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Fiji says Syrian rebels issue demands for captives

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 06:01 AM

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji's military commander said Tuesday that Syrian rebels have issued three demands for the release of 45 Fijian peacekeepers they've held captive for five days.

Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front wants to be taken off the U.N. terrorist list, wants humanitarian aid delivered to parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, and wants compensation for three of its fighters it says were killed in a shootout with U.N. officers.


North Korea athletes on mission for political gold

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:57 AM

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — It's a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women's soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row of archers to continue their practice before several senior sports ministry officials. So sure are they of their aim — or, perhaps, so impromptu is the decision to have them shoot here — that there are no barriers behind the targets, posted on simple squares of straw.

The archers have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders.


Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:53 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."


Officials: Egypt bombing kills 11 police officers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:50 AM

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded Tuesday near an armored police vehicle traveling in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, killing 11 police officers, including a senior official, security and medical officials said.

The bomb appeared to have been detonated by remote control and it went off as the police vehicle was driving through the village of el-Wefaq near the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip, security officials said.


Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:44 AM

SOTO DEL REAL, Spain (AP) — The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child cruelty against them.


Thai junta forces rights group to nix presentation

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:41 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling military junta forced a human rights group on Tuesday to cancel a presentation on the precarious rights situation in the Southeast Asian country three months after the army staged a coup.

The military told Bangkok-based Thai Lawyers for Human Rights in a written letter that if it has concerns about lack of freedom of expression or access to the justice system it should report them instead via a government hotline at the Interior Ministry.


After Gaza war, poll finds support for Hamas rises

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 05:29 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.

The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and headed by leading Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, indicates that 61 percent of Palestinians would choose the Islamic militant group's leader, Ismail Haniyeh, for president if Palestinian presidential elections were held today.


Commission rejects London mayor's plan for airport

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 04:54 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Airport Commission has rejected a plan to build a four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary, describing it as more problematic and more expensive than other options.

The commission said Tuesday it rejected the estuary proposal pushed by London Mayor Boris Johnson because it would cause economic disruption and because environmental hurdles may make it impossible to deliver.


Attacks kill 3 Afghan policemen, 4 soldiers

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 04:36 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Attacks in Afghanistan have killed three policemen and four Afghan soldiers, officials said Tuesday.

A suicide car bombing killed three policemen in the eastern Nangarhar province, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor.

The bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle among a group of Afghan security forces in Ghani Khil district on Tuesday morning, killing the three policemen. The explosion also wounded two people, a civilian and a local policeman, the spokesman added.


Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 04:17 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A court has barred ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in the popular app's fight with taxi drivers worldwide.

Frankfurt state court spokesman Arne Hasse said Tuesday the decision that Uber can't offer its services without a specific permit under German transport laws applies nationwide.


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