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Turkey mulls military action against Islamic State

Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near SurucBy Ayla Jean Yackley and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signaled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which would broaden existing powers and allow Ankara to order military action to "defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria". ...


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:34:18 -0400
Defiant Hong Kong protesters demand leader steps down

Protesters sit under umbrellas at a main street at Mongkok shopping district after thousand of protesters blocked the road in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and Irene Jay Liu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, and students threatened to ramp up demonstrations if the city's pro-Beijing leader did not step down. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of the "Occupy Central" protest, whose aim has been to occupy sections of the city, including around the Central financial district, in anger at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:03:25 -0400
At least 10 killed in shelling of school and mini-van in Ukraine

A view of a classroom of school No. 57 damaged by recent shelling in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a public transit mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire between separatists and government forces. Teachers managed to lead pupils at school No. 57 into a cellar for safety when shelling started and there were no children among those killed, municipal authorities and witnesses said. The shelling occurred at 10 a.m. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:13:45 -0400
An environmentalist's calculated push toward Brazil's presidency

Presidential candidate Marina Silva of Brazilian Socialist Party attends a campaign rally in Sao PauloBy Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - In March 2003, three months into her tenure as Brazil's environment minister, Marina Silva gathered a half-dozen aides at the modernist ministry building in Brasilia, the capital. She told them the new government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was about to embark on a pharaonic infrastructure project for Brazil's arid Northeast. The project, a still-ongoing effort to reroute water from one of Brazil's biggest rivers, had previously been opposed by environmentalists, including Silva herself. "Instead of fighting, she was merely trying to mitigate." Lisboa would not be the last person surprised by Silva, a former rubber tapper and maid and now a frontrunner in Brazil's presidential election race.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:05:15 -0400
Japanese rescuers find more dead on volcano, toll at 47
TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from a Japanese volcano eruption rose to 47 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered mountain. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on Wednesday a day after officials called off rescue efforts because of poisonous gas and fears of another blast. The eruption of 3,067-metre (10,062-foot) Mount Ontake, 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, blanketed the summit with a deadly rain of ash and stone as it was crowded with climbers and hikers enjoying the autumn colors. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:11 -0400
German defense crisis puts potential Merkel successor in hot seat

German Chancellor Merkel and Defence Minister von der Leyen attend cabinet meeting at Chancellery in BerlinBy Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Ursula von der Leyen, whose ambitions of succeeding Angela Merkel are too transparent for German taste, is finding out the hard way why her job as defense minister is considered the most dangerous in the cabinet, nicknamed the 'ejector seat'. News that Germany's military hardware is in such a state of disrepair that it is struggling to meet NATO commitments or keep a promise to arm Iraqi Kurds against Islamic State has put the minister in the firing line. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:32:39 -0400
Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings
HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests warned that if the territory's top official doesn't resign by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings.
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:04:18 -0400
Top Asian News at 2:00 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. By raising the stakes in the standoff, the protest leaders are risking another round of confrontation with the police who are unlikely to allow government buildings to be stormed. It also puts pressure on the Chinese government, which has so far remained mostly silent and preferred to let Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying deal with the crisis.
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:03:15 -0400
NATO's new leader says Russia can still destabilize Ukraine
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The ceasefire in Ukraine offers an opportunity but Russia still has the power to destabilize the country, NATO's new Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. "The ceasefire in Ukraine offers an opportunity but Russia maintains its ability to destabilize Ukraine. Russia remains in breach of international law," Stoltenberg told his first news conference as NATO leader. Stoltenberg also held out an olive branch to Russia, saying he saw no contradiction between aspiring for a constructive relationship with Russia and being in favor of a strong NATO. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:58:52 -0400
UK's Cameron promises tax cuts, EU battle

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers his keynote speech to delegates at the Conservative Party annual party conference in the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, England, Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014. During his speech Cameron revealed anticipated tax changes for the basic rate tax payers and for the people who pay the top rate of tax. (AP Photo / Joe Giddens, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a tough stance on Europe and tax cuts for millions in a speech designed to rally the Conservative faithful and sway other voters ahead of a national election next year.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:54:10 -0400
Germany raises payments to communist-era prisoners
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is increasing by 20 percent payments to former political prisoners in communist East Germany, a move that comes a few weeks before the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:52:29 -0400
Djokovic extends China Open winning streak to 21

