Tsunami Waves Observed After Quake Off New Caledonia

A powerful magnitude 7 earthquake near the French territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific has triggered a tsunami warning. The United States Geological Survey said the undersea quake struck 82 kilometers east of the Loyalty Islands at 9.43 a.m. local time. Tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after an earthquake …

Mugabe Faces Impeachment After Refusing to Resign

Zimbabwe’s longtime president Robert Mugabe is facing impeachment after making it clear in a televised speech he will not resign. Millions tuned in to radio and television Sunday expecting to celebrate the end of what has been 37 years of Mugabe’s autocratic rule. They were bitterly disappointed – some to the point of tears – …

Serbian Journalists Seek Public Support For Media Freedom

Journalists and activists in five Serbian cities launched a joint awareness-raising campaign called Noise Against Blackout on November 19. More than 200 media outlets and civil organizations have united in the For Media Freedom initiative to collect signatures in support of a list of 13 demands, including a call to investigate all attacks against journalists. …

Special Forces Raid Taliban Prison in Afghanistan

Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, according to army and provincial officials. Those rescued in the raid in Helmand’s Nawzad district included four children under the age of 12 and two policemen, the officials said. Twenty of the people had been …

New Orleans Elects Its First Woman Mayor

LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans.   The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th …