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Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State

Turkish soldiers stand guard on the Turkish-Syrian border line near the southeastern town of SurucBy Daren Butler MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighboring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents. In Turkey, struggling to manage an influx of more than 130,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees since last week, security forces fired tear gas and water cannon at Kurdish protesters who accuse Ankara of favoring Islamic State against the Kurds. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:26:12 -0400
U.S. says won't link Iran cooperation on Islamic State to nuclear talks

Josh Earnest answers questions at the White House in WashingtonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it will refuse any effort by Iran to gain its cooperation on fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible about Tehran's nuclear program. Senior Iranian officials told Reuters that Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange. Asked to respond, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the idea was unacceptable. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:47:33 -0400
Houthis tighten grip on Yemen capital after swift capture, power-sharing deal

A frontal view of a tank barrel is seen as Shi'ite Houthi rebels stand on its turret, after they took over the compound of the army's First Armoured Division in SanaaBy Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's Shi'ite Houthi fighters tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa on Monday after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance and signing an overnight deal to win a share of power, capping a decade-long guerrilla uprising. The Zaydi Shi'ites, who make up 30 percent of Yemen's population of 25 million and ruled a kingdom there for 1,000 years, have complained of being marginalized since their last king in Sanaa was overthrown in a 1962 revolution. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:03:56 -0400
Ukrainians to pull back big guns from front line with separatists

A Ukrainian serviceman is pictured next to an armoured vehicle near the village of Debaltseve in eastern UkraineBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday it was pulling back artillery and heavy armor from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives. Taking a noticeably soft line on the Russian-backed separatists for the first time, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said reduced fire from the rebels and Russian forces meant the Ukrainian army could begin withdrawing heavy weaponry from a proposed 30-km (19-mile) buffer zone. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:56:44 -0400
Afghan president-elect promises unity after disputed vote

Afghan president-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is seen before speaking at an event in KabulBy Hamid Shalizi and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's president-elect promised to end political strife and corruption in a speech on Monday, his first since signing a power-sharing agreement with his rival aimed at bringing months of turmoil to a close. "Afghanistan's stability is most important for us," former finance minister Ashraf Ghani said in his address at the presidential palace in Kabul. "Let's build up this nation and put the past behind us." Ghani was named president-elect on Sunday after he signed a U.S. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:54:44 -0400
Islamic State urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

A fighter of the ISIL holds a flag and a weapon on a street in MosulBy Yara Bayoumy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in a statement carried by the SITE monitoring website, saying their forces faced inevitable defeat at the insurgents' hands. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:00:53 -0400
Dead or alive? Rumours swirl again over Boko Haram leader

A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram allegedly shows the leader of the group, Abubakar Shekau, delivering a speech at an undisclosed locationLagos (AFP) - Is he alive or isn't he? Fresh claims have emerged in Nigeria that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or at least someone impersonating him, may be dead -- and not for the first time

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:05:57 -0400
Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

FILE - In this June 20, 2014, file photo, Kurdish peshmerga fighters takes their positions behind sand barriers at the village of Taza Khormato in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq. The insurgents came at midday, walking across a canal, advancing under cover of mortar fire toward the cluster of three Iraqi villages. Iraqi Kurdish forces have begun receiving training from western allies including the United States as they seek to beef up their capabilities against the Islamic State militant group, a top Kurdish security official said Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of suicide bombings by Islamic State militants in western Iraq has killed 40 soldiers amid waning efforts by security forces to retake territory from the Sunni extremist group, a senior Iraqi commander said Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:05:50 -0400
Top Asian News at 6:00 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city. The strike comes as dozens of the city's tycoons and business leaders paid a rare group visit to Beijing to meet with China's communist leaders, who want to bolster support from Hong Kong's pro-establishment billionaire elites for the central government's policies on the semiautonomous city.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:03:19 -0400
Afghans ask if it was worth risk after election results suppressed
By Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Afghans risked their lives to vote in an election supposed to mark the country's first democratic transfer of power. More than 50 people were killed during the run-off ballot alone. Yet the outcome of the second round more than three months ago has been kept a secret, and power between the two candidates was carved up behind closed doors and announced at the weekend. Many of the millions who braved the threat of attack by Taliban insurgents during two rounds of voting are wondering why they bothered. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:58:49 -0400
Police: Canadian woman arrested at JFK with guns
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old Canadian woman has been arrested at Kennedy Airport with handguns, ammunition and 33 pounds (15 kilograms) of marijuana in her checked baggage.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:58:35 -0400
Officials: French citizen kidnapped in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A French citizen was kidnapped by suspected Islamic militants while hiking in a mountainous Algerian region that is a known hideout for North Africa's al-Qaida branch, officials said.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:57:34 -0400
Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first 3 days

