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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

Supporters of ul-Qadri carry sticks as they move towards the Prime Minister's house during the Revolution March in IslamabadBy Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed. Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Pakistan's military stepped in this week to try to defuse the unrest. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million, has been ruled by the military for half of its entire history and has repeatedly oscillated between civilian and military rule.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:10:50 -0400
Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

Pro-Russian separatists walk at a destroyed war memorial on Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of DonetskBy Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attending an EU summit in Brussels, said he was hoping for a political solution, but warned that his country was on the brink of full-scale war. Russia has repeatedly dismissed accusations from Kiev and Western powers that it has sent soldiers into its neighbor, or supported pro-Russian rebels fighting a five-month-old separatist war in Ukraine's east.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:45:26 -0400
Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi city; airport hit
Heavy clashes broke out between the forces of a renegade general and Islamist fighters in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, killing at least 10 people and showering the airport with rockets, medical and military sources said. Libya is being racked by factional violence as the armed groups which helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 turn their guns on each other in a struggle to dominate politics and the country's vast oil resources. In Benghazi, forces of retired general Khalifa Haftar have been fighting Islamist brigades including Ansar al-Sharia, blamed by Washington for an attack on the U.S.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:41:36 -0400
Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.
By Louis Charbonneau and Avi Ohayon UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Thirty-two Philippine U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamists who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, U.N. officials said, while militants reinforced their siege of another group of 40. "The situation at Position 68 is calm but tense, as more than 200 militants have assembled around it in the last few hours," a U.N. official said, referring to the place where the 40 Philippine peacekeepers were trapped. A U.N. diplomatic source said earlier: "As we speak more rebels in more than 20 vehicles are approaching and reinforcing the siege around Position 68." The rebels began to arrive at 11 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET), added the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The peacekeeping troops are part of UNDOF, a U.N. force that has monitored the disengagement zone between Israel and Syria since 1974, following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:51:54 -0400
EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, ready Russian sanctions

Newly elected European Council President Donald Tusk and newly elected European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini talk together during a EU summit in BrusselsBy Adrian Croft and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders on Saturday chose Poland Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair their Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc's foreign relations, as the EU prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. A summit in Brussels shared the two coveted EU posts between a Kremlin critic from ex-communist Eastern Europe and the foreign minister of one of Moscow's biggest customers for gas. EU officials gave Ukraine's embattled President Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome and assurances of further support.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:38:43 -0400
China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy

A Chinese national flag is seen in front of the chimney of a heat supply plant in BeijingBy James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017. Political reform has been a constant source of friction between Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and the mainland since the former British colony was handed back to Communist Party rulers in 1997. ...


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:30:18 -0400
Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round

John Isner, of the United States, reacts after a shot Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:37:51 -0400
Slovak PM slams sanctions on Russia, threatens to veto new ones
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico slammed European Union sanctions on Russia as "meaningless and counterproductive" and threatened to veto additional measures, highlighting the internal divide within the EU over its tough stance on Russia. "I consider sanctions meaningless and counterproductive," Fico told reporters early on Sunday after meeting fellow EU leaders in Brussels. "Until we know the impact of the already imposed sanctions, it makes no sense to impose new ones." EU leaders asked the European Commission, the EU executive, to draw up proposals for new sanctions on Russia over its action in Ukraine within a week, though they did not say when they could be implemented.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:37:39 -0400
Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian military aircraft will fly guns and ammunition into Iraq to help fight Islamic State militants, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:37:26 -0400
Niger parliament chief, facing baby-trafficking probe, 'in Belgium'

A photo taken on November 6, 2013 shows Hama Amadou (C), head of Nigers' parliament, delivering a speech at the Parliament House in NiameyNiger's head of parliament, who faces questioning in a probe into international baby-trafficking, has turned up in Belgium, an opposition official said Saturday, confirming a media report. Hama Amadou, who had already quietly left Niger for neighbouring Burkina Faso, "is now in Brussels," the official said, confirming the report by Radio France Internationale (RFI). Amadou's lawyer Souley Oumarou told AFP that he had "not received "this information". On Thursday he confirmed that his client, leading challenger to President Mahamadou Issoufou ahead of elections in 2016, had fled Niger for Burkina Faso because he felt threatened by the state, and not because of the baby trafficking accusations.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:35:32 -0400
Cuba gives US swimmer Diana Nyad sporting medal

