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Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

A general view of the Syrian town of KobaniBy 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 border town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault. Washington said the arms had been supplied by Iraqi Kurdish authorities and had been dropped near Kobani, which came under Islamic State attack in September and is now besieged to the east, west and south, and bordered to the north by Turkey. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:54:38 -0400
Japanese PM Abe suffers setback as two ministers quit

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi bows as she arrives for a news conference at her ministry in TokyoBy Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Two Japanese cabinet ministers resigned on Monday over the dubious use of political funds, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012. The resignations of the two women, including the high-profile trade and industry minister, could complicate tough decisions on key policies, including whether to go ahead with an unpopular plan to raise the sales tax and planned restarts of nuclear reactors shut down after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:07:00 -0400
After clashes, Hong Kong students, government stand their ground before talks

Pro-democracy protesters raise their hands at riot police as a gesture of peace after they were told not to charge the police defence line, in MongkokBy Donny Kwok and John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong students and the government stood their ground on Monday ahead of talks aimed at defusing more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests that have blocked traffic around the Chinese-controlled city, but expectations of a breakthrough were low. Student-led protesters are calling for free elections in the former British trading post, but China insists on screening candidates first. Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader, Leung Chun-ying, has said the city's government was unwilling to compromise on China's restrictions. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:29:46 -0400
Small avalanches hamper final search for Nepal storm survivors

Handout photo of people gathering near a helicopter belonging to Nepal Army used to rescue avalanche victims at Thorang-La in Annapurna RegionBy Rupam Jain Nair KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Small avalanches hampered the search for Nepali porters and guides missing for six days after a devastating Himalayan storm, officials said on Monday, as rescue crews began to scale back the hunt for survivors of a disaster that killed 40 people. Nearly 600 people have been rescued from the popular hiking trail around Annapurna, the world's tenth highest peak, after it was hit by unseasonable snow and avalanches brought by the tail end of a cyclone that swept through neighboring India. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:12:10 -0400
U.N. nuclear chief suggests progress slow in Iran investigation

IAEA Director General Amano addresses a news conference at the IAEA headquarters in ViennaBy Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it had agreed to carry out by late August, the head of the U.N. atomic energy agency said on Monday, suggesting little headway in an inquiry into suspected bomb research. Western officials say Iran must cooperate more with United Nations nuclear sleuths if it wants to settle a protracted dispute with six world powers over its nuclear program and be rid of crippling financial sanctions. Nearly two months after an Aug. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:24:17 -0400
Ukraine, Russia gas deal may be just enough to get through winter

Russia's President Putin shakes hands with Ukraine's President Poroshenko as he arrives for a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy Henning Gloystein LONDON (Reuters) - An interim natural gas deal by Moscow and Kiev, reached over the weekend, could supply just enough to get Ukraine through the winter as long as the weather does not become unusually cold, Reuters research shows. Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission moved towards an agreement in late September and made further progress at the weekend. The deal is expected to be finalised at meetings between officials in Brussels on Tuesday. ...

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:09:09 -0400
Argentine town faces ghosts of its Dirty War

In this Oct. 6, 2014 photo, Araceli Gutierrez looks at her dog at Monte Peloni, a former detention center where she was illegally detained during last dictatorship in Olavarria, Argentina. Gutierrez lives nowadays at this former military facility. After almost 31 years of the return to democracy, this city of around 90,000 inhabitants, rediscovers its past with the first trial judging human rights violations committed in Monte Peloni, a clandestine detention center in the outskirts of the city. Olavarria was also the city where last August, Ignacio Guido Montoya Carlotto’s identity was uncovered after a DNA test confirmed him as the grandson of President of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo’s Estela de Carlotto. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)OLAVARRIA, Argentina (AP) — Shade trees hide the crumbling farm house outside of Olavarria. Hidden at the end of a dirt path, the white plaster coating is falling away from the brick foundation like scabs peeling off an unhealed wound.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:35:12 -0400
Death toll hits 65 in Libya's eastern strife
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan official says fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi between Islamist militias and pro-government fighters has left 65 people dead as fierce battles continued for a sixth day.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:34:05 -0400
Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT
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 to stand a chance of boosting economic growth in Indonesia, a sprawling nation of 250 million people. Fears that 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 have seen the rupiah weaken and stock market fall in recent weeks.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:32:52 -0400
Iran arrest 4 over acid attack
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have arrested four people suspected of throwing acid on women, according to a report by the official IRNA news agency.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:28:54 -0400
Nepal end rescue efforts on popular trekking route

