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Russia says U.S. Syria statement shows Washington supports terrorism
News ImageRussia is outraged by the threatening tone of the latest U.S. statement on Syria, viewing it as tantamount to supporting terrorism, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, according to Russian news agencies. Ryabkov was referring to a statement made by U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby who said on Wednesday that Russia had an interest in stopping the violence in Syria because extremists could exploit the vacuum there and launch attacks "against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities." "We cannot interpret this as anything else apart from the current U.S. administration's de facto support for terrorism," Ryabkov was quoted as saying. "These thinly disguised invitations to use terrorism as a weapon against Russia show the political depths the current U.S. administration has stooped to in its approach to the Middle East and specifically to Syria." U.S. officials said on Wednesday that Obama administration officials had begun considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military options, as rising tensions with Moscow diminish hopes for a diplomatic solution.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:42:40 -0400
In escalation, India says launches strikes on militants in Pakistan
News ImageBy Sanjeev Miglani and Asad Hashim NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India said on Thursday it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, making its first direct military response to an attack on an army base it blames on Pakistan. Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed in exchanges of fire and in repulsing an Indian "raid", but denied that India had made any targeted strikes across the de facto frontier that runs through the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir. The cross-border action inflicted significant casualties, the Indian army's head of operations told reporters in New Delhi, while a senior government official said Indian soldiers had crossed the border to target militant camps.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:37:00 -0400
China armed forces warn Japan against South China sea patrols
News ImageJapan is "playing with fire" with plans to step up activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, warning it would not sit watching from the sidelines. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and has repeatedly denounced what it views as interference there by the United States and its ally, Japan. Japan is strengthening its ties in the region, in particular with the Philippines and Vietnam, which contest China's claims to parts of the sea, and it aims to help build the capacity of coastal states in the busy waterway, its defense minister said this month during a visit to Washington.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:35:38 -0400
Defying critics, Turkey's Erdogan says to extend state of emergency
News ImageTurkey would benefit from another three months of a state of emergency, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, striking a defiant tone against those who have criticized the reach of a government crackdown following a failed coup. Speaking a day after the National Security Council recommended the extension of emergency rule, Erdogan said the measure sped up Ankara's fight against terrorism, adding he believed Turks would support it. "It would be in Turkey's benefit to extend the state of emergency for three months," Erdogan told a group of provincial leaders in Ankara.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:49:11 -0400
Philippines boxing icon Pacquiao used drugs as a teen but backs Duterte
News ImageBy Karen Lema and Clare Baldwin MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines boxing icon Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao says he took all kinds of drugs as a teenager but fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte, whose vicious anti-drugs campaign has led to the killing of more than 3,000 people, mostly users and pushers, in three months. Pacquiao, now a senator and a close ally of the president, also said Duterte was anointed by God to discipline the Filipino people and his authority must be respected. "The president, he doesn't know my experience with drugs," said Pacquiao, 37, adding he was confident it wouldn't damage their close relationship.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:19:36 -0400
Thousands of Israelis file past coffin of former president Peres
News ImageBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Thousands of Israelis filed past the flag-draped coffin of Shimon Peres outside parliament on Thursday, honoring the former president and prime minister who won worldwide praise for his efforts in peace talks with the Palestinians. U.S. President Barack Obama is among foreign dignitaries due to attend the funeral on Friday of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who died on Wednesday at 93, two weeks after a stroke. The leaders of Egypt and Jordan, the only Arab states to have signed peace treaties with Israel, were not on the roster of participants issued by Israel's Foreign Ministry.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:45:29 -0400
Berlusconi at 80: 'regrets I have a few'
News ImageSilvio Berlusconi celebrated his 80th birthday on Thursday, away from the limelight he enjoyed for decades as a flamboyant Italian prime minister, media tycoon and owner of AC Milan. "I think Berlusconi will be remembered 300 years from now for the things he did in football, publishing and television," said Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Twice-divorced Berlusconi was thought to be spending the day with his 31-year-old girlfriend Francesca Pascale and an extended family that he admits to having neglected during the course of his business and political careers.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:38:22 -0400
Erdogan hints state of emergency can be extended to a year
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Turkey's president hinted on Thursday that the three-month state of emergency declared following the failed July 15 coup could be extended to over a year. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:38:09 -0400
75,000 could starve to death in Nigeria after Boko Haram: UN
News ImageLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) As many as 75,000 children will die over the next year in famine-like conditions created by Boko Haram if donors don't respond quickly, the U.N. Children's Fund is warning. That's far more than the 20,000 people killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:36:23 -0400
Bulgaria detains French terrorism suspect
Bulgaria has detained a French citizen suspected of links to terrorism on Paris's request after he tried to cross into Turkey, the Bulgarian prosecutors' office said on Thursday. The French authorities demanded the detention of 18-year-old Clement Michel after he breached a restriction to leave France, the prosecutors' office spokeswoman Rumiana Arnaudova said. Le Figaro newspaper and other French media said Michel was a Muslim convert who had visited jihadist websites. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:36:09 -0400
Printing plant where Charlie Hebdo killers died reopens
News ImageDAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (AP) A printing plant north of Paris reopened Thursday for the first time since it was badly damaged during a deadly standoff between police and two brothers who gunned down cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo newspaper.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:34:21 -0400
German woman on trial over neo-Nazi murders breaks silence
News ImageMore than three years into her trial, Beate Zschaepe condemned the murders carried out by the other two members of the self-styled National Socialist Underground (NSU), Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt. Zschaepe for years lived in hiding with Mundlos and Boehnhardt, who shot dead eight men with Turkish roots, a Greek migrant and a German policewoman between 2000 and 2007, before the two died in an apparent murder-suicide in 2011.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:34:01 -0400
'Blood diamond' suspect dies in Belgian prison
News ImageA US-Belgian businessman accused of enslavement and diamond trafficking during Sierra Leone's civil war has died in a Brussels prison, officials said on Thursday. Michel Desaedeleer, 65, "died on Tuesday to Wednesday night, most likely of natural causes," a spokesman for the Belgian prosecutor's office told AFP. Belgium sought his arrest following a complaint filed in Brussels in 2011 by five former diamond mine slaves.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:29:39 -0400
Police called as larger-than-life Hitler appears in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) A huge moving image of a laughing Adolf Hitler has prompted a shocked Berlin driver to call police. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:26:31 -0400
Iraqi activist Yanar Mohammed wins Norway rights prize
News ImageNorway's Rafto Prize for human rights was on Thursday awarded to Yanar Mohammed of Iraq for her efforts to help minorities and women subjected to sexual abuse in the war-torn country, the jury said. Mohammed, 55, a journalist and feminist fighting for democratic principles and human rights, is the co-founder and head of the Organisation of Women's Freedom in Iraq, which provides protection to women victims of violence. "Sexual violence is often part of battle plans, and Iraq is just one of many places where women's rights are sacrificed for political and military objectives," the Rafto Foundation said.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:25:07 -0400
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