U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad wears her Order of Sporting Merit medal as she stands in front of the Cuban and U.S. flags during a ceremony in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Cuba honored Nyad for being the first swimmer to make the crossing between Cuba and Florida without flippers or a shark cage for protection. Nyad made four previous attempts; first in 1978, and three times in 2011 and 2012. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)HAVANA (AP) — One year after becoming the first person confirmed to have swum from Havana to Key West, Florida without a shark cage, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was back in Cuba to receive that country's Order of Sporting Merit award.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:34:03 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other. But as Beijing confronts countries across the South China and East China seas, displaying its diplomatic and strategic strength in a series of increasingly dangerous territorial disputes, the India-China standoff results in almost nothing beyond regular diplomatic talks and professions of international friendship.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:32:56 -0400
With heavy heart, Kuchar hovers around the lead

Jason Day, of Australia, watches his tee shot on the third hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)NORTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Jason Day thought he might be able to pull away from the field Saturday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Nine holes later, the second FedEx Cup playoff event was wide open.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:32:00 -0400
EU sets Russia ultimatum, threatens sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) — Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:29:31 -0400
8 foreigners among 10 killed in Bolivia bus crash
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian police say eight foreign tourists are among the 10 people killed when a bus returning to La Paz from the Salar de Uyuni salt flats ran off the highway and crashed.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:26:13 -0400
Brazil poll favorite rows back on gay marriage

Marina Silva (C), presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, walks in the Rocinha favela during her political campaign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 30, 2014Brazilian surprise package Marina Silva, whom polls suggest could oust incumbent Dilma Rousseff in October presidential elections, rowed back on liberal social policy Saturday after dropping a program reference to gay marriage. Silva, an ecologist and evangelical Christian who once served for the ruling Workers Party as environment minister, holds conservative opinions on abortion as well as gay marriage but says she backs civil unions for same-sex couples. The new version reads that Silva will "defend rights relating to civil unions between same-sex couples." The wording was amended as Silva, the daughter of rubber tappers who only learned to write in her teens and wants to become in her words Brazil's first "poor, black" president, visited Rio's Rocinha slum accompanied by former soccer star and would-be Rio senator Romario.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:17:08 -0400
Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

U.N. peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF, observe Syria's Quneitra province at an observation point on Mount Bental in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. An armed group detained more than 40 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and over 80 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said. ( AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:16:37 -0400
Boko Haram kill scores in captured Nigeria town

This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in Dabanga, northern Cameroon, shows Cameroon's army soldiers deploying as part of a reinforcement of its military forces against Nigerian Islamist group Boko HaramBoko Haram gunmen have killed scores of residents in a Nigerian town on the border with Cameroon that they captured in recent raids, witnesses told AFP on Saturday. The militants seized Gamboru Ngala earlier this week after taking over military and police facilities in a fierce gun battle which forced thousands of residents across the border into Cameroon. The residents fled to Fotokol for fear of attack by the Islamists, despite being told they were only after security personnel and local vigilantes. "They are now killing people like chickens," said Sidi Kyarimi, a Gamboru resident who fled to Fotokol on Friday.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:13:09 -0400
Rescued Nicaragua miners join hunt for missing comrades
Twenty workers dramatically rescued from a collapsed Nicaraguan gold mine joined frantic efforts to find eight comrades still missing after the cave-in, officials said Saturday. They later determined that three more miners -- who did not have relatives in the area to report their disappearance to officials -- had failed to return from the mine after the mishap. "The boys spent the night under observation in the hospital, where they were treated for dehydration," said Gregorio Rocha, a spokesman for the mining company HEMCO which is involved in rescue efforts. Rocha described the rescue of the 20 workers on Friday as a "great achievement," although he lamented that they have failed so far to rescue the others.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:08:38 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other. But as Beijing confronts countries across the South China and East China seas, displaying its diplomatic and strategic strength in a series of increasingly dangerous territorial disputes, the India-China standoff results in almost nothing beyond regular diplomatic talks and professions of international friendship.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:02:59 -0400
Atletico hangs on to beat promoted Eibar 2-1

