Cuba tells U.S. delegation monetary unification on cards this year

By Sarah Marsh HAVANA, Feb 21 : Cuban government officials told a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Havana that this was the year to unify Cuba’s two currencies that were distorting the economy, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said at a news conference on Wednesday. Cuba’s government has been working for years on establishing a single monetary […]

Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

By Kay Johnson and Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Feb 21 : Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court disqualified him as the country’s leader over unreported income. The new ruling could throw into disarray Senate elections […]

US top court forbids seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON, Feb 21 : The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Americans injured in a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem cannot seize ancient Persian artifacts from a Chicago museum to satisfy a $71.5 million court judgment against Iran, which they had accused of complicity in the attack. The justices, in an […]

Two dead, 22 hurt from bomb blast in northeast Myanmar city Lashio

By Thu Thu Aung and Shoon Naing YANGON, Feb 21 : A bomb blast killed two bank employees and injured 22 other people in Myanmar’s northeastern city of Lashio on Wednesday, the government and the military said. Police said an investigation was under way but would not elaborate on whether there were any suspects in […]

Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters’arrest-defence

By Shoon Naing and Simon Lewis YANGON, Feb 21 : The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defence lawyer said. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained […]

Spanish Supreme Court orders arrest of former Catalan MP Anna Gabriel

By Raquel Castillo and John Miller MADRID/ZURICH, Feb 21 : Spain’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former Catalan member of parliament Anna Gabriel after she failed to appear in court on Wednesday to answer charges related to the region’s independence push. Gabriel was called to appear in the Supreme Court on charges of sedition […]