A man digs a grave for an inmate killed in a prison riot at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.

Brazil's Temer calls killings of 60 inmates "an accident"

After days of silence, Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Thursday that the killing of 60 inmates in two Amazon prisons was a "dreadful accident" and that public agencies have no clear responsibility because the prison where most died was run by a private company.

68 Hits

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, right, with Defense Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre II, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017.

US official says Russia undoubtedly meddled in US election

America's top intelligence official said Thursday that Russia undoubtedly interfered in America's 2016 presidential election but stopped short of using the explosive description "an act of war," telling lawmakers such a call isn't within the purview of the U.S. intelligence community.

122 Hits

File image taken from video by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network, shows the alleged missing girls abducted from the northeastern town of Chibok.

Nigeria finds Chibok girl kidnapped by Boko Haram, with baby

Soldiers interrogating captured Boko Haram suspects have found one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group nearly three years ago, along with her baby, Nigeria's military said Thursday.

105 Hits

A Coptic Christian man chants slogans during a protest as policemen stand guard on a street after a funeral service for victims of a Sunday cathedral bombing, at the Virgin Mary Church, in Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt says 3 more suspects arrested over Cairo church attack

Egypt's interior ministry says three more suspects have been arrested for alleged involvement in a suicide bombing at a Cairo church last month that killed 27 people.

73 Hits

Relatives of prisoners hide their identities as they wait to know the names of inmates who died in a prison riot, outside Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus, Brazil.

Inmates involved in Brazil prison massacre to be transferred

Brazilian authorities said Tuesday that the inmates responsible for the killings of 56 rivals at a prison in the Amazon will be transferred to high security federal institutions in addition to being prosecuted.

181 Hits

This undated handout photo released by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers operating in Aleppo, Syria.

Syria rebels suspend talks over alleged truce violations

Syrian government forces pressed their offensive in a water-rich valley northwest of Damascus on Tuesday as 10 rebel groups announced they are suspending talks about planned peace negotiations because of what they described as government violations of a cease-fire deal.

39 Hits

Relatives and friends of Elias Wardini, a Lebanese man who was killed in the New Year's Eve Istanbul nightclub attack, carry his coffin during his funeral procession, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Lebanon, others in Mideast, bury victims of Istanbul attack

Lebanon on Tuesday buried its citizens who perished in the Istanbul nightclub massacre on New Year's Eve amid an outpouring of grief that has for days dominated local TV channels and discussions among the country's politicians.

101 Hits

Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea, speaks during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.

Son of Equatorial Guinea's president on trial in France

After years of investigation, France on Monday put the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea on trial for corruption, charged with spending many millions in state funds — much of it allegedly in cash — to feed an opulent lifestyle of fast cars, designer clothes, works of art and high-end real estate.

166 Hits

A police officer looks a photographs of the victims displayed a day after an attack at a popular nightclub in Istanbul, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Turkey faces more turmoil as violence continues

The deadly New Year's attack on a ritzy Istanbul nightclub has brought more turmoil to Turkey and shown how the conflict in neighboring Syria easily can spill over to threaten Europe's stability.

69 Hits

Pope Francis celebrates a new year's Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

Pope to bishops: Maintain 'zero tolerance' for child abuse

Pope Francis has exhorted Catholic bishops worldwide to do what's needed to ensure children are protected from sexual abuse by clergy.

124 Hits

New Zealand's U.N. Ambassador Gerard van Bohemen, left, and Russia's ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, raise their hands as they join other members of the Security Council at the United Nations headquarters on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, voting to pass

UN backs Russian-Turkish Syria efforts as cease-fire wavers

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiations, as a fragile country-wide cease-fire wavered.

84 Hits

A displaced father and his children, who fled fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, waiting at the gathering point to be taken for a camp for internally displaced people, in Bartella.

No big New Year's celebrations for Iraq's displaced

There were no big New Year's celebrations for the Iraqi men, women and children who narrowly escaped the fighting in Mosul, only to wait for hours under armed guard while the fighting-age males among them were cleared of links to the Islamic State.

114 Hits

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, poses for a selfie photo with one of his staff members on his last day at the U.N. headquarters on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon bids colleagues, staff farewell

Ban Ki-Moon joked to hundreds of diplomats and U.N. staff as he left United Nations headquarters Friday for the last time as secretary-general that he feels "like Cinderella — tomorrow at midnight, everything changes."

99 Hits

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a sword while listening an explanations from the head of Russian First Channel Konstantin Ernst, during his meeting with the historical action film Viking's crew, in Moscow

Putin says Russia won't expel diplomats; Trump offers praise

President Vladimir Putin castigated the United States on Friday for trying to punish Russia but said his country will not immediately retaliate and instead will wait for a new U.S. approach by Donald Trump.

191 Hits

Argentina's former President Cristina Fernandez greets supporters outside her apartment, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Argentina court reopens probe of ex-president in bomb case

An Argentine court on Thursday ordered a renewed investigation into a prosecutor's accusation that former President Cristina Fernandez covered up the alleged involvement of Iranians in a 1994 attack against a Jewish community center.

62 Hits

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about Israeli-Palestinian policy, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at the State Department in Washington.

In parting shot, Kerry tears into Israel over settlements

"If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won't ever really be at peace,"

160 Hits

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla.

Trump takes credit for 8,000 jobs from Japanese mogul

Donald Trump on Wednesday touted plans by a Japanese mogul to bring 8,000 jobs to the United States.

132 Hits

Palestinians and Israeli activists run away from a tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against the construction of Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley, in the West Bank, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Israel: 'Ironclad information' White House behind UN rebuke

Doubling down on its public break with the Obama administration, a furious Israeli government on Tuesday said it had received "ironclad" information from Arab sources that Washington actively helped craft last week's U.N. resolution declaring Israeli settlements in occupied territories illegal.

163 Hits

The Tu-154 plane with registration number RA-85572, foreground, at Chkalovsky military airport near Moscow, Russia.

Rescuers find flight recorder from Black Sea plane crash

Rescue workers on Tuesday found a flight recorder from the Russian military plane that crashed into the Black Sea over the weekend, the defense ministry said.

207 Hits

The wildly popular NORAD Tracks Santa operation is launching its 61st run at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Volunteers will answer phone calls and emails and post updates about Santa's storybook world tour on Facebook and Twitter.

Military helping kids follow Santa's fabled flight

Children from around the world are calling the North American Aerospace Defense Command to ask where Santa is, and they're getting a cheery answer about the mythical route.

123 Hits


Man accused of biting during Hawaii flight to be sentenced

A man accused of biting a Hawaiian Airlines employee during a July flight from American Samoa to Hawaii is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for interfering with a flight crew.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.

© Samoa Observer 2016

Developed by Samoa Observer in Apia