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U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heads a meeting of his new cabinet in DamascusBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama's authorization of the use of American air power against Islamic State's strongholds in Syria has raised the question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would respond in some way. Senior U.S. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:02:19 -0400
Kerry says refuses to be drawn into 'back and forth' with Iran

US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after a family photo at the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq, at the Quai d'Orsay in ParisBy Jason Szep PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry refused be drawn into a "back and forth" with Iran on Monday following Tehran's assertion that it had rebuffed a U.S. request to coordinate a response to the Islamic State jihadist group. "I'm not going to get into a back and forth. I don't want to do that. I don't think that is constructive, frankly,” Kerry told reporters at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris after an international conference on Iraq attended by 26 countries. Earlier, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran had vetoed a U.S. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:14:07 -0400
As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday. In the worst incident, as many as 500 migrants are believed to have died after traffickers rammed their ship off Malta's coast last week, an event that only came to light this weekend in testimony from two of nine survivors. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:16:09 -0400
Brazil election poll shows Rousseff almost even with Silva

Brazil's President and Workers' Party presidential candidate Rousseff speaks during a campaign rally at the Madureira neighborhood in Rio de JaneiroBRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is running almost even with her main rival, Marina Silva, in a likely second-round runoff in the October presidential election, a poll published on Monday showed. Silva has 42 percent of voter support in the expected runoff, one percentage point ahead of Rousseff, according to a survey by polling firm Vox Populi, the same level of backing for each candidates in the previous poll five days ago. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:23:06 -0400
'Mr. Confession' and his boss drive China's antitrust crusade

Xu, Director General of the Price Supervision and Inspection & Anti-monopoly Bureau at the NDRC, visits a bank in SuzhouBy Michael Martina and Matthew Miller BEIJING (Reuters) - A signboard at the top of a staircase in the ageing Beijing offices of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) directs lawyers and company officials to numbered conference rooms for antitrust meetings. The printed list names half a dozen or more companies on any given day - a sign of the recent flurry of activity from the NDRC - one of China's three antitrust regulators. Inside those rooms, lawyers and executives describe meetings with the NDRC as "interrogations", where raised voices, flaring tempers and verbal reprimands are commonplace. From interviews with more than two dozen attorneys, executives, and experts, who have been drawn into investigations with the NDRC's price supervision and anti-monopoly bureau, a picture emerges of a culture of intimidation under the leadership of Director General Xu Kunlin.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:10:45 -0400
Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters check the direction before launching rockets towards Zummar, controlled by Islamic State (IS), near MosulBy Jason Szep and Mehrdad Balali PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria. World powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight Islamic State fighters in Iraq. France sent jets on a reconnaissance mission to Iraq, a step toward becoming the first ally to join the U.S.-led air campaign there. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:26:00 -0400
Pussy Riot says found supporters, autograph-seekers in Russian prisons

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova, members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot, take their seats onstage for a forum at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in CambridgeBy Scott Malone CAMBRIDGE Mass. (Reuters) - Two members of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group found supporters of their opposition to President Vladimir Putin during their almost two years in prison, even fielding autograph requests from guards, the activists said on Monday. The pair, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were jailed after performing a profanity-laced protest against Putin at a Moscow cathedral in 2012. They were released from prison in December, three months before the scheduled end of their sentences and two months before the Sochi Olympics. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:26:24 -0400
Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

French President Francois Hollande, second right, discusses with his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Massoum, second left, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, Sept. 15 2014. Reconnaissance planes at the ready, Hollande said there was "no time to lose" in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group, minus the two countries who share most of Iraq's borders. (AP Photo/Etienne Laurent, Pool)PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:24:23 -0400
Lesotho to hold early election to end political crisis

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (L), Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane (C) and Botswana President Ian Khama stop for a photo following an emergency meeting on the situation in Lesotho on September 15, 2014, in Pretoria, South AfricaPretoria (AFP) - Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties, a South African official said.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:12:17 -0400
U.S. expands Iraq campaign with strike against Islamic State near Baghdad
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said on Monday, in an expansion of the Obama administration's campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighboring Syria. "The air strike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit (Islamic State) targets as Iraqi forces go on offense," Central Command said in a statement. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:11:01 -0400
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu gets injection
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder on Monday and won't throw for at least four days.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:58:48 -0400
US in first air strike near Baghdad on IS: officials

