Ecuador gripped by ‘coup attempt’

A state of emergency is declared in Ecuador after President Rafael Correa accuses the opposition and the security forces of a “coup attempt”.

Obama aide Emanuel to run for Chicago mayor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, one of President Barack Obama’s most powerful aides, plans to step down on Friday to pursue a run for Chicago mayor, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.


AIG, U.S. set faster, riskier exit path

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American International Group Inc laid out a plan on Thursday that sets the insurer on an accelerated path for payback of bailout money, but it also increases the risk for the U.S. government.

Early humans lived in PNG highlands 50,000 years ago

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Archeologists have uncovered evidence suggesting that early humans braved cold temperatures to occupy highlands in Papua New Guinea 50,000 years ago in search of food.

Disney health campaign to feature Michelle Obama

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney on Thursday launched a multimedia healthy lifestyle initiative aimed at kids featuring public-service announcements by first lady Michelle Obama and young Disney stars.

Verdict divides India holy site

A court in India says a disputed holy site in the city of Ayodhya should be split between Hindus and Muslims, but both sides plan to appeal.