PARIS, France - French police cleared access to the main refinery supplying fuel to Paris early on Friday as unions hardened their stance ahead of a final vote on President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform expected later in the day.
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - Dutch emergency services were searching for survivors after a cargo ship collided with a foot passenger ferry in a shipping canal south of Amsterdam on Friday morning, police said.
TAIPEI/HONG KONG - A strong typhoon initially feared to be among the worst in 50 years showed signs of weakening on a course to the southern coast of China after forcing the closure of Taiwan's biggest seaport and stranding hundreds of people on the island.
NAPLES, Italy – Rioting residents threw rocks at police and destroyed garbage trucks during violent skirmishes near Naples on Thursday that injured 20 officers as the region's waste disposal crisis escalated.
PARIS – French unions step up pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy to cave in on pension reform, calling for more mass strikes and street protests as parts of the country start to run dry following fuel blockades.
SAINT MARC, Haiti – A cholera epidemic in northern Haiti has claimed 135 lives and infected 1,500 people over the last few days, Claude Surena, president of the Haitian Medical Association, said Thursday.
WASHINGTON – Hungarian survivors of the Holocaust and families of the victims sued the Republic of Hungary and its two rail companies in U.S. court on Thursday, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis to exterminate Jews during World War Two.
PARIS, France - French protestors blocked key sites and clashed with police on Thursday as unions called for further "massive" nationwide protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to raise the retirement age.
LONDON, United Kingdom - As the axe fell on government spending Wednesday even Queen Elizabeth felt the pain.
SINGAPORE - Illegal forest clearing fires in Indonesia's Sumatra Island are sending haze across the Malacca Strait to neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore, causing the worst air pollution since 2006, officials said on Thursday.