World Bulletin/News Desk
A few hundred Occupy Wall Street activists gathered in New York's financial district on Monday but police kept them well back from the New York Stock Exchange, which they had threatened to surround as part of a day of protests marking the movement's one-year anniversary.
The New York Police Department arrested fewer than a dozen activists, led by retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard, who refused to move from a checkpoint along the broad perimeter police had set up to block access to the NYSE by anyone other than exchange workers who showed identification.
Occupy activists had pledged to disrupt the morning commute in lower Manhattan as part of a day of actions in New York and other cities aimed at rejuvenating a movement that has failed to sustain momentum after sparking a national conversation about economic inequality last fall.
The group, which popularized the phrase "We are the 99 percent," gathered early Monday near Zuccotti Park, where a spontaneous encampment became their unofficial headquarters last year, but were again barred access by police.
Several protesters held signs, one saying "END the FED," another reading: "We Are Students, Not Customers."
"What happened here a year ago was a process that cannot be stopped," Pulitzer-prize winning author Chris Hedges said. "What happened here a year ago will ultimately spell the doom of the corporate state."
The grassroots movement caught the world by surprise last fall with a spontaneous encampment in lower Manhattan that soon spread to cities across North America and Europe.
Occupy Wall Street briefly revived a spirit of U.S. social activism, and drew attention to economic injustice.
The group sponsored a series of activities over the weekend, attended by crowds that never exceeded the hundreds. New York police arrested about three dozen people at those events.
Obama faced with the delicate task of assuring Japan and other regional allies of America's commitment to their defence without hurting ties with China.
The Patriarch of the Egyptian Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II is said to have advised Pope Mathias to postpone the visit.
U.S. will send 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt. Shipment was delayed after the Egyptian military overthrew the democratically elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Speaking at a meeting with a Fatah-led delegation in Gaza City, Haniyeh accused the United States and Israel of seeking to undermine the Palestinian cause.
More Syrian soldiers killed in conflicts between the Free Syrian Army and Bashar al-Assad's regime forces.
In Lebanon, the post of president must be filled by a Maronite Christian for a term of six years, according to the country's national charter.
In February, the Libyan parliament, the General National Congress (GNC), agreed to hold early elections, in an apparent effort to assuage Libyans frustrated at political chaos
The United Nations accused the rebels of hunting down men, women and children a week ago in a hospital, church and mosque in the capital of the oil-producing Unity state and then killing them
U.N. experts, charged with monitoring compliance with a sanctions regime including an arms embargo, said diamonds are being exported from Ivory Coast in breach of the ban
Chlorine gas that was never included on the list submitted to the OPCW is now allegedly being used on the battlefield, leading some countries to consider requesting an investigation
Russia has staked its future economic growth on developing the Arctic's vast energy resources and reviving a Soviet-era shipping route through the ice
Some of the men were tried in absentia, said activist Mohammed al-Maskati. It was not clear how many of them were actually jailed.
Increased activity had been seen in a six-week period from early March to April 19, including in an area where there were two completed tunnels
Expedition leaders said tension was running high at Everest base camp after incident, which has rekindled debate on the disproportionate risks that sherpas take helping foreign mountaineers
Parliament has been summoned to choose a successor to President Michel Suleiman, whose six-year term ends in late May, but deep divisions over the war in neighbouring Syria could delay any decision
The self-declared separatist mayor of Slaviansk told a news conference his men were holding an American journalist.