World News Briefs -- June 30, 2012

Annan Warns Of Severe Crisis If Syria Unresolved -- Reuters

(Reuters) - International mediator Kofi Annan appealed to world powers to reach unity on a peace plan for Syria on Saturday, including principles for a Syrian-led political transition.

Annan, in opening remarks to a meeting of foreign ministers in Geneva, said the situation could ignite the region and develop into an international crisis if unresolved.

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Syria now officially at war, says President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria peace plan in danger of collapse; Annan warns of severe crisis if nations fail at talks. World powers to push Russia on Syria solution.

Syrian forces push into Douma, residents flee. Syrian troops recover rebellious Damascus suburb.

Panetta downplays military buildup on Turkey-Syria border.

New sanctions hit Iran amid diplomatic stalemate.

Yemen: Mines kill 81 in 2 weeks in embattled town.

Palestinian leader Abbas postpones Israel meeting.

UNESCO accepts Church of the Nativity as Heritage site. UNESCO designates Church of the Nativity as endangered site.


U.N. publishes report on North Korea sanctions violations.

Floods leave up to 1.3m homeless in Assam.

Thousands at Japan PM's office decry nuke restart.

Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi returns home after triumphant 2-week tour of Europe.

China's incoming president Xi Jinping's family 'has wealth of hundreds of millions'.


In Tahrir Square, Morsi challenges military, says he’ll seek U.S. release of Sheikh Abdel-Rahman.

Sudan agrees to allow aid in rebel-held border areas.

President al-Bashir feels heat from 'Sudanese Spring'.

Mali Islamists destroy holy Timbuktu sites.

ECOWAS to meet on Mali, Guinea Bissau crises.


In breakthrough, Europe agrees to bail out troubled banks; stock prices soar.

German parliament approves EU bailout fund. Opponents of Europe fiscal pact, permanent rescue fund seek injunctions from top German court.

David Cameron rules out EU referendum.

Russia's Lavrov warns U.S. over human rights law: agency.

Clashes injure dozens as Serbs visit Kosovo battle site.


Mexico seems poised to embrace party it ousted in 2000.

Mexico’s next President won’t slow the drug war.

Mercosur welcomes Venezuela, suspends Paraguay.

Canada growth picture brightens on oil output rebound.

Eastern US braced for searing heat as storms leave two dead. Storms leave millions without power in mid-Atlantic region.

Colombia court: No jail time for possession of cocaine, marijuana for personal use.


Taliban raid Nuristan district.

Next-Gen terror watchers go deep into Al-Qaida, tweet a lot.

U.S. drops charges against Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo.


Stocks soar; Dow posts best June since 1997.

Apple patent case: Samsung Galaxy Nexus banned in US.

Blow to FBI as court rules Dotcom police raid illegal.

McDonald's worker reveals secrets of fast-food giant .

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