Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine
DONETSK, Russia (AP) Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border into Russia on Saturday.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:36:38 -0400
Egypt calls for open-ended Gaza cease-fire
CAIRO (AP) Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:33:04 -0400
1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free
A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:15:51 -0400
China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival
BEIJING (AP) Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening on Saturday, said organizers of an event that has become a rare and influential venue for the showing of films that could be critical of the government.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:15:26 -0400
4 Kochs took genes, money in different directions
WASHINGTON (AP) They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:14:07 -0400
Ten dead in new air raid on Libyan militia near Tripoli
An unidentified warplane bombarded Islamist militia positions near Tripoli airport overnight, leaving at least 10 people dead, a spokesman for an alliance of Libyan militias said on Saturday. The aircraft targeted an army base to the south of Tripoli and a nearby warehouse, Mohammed al-Ghariani, spokesman for Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn), said on An-Nabaa television station. Islamist fighters including a group from Misrata, east of Tripoli, have seized the army base from a rival militia from Zintan, west of the capital. During a lull in the fighting, the Islamist militia organised a visit on Thursday for Libyan journalists to prove they had captured the building, which was the army's headquarters during the regime of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, overthrown in 2011.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:08:30 -0400
Iran opens nuclear fuel plant
Iran has opened a uranium dioxide factory that will produce fuel for civilian nuclear plants, the head of its atomic energy agency announced Saturday. Ali Akbar Salehi said the factory in Esfahan, central Iran, which produce uranium dioxide enriched to a level of less than 5 percent was opened in keeping with an agreement between Tehran and world powers. Its main use would be for the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran, he said, quoted by state news agency IRNA, . The deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany -- known as P5+1 -- calls for a scaling back of Iran's controversial nuclear programme in return for a partial lifting of Western sanctions.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:06:28 -0400
Israel strike kills Gaza family as Egypt readies new talks
Israel kept up the pressure on Hamas in Gaza on Saturday, carrying out multiple air strikes that killed seven Palestinians, three of them children, as Egypt prepared to convene new truce talks. Since a previous round of frantic Egyptian diplomacy collapsed, shattering nine days of calm, 84 Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy have died as a result of the violence. "Egypt is going to invite delegates to return to the negotiating table to consider a long-term truce," Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said after talks with Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Abbas's meeting with Sisi came after he held two rounds of talks in Qatar on Thursday and Friday with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, whose Islamist movement is the de facto ruler of Gaza.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:03:38 -0400
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