A fire swept through a multistory nursing home in eastern India early Friday, killing an estimated 20 people and trapping many more elderly residents in the smoke-filled building, an official said.
Firefighters smashed the glass walls of AMRI Hospital nursing home in Kolkata and used rope and hydraulic ladders to rescue people trapped on the first and second floor of the building, West Bengal state minister Sirhad Hakeem said. Read More
A gunman killed a police officer in a Virginia Tech parking lot Thursday and then apparently shot himself to death nearby in a baffling attack that shook up the campus nearly five years after it was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. Read More
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of encouraging and supporting the protesters in Russia.
By describing Russia's parliamentary election as rigged, Putin says Clinton "gave a signal" to his opponents.
"They heard this signal and with the support of the U.S. State Department began their active work," Russian state news agencies quoted Putin as saying. Read More
Europe's conservative political leaders on Thursday warned of dire consequences if an 11th-hour EU summit failed to save the euro from the crush of crippling state debts.
With the 17-nation eurozone's fate hanging in the balance, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a gathering of the center-right European People's Party that they needed to agree to tougher rules on national budgets. Read More
Russian authorities should annul the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev urged Wednesday as popular indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud. Read More
In a last plea for mercy, Rod Blagojevich tried a tactic he never has before: an apology.
The disgraced former Illinois governor told a judge Wednesday that he made "terrible mistakes" and acknowledged that he broke the law when he tried to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Read More
The Occupy Wall Street protests are moving into the neighborhood.
Occupy protesters across the country are reclaiming foreclosed homes and boarded-up properties as they find it increasingly difficult to camp in public spaces.
Groups in more than 25 cities held protests Tuesday on behalf of homeowners facing evictions. Read More
Police are clashing on a downtown Moscow square with demonstrators trying to hold a second day of protests against alleged vote fraud in Russia's parliamentary elections.
Hundreds of police had blocked off Triumphal Square on Tuesday evening, then began chasing a demonstrators, seizing some and throwing them harshly into police vehicles. Read More
Police clashed with demonstrators protesting vote fraud in Moscow and at least two other major Russian cities Tuesday, as anger boiled over against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party.
At least 250 people were detained by police at a protest in downtown Moscow, where flare-type fireworks were thrown at a group of pro-Kremlin youth, said city police spokesman Maxim Kolosvetov. Read More
The waters of the mighty Danube are so low that dozens of cargo ships are stuck, stranded in ghostly fog or wedged into sand banks on what is normally one of eastern Europe's busiest transport routes.
A lack of rain has triggered the worst drought in decades for this time of year, dropping river levels to record lows and sounding an alarm in parts of central and eastern Europe. Read More