Atletico's Diego Godin, from Uruguay celebrates Joao Miranda's goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Eibar at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid held on to beat Eibar 2-1 on Saturday to record an unconvincing first win of the Spanish league season as the defending champions continue to struggle without suspended coach Diego Simeone.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:58:56 -0400
Chelsea wins big to capitalize on City slip-up

Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring his second goal against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LONDON (AP) — Chelsea secured a third straight win in the English Premier League by beating Everton 6-3 to go top of the early standings while Juventus began its title defense in Italy with a victory over Chievo Verona.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:55:57 -0400
Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

A rescued miner, center, is greeted by another miner while being helped by a rescue worker as he leaves the El Comal gold and silver mine in Bonanza, Nicaragua, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The first 11 of 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a collapse in a mine have been rescued and crews were working early Saturday to free more, officials said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:51:14 -0400
Leaders Forest ride their luck to maintain unbeaten run

Nottingham Forest players at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on February 16, 2014Championship leaders Nottingham Forest survived a stern examination from Sheffield Wednesday to maintain their unbeaten start with a 1-0 win at Hillsborough on Saturday. Stuart Pearce's side made it four wins from five league games and ended Wednesday's own undefeated record through former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury's 37th-minute header. Forest are one point ahead of second-placed Watford, who survived the dismissal of Gabriel Tamas to beat Huddersfield Town 4-2 at Vicarage Road.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:50:22 -0400
Balotelli left out of Conte's 1st Italy squad
MILAN (AP) — New Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been left out of Antonio Conte's first Italy squad.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:49:58 -0400
US dominates Finland 114-55 in basketball worlds

United States's Stephen Curry, goes to dunk during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Finland, in Bilbao northern Spain, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)BILBAO, Spain (AP) — As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland's players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:49:52 -0400
Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence

Pakistani protesters run during clashes near prime minister's home in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 30, 3014. Pakistani police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters as they tried to march toward the prime minister’s home in the capital on Saturday, blanketing the route with clouds of white smoke and scattering demonstrators. (AP Photo/Anjum NaveedISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police charged with batons and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of protesters marching toward the prime minister's official residence and the adjacent parliament building in Islamabad on Saturday, blanketing the route with clouds of white smoke and scattering demonstrators. Nearly 125 people were injured in the clashes between police and demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:47:10 -0400
Germany's Merkel: EU gives Russia 1 week to scale back Ukraine intervention or face sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany's Merkel: EU gives Russia 1 week to scale back Ukraine intervention or face sanctions.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:42:33 -0400
Brain tumour boy found in Spain: British police

Image released by Hampshire Constabulary on August 29, 2014 shows five-year-old boy Ashya KingAshya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was snatched from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, Spanish police said Saturday. "Ashya King was found in a hotel 3km from de Velez Malaga (southern Spain) and was admitted to a hospital," the National Police force wrote on its Twitter page. British police also confirmed the missing family had been found. "Ashya has been found," said an update on the website of the Hampshire Constabulary.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:34:45 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other. But as Beijing confronts countries across the South China and East China seas, displaying its diplomatic and strategic strength in a series of increasingly dangerous territorial disputes, the India-China standoff results in almost nothing beyond regular diplomatic talks and professions of international friendship.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:33:06 -0400
Huck defeats Larghetti to keep cruiserweight belt
HALLE, Germany (AP) — German cruiserweight Marko Huck defeated Mirko Larghetti of Italy by unanimous decision to retain his WBO belt on Saturday for the record-equaling 13th time.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:30:10 -0400
AP PHOTOS: Fairy-tale night for girls in Rio slum