Sete Tamang, 20, avalanche survivor, waits to receive the bodies of his colleagues outside a morgue at Teaching Hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to have been stranded on a trekking route by a series of deadly blizzards are now safe. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal wrapped up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to have been stranded on a trekking route by a series of deadly blizzards are now safe.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:24:39 -0400
FC Porto, Athletic Bilbao look to silence critics
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto and Athletic Bilbao have a chance to silence their growing chorus of critics in a Champions League encounter in Portugal on Tuesday.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:24:18 -0400
Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

Swedish Navy minesweeper HMS Kullen, foreground, patrols in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, Sunday Oct. 19 2014. A Swedish military search for evidence of suspected undersea activity in its waters has entered its third day amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion. (AP Photo / TT News Agency / Marko Saavala) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge, with Latvia's foreign minister calling the incident a potential "game changer" in the region.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:23:17 -0400
Olympic champ Rezkova-Hubnerova dies at 64
PRAGUE (AP) — Miloslava Rezkova-Hubnerova, who won the Olympic gold in women's high jump for Czechoslovakia in 1968 aged 18, has died.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:23:15 -0400
Kerry: 'Irresponsible' not to aid Kurds against IS

U.S. State Secretary John Kerry, center, leaves the Parliament building after attending the inauguration ceremony of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's new president on Monday, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some early blows against his administration. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the Obama administration decided to airdrop weapons and ammunitions to "valiant" Kurds fighting Islamic State extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani because it would be "irresponsible" and "morally very difficult" not to support them.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:17:00 -0400
Powerful explosion rocks rebel-held Ukrainian city
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:05:13 -0400
13 workers die in fire at Indian fireworks factory
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A blaze engulfed a fireworks factory in southern India on Monday, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others, police said.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:03:49 -0400
Electrolux buoyed by US growth
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Growth in the U.S. and efficiency gains in Europe helped Swedish home-appliance maker Electrolux post a 42 percent jump in third-quarter profits.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:03:22 -0400
Turkey helping Kurdish fighters cross into Kobani

In this image taken from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Kurdish fighters walk to their positions in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Levend Ali)SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said on Monday that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish forces cross into the Syrian border town of Kobani "to give support" to fellow Kurdish fighters defending the town against Islamic State militants.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:01:37 -0400
Expelled Nazis got millions in 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)OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:59:46 -0400
Iraq: Car bombings kill 16 people in Karbala

In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters gather to defend the city of Haditha, 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq is facing its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops, with the Islamic State extremist group in control of about a third of the country. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say three car bombings in the revered Shiite shrine city of Karbala have killed at least 16 people.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:57:04 -0400
Prince William and wife Kate's second child due in April

The Kensington Palace statement said Kate will make her first public appearance in more than two months on Tuesday after suffering from acute morning sicknessLondon (AFP) - Prince William and his wife Kate's second child, who will be fourth in line to the British throne, is due in April, an official statement said on Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:55:46 -0400
US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

Smoke from a fire rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:54:39 -0400
Jews buy homes in contested Arab area of Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — Residents of a hotly contested part of east Jerusalem said armed Israeli guards moved into two buildings in the area before dawn Monday — a step likely to raise already heightened tensions in the disputed neighborhood.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:54:09 -0400
HK leader: 'External forces' involved in protests

Protesters stand guard behind a barricade at the occupied area in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, early Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Three weeks ago, students at a rally stormed a fenced-off courtyard outside Hong Kong's government headquarters, triggering unprecedented mass protests for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader has claimed that "external forces" are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:52:19 -0400
Federal police take control of 13 towns in Mexico

