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Air strikes kills around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq: residents

A man looks at a vehicle belonging to the Iraqi security forces in the Anbar province town of HitBy Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters. They said a series of bombings beginning in the early hours hit the town of al-Siniya, west of Baiji, a strategic city adjacent to the country's largest refinery, part of a multinational effort to check the group's progress. Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday also fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiriya Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, army sources said. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:57:17 -0400
Russia says Ukraine should find money to pay for gas within a week

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatseniuk jumps off an armored personnel carrier during a visit to the International Center of Peacekeeping and Security in YavorivBy Katya Golubkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine should be able to find ways of paying for Russian gas supplies within a week, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday, suggesting a standoff would end once Moscow received financial guarantees from Kiev. The latest round of gas talks between Moscow and Kiev ended late on Tuesday in Brussels with no agreement in a dispute that prompted Russia to cut off gas supplies to its neighbor in mid-June, potentially hurting flows west to the European Union. But while Novak said he was optimistic for new talks on Oct. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:14:42 -0400
Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoBERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin. He was freed on Tuesday and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane, without, Kerry said, any quid pro quo. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:16:06 -0400
EU okays new executive as Juncker vows to seize 'Europe's last chance'

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, delivers his speech as he attends the presentation of the college of Commissioners and their program during a plenary session at the EU Parliament in StrasbourgBy Gilbert Reilhac STRASBOURG France (Reuters) - The European Union will have a new executive in place next month led by Jean-Claude Juncker following its approval in a vote by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Addressing the chamber before his European Commission was approved by 423 votes to 209, the former Luxembourg premier warned that voters were losing patience with EU bureaucracy and a failure to create prosperity. He promised a major plan for new investment within two months of him taking office on Nov. 1. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:16:46 -0400
Hong Kong protesters march after fruitless talks with government

Pro-democracy protesters man a barricade from being demolished by anti-Occupy protesters in Hong KongBy Donny Kwok and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior officials failed to break the deadlock. Others continued to occupy main streets in the Chinese-controlled city, where they have camped for nearly a month in protest against a central government plan that would give Hong Kong people the chance to vote for their own leader in 2017 but tightly restrict the candidates to Beijing loyalists. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:45:08 -0400
Exclusive: Uruguay presidential candidate would repeal marijuana law

Uruguayan National Party presidential candidate Luis Lacalle Pou gestures during a meeting with businessmen in MontevideoBy Esteban Farat MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay's leading opposition candidate said on Wednesday he would try to repeal much of the country's ground-breaking marijuana law, which permits the commercial production and sale of the drug, if he wins Sunday's presidential election. The South American country became the world's first to allow the cultivation, distribution and use of marijuana, but almost two in three Uruguayans oppose the pioneering experiment that aims to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:29:15 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest young students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the line-up of seasoned government officials in their formal suits. In an unprecedented two-hour televised meeting Tuesday, the students passionately explained why they had taken to the streets for more than three weeks to fight for greater democracy in the specially-run Chinese region. The officials responded that the students' demands were not legally feasible.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:02:35 -0400
Drugmaker GSK announces big cost cuts after profit slump

GlaxoSmithKline will slash its costs by £1.0 billion after posting slumping quarterly profits because of poor US sales, the British pharmaceutical giant saidLondon (AFP) - GlaxoSmithKline will slash its costs by £1.0 billion after posting slumping quarterly profits because of poor US sales, the British pharmaceutical giant said on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:30:31 -0400
North Korean detainee reunites with family in US

Jeffrey Fowle is greeted by family members upon his arrival, early Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Fowle was detained for nearly half a year in North Korea after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea. (AP Photo/David Kohl)WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — A U.S. man detained for nearly half a year in North Korea returned to a very emotional homecoming Wednesday amid tears of joy and hugs from his wife and surprised children.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:30:08 -0400
Two Israeli soldiers wounded by gunfire from Egypt: army

File picture taken on August 19, 2011 shows Israeli army troops patrolling the area on the border between Israel and Egypt, north of the Red Sea town of EilatJerusalem (AFP) - Two Israeli soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when unidentified gunmen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula fired shots and an anti-tank missile at their vehicle near the border, the army said.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:29:14 -0400
Doctors to get bonus for dementia diagnoses

