PRESIDENT Barack Obama was still holding out hope last night that an agreement could be reached with the Republican Party to prevent the United States from going over the so-called "fiscal cliff" this week.
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children and imposing other sanctions in retaliation for a new US human rights law that he says is poisoning relations.
CAIRO: Egypt's deposed leader Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence for his role in killing protesters during a 2011 revolt, will stay in an army hospital for at least two weeks after his health deteriorated, his lawyer said yesterday.
JOHANNESBURG: A South African lawyer has moved to file a class action suit against more than 30 gold firms on behalf of 17,000 former miners who say they contracted silicosis, a debilitating lung disease.
SINGAPORE: An Indian gang rape victim whose assault in New Delhi triggered nationwide protests has suffered significant brain injury and is surviving against the odds, the Singapore hospital treating her said.
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders were due to meet yesterday for the first time since November with no sign of progress in resolving their differences over the federal budget and low expectations for a "fiscal cliff" deal before January 1.
A powerful winter storm blamed for 15 deaths in other parts of the US is bringing rain to southern New England and snow further north, but the region has been largely spared the pounding other states took.
POLITICIANS last night gave themselves a final chance to prevent the US from plunging off a "fiscal cliff" by setting up a late session in Congress a day before taxes are due to rise for most working Americans.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi signed into law a new constitution shaped by his Islamist allies, a bitterly contested document which he insists will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on economic matters.