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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

Pro-Russian separatists walk at a destroyed war memorial on Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of DonetskBy Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be "ready to repel any aggression towards Russia." He described Ukrainians and Russians as "practically one people," language that Ukrainians say dismisses the very existence of their thousand-year-old nation. Kiev and Western countries say the reversal was the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Putin to prop up a rebellion that would otherwise have been near collapse.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:24:20 -0400
Islamist gains in Syria alarm some Assad allies

Syrian government forces stand in a tank at the town of Mleiha near DamascusBy Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State's territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus. The execution of scores of Syrian soldiers taken captive by Islamic State at an air base in Raqqa province has triggered unusually harsh social media criticism of the Damascus government by people who have taken its side in the civil war. ...


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:39:48 -0400
Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

Newly-arrived Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they walk at Azraq refugee campBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said. Syrians desperate to leave their war-engulfed homeland are forced to pay hefty bribes at armed checkpoints proliferating along Syria's borders, or to smugglers, the U.N. refugee agency said. The record figure is one million refugees more than a year ago, while a further 6.5 million are displaced within Syria, meaning that "almost half of all Syrians have now been forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," it said. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who serves as UNHCR special envoy, said in a separate statement: "Three million refugees is not just another statistic.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:18:21 -0400
Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day

Flight deck crew member confirms the deck is all clear before a F/A-18C Hornet take offs USS George H.W. Bush in the GulfRear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told a briefing the expense of U.S. He did not offer an estimate of the Pentagon's total costs so far, but an average cost of $7.5 million per day for 71 days would mean the department has spent roughly $532 million. By comparison, the Pentagon has been spending roughly $1.3 billion per week on Afghanistan, analysts said.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:34:43 -0400
Pakistan PM tries to distance himself from army as crisis drags on

Supporters of Sufi cleric Qadri perform Friday prayers in front of the Parliament building during the Revolution March in IslamabadBy Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off. The protests have been led by opposition leaders Imran Khan,a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, who have both announced they would now directly negotiate with army chief General Raheel Sharif.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:03 -0400
Silence surrounds Colombia's 92,000 disappeared: ICRC

Jordi Raich, head of the ICRC delegation in Colombia, speaks during a management report on their 2012 activities, in BogotaBy Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 92,000 Colombians have disappeared during 50 years of war and at the hands of drug gangs, and the government needs to step up efforts to find missing people, the Red Cross said. Every day nine people are reported missing in Colombia. Many are victims of five decades of armed conflict between government troops, right-wing paramilitary groups and leftist rebels, while others are victims of ongoing drug-turf wars. "The problem of missing people in Colombia is as widespread as it is silent," Jordi Raich, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Colombia said in a statement on Friday.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:54:01 -0400
Second-seeded Halep loses to qualifier at US Open

Simona Halep, of Romania, returns a shot against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, of Croatia, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)NEW YORK (AP) — Second-seeded Simona Halep's recent run of Grand Slam success ended with a third-round exit at the U.S. Open against a 32-year-old qualifier ranked 121st.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:41:15 -0400
Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, an al-Qaida-inspired militant stands guard at a checkpoint captured from the Iraqi Army outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight. (AP Photo, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:39:04 -0400
Sara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at US Open

Venus Williams, of the United States, reacts after a shot against Sara Errani, of Italy, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)NEW YORK (AP) — Two points from defeat, Sara Errani rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Venus Williams in a back-and-forth match at the U.S. Open.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:38:44 -0400
Werner Franz, survivor of Hindenburg crash, dies

