British-Iranian volleyball woman released on bail: brother

An Iranian woman walks past an Iranian flag in downtown Tehran on February 2, 2009London (AFP) - A British-Iranian woman controversially jailed months ago in Tehran after trying to attend a men's volleyball match was released on bail Sunday pending an appeal court verdict, her family said.


Israel Police: Palestinian Youth Attacked by Jews
Israel police say Palestinian youth attacked by Jews in Jerusalem

Low voter turnout could erode Japan PM Abe's call for fresh mandate
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese voters, puzzled as to why Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is calling an election now and unimpressed by opposition alternatives, may shun a Dec. 14 election in record numbers.






Man Utd beat Arsenal to go fourth
Manchester United secured a vital 2-1 victory against Arsenal, their first on the road in the English Premier League this season under coach Louis Van Gaal.

Obama to Republican critics on immigration: 'Pass a bill'

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration reform during a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, NevadaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration with a challenge to House of Representatives Republicans: if you don't like it, do something. Obama was asked in an interview broadcast on Sunday about House Speaker John Boehner's assertion that he was acting like an emperor in using executive powers to tackle the issue of the 11 million immigrants living in America without documents. "Well, my response is pass a bill," Obama said in the interview with ABC's "This Week" taped on Friday. ...


Why Putin thinks it's still 1985
The first frosts of winter have already dusted the spectacular city of St. Petersburg with a powder of glistening ice. The air outside feels sharp and crisp. Russians hurry along the elegant boulevards, wrapped up tight against the biting cold. Russia's winter, its annual deep freeze, has begun.

A love affair 300 million miles away

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