JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama's eulogy was for Nelson Mandela, but it laid out for a global audience the work that Obama himself would like to be remembered for: an unending fight against injustice and inequality. Obama acknowledged he sometimes wonders whether he is doing enough to live up to Mandela's historic legacy.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — A disgraced French businessman was convicted of fraud and sentenced to four years in prison on Tuesday for filling tens of thousands of breast implants with industrial grade silicone. But he left the courthouse freely after lodging an appeal, and thousands of women will have to wait longer to discover if they will receive damages.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunmen fatally shot two French soldiers in Central African Republic's volatile capital, officials said Tuesday, underscoring the enormous challenges of a new French military intervention that includes disarming thousands of rebels accused of attacking civilians
U.S. securities regulators voted to adopt the Volcker rule to ban proprietary trading by large banks on Tuesday, making them the fourth regulator to sign off on the measure. The Securities and Exchange Commission is one of five federal regulators that have been working for more than two years to complete the rule, which also restricts banks' investments in certain private funds. Three banking regulators voted earlier Tuesday to approve it, and U.S. derivatives regulators are expected to announce their vote later on Tuesday. The SEC's two Republican commissioners voted against the Volcker rule, saying it was flawed and should have been completely rewritten.
The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo today, appealed to the remaining six countries outside the Chemical Weapons Convention to join the organization's quest to rid the world of chemical weapons. OPCW director general Ahmet Üzümcü said that there was no longer any “reasonable defense” for Angola, Egypt, Israel, Myanmar, North Korea, and South Sudan not to ratify the convention after the recent international reaction to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. “It is my fervent hope that this award will spur on efforts to make the Chemical Weapons Convention a truly universal norm,” Mr. Üzümcü told the hundreds of Nobel Lecture attendees at Oslo City Hall. “We cannot allow the tragedy that befell the people of Ghouta [site of the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Syria] to be repeated.”