News archive from 22 February 2012

Cliff Avril thinks Lions are 'fairly close' to making Super Bowl run

If this NFL postseason proved anything, it's that a team able to stage rallies with a good, young quarterback and a great defensive line doesn't need the world's best run game or the highest seed to win the Super Bowl. That was the winning recipe for...

 

Guatemala judge steps down in ex-dictator's case

GUATEMALA CITY-A Guatemalan judge overseeing the genocide case of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt stepped down Tuesday, accepting a defense request. Judge Carol Patricia Flores made the announcement just before a hearing at which she was to decide...

 

Olympic Stadium not up to Premier League standards

LONDON-The field inside London's Olympic Stadium is not up to Premier League standards and will have to be ripped up after the games using public funds to enable a soccer team to use the venue. The 486 million pound ($767 million) stadium has been...

 

Nevis charged in armed robbery of US justice

BASSETERE, St. Kitts-A lawyer says he will enter a plea of not guilty for a man charged in the robbery of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on the Caribbean island of Nevis. Attorney Henry Browne says Vedel K. Browne has been charged with...

 

Azerbaijan says it busts alleged pro-Iran group

BAKU, Azerbaijan-Azerbaijan's security agency said Tuesday it has busted a suspected terrorist group working for Iran's secret services, the second such claim this year as tensions rise between the two neighbors. The National Security Ministry said in...

 

Summary Box: Greek bailout wards off disaster

RELIEF AT LAST: A second bailout and a deep debt write-off for financially stricken Greece is expected to ward off a financial disaster in Europe. BUT HOW LASTING?: Economists only give the deal a slim chance of putting the country on the path to...

 

A look at economic developments around the globe

A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world Tuesday: ------ BRUSSELS -- The countries that use the euro pulled Greece back from an imminent and potentially catastrophic default on Tuesday, when they finally...

 
Venezuela president faces new surgery

Venezuela president faces new surgery

CARACAS, Venezuela-President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that doctors in Cuba have found a new lesion in the same place where he had cancer surgery last year, and he will require surgery. "It is a small lesion of about 2 centimeters (less than 1...

 
Eclectic shows as London Fashion Week winds down

Eclectic shows as London Fashion Week winds down

LONDON-London Fashion Week is winding down -- but not before some of Britain's brightest young designers showcased the inventiveness, eclectic range and irreverence that the British capital's fashion scene has to offer. On the final day of womenswear...

 

Bank of Cyprus: $1.34 billion loss on Greek bonds

NICOSIA, Cyprus-The Bank of Cyprus has reported an after-tax loss of euro1.01 billion ($1.34 billion) for 2011 after including a 60 percent writedown on its Greek government bond holdings. In announcing its preliminary results for 2011 on Tuesday, the...

 

Religious Carnival bands use samba to prostyletize

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Carnival band kicked off according to tradition: Dozens of percussionists struck their bass drums, sending a low rumble like a sustained thunderclap echoing among the skyscrapers of Rio's downtown. Tambourines answered lightly,...

 

French far right candidate suffers legal defeat

PARIS-French far right leader Marine Le Pen lost a legal battle Tuesday in her bid to run for president, with the Constitutional Court ruling that her backers' names must be made public. It's an indirect victory for conservative President Nicolas...

 

Honduras: cigarette may be cause of prison fire

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras-The Honduran government said Tuesday that a dropped cigarette may have set off the worst prison fire in a century as it announced that another death from the Feb. 14 blaze had brought the toll to 360. Chief prosecutor Luis...

 

Jordan's king blames Israel for deadlocked peace

AMMAN, Jordan-King Abdullah II on Tuesday blamed Israel for deadlocked Mideast peacemaking in a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, the official Petra News Agency said. But the king's guests offered a more optimistic version of events, saying Abdullah...

 
Detroit's Datsyuk will miss next two weeks

Detroit's Datsyuk will miss next two weeks

Detroit Red Wings leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk is expected to miss the next two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday. Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said in a report on the team's website that Datsyuk decided to undergo...

 

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