The undated photo provided by John Provan shows Werner Franz, the last surviving crew member of the Hindenburg airship disaster 77 years ago. Franz died Aug. 13 in Frankfurt, Germany. Franz was a cabin boy on the Hindenburg, making three journeys to South America and one to North America before the disaster. (AP Photo/dpa, John Provan)BERLIN (AP) — Werner Franz, believed to be the last surviving crew member of the German airship Hindenburg that crashed 77 years ago, has died. He was 92.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:35:57 -0400
Pentagon says Iraq operations costing on average $7.5 million per day
Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told a briefing the expense of U.S. He did not offer an estimate of the Pentagon's total costs so far, but an average cost of $7.5 million per day for 71 days would mean the department has spent roughly $532 million. By comparison, the Pentagon has been spending roughly $1.3 billion per week on Afghanistan, analysts said.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:35:19 -0400
Defiant Gaza militants vow to rearm amid shaky truce
Thousands of militants paraded in the besieged Gaza Strip Friday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky. Thousands of Islamic Jihad fighters paraded through Gaza City in a show of force, marching with light weapons and holding aloft rockets similar to those fired at Israel during the conflict. His words echoed those of the exiled leader of Hamas, Gaza's de facto ruler.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:33:16 -0400
Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups. The former British colony, which was handed back to China in 1997, has been the scene of escalating tension for the past year after activists threatened a mass sit-in paralyzing the financial district if Beijing rules out genuine democratic reforms.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:32:47 -0400
Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside MoscowNOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:31:58 -0400
Iceland raises volcano aviation alert briefly

FILE - This is a Aug. 19, 2014 file image taken from video of a sign is posted on the road next to Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland's largest glacier. Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. Iceland's Met Office says two earthquakes measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano under the vast Vatnajokull glacier on Wednesday Aug. 27 2014. Some 500 quakes have hit the area since midnight. (AP Photo/Courtesy Channel 2 Iceland, File) ICELAND OUTREYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash was detected by the radar system.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:28:25 -0400
Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

Captured Russian paratroopers are seen in this image taken from video in Kiev on Wednesday Aug. 27. 2014. Ten Russian paratroopers were captured this week in Ukraine, adding to a growing body of evidence that Russia, despite its denials, is sending regular troops and weapons to support the separatists in their increasingly deadly fight against Ukrainian forces. (AP Photo/Channel 5) UKRAINE OUT TV OUTMOSCOW (AP) — The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:26:55 -0400
Mariupol digs in as fears mount of rebel onslaught

Residents of Mariupol dig trenches as they assist Ukrainian troops in organising their defence on the outskirts of the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on August 29, 2014Residents in east Ukraine's strategic port Mariupol dug trenches Friday as others packed up and fled over fears the city could be the next target for advancing pro-Russian rebels. AFP journalists saw dozens of people building hasty defences in a field on the eastern outskirts of the government-held city, after pro-Moscow forces that Kiev claims are actually Russian troops, captured a town some 30 kilometres (20 miles) away. Others brought food and supplies to the makeshift barricades where Ukraine's National Guard and volunteer fighters were trying to prepare for an attack from the direction of the Russian border. The pro-Kiev regional governor -- based in Mariupol since being kicked out of the city of Donetsk by rebels -- issued an appeal to residents to rally together into an "effective self-defense force for the city".


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:21:01 -0400
US: Too soon evaluate Pakistan offensive
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. military leaders say it's too soon to tell if Pakistan's offensive against militants in North Waziristan has been effective or simply symbolic.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:19:11 -0400
Stewart says Ward's death will affect him forever

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Unshaven and with a quivering voice, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track Friday for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint race in New York three weeks ago.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:16:58 -0400
Torres heads to AC Milan on loan from Chelsea

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho, center, gestures as he watches his team play against Leicester City during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)LONDON (AP) — Chelsea says it has agreed terms with AC Milan for striker Fernando Torres to join the Serie A club in a two-year loan deal.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:15:02 -0400
EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Tomasz Sikorski arrives holding a basket of apples to protest against Russia's ban on food imports, during an informal meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. European Union foreign ministers on Friday were set to weigh adopting a tougher stance on the Ukraine crisis amid increasing calls to beef up economic sanctions against Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:12:29 -0400
Tunisia recovers 14 bodies from sea near Libya

A picture taken on August 29, 2014 shows what remains of a boat carrying illegal migrants from Libya that sank off the shores of the coastal town of Ben Guerdane, in southeast TunisiaTunisian rescuers Friday recovered the bodies of at least 14 people from the sea near Libya's maritime border, in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize. A child's body was among those plucked from the sea by the Tunisian coastguard and taken to Ben Guerdane, an AFP photographer said. Hospital official Abdelkarim Chafroud told AFP that 14 bodies were retrieved and rescuers were still trying to recover three more. Earlier Friday, the defence ministry reported the discovery of two badly decomposed bodies and said in a statement that they had drifted from Libyan territorial waters.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:11:59 -0400
Angola to 'forgive' half of Mozambique's debt

