress a coveted spot at a prestigious French cultural institution after reports that she's having an affair with the president.

  • EU ups pressure on Google in antitrust case

    EU ups pressure on Google in antitrust case

    BRUSSELS -- The European Union's antitrust watchdog is increasing pressure on Google to swiftly provide better proposals to address allegations the firm is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches.

  • Somali militants moving into Kenya, official says

    Somali militants moving into Kenya, official says

    NAIROBI, Kenya -- Dozens of foreign fighters have defected from the al-Qaida-linked militant group in Somalia due to internal disputes, and many of those men have moved into Kenya, a security official said.

  • Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

    Danish tourist gang-raped, Indian police say

    NEW DELHI -- A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular shopping area in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday.

  • Thieves try to steal Sigmund Freud's ashes

    Thieves try to steal Sigmund Freud's ashes

    LONDON -- Police are hunting burglars who tried to steal the ashes of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud from a London crematorium.

  • Pope cleans house at bank with new cardinals

    Pope cleans house at bank with new cardinals

    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis made another move to clean house at the troubled Vatican bank on Wednesday, naming a new roster of cardinal advisers to replace the ones who were in place during its latest brushes with scandal.

  • Bombings in Iraq striking markets, funeral kill 44

    Bombings in Iraq striking markets, funeral kill 44

    BAGHDAD -- A wave of bombings across Iraq striking busy markets and a funeral north of Baghdad killed at least 44 people Wednesday, authorities said, as the country remains gripped by violence after al-Qaida-linked militants took control of two cities in western Anbar province.

  • Puerto Rico teachers launch two-day strike

    Puerto Rico teachers launch two-day strike

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Teachers across Puerto Rico walked off their jobs Tuesday in a noisy two-day strike over cuts to their pensions that the island's government says are needed to avert financial disaster but educators say will force many of them into poverty.

  • Anti-immigrant paper under fire for Kyenge agenda

    Anti-immigrant paper under fire for Kyenge agenda

    ROME -- The newspaper of Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League party has come under fire for a new feature listing the daily whereabouts of the country's first black Cabinet minister.

  • Venezuelan papers threatened by newsprint shortage

    Venezuelan papers threatened by newsprint shortage

    CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's oldest newspaper is scrambling for newsprint as worsening shortages threaten to take several publications out of circulation in the coming weeks.

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