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Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) A security alert over a suspected bomb has shut down the main motorway through Belfast, triggering traffic chaos on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army's cease-fire. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:37:07 -0400
Lesotho PM calls for regional peace force after "coup": aide
By Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho's prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore order after an apparent coup over the weekend, his aide said on Monday. Thomas Thabane fled Lesotho for South Africa early on Saturday, hours before the army surrounded his residence and overran police stations in the capital Maseru, in what the prime minister called a coup by the military. Lesotho's army denied seeking to oust Thabane, saying it moved against police suspected of planning to arm a political faction in the country encircled by South Africa. The unrest stems from a power struggle between Thabane, who is supported by the police, and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who has the loyalty of the army, diplomats said.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:36:25 -0400
Shootings reported by NYC West Indian parade route
Afghan talks for unity government collapse; crisis deepens
By Hamid Shalizi and Sanjeev Miglani KABUL (Reuters) - Talks on a power sharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over the disputed vote. Secretary of State John Kerry, the runner-up in the election would name a "chief executive" in a unity government conceived to keep the lid on political tensions. The political process is now at a stalemate, we don't see any way out," Mohaqeq, a leader of the minority Hazara community, said in an interview in Kabul, as a months-long power struggle for a successor to President Hamid Karzai showed no signs of a resolution. On Monday, a spokesman for the Abdullah campaign said it would withdraw from the political process if its demands were not met by Tuesday.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:34:34 -0400
Mali hopes to seal initial peace deal with Tuareg rebels in eight weeks
Mali's government hopes to clinch a preliminary peace deal with northern Tuareg rebel separatists within eight weeks, the foreign minister said, ahead of talks due to start in Algeria on Monday. Mali's northern region - called Azawad by the Tuaregs - has risen up four times in the past 50 years, with various groups fighting for self-rule. The last uprising in early 2012 prompted a coup in the capital and allowed Islamist groups to seize northern Mali. Abdoulaye Diop told Malian state radio the first week of the Algiers talks would be devoted to discussions with the various Malian communities, especially those in the northern region. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:32:04 -0400
Spain orders custody for parents of ill UK boy
Both sides guilty of atrocities in Iraq fight: U.N. debate
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Islamist fighters have carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale" in months of fighting with Iraqi forces who have also killed detainees and shelled civilian areas, a U.N. official said in an emergency debate on the conflict on Monday. Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told the session that Islamic State militants, "oozing with barbarity", threatened his country and the world, but did not immediately respond to allegations against state troops. Islamic State has grabbed large areas of Iraq and neighboring Syria, declaring a cross-border caliphate and driving hundreds of thousands from their homes. At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August alone, U.N. figures showed on Monday.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:25:09 -0400
Man United agree Falcao loan deal - reports
Manchester United have agreed a sensational deal to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, according to widespread British media reports on Monday. The prolific 28-year-old forward, who missed the World Cup with a serious knee injury, has also been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal. United will pay Monaco a fee of around 10 million euros ($13.1 million) for the loan and will have an option to make the deal permanent for 55 million euros at the end of the season, sources at Monaco told AFP. Falcao, who has scored 20 goals in 51 appearances for Colombia, is under contract at Monaco until 2018.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:23:17 -0400
Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
WASHINGTON (AP) A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:20:29 -0400
Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights
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Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV
By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Protests descended into deadly chaos over the weekend, with demonstrators clashing with police in a central area near many government buildings and embassies. The state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:56:22 -0400
Merkel defends arming Kurds, calls IS a threat to Europe
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, calling the group a major security threat to both Germany and Europe. "The far-reaching detribalization of an entire region affects Germany and Europe," Merkel said in a speech to parliament on Monday, a day after Berlin published a list of weapons, including machine guns and hand grenades, that it will send to the region. ... Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:51:41 -0400