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French Military ‘Ready’ for Action Against Syria – ABC News

Wall Street JournalFrench Military 'Ready' for Action Against SyriaABC NewsThe French military is ready to commit forces to an operation in Syria if President Francois Hollande decides to do so, a defense official said Thursday — but the president himself remains non-committal. Hollande, after meeting the visiting chief of the Syrian … [Read more...]

Yasin Bhatkal: India Mujahideen ‘top militant’ arrested – BBC News

BBC NewsYasin Bhatkal: India Mujahideen 'top militant' arrestedBBC NewsPolice in India have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, officials say. The group is thought to be behind deadly blasts in the cities of Pune, Bangalore, … [Read more...]

Amid Chaos, Israelis Take a Stoic View – New York Times

New York TimesAmid Chaos, Israelis Take a Stoic ViewNew York TimesJERUSALEM — The retired men who parse politics on Monday mornings over cappuccino at the Hadar Mall here have watched all manner of war, uprisings and chaos. To them, the chemical attacks to the north in Syria and the military crackdown against … [Read more...]

UN chemical experts leave Damascus hotel – Daytona Beach News-Journal

UN chemical experts leave Damascus hotelDaytona Beach News-JournalU.N. experts investigating purported poison gas attacks left their Damascus hotel Thursday, but anti-regime activists said the team's destination was not immediately known. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the team would be leaving Syria on … [Read more...]

Kidnapping of Canadian highlights risk of mining in Colombia – CBC.ca

CBC.caKidnapping of Canadian highlights risk of mining in ColombiaCBC.caThe kidnapping of a Canadian executive in Colombia and his employer's decision to abandon a gold find in return for his release highlights the risk for mining firms operating in Colombia. Gernot Wober, vice-president of exploration for Canadian gold … [Read more...]

Li Tianyi, princeling teen son of Chinese ‘singing general,’ embroiled in gang … – CNN

AFPLi Tianyi, princeling teen son of Chinese 'singing general,' embroiled in gang ...CNN(CNN) -- A gang rape allegedly involving the teenage son of a famous Chinese "singing general" has caused outrage in China, unleashing a tide of public anger over the behavior of so-called "princelings," the children of elite families. Li Tianyi, 17, stood … [Read more...]

Ban Ki-moon: UN chemical weapons team to leave Syria by Saturday morning – Jerusalem Post

IBNLiveBan Ki-moon: UN chemical weapons team to leave Syria by Saturday morningJerusalem PostVIENNA - The UN chemical weapons inspection team in Syria will continue its investigations until Friday and plans to leave on Saturday morning, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday. Ban, visiting Vienna, said he had spoken to US President … [Read more...]

Taliban Breach an International Base, Killing at Least 7 – New York Times

The Star OnlineTaliban Breach an International Base, Killing at Least 7New York TimesKABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban breached an international military base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, in a complex attack that left at least one Western soldier, four Afghan police officers, and two other Afghans dead, Western and Afghan officials … [Read more...]

Russian police shut down exhibit showing Putin in lingerie – CBS News

Toronto StarRussian police shut down exhibit showing Putin in lingerieCBS News(CBS News) A controversial exhibit at a St. Petersburg art gallery has Russia's conservative government once again facing off with political satirists, over the hot-button issue of gay rights. Russian police seized four paintings satirizing the country's rulers from … [Read more...]

Russia “disappointed” bilateral talks with US cancelled – BBC News

BBC NewsRussia "disappointed" bilateral talks with US cancelledBBC NewsThe Kremlin says it is "disappointed" the US cancelled bilateral talks in September, after Russia granted asylum to intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser said the move showed the US could not develop … [Read more...]

Assad appears on Syria TV unharmed after rebels claim to attack his convoy – Haaretz

The GuardianAssad appears on Syria TV unharmed after rebels claim to attack his convoyHaaretzSyrian rebels report firing rockets that hit the Syrian president's motorcade as he was heading to attend the prayers at Anas bin Malek Mosque in the Malki district, where his residence is located. He was not injured. By Reuters | Aug. 8, 2013 | 10:46 AM … [Read more...]

10 Things to Know for Today – ABC News

ABC News10 Things to Know for TodayABC NewsYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SECURITY CONCERNS AS MUSLIMS CELEBRATE EID. Millions began ushering in the end of Ramadan with prayers and feasts, while mortar rounds … [Read more...]

Egypt crisis: US-EU call to end ‘dangerous stalemate’ – BBC News

BBC NewsEgypt crisis: US-EU call to end 'dangerous stalemate'BBC NewsThe US and the European Union have called on all sides in Egypt's political crisis to end "a dangerous stalemate" after the interim government said foreign mediation had failed. In a joint statement, they said the Egyptian government bore a special … [Read more...]

After Kenya airport fire, 2 int’l flights land, but most flights still on hold – Fox News

The Standard Digital NewsAfter Kenya airport fire, 2 int'l flights land, but most flights still on holdFox NewsNAIROBI, Kenya – International flights began landing and taking off from Nairobi's fire-damaged airport Thursday, but officials said the full slate of overseas flights has not yet resumed. The Kenya Airports Authority said it is working to ensure a return to normal … [Read more...]

Imprisoned Chinese Rights Advocate Urges Defiance in Video – New York Times (blog)

Sydney Morning HeraldImprisoned Chinese Rights Advocate Urges Defiance in VideoNew York Times (blog)BEIJING — A prominent Chinese rights advocate who was detained last month has spoken out on a video shot from behind bars at a detention center in Beijing, urging citizens stand up against the government and turn their rights into reality. World Twitter … [Read more...]

Japan gets alert for strong quake but only minor shake reported – Fox News

10NewsJapan gets alert for strong quake but only minor shake reportedFox NewsTOKYO – Japan's Meteorological Agency says it is investigating after it issued an alert for a very strong earthquake that turned out to be only a mild shake. Loud alarms rang from cellphones and TVs just before 5 p.m. Japan time on Thursday, warning of an … [Read more...]

Afghan president calls on Taliban to stop war – KMPH Fox 26

Afghan president calls on Taliban to stop warKMPH Fox 26(AP Photo/Ahmad Nazar). Afghans celebrate the Eid al Adha each other after offering Eid al Adha's prayers outside Shah-e-Dushamshera mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, August, 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmad Nazar). Afghans offer prayers for Eid … [Read more...]

Voters Can Separate Wood From the Trees – AllAfrica.com

National PostVoters Can Separate Wood From the TreesAllAfrica.comIf there is one revelation that has emerged from the harmonised elections, it is the fact that the votes the MDC-T received from inception in 1999 were not votes for the Western-conceived party, but votes against Zanu-PF. This is because in Election 2008, … [Read more...]