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Thai junta leader appointed PM by hand-picked parliament

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics.








Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:58 am

Petrobras worker dies from burns in refinery explosion

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A worker severely burned in an accident at a Petrobras refinery in the Brazilian city of Manaus died of his injuries on Wednesday, union officials representing workers at the company said.


Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:57 am

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General’s office said on Wednesday.


Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:36 am

Brazil’s Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil’s October elections and threatening the ruling Workers’ Party’s 12-year hold on power.








Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:30 am

Indonesia’s highest court to decide on election challenge

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s highest court is widely expected on Thursday to uphold last month’s hotly contested presidential election, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader of the world’s third largest democracy.


Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:22 am

Opposition leader Khan opens talks with Pakistan government over protests

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Opposition leader Imran Khan opened negotiations Wednesday with the Pakistani government, a lawmaker from his party said, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse.








Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:19 am

U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley

BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – The U.S. military earlier this summer carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives.


Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:19 am

Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles, Donetsk shelling

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Heavy shelling hit residential neighborhoods in Ukraine’s rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns on Wednesday as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion.


Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:18 am

Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas’s military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.








Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:17 am

China says Australian tycoon’s attack ‘irrational and absurd’

BEIJING/SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry has condemned a verbal attack by Australian mining mogul and politician Clive Palmer as irrational and absurd, after the businessman described China’s government as “bastards” who shoot their own people.


Posted on 21 August 2014 | 1:00 am

U.S. forces attempted but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria

WASHINGTON/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. forces attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.








Posted on 21 August 2014 | 12:22 am

U.S. military tried, but failed to rescue journalist Foley, other hostages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military earlier this year carried out an attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, in an operation that the Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives.








Posted on 20 August 2014 | 11:53 pm

Brazil’s Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil’s October elections and threatening the ruling Workers’ Party’s 12-year hold on power.


Posted on 20 August 2014 | 11:49 pm

Top Guatemalan general killed in air crash near Mexico border

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – A top Guatemalan general and four other officers were killed on Wednesday when the helicopter they were in crashed near the country’s northern border with Mexico, Guatemala’s government said.


Posted on 20 August 2014 | 10:28 pm

Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq

BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew.








Posted on 20 August 2014 | 10:20 pm

Heavy fighting erupts in Libya’s Benghazi, killing five

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) – Clashes between irregular forces of a renegade general and Islamists erupted in Libya’s eastern Benghazi city on Wednesday, killing at least five people, medical and military sources said.


Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:56 pm

Mexico’s ruling party proposes cutting seats from Congress

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s ruling party on Wednesday proposed holding a referendum next year to reduce the size of Congress, which could strengthen its own hand and streamline legislative decision-making.








Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:48 pm

Hundreds rally in Ireland after rape victim says denied abortion

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of people rallied in Dublin to call for a change to Ireland’s abortion laws on Wednesday after a rape victim said she was refused a termination and instead gave birth by Cesarean section.


Posted on 20 August 2014 | 9:13 pm

Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General’s office said on Wednesday.








Posted on 20 August 2014 | 8:18 pm

Exclusive: Brazil’s Silva would get opposition’s support in election runoff

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s biggest opposition party would support Marina Silva for president if its own candidate fails to make an October runoff, a party source told Reuters, an alliance that would damage President Dilma Rousseff’s chances for a second term.


Posted on 20 August 2014 | 8:13 pm

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

Thai junta leader voted prime minister

Thai Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives before an event in BangkokBANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was elected prime minister in parliament on Thursday in a move that has been widely expected since he seized power in May. Prayuth has won at least half the votes, the required number needed to secure his nomination, a live television broadcast of the parliamentary session showed. The 60-year-old was the only person nominated. His appointment will need to be formally approved by Thailand's king. …

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:43 am

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:40 am

China tries 5 cult members for murder

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court says five people have gone on trial for allegedly beating a woman to death in a McDonald’s outlet after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their cult.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:33 am

Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August

HONG KONG (AP) — Growth in China’s vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:33 am

Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand’s last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation’s junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military’s grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active and retired duty officers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:32 am

Pan Pacs: Injured Franklin struggles on 1st day

U.S. Missy Franklin dives in at the start of her women's 100-meter backstroke heat at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — World champion Missy Franklin failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final after making a late decision to compete despite a sore back on the opening morning of the Pan Pacific championships.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:29 am

US women score 3 in 2nd half, beat Switzerland 4-1

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Megan Rapinoe scored just three minutes into the game, and the United States got three goals in the second half to beat Switzerland 4-1 Wednesday night.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:10 am

Obama warns of jihadist ‘cancer’ as US reveals failed rescue

Anti-terrorism forces wave the national flag after securing a checkpoint from Sunni militants in the village of Badriyah, Iraq, August 19, 2014US President Barack Obama demanded Wednesday the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, as Washington revealed it had failed in an operation to free US hostages in neighboring Syria. It came a day after the so-called "Islamic State," which has seized much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion and condemnation.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:07 am

Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand’s last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation’s junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military’s grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active and retired duty officers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:02 am

Bouchard, Wozniacki upset at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Third-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark both suffered straight-set upsets Wednesday in the second round of the Connecticut Open.