Customers stand in a line on the first day of sale for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, outside the Apple store in Hong KongBy Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened. Apple's shares were little changed at $100.98 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq on Monday. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:56:09 -0400
UN to bind nations on new foreign terrorist rules

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a binding resolution this week that would require nations to bar their citizens from traveling abroad to join terrorism organizations, part of a U.S.-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expected to adopt a binding resolution this week that would require nations to bar their citizens from traveling abroad to join terrorism organizations, part of a U.S.-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:55:44 -0400
Doubts cloud sense of relief as new Afghan government takes shape
By Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A day after Afghanistan announced a unity government to end a lengthy and dangerous election crisis, doubts about its ability to survive, let alone thrive, are already surfacing. Afghanistan's international partners hailed Sunday's signing of the U.S.-brokered agreement that will make former finance minister Ashraf Ghani the country's next president. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:53:08 -0400
22 elephants poached in Mozambique in two weeks

Elephants wander in the bush in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park in Gaza, Mozambique, October 4, 2001Maputo (AFP) - Poachers slaughtered 22 elephants in Mozambique in the first two weeks of September, environmentalists said Monday, warning that killing for ivory by organised syndicates was being carried out on an "industrialised" scale.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:51:36 -0400
3 Afghan soldiers missing from US base

Vehicles are stopped by security personal as they enter a gate Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, to Camp Edwards, Mass., on Cape Cod. Police and military officials were searching Monday for three soldiers from the Afghanistan National Army who went missing Saturday during a training exercise at the base. The Afghan soldiers had been participating in a U.S. Central Command Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, at Camp Edwards, U.S. military officials said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — As police and U. S. military officials searched for three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Massachusetts military base, Gov. Deval Patrick said one of the possibilities being investigated is that they may be trying to find a way to stay in the United States.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:49:37 -0400
High-profile Israeli spy Mike Harari dead at 87
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country's Olympics team, has died. He was 87.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:49:24 -0400
Streets bustling after Sierra Leone shutdown ends

A baby pig sleeps in front of an ambulance used at the Connaught Hospital as part of their Ebola virus fleet, during a three-day lockdown to prevent the spread on the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Volunteers going door to door during a three-day lockdown intended to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone say some residents are growing increasingly frustrated and complaining about food shortages. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Streets in Sierra Leone's capital bustled again Monday after an unprecedented nationwide shutdown during which officials said more than 1 million households were checked for Ebola patients and given information on how to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:49:24 -0400
French national kidnapped in eastern Algeria: foreign ministry
PARIS (Reuters) - A French national was kidnapped in eastern Algeria on Sunday, France's foreign ministry said, just hours after Islamic State militants warned it would target France after Paris launched air strikes against them in Iraq. "A French national was kidnapped on Sunday in Algeria, in the region of Tizi Ouzou, while he was on holiday there," the ministry said in a statement sent to Reuters on Monday. "Nobody has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping," it said. (Reporting By John Irish; editing by Nicholas Vinocur)
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:49:23 -0400
Cuban salsa singer split between island and US

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, salsa musician Manuel Gonzalez, poses for a photograph in Miami. Gonzalez, a one-time medical student, is known as the salsa doctor. He is a one-time medical student who decided to devote himself to music instead, and has toured around the world and his native Cuba. In 2001, he left the island and settled in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) — In his most famous song, Cuban salsa singer Manuel Gonzalez croons about creating a bridge between Miami and Havana.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:46:58 -0400
Brazilian fans throw rocks, bottles at team's bus
SAO PAULO (AP) — One of Brazil's most successful clubs is facing harsh criticism from supporters after enduring one of its worst losses ever, prompting some fans to throw rocks and bottles at the bus carrying its players.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:45:41 -0400
US stocks drop as China weighs on markets

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2011, file photo, American flags fly in front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stock markets fell Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, ahead of a preliminary manufacturing survey from China that might show renewed weakness in the world's second-largest economy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — US stocks were on track for their biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday as investors worried about signs of weakness in China. Worries about slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy pushed the down the price of oil, weighing on energy stocks.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:35:19 -0400
Stop-start South Sudan peace talks resume

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir signs the "statement of principles" for the negotiations of the national unity government of South Sudan at the National Palace in Addis Ababa on August 25, 2014Addis Ababa (AFP) - Talks aimed at ending South Sudan's civil war resumed in Ethiopia on Monday, mediators said, as sporadic fighting continued to rage between rebel and government fighters in the oil-rich country.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:31:53 -0400
Tesco suspends execs over inflated profit report

Pedestrians pass a Tesco shop in London, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Tesco, Britain's largest retailer by revenue, has suspended four executives and launched an accounting investigation after admitting that its half-year profit was overstated by 250 million pounds ($407 million). (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Tesco, the world's second-largest supermarket chain after Walmart, has suspended four executives and launched an accounting investigation after admitting that its half-year profit was overstated by 250 million pounds ($407 million).