A teenage girl from the Santa Marta "favela" slum exits a police car, taking the hand of an officer who patrols her neighborhood as she arrives to Copacabana for a group debutante ball organized by her slum's Pacifying Police Unit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Fifteen-year-olds from Santa Marta made their coming out Friday night, escorted by police officers who patrol their communities. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro's Santa Marta "favela" slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:24:48 -0400
Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk arrives on August 30, 2014 for a European Union summit at EU headquarters in BrusselsEuropean leaders Saturday named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a series of challenges topped by Ukraine. Tusk, who speaks only halting English and no French, is the first eastern European to hold such a senior post in the EU and is known as a tough critic of the Kremlin, especially over the Ukraine crisis. "The suspense is up, the new EU leadership team is complete," said current EU President Herman Van Rompuy moments after the announcement was made. Van Rompuy said the new team faced three major challenges: the stagnating European economy, the crisis in Ukraine which he called "the gravest threat to continental security since the Cold War," and Britain's place in the EU.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:18:51 -0400
Missing British boy with tumor found in Spain

The Yellow Notice issued by the international police force Interpol, Friday Aug. 29, 2014, asking for help to locate the missing five-year old boy Ashya King, who is believed to be in France. Police are searching for the five-year-old British boy who is suffering with a severe brain tumor whose parents, believed to be Jehovah’s Witnesses, took him out of a British hospital on Thursday and were last seen in France. The boy needs urgent medical treatment. (AP Photo/Interpol)LONDON (AP) — A critically ill 5-year-old boy who was taken out of a British hospital against doctors' advice has been found in Spain, police said Saturday.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:16:46 -0400
Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier: video

Wife of Lebanese soldier Ali al-Sayyed, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants, mourns with relatives in the town of Fnideq, northern LebanonIslamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday. The soldier, recognizable as Ali al-Sayyed, a Sunni Muslim from north Lebanon, was shown blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back, writhing and kicking the dusty ground while a militant announces he will be killed. Islamic State, which declared a "caliphate" in June in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control, has been cited as a major security threat by Western governments since posting a video in August of the beheading of U.S journalist James Foley. The Lebanese army declined to comment, but security and Islamic State sources confirmed the latest beheading.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:09:59 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:00 p.m. GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other. But as Beijing confronts countries across the South China and East China seas, displaying its diplomatic and strategic strength in a series of increasingly dangerous territorial disputes, the India-China standoff results in almost nothing beyond regular diplomatic talks and professions of international friendship.
Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:02:55 -0400
230 injured as police clash with protesters in Islamabad

Pakistani riot policemen take position during clashes with opposition supporters near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad on August 30, 2014At least 230 people were wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. The protesters, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri, had been camped outside parliament house since August 15 demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit amid allegations of vote rigging. They have 200 women who are trained in the use of firearms and they have come with the intention of occupying state buildings," defence minister Khawaja Asif told AFP as the fighting broke out late Saturday.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:00:49 -0400
Syria jihadists free 4 Lebanese soldiers, policeman held hostage

Fighters of the jihadist group Al-Nusra Front stand on the top of a pick-up mounted with a machine gun on April 4, 2013 in the Syrian village of Aziza, on the southern outskirts of AleppoFour soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in the east of Lebanon nearly a month ago were freed late Saturday by the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, a security service official told AFP. The five "taken hostage by the Al-Nusra Front have been freed and have arrived in Arsal," a Lebanese town on the border with Syria, he said. "They are still not in the hands of the security services," he added. The men were taken from Arsal on August 2 during a fierce battle between the Lebanese army and jihadists who had crossed the border from Syria.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:00:37 -0400
Silva surges ahead of Brazil's presidential vote

Marina Silva, presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, campaigns in the Rocinha slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Silva is leading polls in her race against current President Dilma Rousseff and tapping into the widespread frustrations of many Brazilians with a sputtering economy and poor public services, angst that fueled last year's massive anti-government protests. Brazil will hold its presidential election on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's once humdrum presidential race now resembles one of the country's famed soap operas, with a newcomer thrust into the spotlight by a plane crash and the longtime favorite reeling from a one-two punch of bad news.


Date Posted : Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:56:59 -0400
 

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