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Washington – Pentagon: US Military Conducts Operation In Somalia

September 1, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Washington - U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. No further details about the operation in the African country...

Washingtn, DC – Rock Climb Takes Life Of Maryland Man

September 1, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Washington, DC - A hiking trip turned deadly yesterday for a Silver Spring man who was pinned under a large boulder while climbing in a rocky area. 25 year old Ryan Avraham Khaldar died after sustaining major injuries in the incident. Khaldar had been rock climbing with his 14 year old brother along the Potomac River near the Angler Inn boat ramp on Offutt Island when the accident...

West Bank – PA Chief Abbas: Hamas Leader Mashaal Is A Liar

September 1, 2014 at 08:40 PM
West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reported to have complained to the emir of Qatar during their recent meetings in Doha about Hamas’s attempt to stage a coup against his regime in the West Bank. The Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar published on Monday what it said was the protocol of the meeting between Abbas and the emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Hamas...

Ferguson, MO – Police Begin Wearing Cameras In Protest Town

September 1, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Ferguson, MO - Police in the US town roiled by protests after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager are now wearing body cameras in a bid to calm local anger, a news report said. More than 1,000 protesters again marched Saturday in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, over the August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of a white police officer. Some in the St. Louis suburb...

Israel – Final Gaza War Casualty Laid To Rest

September 1, 2014 at 07:32 PM
Israel - First Sgt. Shahar Shalev, the final IDF casualty of Operation Protective Edge, was laid to rest in the Golan moshav of Haspin on Monday afternoon. Injured in southern Gaza on July 23, he succumbed to his wounds on Sunday. A paratrooper, he hailed from Moshav Alonei Habashan. His death the toll from Operation Protective Edge on the Israeli side to 72, with 65 of them soldiers. He is...

Warsaw – War Could Spread Beyond Ukraine, Warns Poland’s Tusk

September 1, 2014 at 06:58 PM
Warsaw - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned on Monday that the war in eastern Ukraine risks spreading if NATO does not toughen its stance quickly. Tusk, tipped as the European Union's next president, claimed that "our Western community is threatened by war, not just in eastern Ukraine", as Poles marked 75 years since the outbreak of World War II. "There is still time to stop those...

Gaza City – Israeli, Palestinian Boys Pitch Up For Football Friendly

September 1, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Gaza City - After a traumatic summer of war and death, Israeli and Palestinian children squared off on Monday for games of football, just kilometres (miles) away from the devastated Gaza Strip. Some 80 boys aged between 6 and 16 met for the tournament at the playing fields of the Dorot kibbutz in southern Israel, which had been struck by rockets from Gaza during the 50-day war. The Israeli...

Washington – US Helicopter With 25 Aboard Crashes In Gulf Of Aden; All Rescued

September 1, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Washington - The Navy says a Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard has crashed in the Gulf of Aden, but all aboard have been rescued. The 17 Marines and eight Navy sailors were recovered and are on board the USS Mesa Verde, and some who sustained minor injuries were treated on the ship. The CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed Monday as it attempted to land on the ship, which has a big...

Havana – Cuba Cracks Down On Goods In Travelers’ Luggage

September 1, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Havana - Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were bringing in far less than usual thanks to higher customs duties and stricter limits on the number of products...

United Nations – Israel Plan To Seize West Bank Land ‘alarms’ UN’s Ban

September 1, 2014 at 04:25 PM
United Nations - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed" by Israeli plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, his spokesman said Monday. Israel announced the move on Sunday, the army saying the step stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a...

West Bank – Israeli Lightly Injured By Firebomb Thrown At Bus

September 1, 2014 at 04:01 PM
West Bank - One Israeli was lightly injured on Monday evening after an unidentified assailant hurled a firebomb at a bus as it was driving along near Tapuah Junction in the West Bank. The man was treated at the scene, and some damage was caused to the bus. IDF troops were quickly summoned to the scene and soon afterward began to search the premises for a suspect. Earlier on Monday, an...

St Louis, Missouri – No Gray Area: Beliefs Shape Views Of Brown Killing

September 1, 2014 at 03:45 PM
St Louis, Missouri - Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed. Jones was across...

Ankara – Turkey’s New Premier Says ‘No Hope’ Of Normalizing Ties With Israel Unless Gaza Blockade Lifted

September 1, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Ankara - Turkey's new prime minister said on Monday he would pursue strong economic growth and EU ambitions, while in the Middle East he saw no hope of "normalising" ties with Israel unless it ended a blockade of the Gaza strip. Ahmet Davutoglu offered no suggestion of any change of emphasise in policies pursued with greater or lesser vigor over the last 11 years by Tayyip Erdogan, who was...

Berlin – Germany: Russia Effectively ‘Severes’ Partnership With Europe

September 1, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Berlin - Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday, terming Ukraine "a new armed conflict within" the continent. "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia) in the future," but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations," Gauck said in...

Washington – U.S. Asks North Korea To Release U.S. Citizens ‘Out Of Humanitarian Concern’

September 1, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Washington - The U.S. government on Monday requested that the North Korean government release three U.S. citizens currently detained there "out of humanitarian concern" and grant one of them special amnesty to seek medical care. Three U.S. citizens - Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller - asked the American government for help returning home on Monday in rare interviews with CNN set...