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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State
News ImageBy Oliver Holmes and Alexandria Sage BAGHDAD/PARIS (Reuters) - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighboring Syria. President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows U.S. ...
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:10:33 -0400
About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance
News ImageBy Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. A Kurdish commander on the ground said Islamic State had advanced to within 15 km (9 miles) of the town. ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:16:21 -0400
Munitions factory hit in Ukraine's Donetsk, buffer zone to be set up
News ImageBy Anton Zverev DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The Ukrainian city of Donetsk was rocked by blasts on Saturday, even as government forces and pro-Russian separatists prepared to create a buffer zone to separate the warring sides. A memorandum signed early on Saturday calls for the withdrawal of heavy weapons, including artillery, and all foreign fighters from a 30 kilometer-wide buffer zone. A Reuters correspondent in Donetsk, the main industrial hub in Ukraine's turbulent east, said several powerful explosions were heard in the morning. ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:47:04 -0400
Sierra Leone burial team attacked despite lockdown
News ImageBy Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone's capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as a small group defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record. In one of the most extreme measures since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone has ordered its population of 6 million to stay indoors as volunteers circulate to educate residents about the disease as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead. ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:10:15 -0400
Rival prime ministers address Libyans, highlighting divisions
Libya's PM Abdullah al-Thinni speaks to reporters in Abu DhabiBENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) - Libya's rival prime ministers both addressed the nation, with each claiming legitimacy and denouncing the other side, highlighting deep divisions in the oil producing country. The North African country has two parliaments and two governments since an armed group from the western city of Misrata seized the capital in Tripoli in August and set up a rival assembly and cabinet. Since then, senior officials and the elected House of Representatives have lost control of ministries in the capital and have moved to Tobruk in the east near the Egyptian border. ...
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:08:28 -0400
Hong Kong students to boycott class to protest China curbs on democracy
By Clare Baldwin and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong students are preparing for a showdown with Beijing over democratic reforms by boycotting classes on Monday, as a restive younger generation challenges the Chinese Communist Party's tightening grip on the city. The former British colony returned to China in 1997 with a high degree of autonomy, but Beijing's rejection of the right to freely choose the city's next leader has prompted threats from activists to shut down the Central financial district as part of their pro-democracy campaign. ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:16:25 -0400
Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop
News ImagePope Francis' appointment Saturday of Bishop Blase Cupich, who has long staked out a firm position in the middle of the road, as the next archbishop of Chicago sends a strong signal about the direction that the pontiff is taking the church.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:42:12 -0400
U2 guitarist gets boost in bid for Malibu mansions
News ImageMALIBU, California (AP) The guitarist for U2 finally has an edge in getting his long-planned compound of mansions built in the mountains above Malibu.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:38:44 -0400
Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release
News ImageLondon (AFP) - The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State jihadists implored his captors to release him, saying Saturday she could not see how his death could assist any cause.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:21:09 -0400
Putin foe Khodorkovsky 'willing to lead Russia'
News ImageMoscow (AFP) - Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, openly stated his political ambitions on Saturday by announcing he would be ready, if called upon, to lead Russia in times of crisis.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:46:47 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT
NEW YORK (AP) Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value of the e-commerce giant soaring well beyond that of Amazon, eBay and even Facebook. The initial public offering was on track to be the world's largest, with the possibility of raising as much as $25 billion. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:32:37 -0400
Designers go for the flow at Milan Fashion Week
News ImageMILAN (AP) Milan designers are making a nonbinding treaty with women.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:12:22 -0400
Ronaldo scores 3 as Madrid thrashes Deportivo 8-2
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 to emphatically end its two-game losing skid in the Spanish league on Saturday. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:01:49 -0400
NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire 'in name only'
News ImageVILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:01:25 -0400
Sarkozy-bashing may not be panacea for French left
News ImageParis (AFP) - On the face of it, the return to France's political stage of unpopular right-wing former president Nicolas Sarkozy is welcome news for the beleaguered left.
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:57:00 -0400
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