citing illness, edwards asks for trial delay
Former presidential candidate John Edwards says he has been diagnosed with a medical condition that would make it hard for him to attend his criminal trial over campaign finances and asks that it be delayed. In a motion filed Thursday, his lawyers asked a federal judge to push the Jan. 30 start date back at least two months. They didn't disclose his illness and filed sealed records with the court.
Iran plans largest naval exercises
Iran put neighbors on notice Thursday that it will conduct vast naval exercises in the Arabian Sea, including war games near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for international oil traffic. The exercises, to start Saturday and last 10 days, are Iran's first since May 2010 and are described by the official news media as the largest the country ever planned.
Series of strong quakes strike
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake followed by two other strong quakes rattled the city of Christchurch today, shaking buildings and terrifying holiday shoppers. No tsunami alert was issued and the city appeared to have no major damage. The airport was evacuated after the first quake and all malls shut down as a precaution.
Paris: Ties between France and Turkey, strategic allies and trading partners, abruptly unraveled Thursday after French legislators passed a bill making it a crime to deny that the Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians nearly a century ago.
Rome: Italy's Senate voted to give final approval Thursday to a $40 billion austerity and growth package as part of a plan to stabilize the euro.
Moscow: President Dmitry Medvedev used his last state of the nation address Thursday to outline extensive political reforms that would start to deconstruct Russia's centralized government.