A general view taken from a helicopter shows the Baghdad clock tower in Harthiya Sqaure in the west of the Iraqi capital on September 10, 2014Washington (AFP) - The United States bombed the Islamic State near Baghdad, the first time the US has targeted the militants close to the Iraqi capital, US officials said Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:52:31 -0400
Bright colours and bondage at London Fashion Week

A model presents a creation from the Tom Ford collection during the 2015 spring/summer London Fashion Week on September 15, 2014London (AFP) - Black leather and bondage at Tom Ford and Christopher Kane, bright colours at Burberry and Roksanda -- London Fashion Week offered the full spectrum on Monday of how to dress up.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:50:38 -0400
Bradley Cooper drops in at London Fashion Week

Models wear an outfits by designer Burberry Prorsum during their Spring/Summer 15 show at London Fashion Week in London, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week reached its glitziest day Monday, with big names like Burberry and Tom Ford packing in the crowds, the supermodels and the celebrities.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:47:06 -0400
Yemen army, tribes clash with Shiite rebels

Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi anti-government protesters shout slogans during a tribal gathering at a protest camp in the northern outskirts of Sanaa on September 11, 2014Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite Huthi rebels clashed Monday with Yemeni army forces and loyalist tribes northeast of Sanaa as a UN envoy kept up mediation efforts, tribal sources said.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:40:46 -0400
Traders in shelled Donetsk market left to 'eat ash'

A woman takes pictures of a market gallery destroyed by shelling, on September 15, 2014 in the Kievsky district in Donetsk, eastern UkraineDonetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Oleksandr picks up a handful of rusty screws and nails, all that is left of his market stall that was ripped apart in a volley of mortar fire in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:40:25 -0400
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor. Matthew Miller was convicted Sunday of entering the country illegally to commit espionage. The court said he tore up his visa on arriving in Pyongyang April 10 and had wanted to experience prison life so that he could secretly investigate North Korea's human rights situation.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:33:09 -0400
Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting
By Gerardo Esquerre CABO SAN LUCAS Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, gradually losing strength after injuring dozens of people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area. Fierce winds felled trees, buffeting homes and businesses, as one of the worst storms ever to hit the luxury retreats of Los Cabos battered Mexico's northwestern coast with heavy rains. Odile has weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1 hurricane since Sunday, but the U.S. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:26:02 -0400
8 killed in drug dispute in northern Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran authorities say eight men were shot and killed in a dispute between gangs over drugs in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:24:09 -0400
Lula mobbed in Rio, defends govt on Petrobras

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (C) arrives at a demonstration in support of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff on September 15, 2014Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Influential former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday rallied behind successor Dilma Rousseff as she chases re-election next month amid a corruption scandal and weak economy.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:22:45 -0400
Bombing suspect's lawyers: Didn't pose as FBI
BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are denying as "false" and "preposterous" an allegation that defense team members posed as FBI employees while investigating the case in Russia.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:16:45 -0400
Leaders pledge powers in final push before Scottish vote

YesThe leaders of the three main British parties on Tuesday issued a joint pledge to give the Scottish parliament more powers if voters reject independence, in a final drive to stop the United Kingdom splitting. Its appearance comes two days ahead of Scotland's independence referendum on Thursday. Printed to look like a yellowed scroll, the promise was signed by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband, and Liberal Democrat deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. "We agreed that: The Scottish Parliament is permanent and extensive new powers for the Parliament will be delivered," the text read.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:12:50 -0400
Hurricane strands tourists, sparks looting in Mexico
Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) (AFP) - Hurricane Odile destroyed wooden homes, flooded hotels and shut down airports in Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, sparking looting, marooning thousands of tourists and injuring some 135 people.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:10:37 -0400
Swedish tolerance tested by far-right election advance

Party leader Jimmie Akesson celebrates at the election night party of the far-right Sweden Democrats in Stockholm, Sweden on September 14, 2014Stockholm (AFP) - Socially liberal Sweden joined other countries in Europe Monday with a sizeable far-right party, one opposed to the Nordic nation's generous refugee policies.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:08:21 -0400
UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published on Tuesday. The Environmental Audit Committee's report scored the government according to the progress it has made in 10 areas of the environment. Those included air pollution, emissions and climate change, forests, flooding and coastal protection, resource efficiency and water availability. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:02:42 -0400
Ukraine outrage over delay on EU trade deal

