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Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders
By Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, themselves fighting Islamic State in Iraq. He stopped short of saying whether Ankara backed the U.S. air-drop of weapons. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:55:19 -0400
Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland

Former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski speaks at the lower house of the Polish parliament in WarsawWARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves. Sikorski, who until September served as Poland's foreign minister, was quoted telling U.S. website Politico that Putin made the proposal during Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's visit to Moscow in 2008 - although he later said some of the interview had been "overinterpreted". "He wanted us to become participants in this partition of Ukraine ... ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:11:19 -0400
Al Qaeda attacks kill at least 33 people in Yemen
By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - At least 33 people were killed in a suicide bombing and gun attacks in central Yemen, tribal sources and medics said on Monday, as al Qaeda fighters seized a Yemeni city in a new challenge to the central government. Violence has spread in Yemen since Shi'ite Muslim Houthis took over the capital, Sanaa, last month, threatening the stability of a country that borders on Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:09:49 -0400
Brazil election poll shows Rousseff gains ground against Neves

Brazil's presidential candidates Neves of Brazilian Social Democratic Party greets Rousseff of Workers Party after television debate at Bandeirantes TV studio in Sao PauloBRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground, but remains locked in a fierce battle for votes with rival Aecio Neves ahead of the Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Monday. The leftist incumbent has 46 percent of voter support against 43 percent for Neves, according to the survey by polling firm Datafolha. In a prior Datafolha poll on Wednesday, Neves' support was 45 percent while Rousseff was 43 percent. The difference between the two is statistically insignificant because it is within the poll's margin of error. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:22:05 -0400
South Sudan sexual violence 'rampant,' 2-year-old raped: U.N.
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rape and other forms of sexual violence by all sides in South Sudan's civil war have become so widespread that a two-year-old child was among the victims, the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in armed conflict said on Monday. "In my 30 years of experience, I've never witnessed anything like what I saw in Bentiu," Zainab Hawa Bangura told reporters about a recent trip to the northern town, one of South Sudan's regions worst hit by the conflict. "The IDPs (internally displaced persons) seeking refuge there face a combination of ... ...
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:48:12 -0400
Swedish 'Cold War' thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia

A Swedish military patrol vessel monitors the area around the Stockholm archipelago in SwedenBy Alistair Scrutton and Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - It has all the makings of a Cold War thriller -- an emergency military deployment with stealth ships and helicopters hunting for a foreign submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Grainy photographs of a mysterious vessel. Sightings of a black-clad man wading in shallow coastal waters. Whether it was caused by paranoia or a secret naval mission, Sweden's biggest military mobilization since the Cold War over the last three days has underscored growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin's intentions in the Baltic Sea ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:08:04 -0400
If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa
LONDON (AP) — A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:16 -0400
US man charged with killing Saudi college student

This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, a student from Saudi Arabia. Alkadi sold his car, abandoned his university classes and disappeared in the deserts of Riverside County. A body found alongside Interstate 10 east of Cook Street in Palm Desert, Calif., was identified Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, as that of the Saudi-born California State Uiversity, Northridge student who was reported missing last month from his home in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. His body was found Thursday according to the Riverside County coroner's office. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department)SAN FERNANDO, California (AP) — A U.S. man was charged Monday with killing a Saudi Arabian college student whose body was found along a desert freeway, nearly 150 miles (241 kilometers) from his home.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:48 -0400
5.6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia line
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A magnitude-5.6 earthquake rattled Ecuador's border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:33:46 -0400
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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo completed a journey from riverside shack to presidential palace on Monday, cheered through the streets following his inauguration by tens of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a reminder to the opposition-controlled parliament of the strong grass-roots support that swept him to power. The 53-year-old must make tough decisions, and soon, to stand a chance of boosting economic growth in Indonesia, a sprawling nation of 250 million people. Supporters have already expressed concerns any reforms he tries to enact could be blocked by a hostile opposition led by the Suharto-era general he defeated in July's election.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:33:00 -0400
Millions in Social Security for expelled Nazis
OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:33:00 -0400
Palestinians accuse settler of killing schoolgirl
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians are accusing an Israeli settler of running over two schoolgirls, killing one of them, and speeding away.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:23:59 -0400
Guard rescues 2 fishermen off US Virgin Islands
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two fishermen from a boat that capsized in rough waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:20:51 -0400
Panama suspends Supreme Court judge for corruption
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A Supreme Court justice close to former President Ricardo Martinelli has been suspended over charges of corruption.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:19:30 -0400
Sudan ruling party names Bashir possible choice for presidency

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir speaks during a convention at the National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum on September 27, 2014Khartoum (AFP) - Sudan's ruling party Monday named President Omar al-Bashir as a possible candidate for the country's April presidential elections, an advisor said, despite doubts he would stand again.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:17:06 -0400
Rabbi leads vigil outside Met to protest opera

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, protestors attend the arrivals at the Metropolitan Opera 2014-15 Season Opening in New York to register their disapproval of the Met's decision to premiere the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," later in the season. The opera, about the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer, is expected to attract more protesters when it opens Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A globally prominent rabbi led Jewish teenagers in a prayer vigil Monday outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:15:39 -0400
Former Australia Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dies
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's 21st Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam, who was dismissed from office in a constitutional crisis in 1975, has died. He was 98 years old.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:13:41 -0400
US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