President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza (R) greets supporters on his arrival in Chimoio on October 30, 2013Oil-rich Angola is ready to write off half of Mozambique's public debt which dates back decades, an official said Friday. The remaining $30 million will be "transformed into capital for Angolan investment in Mozambique," the Mozambican official said, asking not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the press. The debt dates back to the 1970s and 1980s and was largely incurred by Mozambique importing oil from Angola. Angola had in 2007 agreed to write off $30 million of Mozambique's debt, but the deal was never implemented.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:11:25 -0400
First conviction in Malawi's 'Cashgate' scandal

Photo taken on on May 22, 2014 shows Malawi President Joyce Banda speaking during a press conference in Lilongwe, MilawiA Malawi court has made the first conviction of a senior official in the so-called "Cashgate" scandal that led to the suspension of foreign aid and helped push a government from power. Senzani was arrested last year after a probe found she issued two government cheques to her own company even though it did not provide any services. A report by British auditors commissioned by former president Joyce Banda showed that at least $30 million had been stolen from the government over a six-month period last year. The scandal had prompted foreign donors -- who provide around 40 percent of Malawi's budget -- to pull the plug on aid of around $150 million (110 million euros).


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:10:38 -0400
Is this beginning of the end for South Africa's Zuma?

South African President Jacob Zuma waits to address an audience on August 4, 2014 in Washington, DCA series of setbacks in beleaguered South African President Jacob Zuma's battle against corruption allegations has sparked fresh speculation that he could be forced out of office. Controversy over millions of dollars of taxpayers' money spent on his rural home and the dropping of graft charges against him, returned to haunt Zuma with renewed force over the past week. On the same day, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, a government-appointed watchdog, told a news conference she would press ahead with demands that Zuma refund some of the $24 million spent on "security upgrades" at his private home. This took its most visible form last week when Zuma hedged his answers on the scandal in parliament, leading to chaotic scenes as a group of radical lawmakers jumped to their feet and yelled repeatedly: "Pay back the money!"


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:07:16 -0400
New Turkish top diplomat: pro-EU Erdogan ally with daunting task

Turkey's European Union (EU) Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu smiles between a Turkey national flag (L) and an EU flag, before taking part in the EU-Turkey Association Council meeting in Luxembourg on June, 23 2014Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was on Friday named as the new Turkish foreign minister, is a strong supporter of Turkey's integration with the European Union as well as part of the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Cavusoglu takes on the post at a critical time, facing an enormous task with Turkey mired in foreign policy difficulties in the Middle East amid the strife in its conflict-torn neighbours Syria and Iraq. Some analysts believe his predecessor Ahmet Davutoglu -- now promoted to prime minister -- overreached himself with an ambitious foreign policy aimed at asserting Turkey as an Islamic power.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:06:32 -0400
Arruabarrena replaces Bianchi at Boca Juniors

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2013 file photo, coach of Uruguay's Nacional soccer team, Rodolfo Arruabarrena, yells from the sidelines of a friendly soccer game against Spain's Atletico de Madrid in Montevideo, Uruguay. Arruabarrena became the new coach for Argentina's Boca Juniors, replacing fired coach Carlos Bianchi, announced Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 by the club on their official website. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Boca Juniors has named Rodolfo Arruabarrena as its new coach after firing Carlos Bianchi on Thursday.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:06:28 -0400
Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups. The former British colony, which was handed back to China in 1997, has been the scene of escalating tension for the past year after activists threatened a mass sit-in paralyzing the financial district if Beijing rules out genuine democratic reforms.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:02:48 -0400
Aussie Tomic pulls out of US Open

Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a shot against Dustin Brown of Germany at the US Open on August 26, 2014 in New YorkAustralian wildcard Bernard Tomic pulled out of the US Open on Thursday with a left hip injury, handing fourth-seeded David Ferrer a third-round berth. Tomic, 21, said he'd also been battling flu prior to his first round victory over Dustin Brown, and when the hip pain flared he opted to take a conservative approach. It's painful," said Tomic, who retired after the first set of his first round match at the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal in January and underwent double hip surgery shortly thereafter.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:56:04 -0400
Police seek missing 5-year-old British boy

A copy of the photo released with a Yellow Notice issued by the international police force Interpol, Friday Aug. 29, 2014, asking for help to locate the missing five-year old boy Ashya King, who is believed to be in France. Police are searching for the five-year-old British boy who is suffering with a severe brain tumor whose parents, believed to be Jehovah’s Witnesses, took him out of a British hospital on Thursday and were last seen in France. The boy needs urgent medical treatment. (AP Photo/Interpol)PARIS (AP) — Police are searching for a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor whose parents took him out of a British hospital and were last seen in France.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:54:48 -0400
Sugiarto on course to repeat father's triumph

Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto returns a shot to the Netherland's Eric Pang, not seen, during their Quarter Final match at the World Badminton Championships at Ballerup Arena, Denmark, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Jens Dresling, POLFOTO) DENMARK OUTCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Tommy Sugiarto, whose father Icuk won the world title in Copenhagen 31 years ago, has stayed on course to match that feat by reaching the world championship semifinals for the first time.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:51:09 -0400
Sporting KC, Fluminense FC agree to partnership
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City and Brazilian power Fluminense FC have agreed to a partnership that will encompass player transfers, academy exchanges and other opportunities.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:50:53 -0400
Court won't restore Oracle's $1.3B verdict vs. SAP
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court is refusing Oracle Corp.'s request to reinstate a $1.3 billion verdict it won against German rival SAP SE in a long-running copyright dispute.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:50:52 -0400
Tomic out, sending Ferrer to US Open 3rd round
NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Tomic withdrew from his match at the U.S. Open because of a left hip injury Friday, sending fourth-seeded David Ferrer into the third round.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:47:51 -0400
Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in MonroviaBy Diadie Ba and Saliou Samb DAKAR/CONAKRY (Reuters) - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, is spinning out of control, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that Ebola cases rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic began in West Africa in March. The epidemic has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak, Medicins Sans Frontieres, to call for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop it. Including the fatalities, more than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March, and quickly spread across the border to Liberia and Sierra Leone.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:44:00 -0400
Separatists force captured Ukrainian prisoners to shovel dirt
By Anton Zverev SNEZHNOYE Ukraine (Reuters) - Watched over by separatist rebels with automatic weapons, a group of captured Ukrainian soldiers toiled with shovels and brooms on Friday to clear up dirt and rubble from the ruins of an eastern town. Twelve prisoners aged between about 20 and 50 collected mud and earth into piles and loaded them into a lorry in the town of Snezhnoye, east of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. The leadership took the decision to surrender immediately because there was no point in putting up resistance," said 21-year-old Maxim, a soldier with cropped brown hair. The pro-Russian rebels have been fighting the Ukrainian army since April in a conflict which according to the United Nations has killed some 2,600 people.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:41:58 -0400
Froome finishes strong after Vuelta tumble
ALCAUDETE, Spain (AP) — A series of nasty falls forced an injured Chris Froome to abandon his Tour de France title defense last month.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:36:00 -0400
Barcelona completes signing of Douglas Pereira
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has completed the transfer of Brazilian defender Douglas Pereira from Sao Paulo.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:34:56 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's simmering summer of discontent gets even hotter Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub's leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy groups. The former British colony, which was handed back to China in 1997, has been the scene of escalating tension for the past year after activists threatened a mass sit-in paralyzing the financial district if Beijing rules out genuine democratic reforms.
Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:32:52 -0400
Palestinian leader says Hamas caused prolonged war

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with Palestinian businessmen from East Jerusalem to set up a national fund to support the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll. He told Palestine TV in remarks broadcast Friday, Aug. 29, that "it was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses (damaged or destroyed)." (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi, File)RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the war could mark resumption of peace talks with Abbas.


Date Posted : Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:32:46 -0400
 

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