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 2:52 am

World – Google News

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US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after execution … – Fox News


Fox News

US military ramps up airstrikes in Iraq, weighs additional troops after execution
Fox News
U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks on Islamic State targets in Iraq and the Obama administration was weighing sending more boots on the ground — even as the group released a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalist James …
From Missouri to Syria, Journalists Are Becoming TargetsNew York Times
US forces tried but failed to rescue US hostages in SyriaReuters
James Foley's murder puts spotlight on journalists in conflict zonesChristian Science Monitor
Los Angeles Times -Boston Globe -BBC News
all 5,238 news articles »

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:48 am

Thai junta leader voted prime minister – Reuters


Reuters

Thai junta leader voted prime minister
Reuters
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was elected prime minister in parliament on Thursday in a move that has been widely expected since he seized power in May. Prayuth has won at least half the votes, the required number …
Thai Junta Chief Takes Title of Premier to Add LegitimacyBloomberg
Thailand's coup leader likely to become Prime MinisterTimes of India
Thai military set to maintain grip on power with new PMTVNZ
Businessweek -Aljazeera.com -Daily Times
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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:45 am

Strikes, counterstrikes resume between Israel and Hamas after talks fail – CNN


Haaretz

Strikes, counterstrikes resume between Israel and Hamas after talks fail
CNN
(CNN) — Strikes and counterstrikes between Israel and Hamas resumed as talks aimed at agreeing to a longer-term truce fell apart. Since the temporary ceasefire crumbled Tuesday, at least 137 rockets have been launched from Gaza, the Israeli military said.
LIVE UPDATES: UN Security Council urges resumption of Gaza talksHaaretz
Gaza conflict: Operation 'not finished' – Benjamin NetanyahuBBC News
Hamas warns foreign airlines not to fly into Tel AvivGMA News
Businessweek -Reuters -Irish Independent
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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:38 am

Khan Tells Sharif to Quit After Army Calls for Talks – Businessweek


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Khan Tells Sharif to Quit After Army Calls for Talks
Businessweek
Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan addresses his supporters during a protest march in Islamabad, on August 18, 2014. Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images. Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must …
Pakistan talks over protests beginBBC News
Pak protests: Imran Khan's party holds talks with government negotiatorsTimes of India
Politics of rejectionThe News International
The Express Tribune -IBNLive
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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:36 am

Indonesia Court to Rule on Challenge to Widodo’s Election Win – Businessweek


Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesia Court to Rule on Challenge to Widodo's Election Win
Businessweek
Indonesia's constitutional court will deliver its verdict today on a legal challenge to Joko Widodo's victory in presidential elections last month, with political analysts expecting it to endorse a win for the Jakarta governor. Defeated challenger, former general …
Tensions high in Jakarta as court ruling due on presidential electionSydney Morning Herald
Troops, police mass in Jakarta for presidential election rulingThe Australian
Indonesia's highest court to decide on election challengeReuters
Wall Street Journal (blog) -Rappler
all 73 news articles »

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:32 am

Chinese cult murder trial opens in Shandong – BBC News


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Chinese cult murder trial opens in Shandong
BBC News
The trial of a group of cult members in China who beat a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant has opened in the city of Yantai in Shandong province. The woman, 37-year-old Wu Shuoyan, is alleged to have been killed last May simply for refusing to …
China tries 5 cult members for murderWashington Post
China 'cult' members on trial for McDonald's killing: courtYahoo News UK
Church of Almighty God or Eastern Lightning in Australia: Fears the terrifying NEWS.com.au
WantChinaTimes
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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:31 am

UPDATE 2-Brazil’s Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election – Reuters


Reuters

UPDATE 2-Brazil's Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election
Reuters
(Updates with comments from Silva news conference). By Anthony Boadle. BRASILIA Aug 20 (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil's October elections and threatening the ruling …
Silva Attacks Rousseff's Record to Start Brazil Presidential BidBloomberg
Running mate replaces Brazil presidential candidate killed in plane crashCNN
A Newcomer Is Shaking Up Brazil's VoteNew York Times
Belfast Telegraph -Deutsche Welle -Chron.com
all 217 news articles »

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 3:13 am

Calling Article ‘Divisive,’ Afghanistan Orders Expulsion of Times Correspondent – New York Times


New York Times

Calling Article 'Divisive,' Afghanistan Orders Expulsion of Times Correspondent
New York Times
Matthew Rosenberg, an American correspondent for The New York Times, and Basir Azizi, the spokesman for Afghanistan's attorney general, discussed the journalist's expulsion from the country. Publish Date August 20, 2014. Image CreditMohammad Ismail/ …
UPDATE 2-Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave countryReuters
Afghanistan presidential elections: Nervous citizens fear return to violence amid The Independent
Kabul expels NYT reporterTimes of Oman
U.S. News & World Report
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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 12:32 am

Germany pledges to arm Kurd forces and ‘set aside taboos’ on Iraq military role – Irish Times


Times of India

Germany pledges to arm Kurd forces and 'set aside taboos' on Iraq military role
Irish Times
German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini. Derek Scally. Topics: News · World · Middle East · Derek …
Germany, Italy say prepared to send weapons to Iraq's KurdsReuters
Ready to send arms to Iraqi Kurds to fight IS: GermanyBusiness Standard
Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq KurdsBusinessweek
Wall Street Journal -Irish Independent -Business Recorder
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Posted on 21 August 2014 | 12:01 am

Major UN aid airlift to northern Iraq underway – euronews


euronews

Major UN aid airlift to northern Iraq underway
euronews
A major humanitarian aid is underway in northern Iraq. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said it is getting supplies to more than half a million people displaced by fighting. The UNHCR and its partners in Iraq have set up four camps in one area of …
UN Ramps Up Major Aid Operation for IraqVoice of America
UN Prepares Huge Aid Effort to Northern IraqWall Street Journal

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Posted on 20 August 2014 | 6:57 am