Novak Djokovic of Serbia return a shots to Vasek Pospisil from Canada during the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)BEIJING (AP) — Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the China Open to 21 straight matches, beating Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5 under the roof on center court on a cold, rainy Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:52:09 -0400
Springboks to give Vermeulen late fitness test

Duane Vermeulen is tackled by Scottish wing Tommy Seymour (right) during the Test on June 28, 2014 in Port Elizabeth, South AfricaJohannesburg (AFP) - A late fitness test will decide whether outstanding South Africa No. 8 Duane Vermeulen plays against New Zealand Saturday in the Rugby Championship.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:51:46 -0400
McIlroy wins PGA Tour player of the year

Europe’s Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd on his way to the 3rd green during the singles match on the final day of the Ryder Cup golf tournament, at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — One incredible month of golf was enough for Rory McIlroy to be voted PGA Tour player of the year.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:48:10 -0400
12 killed as 2 trains collide in northern India

In this Sept. 30, 2014 photo, passengers are rescued from a damaged train near Gorakhpur city, India. A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo)LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A train overshot a stop signal and plowed into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials said Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:45:33 -0400
Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat dead at 87

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 1993 file photo, New York City Mayor David Dinkins, center, joins in a conversation with Tel Aviv Mayor Shlomo Lahat, right, and Mrs. Lea Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at a reception for the Tel Aviv Foundation in New York. Former Tel Aviv mayor Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, has died at the age of 87. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who presided over the city's transformation into a vibrant and open urban center, died Wednesday at the age of 87.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:43:23 -0400
Ogunode wins 200 to achieve Asiad sprint double

Qatar's Femi Seun Ogunode leads in the men's 200m final\ at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Days after setting an Asian record in the 100 meters, Qatar's Femi Ogunode powered to victory in the Asian Games 200 on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:43:22 -0400
Nobel Laureates condemn South Africa visa denial to Dalai Lama
By Abhishek Madhukar DHARAMSALA India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi on Wednesday slammed South Africa's refusal to give fellow laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, a visa to attend a peace conference and said they would boycott the event. The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India and is at loggerheads with China over Tibet, had been hoping to join a Nobel peace conference in Cape Town on Oct. 13. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:41:54 -0400
Aguirre calls up Kagawa, three uncapped players to Japan squad

Shinji Kagawa wins the ball in Borussia Dortmund's game against Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on September 27, 2014Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's new coach Javier Aguirre called up Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Wednesday for friendlies against Jamaica and Brazil this month, in his first international duty since leaving Manchester United.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:40:11 -0400
Image of Asia: Celebrating Durga Puja

A Bangladeshi devotee plays the flute near the idol of Hindu goddess Durga, background, during the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. The five-day festival, commemorates the slaying of a demon king by lion-riding, 10-armed goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)In this photo by A.M. Ahad, a devotee plays the flute near the idol of Hindu goddess Durga during the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and Hindus celebrate by singing and dancing and visiting temples. They also may eat special foods or fast during the festival. Nearly 10 percent of Bangladesh's population is Hindu, which is the world's third-largest religion.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:39:03 -0400
Asian Games inspire North Koreans to work harder

North Korea's delegation members celebrate North Korea's goal against Japan during their women's soccer final match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Asian Games appear to have been a godsend for North Korea.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:37:37 -0400
Former Hong Kong governor Patten calls for 'genuine consultation': BBC
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten called on Wednesday for a new period of genuine consultation over demands for greater democracy in the former British colony which is witnessing its worst protests since China resumed its rule 17 years ago. "I think we've got to see dialogue replacing tear gas and pepper sprays," Patten, the last British governor before the 1997 handover of the territory to China, told BBC radio. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:34:40 -0400
Karadzic: I am not linked to wartime atrocities

FILE - A Thursday, July 11, 2013 photo from files showing former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic awaiting the start of his appeal at the courtroom of the U.N. Yugoslav war crimes tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. Prosecutors called former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic a liar in closing remarks at his genocide trial, saying his denials of responsibility for atrocities committed on a massive scale while he was in charge lack any credibility. Prosecutor Alan Tieger said Karadzic, 69, should be imprisoned for life if found guilty. Karadzic says he is innocent of any wrongdoing and was unaware of the 1995 slaughter of more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys by Serb forces at Srebrenica, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II. (AP Photo/Michael Kooren, Pool, File)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic insisted Wednesday that U.N. prosecutors do not have "a shred of evidence" linking him to atrocities throughout the Bosnian war and accused them of putting the Serb people on trial.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:32:52 -0400
Lithuania protests Russian seizure of fishing ship
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has accused Russia of violating international maritime law by seizing a Lithuanian fishing vessel and its 28-member crew in Arctic waters.
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:31:03 -0400
Court lifts travel ban on Bahrain rights activist
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A court in Bahrain has lifted a travel ban on a prominent human rights activist who was held for questioning and detained for several weeks on arrival in the Gulf kingdom in August.
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:21:52 -0400
Imelda Marcos 'violated' by artwork seizure

