A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.
A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up Friday with both sides in entrenched positions and the UN mediator expressing frustration that it had not even been possible to get agreement for an aid convoy to enter the besieged city of Homs.
France and other leading global wheat exporters, normally undercut by cheap Russian supplies, are poised to snag new business from top importer Egypt, with Russia's drought-depleted export surplus seen drying up within weeks.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on its rivals to accept the will of the people on Saturday after a first-round vote set its party on course to take the most seats in the country's first freely elected parliament in six decades.
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview published on Friday that he will only step down if key rivals do not take over, a stance that could further hinder a long-stalled deal to ease him out of power.
General Motors Corp has posted a surprise 2.6 per cent increase in January US vehicle sales on the back of popular new models as its Japanese and US rivals reported declining sales.
GM, the No.1 US automaker, reported a jump in retai