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to the press in front of Ukraine's state coat of arms following talks with the European Commission president in Kiev on September 12, 2014Kiev (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is facing a backlash from his staunchest supporters for bowing to Russian pressure and postponing the implementation of an EU trade deal the two sides plan to ratify Tuesday.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:01:48 -0400
Occidental in $190 million settlement to clean up New Jersey river
(Reuters) - Occidental Chemical Corp has agreed to pay New Jersey $190 million as part of a settlement to clean up the polluted Passaic River, state officials announced on Monday. The agreement, which is subject to approval by New Jersey Superior Court, will bring to $355 million the total amount recovered by the state in litigation over the blighted waterway that flows through northern New Jersey, the Department of Environmental Protection said. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:59:17 -0400
AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:57:54 -0400
Cayman weighs adopting daylight savings time
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — The Cayman Islands is considering a switch to daylight savings time, citing potential benefits to its financial services and tourism sectors.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:48:42 -0400
US cites state secrets in civil lawsuit over Iran
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government, citing state secrets and a threat to national security, has asked a judge to toss out a defamation lawsuit that a wealthy Greek shipping magnate brought against a nonprofit organization seeking to thwart Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:44:43 -0400
UN takes over C. African Republic peacekeeping

FILE-In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 29, 2014, African Union MISCA troops from Cameroon patrol in Bangui, Central African Republic. The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, Sept. 15, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay,File)BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:41:13 -0400
Hurricane Odile slams Mexico's Baja California

People salvage the useful remains from houses destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Hundreds of impoverished houses were destroyed in the Unidad Real squatter's settlement and other equally poor neighborhoods. Mexico’s Interior Ministry declared a state of natural disaster for affected areas in the state of Baja California Sur. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disaster zones.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:40:24 -0400
Punters take a gamble on Scottish independence vote

A bookmaker takes bets at Musselburgh racecourse in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 15, 2014While the odds indicate Scotland will vote against independence, bookmakers said Monday that most punters are putting their money on a "Yes" in the biggest political betting event they have ever seen. William Hill on Sunday cut their odds on a "Yes" vote from 3/1 to 11/4 after a late wave of support. Ladbrokes is offering 1/4 on a "No" vote and 3/1 on a "Yes" vote. It's a good investment whatever happens!" said Jamie Anderson, told AFP as he walked into a Glasgow bookmakers planning to lay a bet for independence.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:36:35 -0400
Strong typhoon disrupts business as it sweeps past Hong Kong
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong was hit with strong winds and heavy rain on Tuesday after the No. 8 storm signal was hoisted and expected to disrupt business across the financial hub, with the stock market likely to stay closed for at least part of the morning. The Observatory, which raised the No. 8 signal late on Monday, said it expected it to stay in force "for some time" this morning even though Kalmegi is moving away from the city. There will be no trading in the morning if the typhoon signal remains at 8 or higher at 9 a.m. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:33:36 -0400
West Indies builds lead of 427 vs Bangladesh
CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck 63 not out Monday as the West Indies amassed a lead of 427 over Bangladesh on day three of the second test at Beausejour Stadium.
Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:28:06 -0400
Israeli, Uzbek held over ammo found in toys at airport

Planes are parked on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, July 25, 2007Jerusalem (AFP) - Two passengers found with ammunition hidden inside toys were arrested on Monday at Israel's Ben Gurion airport, an airport spokesman said.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:16:50 -0400
Key bridge destroyed in IS-held eastern Syria

Rebel fighters take part in a training session in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor, Syria, on March 25, 2014Beirut (AFP) - Islamic State militants lost a vital supply route in eastern Syria on Monday with the destruction of the last bridge in the city of Deir Ezzor, a monitoring group said.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:11:35 -0400
GMO safety, weed control top concerns as U.S. study kicks off

A scientist shows "Golden Rice" and ordinary rice at the International Rice Research Institute in Los BanosBy Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a U.S. government sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday. The study, led by the National Research Council (NRC) and sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, comes at a time of growing consumer suspicion of genetically modified crops, which are used in a variety of packaged food products. Many U.S. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:08:55 -0400
Sierra Leone: WHO too slow to help doc with Ebola

A area that was used to treat Ebola virus patients forming part of the Lumley Government Hospital, where medical doctor Olivet Buck worked before contracting the Ebola virus and passing away on Saturday near the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being “sluggish” in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. Dr. Olivet Buck died Saturday, hours after the U.N. health agency said it could not help evacuate her to Germany. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being "sluggish" in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care.

Date Posted : Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:02:45 -0400

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