German reporters ‘freed in Iran’

Iran frees two German reporters who were jailed after interviewing the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning, officials say.

Bachmann defends Wisconsin moves on collective bargaining

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) – Tea Party activist and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann on Saturday defended moves by fellow Republicans in Wisconsin to reduce state union bargaining power.

‘Intense violence’ in Libyan city

Security forces in Libya use machine-guns and mortars against anti-government protesters in Benghazi, reports say, amid ongoing rallies against leader Muammar Gaddafi.

West stays wet, Northeast gets windy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The West will be hit with more heavy rain and snow over the holiday weekend and the Midwest will get a wintry wallop, forecasters said on Saturday.

Competing Wisconsin protests peaceful, draw thousands

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Supporters of legislation to reduce public employee union bargaining power and benefits in Wisconsin were far outnumbered by opponents on Saturday, as the two sides shouted competing slogans but did not clash.

Protesters hold Bahrain square; shooting in Libya

MANAMA (Reuters) – Protesters in Bahrain took back a symbolic square on Saturday and Libyan security forces shot more people demonstrating against longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi as uprisings sweeping the Arab world challenged its rulers.

G20 ministers fudge deal on imbalance indicators

PARIS (Reuters) – Finance ministers of the world’s major economies reached a fudged accord on Saturday on how to measure imbalances in the global economy after China prevented the use of exchange rates and currency reserves as indicators.