Philippine former first lady Imelda Marcos was asleep in her Manila apartment when government agents arrived to search itManila (AFP) - Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos felt "violated" after the authorities searched her homes and offices and seized art pieces, her lawyer said on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:21:00 -0400
Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

Rescue workers and pro-Russian rebels carry the body of man who was killed during shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk Wednesday, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:19:04 -0400
U.S. health experts in Dallas reviewing potential Ebola exposure

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in DallasBy Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health experts in Dallas on Wednesday were examining how many people may have been exposed to Ebola, just one day after the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the United States, the nation's top public health official said. The review came after health officials on Tuesday said a man who flew from Liberia to Texas had Ebola, the first confirmation that the outbreak devastating West Africa has reached the United States. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:19:01 -0400
UK drops terrorism case for ex-Guantanamo inmate

FILE - This is a Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 file photo of former Guatanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, who was released in 2005, as he speaks during a session of the Convention Modern Liberty at the Institute of Education in London. British prosecutors Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 dropped terrorism charges against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects. Begg had been due to stand trial next week on seven counts relating to the war in Syria (AP Photo/Akira Suemori, File)LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors dropped terrorism charges Wednesday against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:16:08 -0400
Turkey will fight Islamic State, wants Assad gone: President Erdogan
By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will fight against Islamic State and other "terrorist" groups in the region but will stick to its aim of seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad removed from power, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday . The advance of Islamic State insurgents to within sight of the Turkish army on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to play a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the insurgents in Syria and Iraq. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:15:46 -0400
Kenya sentences two Iranians for using fake Israeli passports
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month. Kenyan anti-terrorism police arrested the two on suspicion of plotting an attack in Kenya as they prepared to board a flight at Nairobi aiport on Sept. 18 bound for Belgium. It was not immediately clear whether officials' concerns about a possible attack had been put to rest. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:11:29 -0400
Philippines seizes 15 paintings from Marcos family

Andres Bautista, head of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, shows reporters some of the rare paintings of European masters that are allegedly part of the collection of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos as he meets the press in suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Bautista says the Philippine government has seized at least 15 paintings from the former home of the Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks included in his alleged ill-gotten wealth. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks — including ones by Van Gogh, Monet and Michelangelo — that are part of his alleged ill-gotten wealth, an official said Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:08:16 -0400
DR Congo Ebola outbreak has killed 42 since August
Kinshasa (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the Ebola virus to 42 on Wednesday as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the disease in Africa this year.
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:05:12 -0400
Ebola case stokes concerns for Liberians in Texas

A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A patient in the hospital is showing signs of the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation with test results pending, hospital officials said Monday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:57:33 -0400
More bodies found on Japanese volcano; toll now 47

Rescuers conduct a search operation near the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Search efforts for people missing since Saturday's surprise eruption resumed Wednesday morning. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITOTAKI, Japan (AP) — One body recovered near the volcano's peak was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered the bodies Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying an autumn weekend hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:57:18 -0400
Sweden's incoming coalition to set up energy commission
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Social Democrats said Wednesday they had agreed with junior coalition partner the Green Party to set up an energy commission, offering hope of reconciling their opposing views on nuclear policy. "We have an energy agreement," Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven told Swedish radio. "We want to have a broad discussion, undertake an analysis and reach a long-term agreement because that is necessary for the country." "To have a long-term discussion that is going to lead somewhere, you shouldn't start by saying we should go this way or that way. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:55:27 -0400
Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, file photo, Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria during a news conference at the Pentagon. According to current and former U.S. officials, the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:54:49 -0400
Russian news agency goes back to Soviet name: Tass

The Russian news agency known since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union as ITAR-Tass has reverted to its old, historical nameMOSCOW (AP) — The Russian news agency known since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union as ITAR-Tass has reverted to its old, historical name: Tass.


Date Posted : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:52:56 -0400
 

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