Britain's National Health Service came under fire for setting up a temporary bonus scheme of  for family doctors who refer patients with cases of dementiaLondon (AFP) - Britain's National Health Service came under fire on Wednesday for setting up a temporary bonus scheme of for family doctors who refer patients with cases of dementia.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:27:24 -0400
UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court
LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadn't been for his supermarket loyalty card.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:23:15 -0400
South Africa finance minister warns economy at 'turning point'

South Africa's economy is at a "turning point," forcing the government to cap spending and raise taxes in the face of slumping growth and soaring deficits, the finance minister saidCape Town (AFP) - South Africa's economy is at a "turning point" and the government must cap spending and raise taxes to tackle its soaring deficit in the face of stalling growth, the finance minister said Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:22:01 -0400
Analysis: Fowle was North Korea's easiest US case

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, detained American Jeffrey Fowle is interviewed by journalists at the Koryo National Club in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle was detained for six months for leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the city of Chongjin, where he was visiting with a foreign tour group. He was flown out of North Korea on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, on a U.S. military jet that two Associated Press journalists spotted at Pyongyang's international airport. Why did North Korea free Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing international criticism of its human-rights record. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of the three offenders, and may believe that releasing him could improve abysmal U.S. relations and even temper growing international criticism of its human-rights record.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:19:36 -0400
Yamanaka retains WBC bantamweight title

Japanese champion Shinsuke Yamanaka, left, hugs Thai challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai after winning their WBC bantamweight boxing title bout in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Yamanaka defended his title by a unanimous decision. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)TOKYO (AP) — Shinsuke Yamanaka of Japan has retained his WBC bantamweight title with a unanimous decision over Suriyan Sor Rungvisai of Thailand on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:16:37 -0400
Halep routs Serena Williams at WTA Finals

Serena Williams of the U.S. sits in her chair between games during her singles match against Romania's Simona Halep at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:15:21 -0400
IRA sex abuse allegations cause Irish political storm

A man delievering coal to residents of Beechmount in west Belfast, walks past a mural dedicated to IRA volunteers on December 7, 2004London (AFP) - Allegations of a sexual abuse cover-up by IRA militants have caused a storm from Belfast to Dublin and drawn comparisons with the Catholic Church, as well as offering a rare glimpse into vigilante policing during the province's troubled past.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:15:00 -0400
Report: Cannavaro investigated for tax evasion
ROME (AP) — Italy's winning World Cup captain Fabio Cannavaro is reportedly under investigation for tax evasion.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:11:55 -0400
Turkey's Erdogan says U.S. weapons airdrop on Kobani was wrong
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it. "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. Why did it turn out wrong? Because some of the weapons they dropped from those C130s were seized by ISIL," Erdogan told a news conference in the Turkish capital Ankara. (Reporting by Gulsen Solaker and Ece Toksabay; Writing by Daren Butler, editing by John Stonestreet)
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:09:53 -0400
S.Africa at 'turning point' says minister, cutting growth view

South Africa's economy is at a "turning point," forcing the government to cap spending and raise taxes in the face of slumping growth and soaring deficits, the finance minister saidCape Town (AFP) - South Africa's economy is at a "turning point" and the government must cap spending and raise taxes to tackle its soaring deficit in the face of stalling growth, the finance minister said Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:07:07 -0400
Iranian human rights lawyer stages protest over ban from practice
By Michelle Moghtader DUBAI (Reuters) - Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said on Wednesday she would protest outside the Iranian Bar Association offices in Tehran until it reversed a decision to ban her from practicing law for three years. Sotoudeh was sentenced to six years in jail in 2010 and banned from practice after being convicted of spreading propaganda and conspiring to harm state security. Her case came to international attention in 2012 when she embarked on a 50-day hunger strike against a travel ban on her daughter. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:06:27 -0400
Sri Lanka names squad for India ODIs
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka, minus leading strike bowlers Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath, on Wednesday named a mixture of experienced players and likely contenders in its 15-man squad for a one-day international series against India starting next week.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:05:55 -0400
Russian Olympic bobsled champ Zubkov retires
MOSCOW (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov has announced his retirement at the age of 40.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:04:43 -0400
Fijian-born soldier called up to England squad
LONDON (AP) — England gave a Fijian-born serving soldier his first call-up and left out big-name backs Chris Ashton and Danny Cipriani from its 33-man squad Wednesday for four November tests against the southern hemisphere's heavyweights.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:04:20 -0400
S.Africa minister cuts growth, says economy at 'turning point'

