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Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

An explosion following an air-strike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fightingBy Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around Kobani earlier in the day in an apparent effort to pave the way for the heavily-armed Kurdish contingent to enter. ...


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:27:30 -0400
Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general

Anti-government protesters gather in the Place de la Nation in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkougou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff. Compaore stepped down on Friday after two days of mass protests against his attempts to change the constitution to extend his 27-year rule. At least three people were killed after protesters stormed the parliament building and set it on fire. ...


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:49:42 -0400
Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal

Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of TehranWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's talks in Muscat, Oman with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's Catherine Ashton are due to take place two weeks before a Nov. 24 deadline for Tehran and six major powers to reach a long-term agreement on Iran's nuclear program. ...


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:39:49 -0400
China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief

Former China's Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang attends the closing ceremony of the NPC in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday. Jiang Bixin, the deputy head of the Supreme People's Court, China's highest court, said any case against Zhou would be handled by the courts in compliance with the law once it was lodged. He was responding to a journalist's question about Zhou's fate at a news conference in Beijing that was carried live on the website of the state-run China News service. ...


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:38:21 -0400
Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

Election information sheets are pictured on display during preparations for the upcoming election, with portraits of Zakharchenko, separatist leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, seen on leaflets, at a polling station in DonetskBERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel's spokesman Georg Streiter said at a government news conference. ...


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:37:15 -0400
Malaysia Airlines sees first lawsuit on missing Flight MH370

Ground crew work among Malaysia Airlines planes on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in SepangKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Two children of a passenger on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have sued the company and the Malaysian government for damages, the first lawsuit to be filed over the aircraft which disappeared in March. The two Malaysian boys, aged 13 and 14, filed the suit at the High Court registry, also naming the heads of the Department of Civil Aviation, the Immigration Department and the country's air force, The Star newspaper reported on Saturday. ...


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:41:32 -0400
New Zealand beats Samoa 14-12 in 4-Nations Champs
WHANGAREI, New Zealand (AP) — A try five minutes from fulltime by center Shaun Kenny-Dowall gave New Zealand a fortunate 14-12 win over Samoa Saturday in rugby league's Four Nations Championships.
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:11:56 -0400
Hong Kong protests promise political game change

In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo, a flower is placed on a cut-out picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping by pro-democracy protesters in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. After more than a month in which scattered pro-democracy protests coalesced into an unprecedented social movement, that demand has gone unmet. Beijing has not budged an inch. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Like thousands of young people from all over Hong Kong, secondary school teacher Li Hiu Fung had come out to the streets of this anxious city every night to demand that his government give him a real voice in choosing his leaders. He helped build a sprawling protest camp on one of the city's busiest thoroughfares.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:06:55 -0400
Canada's new human rights museum shares oral histories

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights on the shores of the Red River in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 11, 2014A new museum in Canada's western prairies has amassed a unique collection of personal stories from genocide survivors, human rights defenders and others, and wants to share them. Dedicated to the 60-year-old notion of human rights, a singular but intricate ideal, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba will open its doors on November 11.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:00:03 -0400
Spain's Fernandez sizzles at Skate Canada

In this file photo, Spain's Javier Fernandez performs during the world figure skating championships in Saitama, Japan, on March 26, 2014Back-to-back European champion Javier Fernandez finished first in the men's short programme at Skate Canada in a field that was minus Olympic silver medallist Patrick Chan. "Today, it was the first time I performed this programme in a competition, and I think it was good as a beginning," said Fernandez, who earned the only standing ovation from the crowd at the Prospera Place arena. In the ladies singles at the $720,000 event, Russia's Anna Pogorilaya is the leader heading into Saturday's free skate after a solid short programme on Friday. American Ashley Wagner is second while Alena Leonova of Russia is third.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:36:04 -0400
Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church. Jeffrey Fowle said he traveled to the country as a tourist but saw the opportunity as a way to follow the Christian mission "to carry the Gospel to all corners of the oath."
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:32:12 -0400
New US general seeks China air safety dialogue
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Air Force's new commander in the Pacific said Saturday she's hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air that have added to regional tensions.
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:18:30 -0400
Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church. Jeffrey Fowle said he traveled to the country as a tourist but saw the opportunity as a way to follow the Christian mission "to carry the Gospel to all corners of the oath."
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:03:34 -0400
10 killed, 30 injured in Nepal bus collision
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two passenger buses collided head-on Saturday on a key highway in Nepal, killing 10 people and injuring 30 others, police said.
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:57:56 -0400
Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

