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Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:22 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps.

The long-sleeved shirt with horizontal dark stripes and a six-pointed yellow star on the left side of the chest prompted a storm on social media, with many people finding the shirt distasteful because it conjured up memories of the Holocaust.

Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:11 AM

PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone.

The disease has now killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa.

Air France announced that it temporarily halted its flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone because of the Ebola outbreak there and at the request of the French government.

China, Vietnam say they'll negotiate sea disputes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:07 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China and Vietnam said Wednesday they're committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid a recurrence of tensions that spiked when China deployed an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi.

The statement followed talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese special envoy Le Hong Anh to resolve a crisis in relations dating from the rig's deployment in May.

China's move triggered fury in Hanoi, but Beijing rejected Vietnamese complaints and pulled the rig out on its own terms in July.

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:37 AM

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.

The disease has already killed more than 1,400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and Doctors Without Borders warned that the tremendous influx of patients in Liberia, in particular, is overwhelming their treatment centers there.

Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:29 AM

LONDON (AP) — Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.

Iceland's Met Office says two earthquakes measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano under the vast Vatnajokull glacier on Wednesday. Some 500 quakes have hit the area since midnight.

Iceland's aviation alert level remains at orange, the second highest. On Sunday, the Met Office lowered the alert level, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at Bardarbunga.

Libya ministers resign over militia fighting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:24 AM

CAIRO (AP) — The official Libyan news agency says six ministers have resigned after accusing the government of taking sides in escalating battles among rival militias.

LANA, quoting TV network al-Nabaa, on Wednesday said the ministers of industry, labor, planning, education and water resources, and the state minister for the affairs of the wounded, have submitted their resignation. It quoted Industry Minister Suleiman al-Taif as saying the government was taking sides in the conflict, with the prime minister acting "without their knowledge."

Report: Iran redesigning reactor as part of deal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:16 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief said Wednesday that workers have begun redesigning its nearly completed Arak heavy water reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it can make as part of the country's interim deal over its nuclear program with world powers.

A video posted on Iranian state television's website showed nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi saying the work had begun as part of routine maintenance at the reactor in Arak in the country's northwest. Officials have said redesigning the reactor will delay its launch by about three years.

3 playful lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:04 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Three playful lion cubs made their public debut Wednesday, pouncing their way into a large enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo.

Their arrival heralds a new generation of lions at the zoo, which hasn't successfully bred the king of the jungle in five years.

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:03 AM

PARIS (AP) — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.

After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she was returning to her work in Washington, and called the investigation "without basis." She is the third IMF managing director in a decade to face legal troubles.

Germany plans to tighten EU migration rules

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 07:39 AM

BERLIN (AP) — The German government proposed measures Wednesday to tighten migration regulations for citizens from elsewhere in the European Union amid accusations of welfare abuse by poor immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet was proposing a six-month limit on EU citizens staying in the country, which is Europe's biggest economy, without a job. In addition, he said EU citizens suspected of having abused Germany's welfare system can be banned from re-entering the country.

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