A mother of one of 43 missing students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college attends a mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Investigators determined that 28 sets of human remains recovered from a mass grave discovered last weekend outside Iguala, in Guerrero state, were not those of any of the youths who haven't been seen since being confronted by police in that city Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico where local police are suspected of links to organized crime and possibly to the case of 43 missing students, a top official said.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:52:06 -0400
Firestorm over Met opera hits fever pitch

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) — Some big-name politicians are joining Jewish protesters in a growing firestorm against an opera they say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:47:48 -0400
Ugandan student shot as police break up protest

Ugandan police stand guard in the capital Kampala on September 14, 2014Kampala (AFP) - Uganda police fired live bullets and tear gas on Monday to break up protests by university students, wounding several people, authorities and witnesses said.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:45:40 -0400
Iraq officials: Triple car bombing in revered Shiite city of Karbala kills at least 16 people
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq officials: Triple car bombing in revered Shiite city of Karbala kills at least 16 people.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:40:04 -0400
Spain says 60 migrants enter African enclave
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government says several hundred African migrants staged multiple attempts to scale the border fences separating enter Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with some 60 managing to get across.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:39:30 -0400
German pilots strike after weekend rail chaos

Lufthansa pilots launched a strike, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the countryBerlin (AFP) - Lufthansa pilots launched a strike Monday, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the country.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:33:26 -0400
Bus collision in Bangladesh kills at least 20
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Two passenger buses collided head-on in northwestern Bangladesh on Monday afternoon, killing at least 20 people and injuring 25 others, an official said.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:29:15 -0400
Lawyers due in court in marathon bombing case
BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court Monday for a status conference.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:28:22 -0400
Attack at Baghdad Shiite mosque kills at least 11

At least 11 people have been killed in a bombing outside a Baghdad Shiite mosqueBaghdad (AFP) - A suicide bomber detonated explosives Monday outside a Shiite mosque in central Baghdad, killing at least 11 people in the second such attack in the capital in 24 hours, officials said.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:27:10 -0400
Nigeria declared Ebola-free as EU tackles response

A teacher demonstrates washing procedures to pupils prevent the spread of the Ebola virus at a school in Lagos on October 8, 2014Luxembourg (AFP) - Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country -- was declared Ebola-free on Monday as European Union foreign ministers thrashed out measures to help halt the spread of the deadly disease.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:25:50 -0400
Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties

CORRECTS LAST NAME OF MOTHER TO LAUDE - In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Julita Laude, mother of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, grieves beside the casket of her daughter at a funeral parlor in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Laude's distraught mother Julita said she lost a child, who had given her money regularly for medicine for her ailments, including diabetes and hypertension. The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public anger in the Philippines and revived a debate over the U.S. military presence in a country seen by Washington as a major ally in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than a week ago.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:17:14 -0400
Turkey to help Kurdish 'peshmerga' fighters reach besieged Syrian town
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is facilitating the passage of Kurdish "peshmerga" fighters to the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. But he stopped short of saying Ankara backed a decision by the United States to airdrop weapons to the town's defenders. Islamic State fighters have for a month laid siege to Kobani, on the Turkish frontier, and only intense bombardments by U.S.-led coalition warplanes have halted their advance. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:16:34 -0400
Kerry: U.S. told Turkey arms drop to Syrian Kurds 'momentary' response to crisis
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States told Turkey that a U.S. military air-drop of arms to Syrian Kurds battling Islamic State near the Syrian town of Kobani was a response to a crisis situation and did not represent a change in U.S. policy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. "We talked with Turkish authorities - I did, the president did, to make it very very clear that this is not a shift in policy by the United States. It is crisis moment, an emergency," Kerry told reporters on a visit to Indonesia, adding that it was a "momentary effort. ...
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:14:52 -0400
Cheika close to being named new Wallabies coach

New South Wales Waratahs captain Michael Hooper (L) and coach Michael Cheika (R) celebrate after defeating the Canterbury Crusaders in Sydney on August 2, 2014Sydney (AFP) - Michael Cheika is on the verge of taking charge of the Wallabies after the shock resignation of Ewen McKenzie, with the Super Rugby-winning coach on Monday confirming he was in talks and close to agreement.

Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:14:45 -0400
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