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Turkey mulls military action against Islamic State
News ImageBy 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". ...
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:34:18 -0400
Defiant Hong Kong protesters demand leader steps down
News ImageBy 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. ...
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. ...
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:13:45 -0400
An environmentalist's calculated push toward Brazil's presidency
News ImageBy 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 Incio 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.
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. ... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:11 -0400
German defense crisis puts potential Merkel successor in hot seat
News ImageBy 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. ...
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:32:39 -0400
7 arrested in Greece in migrant smuggling ring
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) An airline pilot and a ground crew staff member were among seven people arrested in Greece on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto flights from the eastern Greek city of Thessaloniki to other EU countries, police said Wednesday. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:08:45 -0400
Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil
News ImageRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:07:41 -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. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:04:18 -0400
Spaniard rescued after 12 days in Peru cave
News ImageLEIMEBAMBA, Peru (AP) A Spanish speleologist has been rescued in Peru after 12 days trapped about 400 meters (1,300 feet) underground in a cave in Peru's remote Amazon region.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:04:04 -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. 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. ... Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:58:52 -0400
UK's Cameron promises tax cuts, EU battle
News ImageLONDON (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.
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. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:52:29 -0400
Djokovic extends China Open winning streak to 21
News ImageBEIJING (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.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:52:27 -0400
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