Kerry meets Venezuela's Maduro amid vote tensions
CARTAGENA, Colombia U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, the first formal encounter between the two since Kerry became the top U.S. diplomat.
PARIS A majority of French think former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn should not get involved in the 2012 presidential election following his return to France after a sex-assault scandal in the United States, a poll showed on Sunday.
The veteran Socialist politician had been seen as the clear favorite to challenge center-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy before his arrest in mid-May on charges of attempted rape of a hotel maid, which were dropped in August.
According to a poll by TNS Sofres, 63 per cent of French believe Strauss-Kahn should stay out of the election campaign. The former IMF chief still faces a civil case in New York as well as an accusation of attempted rape from a French writer, Tristane Banon, 30 years his junior.
French views of the Socialist party do not appear to have been dented by the scandal, however. The same survey said 76 percent of those polled said the case had had no impact on the image of the party, which next month is to hold a primary vote to pick its official candidate for the 2012 race.
(Reporting By Patrick Vignal; Writing by Lionel Laurent)
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan As many as 12 Afghan soldiers were killed in their sleep by comrades in an outpost near the northern city of Kunduz, an official said on Tuesday, in the latest so-called "insider attack".
THE HAGUE International war crimes judges are to rule on Tuesday in the case of a former Islamist rebel who pleaded guilty to wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict and apologized for the damage he caused in Timbuktu.