Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Jan 27, 2015

Australia's Abbott faces storm over his royal 'knightmare'

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott was Tuesday facing a backlash over his surprise move to knight Britain’s Prince Philip. The announcement prompted ridicule and questions about his leadership even from conservative supporters. Abbott, whose personal approval rating has plunged in recent opinion polls, said ...

King Tut mask can be fixed: expert

Jan 25, 2015

King Tut mask can be fixed: expert

Epoxy that was used to glue a blue-and-gold braided beard back on the burial mask of Egypt’s ancient King Tutankhamun can be removed and the mask can be properly restored, a German expert summoned to Cairo to examine it said Saturday. Speaking at a ...

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Jan 24, 2015

Washington and Riyadh uneasy allies in turbulent Middle East

Long-standing ties between the United States, the world’s oldest democracy, and Saudi Arabia, an ultraconservative Islamic absolute monarchy, have strained at times, but the unlikely allies remain bound by mutual interests in regional stability and oil. The depth of the complex relationship was highlighted ...

Salman takes Saudi throne with continuity pledge

Jan 24, 2015

Salman takes Saudi throne with continuity pledge

New Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud vowed to keep his conservative, oil-rich Muslim kingdom on a steady course and moved to cement his hold on power following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. Abdullah, a cautious reformer who led the U.S.-allied ...

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

Jan 21, 2015

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

One man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two women are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women ...

Prince Andrew steps up denial of underage sex with U.S. girl

Jan 5, 2015

Prince Andrew steps up denial of underage sex with U.S. girl

Buckingham Palace stepped up its denial that Prince Andrew had sex with an underage girl introduced to him by a disgraced U.S. financier, and named the alleged victim whose anonymity was preserved in court documents filed last week. Last Friday Buckingham Palace denied allegations ...