Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State
By Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:16:52 -0400
Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist
By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, which is a central cause of the latest violence, was shut down to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:37:15 -0400
Exclusive: Canada spy agency must improve information sharing - watchdog
By Mike De Souza OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's spy agency must have national standards to improve how its regional surveillance teams share information, the chairwoman of the agency's civilian watchdog said in the wake of the killings of two Canadian soldiers last week. The comments by Deborah Grey, chairwoman of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), come after a report from her committee last week said the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's (CSIS) regional teams "operate in total isolation from one another and communicate only sporadically with their HQ counterparts." "We need to make sure that each region knows exactly what the other regions are doing, under the umbrella of the headquarters, of course," Grey told Reuters on Thursday. "You need national standards right across the country because (criminals) are pretty mobile." The performance of Canadian police and security services is under scrutiny after a gunman last week killed a soldier in Ottawa, then stormed the country's Parliament building.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:50:32 -0400
Ukraine, Russia, EU likely to agree gas supply deal on Thursday: officials
By Alastair Macdonald and Pavel Polityuk BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are likely to conclude an accord on Thursday that would see Moscow resume gas supplies to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter, EU and Ukrainian officials said. Russian negotiators, who broke off three-way talks overnight saying a deal depended on firmer EU commitments to Kiev to help it pay, were flying back to Brussels from Moscow to continue the trilateral discussions in the evening, Russian sources said. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:06:36 -0400
Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel's Netanyahu 'damaging'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an unnamed official in The Atlantic, which added to tensions between his government and the Obama administration, particularly over settlement building in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:26:16 -0400
East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy
By Thomas Grove and Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - On a campaign trip, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic lit candles at a Russian Orthodox Church and kissed icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary before dashing off to meet about 100 voters in a local factory. There, the barrel-chested 38-year-old former mine electrician Alexander Zakharchenko assured voters that he wanted pensions to be "higher than in Poland". The elderly should have enough money to "travel to Australia at least once a year to shoot a dozen kangaroos on Safari", he said. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:14:27 -0400
Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them
By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said. Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of the 300 members of the Sunni Muslim Albu Nimr tribe that Islamic State had seized this week. The captives, men aged between 18 and 55, had been shot at close range, witnesses said. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:07 -0400
Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden
JERUSALEM (AP) Israel has recalled its ambassador to Sweden to protest Stockholm's recognition of a Palestinian state.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:26:24 -0400
U.N. watchdog urges Israel to probe possible Gaza war crimes
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are brought to justice for any crimes, a United Nations human rights watchdog said on Thursday. A panel of independent experts urged Israel to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, stop confiscating land for their expansion, prevent violence against Palestinians and take measures to withdraw all settlers. The U.N. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:26:24 -0400
Burkina president declares emergency, calls for end to protests
DAKAR (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency on Thursday and pledged to open talks with the opposition, local radio reported, in a bid to defuse protests sparked by his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. "A state of emergency is declared across the national territory. The chief of the armed forces is in charge of implementing this decision which enters into effect today," said the statement read by a presenter on Radio Omega FM. "I dissolve the government from today so as to create conditions for change. ...
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:21:59 -0400
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