The World Bank on Tuesday urged Mideast countries to invest more in their impoverished rural areas instead of relying on subsidies and mega-projects to alleviate inequalities in the region. The organization's recommendation, outlined in a report, underscored the shifting demographics of the region -- one where experts say rapidly expanding economies have shifted governments' focus to urban areas at the expense of the rural lands that for centuries formed the backbone of the region.
The United States is sending a senior envoy to Kyrgyzstan, where ethnic violence has killed at least 700 people and driven an estimated 200,000 people to neighboring Uzbekistan. The UN Commission for Human Rights says the wave of violence was planned in advance and orchestrated by opponents of the current government.
Cuba reacted angrily Tuesday to its inclusion on a U.S. list of countries that could be sanctioned for failing to fight human and child trafficking, calling it a "shameful slander" and part of Washington's efforts to justify its trade embargo.
Cuba is one of 13 countries put on notice Monday that they are not complying with the minimum international standards to eliminate the trade in human beings and sexual slavery, and could face U.S. penalties.
A Rwandan court is expected to rule Thursday on whether a jailed law professor from Minnesota should be freed on bail for health reasons, his family said Tuesday. Peter Erlinder, a professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, has been accused of violating Rwanda's laws against minimizing genocide. Erlinder was arrested May 28 while in the country to help with the legal defense of an opposition leader.
An Air India plane crashed near the southern Indian town of Mangalore Saturday morning. Of the 166 people on board 158 are feared dead. The crash occurred when the plane overshot the runway. All crew members died at the site.
British Prime Minister has resigned as leader of the Labour Party in the wake of a crushing defeat in last week's election. His departure brings another unknown factor into Britain's volatile post-election confusion. The Conservative Party won the most seats but not enough to form a majority. The Liberal Democrat party is seeking to negotiate a power sharing deal.
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's president and prime minister may both be in Tanzania this week, but they didn't even share a flight to get there. The agendas of the longtime rivals are worlds apart too, raising more questions about their struggling coalition government.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A former Somali military colonel now living in Ohio ordered the detention and torture of a lawyer and human rights advocate in Somalia in 1988, an ordeal that permanently crippled the victim, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
(GIN) – A somber national memorial marked the 16th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide when close to a million people died in civil strife that pitted a Hutu-dominated government against majority Tutsis and moderate Hutus.