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China arrests thousands in porn, gambling crackdown: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has detained over 30,000 people during a two-month clamp down on pornography and gambling, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.


Posted on 22 December 2014 | 1:08 am

How Syria policy stalled under the ‘analyst in chief’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (This version of the story was refiled to clarify the size of National Security Council staff in paragraph 12 for the record, after the story originally published on October 9 was updated on October 28 and refiled on December 19, following White House update of data.)








Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:52 am

Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish and Yazidi fighters battled to take the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State on Sunday after breaking a months-long siege of the mountain above it.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:56 pm

Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

TUNIS (Reuters) – Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia’s shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:54 pm

Syria says Israeli drone downed in Quneitra

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria said on Sunday that an Israeli drone had been brought down in the province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:24 pm

Invoking Allah, driver slams car into pedestrians in eastern France

PARIS (Reuters) – French police arrested a man on Sunday evening after he deliberately mowed down a dozen pedestrians in the eastern city of Dijon, badly injuring two of them and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is the greatest”), authorities said.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:00 pm

Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 9:49 pm

South Africa’s Zuma says in ‘perfect’ health after post-election fatigue

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma said he was in “perfect” condition after recovering from a bout of fatigue that left him hospitalized in June, playing down reports of health problems.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 7:52 pm

Jordan hangs 11 after eight-year death penalty freeze

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan executed 11 citizens on Sunday, ending an eight-year moratorium on capital punishment, judicial sources said.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 6:51 pm

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Iraq, three in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 6:11 pm

Libya’s official government targets rival forces trying to seize ports

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Military planes loyal to Libya’s recognized government attacked on Sunday an opposing force that is seeking to seize the country’s two biggest oil ports, officials said.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 6:10 pm

Health minister named as Haiti’s new interim prime minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named interim prime minister on Sunday to replace Laurent Lamothe, who resigned a week ago following several weeks of protests.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 5:25 pm

Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, with voter anger symbolized by an overpriced dessert.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 4:50 pm

Greek PM offers 2015 election once bailout talks complete

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras offered on Sunday to bring pro-European independents into the government and hold new elections in late 2015 if lawmakers back him to elect a new president.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 3:50 pm

Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 3:09 pm

U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Malicious software likely linked to China is being used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 3:04 pm

Sudan rights group says raided after opposition unity deal

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Security forces raided the Sudanese Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday, just weeks after jailing its former leader, the monitoring group’s leader said, in what activists fear is a widening crackdown ahead of a presidential election in April.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:55 pm

Uzbeks vote in elections expected to reinforce Karimov’s grip on power

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Uzbeks went to the polls on Sunday to vote in parliamentary elections at which all four parties support President Islam Karimov, ensuring that the ballot will further reinforce his 23-year grip on power.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:18 pm

Iran nuclear diplomat gets key post as head of foreign oil deals

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has appointed a backstage strategist in nuclear talks with world powers as chief of foreign petroleum contracts, the oil ministry said, a job that will hinge largely on any settlement of its atomic dispute with the West.








Posted on 21 December 2014 | 2:06 pm

Iohannis promises corruption crackdown as new Romanian president

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Center politician Klaus Iohannis was sworn in as Romania’s president on Sunday, promising to crack down on corruption and strengthen institutions 25 years after the fall of communism.


Posted on 21 December 2014 | 12:58 pm

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

Johnson rewards Poyet for leap of faith

Adam Johnson takes a shot during Sunderland's match against Newcastle United at St James' Park on December 21, 2014Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Adam Johnson played the decisive role in Sunderland's 1-0 win at Newcastle United in the Premier League, but only after persuading manager Gus Poyet to let him stay on the pitch.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:44 am

Interim prime minister named in politically fractious Haiti

In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Haiti's former Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume leads a tour for first lady Sophia Martelly through a warehouse housing a donation of kits to treat chikungunya, in the Cite Soleil slum, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Duperval Guillaume was named as Haiti’s interim prime minister on Sunday Dec. 21, 2014, following the resignation of her predecessor a week ago amid a stalemate over delayed legislative elections. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume was named as Haiti's interim prime minister on Sunday following the resignation of her predecessor a week ago amid a stalemate over delayed legislative elections.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:43 am

Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

Emergency services workers cover off the perimeter fence of a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries.When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside, ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years. (AP Photo/Graeme Bint)CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australia woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:33 am

Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an “act of cybervandalism,” not one of war, against a movie company. Sony Pictures Entertainment, which said it canceled the theatrical release of “The Interview” after distributors refused to show it, pledged to find a way to get the film out. “How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet,” a Sony lawyer said. The comedy involves a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:32 am

IMF policies criticised over Ebola outbreak

A health worker wearing protective equipment assists an Ebola patient at the Kenama treatment centre run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014 in Sierra LeoneInternational Monetary Fund (IMF) policies left healthcare systems in the African countries worst affected by Ebola underfunded and lacking doctors, and hampered a coordinated response to the outbreak, researchers said Monday. Links between the IMF and the rapid spread of the disease were examined by researchers from Cambridge University's sociology department, with colleagues from Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They found IMF programmes held back the development of effective health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries at the epicentre of the outbreak that has killed over 7,370 people. Reforms advocated by the IMF hampered the ability of the health systems to cope with infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies, the researchers found.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:29 am

France: Driver goes on rampage, feeding fears

PARIS (AP) — A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Lyon in southeastern France on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:14 am

Mexico’s church calls for changes in government strategy

FILE - In this March 6, 2013, file photo, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, of Mexico, arrives for a cardinals' meeting, at the Vatican. Mexico's Roman Catholic Church is calling on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto to make changes to its strategies for dealing with the crisis of violence and impunity that is shaking the country. Cardinal Rivera told reporters on Sunday Dec. 21, 2014, that such changes "are absolutely necessary" and he emphasized that Pope Francisco is monitoring events in Mexico with concern, and not just the disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers college in southern Guerrero state. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Roman Catholic Church is calling on the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto to make changes to its strategies for dealing with the crisis of violence and impunity that is shaking the country.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:06 am

Brazil draws with US to win home tournament

United States' Lauren Holiday, center, (12) heads the ball during a final match of the International Women's Football Tournament at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's women's soccer team held on for a 0-0 draw with the United States to win the International Tournament of Brasilia on Sunday.

Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:02 am

Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

Members of Kurdish security forces ride in a vehicle at Mount Sinjar, in the town of SinjarBy Isabel Coles MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) – Kurdish and Yazidi fighters battled to take the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State on Sunday after breaking a months-long siege of the mountain above it. Seizing the town would restore the majority of territory Iraq's Kurds lost in the jihadist group's surprise August offensive. It would also give a huge strategic victory to both the Iraqi Kurds and the central government in Baghdad, as the Kurdish fighters could then cut the highway from Syria to Mosul, a vital supply line for Islamic State. Backed by U.S. …

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:56 pm

Liverpool held by Arsenal, Marseille top in France

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, centre right, celebrates after scoring a late goal against Arsenal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LONDON (AP) — Liverpool is starting to produce the kind of fluent attacking displays that led the team to a second-place finish in the English Premier League last season.

Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:53 pm

World – Google News

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Tunisia election: Essebsi claims historic victory – BBC News


BBC News

Tunisia election: Essebsi claims historic victory
BBC News
Tunisia's Beji Caid Essebsi has claimed victory in the country's first free presidential election, with exit polls suggesting he won 55.5% of the vote. Supporters of the 88-year-old celebrated in the capital Tunis. Campaigners for his rival, caretaker President …
Tunisian Candidate Claims Victory Over Interim PresidentWall Street Journal
Essebsi's team announces win in Tunisian presidential runoffFox News Latino
Polls close in Tunisian electionReuters
The Times (subscription) -The Daily Star -Ynetnews
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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 1:04 am

Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school massacre – Fox News


The Guardian

Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school massacre
Fox News
ISLAMABAD – Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, on Sunday, officials said. "Quite a few suspects who were facilitators in one way or the other have been taken into …
Protests, candle-lit vigils held on sixth day of school tragedyThe News International
Pakistan claims arrests in Peshawar school investigationTelegraph.co.uk
Several arrested over Pakistan school massacrePress TV
The Guardian -STLtoday.com -Daily Times
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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 1:03 am

North Korea says US government ‘deeply involved’ in Sony film – Los Angeles Times


Los Angeles Times

North Korea says US government 'deeply involved' in Sony film
Los Angeles Times
North Korea's defense department asserted Sunday that the U.S. government was “deeply involved” in the making of the Sony Pictures comedy “The Interview” and threatened to “blow up” the White House, the Pentagon and other U.S. targets if Washington …
North Korea Threatens Greater Pain If Punished Over Sony HackingBusinessweek
Sony hacking: Barack Obama says he does not consider cyber attack an act of warThe Independent
Obama: US Might Put N. Korea on Terror ListVoice of America
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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:57 am

