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Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship: U.S. official
USS Nitze is greeted by spray of fireboat to kick off Fleet Week in New York HarborBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington's concerns about Iran's posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was "unsafe and unprofessional." The vessels harassed the destroyer by "conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings," the official said.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:10:54 -0400
Italy quake death toll nears 250 as rescuers search demolished towns
News ImageBy Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose to at least 247 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The provisional death toll has jumped to 247, from the 159 listed on Wednesday night, the Civil Protection department said. "I haven't slept much because I was really afraid," said 70-year-old Arturo Onesi from the town of Arquata del Tronto, who spent the night in a tent camp for survivors and rescue workers.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:30:41 -0400
More Turkish tanks enter Syria in push against Islamic State, Kurdish militia
News ImageBy Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - At least nine more Turkish tanks entered northern Syria on Thursday as part of an operation aimed at driving Islamic State out of the border area around Jarablus and stopping Kurdish militia fighters from seizing territory, Reuters witnesses said. A senior Turkish official said there were now more than 20 Turkish tanks inside Syria and that additional tanks and construction machinery would be sent in as required. "We need construction machinery to open up roads ... and we may need more in the days ahead.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:57:29 -0400
Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 12: police
News ImageBy Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Twelve people, including seven students, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that sent hundreds of students fleeing in panic, police said early on Thursday, before the assault ended when two gunmen were shot dead. Elite Afghan forces surrounded the walled compound and eventually worked their way inside, according to a senior interior ministry official. Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said seven students, three policemen and two security guards were killed during the attack, the second incident involving the university this month.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:42:46 -0400
Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century of bloodshed
News ImageBy Helen Murphy and Nelson Acosta BOGOTA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels reached a final peace deal on Wednesday to end a five-decade war which once took the resource-rich country to the brink of collapse. Under the historic agreement to end one of the world's longest conflicts, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will lay down arms and reintegrate into civilian life. The accord, which was reached after almost four years of talks in Cuba, sparked celebrations in parks and bars in the Colombian capital, Bogota.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:21:26 -0400
North Korea's Kim declares sub missile launch 'greatest success'
News ImageBy Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it "the greatest success," which puts the country in the "front rank" of nuclear military powers, official media reported on Thursday. North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on Wednesday which flew about 500 km (300 miles) towards Japan. The South Korean government and experts said the launch showed technical progress in the North's SLBM program.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:45:35 -0400
New Zealand police rescue Czech woman a month after deadly trekking accident
New Zealand police rescued on Thursday a Czech woman traveler who spent nearly a month alone in a warden's hut by a remote mountain lake after her male traveling companion was killed in a fall. "She's undergone quite a traumatic experience," Inspector Olaf Jensen of the district police told a news conference. The pair had been in New Zealand since January on a working holiday. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:32:31 -0400
Thailand's junta suspends Bangkok governor pending graft probes
Thailand's military government suspended the governor of Bangkok, the country's most senior elected official, on Thursday while the country's attorney general investigates allegations of corruption and misuse of city funds. The order suspending Sukhumbhand Paribatra, a member of the royal family and a former deputy foreign minister, was signed by junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha and published in the Royal Gazette. Sukhumbhand denies the allegations against him. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:31:27 -0400
Five beachgoers die on hottest day of year
News ImageThe bodies of two men were found at Camber Sands, southeast England, hours after three men died after being pulled from the sea. A two-year-old girl died on Tuesday in hospital after being rescued on Friday in Newquay.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:30:46 -0400
Yemen violations probe demanded by UN rights chief
News ImageGeneva (AFP) - The United Nations called Thursday for the creation of an independent international body to investigate an array of alleged serious violations in war-torn Yemen.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:28:53 -0400
Belarusian leader treats action hero Seagal to local carrots
MINSK, Belarus (AP) Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has treated American action hero Steven Seagal to a harvest of carrots and watermelons at his country residence. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:28:19 -0400
Serbia police find 34 migrants in a Belgrade house
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Serbian police say they have arrested a man after finding 34 migrants in his house in a Belgrade suburb. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:12:45 -0400
Italy quake death toll nears 250
News ImageThe death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 247 on Thursday amid fears many more corpses would be found in the rubble of devastated mountain villages. Monica, a survivor from the tourist town of Amatrice, told of her numbed response when a 4.5-magnitude aftershock rattled the area just after 5.00 a.m. (0300 GMT). "If we don't get help, l'Arquata is finished," said Aleandro Petrucci, the mayor of Arquata del Tronto, which accounted for 57 of the confirmed deaths to date.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:12:41 -0400
UN rights chief seeks international probe of Yemen violence
GENEVA (AP) The U.N. human rights chief is calling for an international investigation of human rights violations in Yemen's civil war, which has killed thousands. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:10:53 -0400
FIFA pay panel meets next week to set Infantino's salary
ZURICH (AP) After six months of working without a contract, FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to get a pay deal. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:08:30 -0400
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