FILE - This Feb. 3, 2010 file photo shows a palm tree behind a Toyota sign at Earl Stewart Toyota in North Palm Beach, Fla. Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall covers vehicles in South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:11:53 -0400
Iraqi PM in Tehran for crisis talks on IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi gives a press conference on October 20, 2014 in the Iraqi central shrine city of NajafTehran (AFP) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi arrived in Tehran late Monday on his first visit to Iran since taking office after the crisis triggered by the advance of Islamic State militants.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:08:58 -0400
Genoa held to controversial 1-1 draw by Empoli
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa was held to a controversial 1-1 draw by visiting Empoli on Monday in the first match since the port city was hit by devastating floods.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:06:17 -0400
McIlroy to skip 2 events to focus on lawsuit
DUBLIN (AP) — Rory McIlroy said Monday that mediation in a lawsuit with his former management company has failed, and he will skip his next two tournaments in China because he needs time to prepare for the trial.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:59:57 -0400
U.S. drone crashes on landing at airport in Niamey: Niger sources
NIAMEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unarmed U.S. Reaper drone crashed on landing at the main airport in the capital of Niger on Monday, damaging the runway but causing no injuries, airport sources in Niger and the U.S. Air Force said. Washington deployed unarmed surveillance drones in Niger after a French-led military operation in 2013 destroyed an al Qaeda enclave in neighboring northern Mali. Supported by some 120 U.S. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:51:26 -0400
White House: Nazis shouldn't get Social Security

In this July 28, 2014, photo, Jakob Denzinger looks from his apartment window in Osijek, eastern Croatia. Denzinger is among dozens of death camp guards and suspected Nazi war criminals who collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments despite being forced out of the U.S. An Associated Press investigation found dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Nazis should not be collecting Social Security benefits as they age overseas, the White House said Monday, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards forced out of the U.S.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:48:36 -0400
Timberwolves waive Kyrylo Fesenko
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:48:01 -0400
Mexico offers reward for info on missing students
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government announced rewards Monday of 1.5 million pesos ($111,000) for information on 43 students from a rural teachers' college who have been missing since Sept. 26.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:42:17 -0400
Blind rescues 2-2 draw for Man United at West Brom

West Bromich Albion's Saido Berahino celebrates after scoring against Manchester United during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at the Hawthorns, Birmingham, England, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — Manchester United came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Monday, with Daley Blind scoring the second equalizer with three minutes remaining.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:33:39 -0400
South Africa wins toss, bowls vs New Zealand
MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and chose to bowl Tuesday in the first one-day cricket international against New Zealand at the Bay Oval.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:25:35 -0400
Getafe beats Real Sociedad 2-1 in Spanish League
MADRID (AP) — Two late goals by Abdoul Yoda gave Getafe a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Monday.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:16:52 -0400
Warring S.Sudan leaders accept 'responsibility' for civil war

A Sudan People's Liberation Army soldier waves his AK-47 as soldiers celebrate outside the UNMISS base in Malakal on March 19, 2014Arusha (Tanzania) (AFP) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his arch-rival rebel chief Riek Machar said Monday they accepted mutual responsibility for a 10-month civil war in which thousands of people have been killed.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:13:49 -0400
Rohr resigns as Niger coach

Niger national football team head coach Gernot Rohr during a press conference at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on January 26, 2013Niamey (AFP) - Gernot Rohr resigned as Niger national coach on Monday accepting the blame for the poor results that sees them lying bottom of their qualifying group for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:10:58 -0400
Nigerian elders question Boko Haram 'ceasefire' deal
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Nigeria's government may have negotiated a supposed ceasefire with only one faction of Boko Haram, an influential regional group has said, as violence continued unabated in the far northeast.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:09:34 -0400
Reports: Michael Cheika takes Wallaby coaching job

Australia's coach Ewen McKenzie watches his team warm up during their Bledisloe Cup rugby match against New Zealand in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)SYDNEY (AP) — Australian media are reporting that New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has accepted an Australian Rugby Union offer to coach the Wallabies.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:08:27 -0400
Jewish settlers take over 10 E. Jerusalem homes

The Israeli separation wall is seen on a hill separating a neighborhood of East Jerusalem (bottom) and the West bank city of Abu Dis (top) on October 7, 2014Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli settlers moved into 10 new homes in annexed east Jerusalem on Monday, activists said, in spite of fierce local opposition and international condemnation of such takeovers.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:14 -0400
Jihadists kill at least 10 in attack on Kurdish-held Iraq town

Hundreds of tents provided by the United Nations are set up to shelter displaced Iraqis who fled their homes after an offensive led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, on September 27, 2014Baquba (Iraq) (AFP) - The Islamic State jihadist group on Monday attacked the Kurdish-controlled town of Qara Tapah, northeast of Baghdad, killing at least seven peshmerga troops and three civilians, officials said.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:59:24 -0400
Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:40:50 -0400
Gaza ceasefire talks to restart next week: Hamas

A Palestinian man stands at a room of a destroyed building in al-Tufah, east of Gaza City on October 11, 2014Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to resume talks on a durable Gaza ceasefire next week in Cairo, a senior official of the Islamist movement Hamas which rules the territory said Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:35:37 -0400
Nadal beats Bolelli 6-2, 6-2 at Swiss Indoors
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Rafael Nadal marked his return to the Swiss Indoors after a 10-year absence with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli in the first round on Monday.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:31:49 -0400
Benghazi suspect pleads not guilty to murder counts

A burnt house and a car are seen inside the US Embassy compound on September 12, 2012 in Benghazi, LibyaWashington (AFP) - A Libyan national accused of orchestrating the deadly 2012 attacks on the US mission in Benghazi pleaded not guilty Monday to new murder charges which carry the death penalty.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:25:47 -0400
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