Virgin chief Richard Branson, while voicing shock at the accident involving Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, has vowed to push forward towards the dream of space flight for the paying publicVirgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about the program's future. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. The incident is the second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Branson's long-held dream of offering the first passenger space flights, which have been snapped up by Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:47:50 -0400
Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees

A crowd gathers on October 31, 2014 in front of army headquarters in Ouagadougou, demanding that the army take over following the resignation of the president of Burkina FasoThe second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said on Saturday he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Zida declared a rival claim by army chief Navere Honore Traore was "obsolete" in a televised speech. The tussle for power comes after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:38:49 -0400
Fernandez wins short program at Skate Canada

Anna Pogorilaya, of Russia, skates during the ladies short program at Skate Canada International in Kelowna, British Columbia, Friday, Oct., 31, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)KELOWNA, British Columbia (AP) — Russia's Anna Pogorilaya won the women's short program Friday night at Skate Canada International, and Spain's Javier Fernandez topped the men's field.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:37:24 -0400
US condemns eastern Ukraine separatist vote

Pro-Russian gunmen guard Alexander Zakharchenko (C), prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and presidential candidate on October 31, 2014 in DonetskThe United States says it will not recognise weekend elections planned by pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine, where more than 4,000 people have been killed according to new UN figures. The European Union and the transatlantic NATO alliance have also condemned Sunday's leadership vote in Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk regions. "We deplore the intent of separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine to hold illegitimate so-called local 'elections' on Sunday," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement on Friday. It came as the United Nations said there have been 4,035 deaths in over six months of fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:36:18 -0400
Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:33:14 -0400
Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. Air Force's new commander in the Pacific says she's hoping to continue talks with China on avoiding dangerous encounters in the air. Gen. Lori Robinson said Saturday she hopes a speaking engagement at China's biggest air show later this month will allow her to renew dialogue on the issue.
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:32:11 -0400
Hawaii pair took photos, prodded fiery lava with golf clubs: police

Construction crews try to divert lava from Mt. Kilauea from a home in the village of Pahoa, HawaiiBy Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - Two Hawaii residents have been charged with trespassing after police found the man and woman snapping pictures within five feet of a slow-moving river of molten lava that is threatening a nearby village, police said. Hawaii County police responding to a report on Thursday evening also found the pair with two golf clubs, each with a ball of hardened lava stuck to its end, in the vicinity of the lava flow north of Pahoa village. ...


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:31:55 -0400
Wolves give Ricky Rubio 4-year, $56M deal

Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, and head coach Flip Saunders celebrate after they defeated the Detroit Pistons 97-91 in a NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The clock was ticking down toward the deadline for reaching agreement on an extension of his rookie contract, and just like he does on the court for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio took charge.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:25:07 -0400
Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town

Kurdish peshmerga fighters wave as they ride towards the Syrian town of Kobane, from the Turkish border town of Suruc on October 31, 2014Kurdish peshmerga forces streamed across the Syrian border from Turkey late Friday to bolster defenders in the key border town of Kobane which is under assault by Islamic State group jihadists. Horns blaring, the trucks carried some 150 Iraqi peshmerga fighters, many of them chanting "Kobane" and waving to jubilant crowds who cheered them across the border where they will join the fight against the jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the Kurdish fighters had entered the embattled frontier town. The peshmerga drove out of a heavily guarded Turkish military warehouse and headed for the border to reinforce Syrian Kurds in the battle for Kobane, an AFP correspondent reported.


Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:06:33 -0400
Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church. Jeffrey Fowle said he traveled to the country as a tourist but saw the opportunity as a way to follow the Christian mission "to carry the Gospel to all corners of the oath."
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:03:30 -0400
Ecuador top court endorses re-election for Correa
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's top court endorsed and sent to the National Assembly on Friday a constitutional reform package that would allow indefinite re-election for President Rafael Correa.
Date Posted : Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:03:25 -0400
Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight

Map locates Mojave Desert, Calif.MOJAVE, California (AP) — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:49:13 -0400
Lieutenant Colonel Zida says taking power in Burkina Faso
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Lieutenant Colonel Issaac Zida said on Saturday he was taking over as head of state in Burkina Faso, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff Honore Traore who had earlier said he would lead a transition. Burkina Faso's longtime President Blaise Compaore had resigned on Friday amid mass protests against his efforts to extend his 27-year rule, leaving two military factions vying for control of the West African country. ...
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:37:51 -0400
Mexico police questioned in killing of 3 Americans

Erica Maria Alvarado Rivera and her brother AlexMATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities were investigating on Friday a possible police connection to the killing of three U.S. citizens visiting their father in Mexico who were found shot to death along with a Mexican friend more than two weeks after going missing.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:36:34 -0400
Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church. Jeffrey Fowle said he traveled to the country as a tourist but saw the opportunity as a way to follow the Christian mission "to carry the Gospel to all corners of the oath."
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:32:10 -0400
US man held in North Korea hoped to aid church
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:17:52 -0400
Third victim of US school shooting dies: hospital

A makeshift memorial is set up outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School on October 26, 2014 in Marysville, Washington, following a shooting rampage by a studentA 14-year-old US girl has died after being critically injured when a fellow high school student went on a shooting rampage last week, hospital officials said Friday. "Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, known affectionately as Shay to her family and friends, passed away at Providence Regional Medical Center as a result of severe injuries from last Friday's school shooting," the hospital said in reference to the assault in the northwestern state of Washington. In a brief statement, members of Chuckulnaskit's family said their hearts were "broken at the passing of our beautiful daughter." Her death follows that of 14-year-old Gia Soriano, who died of injuries at the same hospital on Sunday.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:17:22 -0400
Fit, fresh Boks set off on European challenge

South Africa's lock Victor Matfield (L) takes the line-out ball with New Zealand's Wyatt Crocket in defense during their Rugby Championship Test match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, on September 13, 2014A fit, fresh South African squad fly to Europe this weekend hoping to build on a Rugby Championship triumph over greatest rivals New Zealand. The Springboks tackle Six Nations title-holders Ireland in Dublin on November 8, followed on consecutive Saturdays by Tests against England, Italy and Wales. After defeating the All Blacks in Johannesburg this month through a monster last-minute Patrick Lambie penalty, the squad had a two-week break before a two-week camp near Cape Town. "I cannot recall having two weeks before to prepare for a tour of Europe," said 117-cap lock Victor Matfield, at 37 the senior squad member.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:12:56 -0400
Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day trip marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft has returned to Earth after traveling around the moon. China plans to send a spacecraft to the moon in 2017 and have it return to Earth after collecting soil samples.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:02:32 -0400
Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

A screengrab from a Boko Haram video allegedly shows missing schoolgirls being filmed by an unidentified man in an undisclosed location in May 2014Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday. The Islamist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, also denied claims by Nigeria's government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks. In addition, Shekau said the Islamists were holding a German national, who was kidnapped in Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria in July. The schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok in Borno state in April, raising global awareness about the group whose five-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:01:42 -0400
Celtic boss aims to develop young talent

Celtic's manager Ronny Deila gestures from the touchline during their UEFA Europa League match against Astra Giurgiu, at Celtic Park in Glasgow, on October 23, 2014Glasgow (AFP) - Celtic boss Ronny Deila hopes the Scottish champions can become a magnet for the best young talent in Europe.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:46:40 -0400
China experimental moon orbiter returns
BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:42:50 -0400
Canada restricts visas amid Ebola scare

In this Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, photo released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, and CBP supervisor Sam Ko conduct prescreening measures on a passenger, right, who arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away. Canada's Conservative government said Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, it is suspending visa applications for residents and nationals of countries with "widespread and persistent-intense transmission" of Ebola virus disease. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Melissa Maraj, File)TORONTO (AP) — Canada has joined Australia in suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep the deadly disease away.


Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:32:55 -0400
Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China has successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day trip that ended early Saturday marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft has returned to Earth after traveling around the moon. China plans to send a spacecraft to the moon in 2017 and have it return to Earth after collecting soil samples.
Date Posted : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:32:11 -0400
 

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