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:29:12 -0400
Qatar insists World Cup question of 'when not if'
Qatar organizers dismissed any chance of the 2022 World Cup being taken away from the Gulf nation after a warning on Monday by a FIFA executive committee member.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:27:11 -0400
Climate protesters to risk arrest during Wall Street sit-in

Activist Gloria Fallon, from Chicago, holds a parachute banner which reads 'Justice' while taking part in the Flood Wall Street demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New YorkBy Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday to call attention to what organizers say is capitalism's contribution to climate change, snarling traffic and risking arrest as they sought to block Wall Street. The Flood Wall Street demonstration comes on the heels of Sunday's international day of action that brought some 310,000 people to the streets of New York City in the largest single protest ever held over climate change. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:22:40 -0400
Britain's panda pregnancy fails

Tian Tian, the female panda at Edinburgh Zoo, relaxes in her compound on August 9, 2013London (AFP) - Britain's only female giant panda has suffered a failed pregnancy, her second in two years, Edinburgh Zoo said on Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:20:01 -0400
South Sudan's warring sides told to stop stalling
By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The chief mediator at South Sudan's peace talks in Ethiopia told the warring factions on Monday to stop stalling with procedural issues and said neither side could win on the battle field. Ethiopian Seyoum Mesfin, representing the regional group IGAD, was voicing the growing frustration of international and regional diplomats at the failure of both sides to end the fighting. Their conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and driven the nation of 11 million closer to famine. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:16:14 -0400
Valls tells Germans France isn't EU's 'sick child'

German Chancellor Merkel and French Prime Minister Valls pose for photographers after news conference in BerlinBy Stephen Brown and Alexandra Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - France's Manuel Valls used his first visit to Berlin as prime minister on Monday to try to convince Germany his government is serious about making its economy more competitive, declaring that France "is not the sick child of Europe". Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the reforms he outlined but said it was up to the European Commission to judge whether Paris should be granted yet more time to bring its public deficit down to EU treaty limits. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:14:15 -0400
Retailer Tesco suspends executives after profit error

Following preliminary investigations into its UK food business, Tesco said it believes that guidance regarding group profits for the six months to August 23 "was overstated by an estimated £250 million"London (AFP) - The new head of Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has suspended four senior executives and launched an independent investigation after the troubled supermarket revealed Monday it had massively overestimated profits.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:10:17 -0400
Iran digs in on underground nuke facility

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad. With little more than two months to deadline, Iran and six world powers on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, launched a fresh effort at narrowing stubborn differences on what nuclear concessions Tehran must agree to in exchange for full sanctions relief. (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats are reporting a setback at talks on Iran's nuclear program, saying Tehran has resumed rejecting U.S. demands it repurpose a uranium enrichment site.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:09:10 -0400
Czechs clear Kreuziger of doping charges
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Olympic Committee ruled Monday that cyclist Roman Kreuziger did not violate doping rules.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:08:55 -0400
Computer bungle leads to Mexico child porn arrest
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico say a man promoting children's camping trips accidentally showed parents images of child pornography, leading to his arrest.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:06:30 -0400
London FTSE closes lower as Tesco slumps

Tesco on Monday said it had launched an investigation after revealing that it had overstated its half-year profit forecast by Β£250 million ($409 million, 318 million euros)London (AFP) - London stocks closed lower on Monday with Tesco weighing on the benchmark index after the supermarket chain announced a "serious" profit error.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:04 -0400
'Forces of darkness' tarnish Islam: Saudi crown prince

Crown Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz speaks at the King Abdulaziz City for Science in Riyadh on December 8, 2013Riyadh (AFP) - Islam has been tarnished by "forces of darkness" and Saudi Arabia should do more to protect its youth from violent extremism, the kingdom's second crown prince said on Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:57:01 -0400
Man bitten by Ebola patient flown to Switzerland
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say a male nurse who was bitten by an Ebola patient while working in West Africa has been flown to Switzerland as a precaution.
Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:51:31 -0400
NTSB investigating fatal Delaware bus crash

Passengers from a tour bus are treated for injuries near the overturned bus at the Tybouts Corner on ramp from southbound Del. 1 to Red Lion Road. Officials at the scene reported one fatality and several injuries from the crash the 4:20 p.m. crash on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Bear, Del. (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, John J. Jankowski)NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Delaware bus crash that left two dead and dozens injured.

Date Posted : Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:41:13 -0400
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