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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue
News ImageBy Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed. Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Pakistan's military stepped in this week to try to defuse the unrest. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million, has been ruled by the military for half of its entire history and has repeatedly oscillated between civilian and military rule.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:10:50 -0400
EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team
Ukrainian President Poroshenko shakes hands with EC President Van Rompuy, prior to an EU summit at the European Council building in BrusselsBy Adrian Croft and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine on Saturday but, fearful of a new Cold War and self-inflicted harm to their own economies, should give Moscow another chance to make peace. At a summit in Brussels that handed one of the Union's top jobs to Poland's premier and gives hawkish Kremlin critics in Eastern Europe new influence in the bloc, EU officials gave Ukraine's embattled President Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome and assurances of further economic and other support.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:28:21 -0400
Tunisia says 36 migrants dead in latest Mediterranean shipwreck
The Tunisian coast guard on Saturday recovered the bodies of 21 migrants, most probably Syrians, who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean near the maritime border with Libya, officials said. They said the total number of victims found after the sinking was 36, adding that the overcrowded boat probably started its ill-fated journey to Europe in neighboring Libya, a frequent departure point for illegal migrants. "The coast guard recovered on Saturday 21 other bodies. The death toll rose to 36," Mustapha Abd El Kabir, an official in Ben Guerdan city, said. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:58:34 -0400
Philippines peacekeepers rescued from militants in Golan: U.N.
By Avi Ohayon EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Thirty-two U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said. Another group of U.N. soldiers - also from the Philippines - remained trapped by the Islamists, who surrounded their positions on Thursday, and a gunbattle was continuing, the U.N. press office said. The troops are part of UNDOF, a U.N. force that has monitored the disengagement zone between Israel and Syria since 1974, following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:52:46 -0400
China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy
A Chinese national flag is seen in front of the chimney of a heat supply plant in BeijingBy James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017. Political reform has been a constant source of friction between Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and the mainland since the former British colony was handed back to Communist Party rulers in 1997. ...
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:30:18 -0400
Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions
News ImageBy Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attending an EU summit in Brussels, said he was hoping for progress in finding a political solution, but told journalists there were now thousands of foreign troops in his country. Russia has repeatedly dismissed accusations from Kiev and Western powers that it has sent soldiers into its neighbour, or supported pro-Russian rebels fighting a five-month-old separatist war in Ukraine's east.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:11:44 -0400
Penn State tops UCF 26-24 with last-second FG
DUBLIN (AP) Penn State won a thrilling season opener with a 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the University of Central Florida 26-24 in front of a raucous 55,000-strong crowd in Ireland. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:25:29 -0400
UCF loses to Penn State 26-24 on last-second FG
News ImageDUBLIN (AP) UCF might have found its replacement for Blake Bortles. Unfortunately, the Knights didn't find him until the second half Saturday in a heartbreaking 26-24 loss to Penn State in Ireland.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:24:32 -0400
Bahrain detains Shi'ite rights activist on arrival at airport
Bahraini authorities detained prominent human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja on Saturday on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport, her mother told Reuters. Maryam is the daughter of Shi'ite Muslim activist Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja, who has been detained in the Sunni monarchy since 2011 and is on hunger strike. "Maryam told me that she will be transferred to the court tomorrow," her mother, Khadija al-Musawi, told Reuters, adding that her daughter, who holds dual Bahraini and Danish citizenship, was coming back from Denmark. Charges against al-Khawaja include insulting Bahrain's king, and assaulting a policewoman at the airport, her mother said. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:20:35 -0400
Wild Chelsea win capitalizes on City slip-up
News ImageLIVERPOOL, England (AP) Chelsea showed off its new-found attacking sparkle in a 6-3 win over Everton on a day Manchester City lost its cutting edge to slip to a surprise first defeat in its Premier League title defense.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:16:33 -0400
Israel agreed Gaza truce to focus on jihadist threat: Netanyahu
News ImagePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel agreed to a permanent truce in its 50-day Gaza war with Hamas in order to keep focused on the threat from regional militants. "We fought for 50 days and we could have fought for 500 days, but we are in a situation where the Islamic State is at the gates of Jordan, Al-Qaeda is in the Golan and Hezbollah is at the border with Lebanon," Netanyahu said in an address on public television. He was referring to Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq -- both neighbours of Jordan -- Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front Syria rebels on the Israeli-annexed Golan and Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah. "We decided not to get bogged down in Gaza, and we could have, but we decided to limit our objective and restore calm to Israeli citizens," Netanyahu added.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:14:32 -0400
Tunisia recovers 41 bodies from sea near Libya
News ImageTunisian rescuers have recovered the bodies of at least 41 migrants since Friday after their ship sank off the Libyan coast and more are expected to be found, officials said. The victims were found in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize. "Forty-one bodies have been recovered," Mustapha Abdelkebir, the mayor of Ben Guerdane in southeast Tunisia, said on Saturday. He said that this was only a provisional toll -- echoing an earlier warning from the director of El Ketf port Fethi Abaab -- and said that search operations were suspended for the night.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:13:04 -0400
Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs
News ImageEuropean leaders Saturday named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a series of challenges topped by Ukraine. Tusk, who speaks only halting English and no French, is the first eastern European to hold such a senior post in the EU and is known as a tough critic of the Kremlin, especially over the Ukraine crisis. "The suspense is up, the new EU leadership team is complete," said current EU President Herman Van Rompuy moments after the announcement was made. Van Rompuy said the new team faced three major challenges: the stagnating European economy, the crisis in Ukraine which he called "the gravest threat to continental security since the Cold War," and Britain's place in the EU.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:11:44 -0400
Spain's de Guindos has some support as next Eurogroup head: Van Rompuy
Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos has the support of some euro zone countries to replace Jeroen Dijsselbloem as the head of euro zone finance ministers when Dijsselbloem's term ends in the middle of 2015, the president of the European Council said on Saturday. A final decision on who will replace Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, at the helm of the Eurogroup will be made by euro zone finance ministers only next year. "When it comes to the future, after half way through 2015, I've seen that Mrs. Merkel, the German Chancellor, thinks that Mr. de Guindos is a candidate who would be quite suitable to carry on these functions and I've heard other European countries have the same view," Herman Van Rompuy told a news conference at a summit of EU leaders that he was chairing. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:06:21 -0400
No. 1 US Open women's doubles duo out in 2nd round
News ImageNEW YORK (AP) A day after beating Venus Williams in singles at the U.S. Open, Sara Errani and her partner, Roberta Vinci, were knocked out in the second round as the top-seeded team in women's doubles.
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:04:47 -0400
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