Iraqi Kurds Advance Against Islamic State in Sinjar – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Iraqi Kurds Advance Against Islamic State in Sinjar
Wall Street Journal
People from the minority Yazidi sect are seen on Sinjar Mountain on Sunday. Iraqi Kurdish fighters set free hundreds of Yazidis after pushing into the center of Sinjar city on Sunday. Reuters. By. Ali A. Nabhan And. Matt Bradley. Updated Dec. 21, 2014 1:58 …
Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airportBusinessweek
Iraq's Barzani praises Peshmerga forces on Mount SinjarBBC News
Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of SinjarThe Globe and Mail
euronews -The Daily Star -NPR (blog)
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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:43 am

Driving Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ Runs Down 11 French Pedestrians – NBCNews.com


NBCNews.com

Driving Shouting 'Allahu Akbar!' Runs Down 11 French Pedestrians
NBCNews.com
A driver screaming "Allahu Akbar!" (Arabic for "God is Great") appeared to deliberately mow down about a dozen pedestrians in the French city of Dijon before being arrested on Sunday, officials said. The driver, who was in his forties, hit groups of pedestrians …
Driver rampages around French city, slams into passersbyThe Globe and Mail
Invoking Allah, driver slams car into pedestrians in eastern FranceReuters
Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' drives into crowd in FranceTimes of India
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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:38 am

Russia Blocks Access To Facebook Page Supporting Opposition Leader … – International Business Times


International Business Times

Russia Blocks Access To Facebook Page Supporting Opposition Leader
International Business Times
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny talks to the media after leaving a justice court building in Moscow, April 22, 2014. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov. Russia Sunday blocked access to a Facebook page set up in support of Aleksey Navalny, the anti-corruption …
Facebook blocks Putin's biggest critic in RussiaStuff.co.nz
Facebook takes down Russia page calling for mass protest in support of Putin's Irish Independent
Russia makes Facebook block page of Vladimir Putin's top criticEconomic Times

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Posted on 22 December 2014 | 12:27 am

Who Benefits if the Embargo Is Lifted? – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Who Benefits if the Embargo Is Lifted?
Wall Street Journal
The Castros already welcome foreign trade and investment. Fat lot of good it's done for Cubans. U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Cuba's President Raul Castro before giving his speech ENLARGE. U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Cuba's …
Obama's Cuba-led pivot in Latin AmericaFinancial Times
Obama's faulty logic on CubaWashington Post
Marc Caputo: After Obama's announcement, hope has come to Cuba. But what MiamiHerald.com (blog)
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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:46 pm

Syria determined to fight terrorism: Assad – Xinhua


Telegraph.co.uk

Syria determined to fight terrorism: Assad
Xinhua
DAMASCUS, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday stressed his country's resolve to eradicate terrorism, and called for national reconciliation across the country, according to the state news agency SANA. Assad made the remarks …
Iranian Parliament Speaker Stresses Continued Support for SyriaFars News Agency

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 11:36 pm

Jordan Hangs 11 Men After 8-Year Execution Ban Ends – TIME


AsiaOne

Jordan Hangs 11 Men After 8-Year Execution Ban Ends
TIME
Eleven men were hanged in Jordan on Sunday, bringing the country's eight-year moratorium on executions to an end. The 11 criminals, all Jordanian, had been charged in different murder cases in 2005 and 2006, Al Jazeera reported. The country's last …
Jordan hangs 11 men after eight-year death penalty moratoriumInquirer.net
Jordan hangs 11 men after eight-year moratorium on death penaltyABC Online
Jordan hangs 11 people after lifting eight-year ban on executionsThe Independent
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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 10:02 pm

630 Gazans enter Egypt as Rafah reopens for two days – Daily Mail


Daily Mail

630 Gazans enter Egypt as Rafah reopens for two days
Daily Mail
Around 630 Palestinians left Gaza and entered the Egyptian Sinai through the Rafah crossing on Sunday after Cairo authorised a temporary reopening of the border, a Palestinian official said. It was only the second time in two months that Egypt had opened …
Egypt opens border crossing with Gaza for first time in two monthsThe Globe and Mail
Egypt allows in travellers from Gaza for first time since OctoberReuters Africa
Egypt to reopen Gaza crossing Sundaygulfnews.com

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Posted on 21 December 2014 | 7:27 pm