South Africa's economy is at a "turning point," forcing the government to cap spending and raise taxes in the face of slumping growth and soaring deficits, the finance minister saidCape Town (AFP) - South Africa's economy is at a "turning point," forcing the government to cap spending and raise taxes in the face of slumping growth and soaring deficits, the finance minister said Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:03:52 -0400
Missile, fire from Egypt wounds 2 Israeli troops
JERUSALEM (AP) — Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:03:14 -0400
Australian finishes marathon swim in Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel has successfully completed a 78-mile (126-kilometer) swim between two islands in the Bahamas.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:50 -0400
Congo, U.N. troops fire live rounds amid protest against killings
By Kenny Katombe BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese troops and United Nations peacekeepers fired live rounds to disperse hundreds of people protesting outside a U.N. base in the eastern Congolese town of Beni on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. Crowds gathered at the U.N. base calling for peacekeepers to leave the town after two people were shot dead on Tuesday during a protest over the U.N. mission's failure to stem violence blamed on Ugandan rebels that has killed dozens of civilians in recent weeks. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:55:42 -0400
Romanian ex-prison chief fails to show for trial
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former Romanian prison commander charged with torturing and causing the deaths of 12 political prisoners in the 1950s and 1960s failed to show up for his trial Wednesday, saying he is sick.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:40:22 -0400
Czechs to compensate sterilized Gypsy women
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is working on a plan to compensate Roma women sterilized against their will.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:27:13 -0400
Syria says shoots down two of three Islamic State jets

a fighter of the Islamic State group waving their flag from inside a captured government fighter jetBEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's air force has destroyed two fighter jets operated by Islamic State militants in the north of the country, Information Minister Omran Zoabi said in remarks published on Syria's state news agency SANA late on Tuesday. A Syrian monitoring group said on Friday that Iraqi pilots trained under former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had joined Islamic State and were conducting training flights in three captured fighter jets at a air base in Aleppo province. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:26:42 -0400
Sweden scales back submarine hunt

The Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen, left, and a guard boat in Namdo Bay, Sweden,Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. The navy has demanded a 1000-meter (yard) no-go radius around naval vessels taking part in the current operation. (AP Photo/TT News Agency, Fredrik Sandberg) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's military has withdrawn some of the ships taking part in a submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago.


Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:23:14 -0400
Polish priest charged with abusing minors
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors say a Polish parish priest has been formally charged in his native country with sexually molesting minors in both the Dominican Republic and Poland.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:18:17 -0400
Factbox: Who's who on the new EU executive
(Reuters) - The European Parliament votes on Wednesday in Strasbourg on whether to confirm in office the new European Commission, the EU executive to be led by Jean-Claude Juncker. Each of the 28 member states nominates a commissioner. All have passed individual confirmation hearings in the legislature. The line-up proposed by Juncker is as follows: PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER Luxembourg, center-right, 59. Prime minister for 19 years. Confirmed in office by parliament after nomination by national leaders in July over strong British objections. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:16:46 -0400
Mori worried about Tokyo stadium delays
TOKYO (AP) — The head of Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee is concerned that delays in the demolition of the old Olympic stadium will have a negative impact on the 2020 Games and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:16:13 -0400
Greek team punished for fan's death
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A third division football team in Greece has been punished by the country's football association after a fan died after being attacked by home fans at a match in September.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:13:05 -0400
US-designated terrorist sentenced to life in Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced 12 alleged militants, including a U.S.-designated terrorist, to life in prison on charges of plotting attacks in Egypt against police, military, foreign missions and ships passing through the strategic Suez Canal.
Date Posted : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:10:56 -0400
 

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