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Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in GazaBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, the three highest-ranking casualties it has announced since Israel started its offensive six weeks ago. All three, killed in the bombing of a house in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, had led operations against Israel over the past 20 years, the Islamist movement said. The Israeli military and Shin Bet, the internal security service, confirmed it had targeted two of the men.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:03:48 -0400
British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video
By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was "beyond anything we've seen" and the U.S. Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the death of Foley on the video, which featured a masked man speaking English with a British accent. As Western officials tried to identify the man, the Muslim Council of Britain denounced Foley's "abhorrent murder" and one of its advisers urged anyone who knows the killer's identity to contact the police.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:26:17 -0400
Ukraine's Poroshenko talks tough ahead of meetings with Merkel, Putin

File photo of Ukraine president-elect Poroshenko German Chancellor Merkel and Russian President PutinBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had "a strong country, a strong army" behind him. Poroshenko spoke as government forces, despite taking heavy losses themselves, thrust deeper into rebel-held territory in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east and kept the separatists whom they have battled since April on the back foot. The Ukrainian battlefield successes, after a faltering start in April when government forces were humiliated, have alarmed some Western governments who fear they could box Putin dangerously into a corner with no way out to save face. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to visit Kiev on Saturday to show her support for Poroshenko - but diplomats say she is also bearing a message that he should consider calling a ceasefire so as not to incur a backlash from Putin.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:15:51 -0400
Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in GazaAL-SARSOURIYA Egypt (Reuters) - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. While tunnels used by Gaza's dominant Hamas militants to infiltrate Israel were a priority target of an Israeli offensive in the Palestinian enclave this summer, many smuggling conduits into Egypt have skirted detection. "During the Gaza war, business has flourished," said a Bedouin guide who gave Reuters access to one of the tunnels and a rare look at how the illicit, lucrative industry has evolved since Egypt began trying to root out the passages in 2012.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:34:34 -0400
Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan's new PM

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a meeting in AnkaraBy Gulsen Solaker ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top priorities. Erdogan said the ruling AK Party's executive board had agreed to nominate Davutoglu as its next leader and, by default, his future premier. The decision must now be endorsed in a party vote next Wednesday, but is unlikely to be opposed. ...


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:19:16 -0400
Thailand's junta upbeat on economy, but not out of woods yet

Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures in a traditional greeting during his visit to the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard in Chonburi provinceBy Orathai Sriring BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy from recession, and while it seems to have business on board there is little evidence yet of a sustainable, broad-based recovery. A plethora of Thai companies shared the military government's optimism in recent earnings reports, looking to improved conditions after the May 22 coup ended six months of protests that paralysed the government and bureaucracy. Public spending, consumption and agriculture have picked up, but manufacturing, private investment, exports and tourism remain weak, official data show. Gundy Cahyadi, economist with DBS Bank in Singapore, said higher exports, factory output and capacity utilization were needed to signal the economy was on a sustainable recovery.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:02:13 -0400
NY judge scolds Argentina, but no contempt order

Carmine Boccuzzi, center, a lawyer representing Argentina, leaves Federal court after a hearing, in New York, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said as he defends a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday said Argentina's plans to evade his orders by failing to make required payments to U.S. bondholders is illegal and cannot be carried out, but he stopped short of finding the South American nation in contempt of court.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:41:22 -0400
Abandoned Florida panther kitten gets new home in state park

A seven-month-old Florida panther named Yuma is seen in his new home at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A rare Florida panther, found near death as a 1-pound newborn in January, bounded into its permanent new fenced home in a state park on Thursday, now a lively, nearly 50-pound kitten. "He's really a miracle cat," said Susan Strawbridge of the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. A critically endangered animal, only 100 to 180 Florida panthers are believed to be in existence. State biologists working at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge in Naples stumbled by chance on the kitten that had been abandoned by its mother in her den, according to Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:38:09 -0400
UN's top Ebola official wants preparations for 'flareup'

A member of Doctors Without Borders puts on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated, June 28, 2014Conakry (AFP) - The United Nations' new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic in West Africa.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:36:12 -0400
Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

In this 2014 photo provided by Michigan State University, students in the school's Summer Study Abroad Program take a break while hiking in Israel. Some U.S. colleges have now pulled students from their overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages. Colleges site security as the top concern. (AP Photo/Michigan State University)HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:34:14 -0400
Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1994. file photo of Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, right, as he stands with U.S. Vice President Al Gore at Shannon Airport, Ireland. Authorities Thursday Aug 21, 2014, said that Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, has died after a long battle with Alzheimerís disease. He was 81. Reynolds, a renowned deal-maker who made millions operating rural dance halls and a pet food company, led two feud-prone coalition governments from 1992 to 1994. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:33:03 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since Prayuth was the only candidate and the assembly — hand-picked by the junta — is dominated by active and retired duty officers.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:32:35 -0400
Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, singer Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center in New York. The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances says it is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds. The commission said, Thursday August 21, 2014, in a statement that it took the action because Cyrus often “undertakes acts that go against morals and customs, which are punishable by Dominican law.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. 13 concert by Miley Cyrus on morality grounds.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:32:10 -0400
Charges dropped against Venezuelan protesters
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan courts have dropped all charges against hundreds of demonstrators detained during anti-government protests that wracked the South American country this spring.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:28:47 -0400
Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California
By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.     The restrictions come as California struggles through its third year of a catastrophic drought that has threatened a half-million acres of farmland, dried up reservoirs and shrunk the mountain snowpack that provides drinking water for millions of people.     “What we’re trying to prohibit is someone who makes a decision to empty their pool and then refill it," said Jonathan Volzke, spokesman for the Santa Margarita Water District, which implemented a ban on filling pools this month in several suburbs south of Los Angeles.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:24:24 -0400
Palestinian MP to challenge Israel deportation order

Israeli soldiers patrol the streets in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 17, 2014A Palestinian lawmaker said on Thursday she would challenge a deportation order from the Israeli military authorities who have ordered her out of Ramallah. Khalida Jarrar, a senior member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said Israeli soldiers stormed her home at dawn Wednesday with the deportation order, saying she must leave Ramallah for Jericho, also on the West Bank. It is my right to stay in my place of residence," she said at a protest tent outside the Ramallah headquarters of the Palestinian parliament. The deportation order says she must stay in Jericho for six months, she said.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:23:55 -0400
A-League's Newcastle Jets to be sold
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian A-League side the Newcastle Jets are being sold by the group, owned by financially-troubled mining magnate Nathan Tinkler.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:11:19 -0400
Drought hits food supplies in Central America
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Central America is having one of its worst droughts in decades, and experts warned Thursday that major farm losses and the deaths of hundreds of cattle in the region could leave hundreds of thousands of families without food.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:09:27 -0400
Attacks against aid workers in CAR at record high: UN

French Sangaris troops patrol in a military vehicle on August 16, 2014 in Bangui, CARCrimes against aid workers have reached a record high in the Central African Republic over the past year, a UN official said Thursday after a Red Cross volunteer was killed. Claire Bourgeois, the UN's humanitarian coordinator in the strife-torn country, said there had been around 50 attacks on aid workers in the last 12 months as she condemned the killing of a volunteer shot Wednesday in Bangui "while he evacuated the injured." "The number of humanitarian workers who have been killed, kidnapped, and seriously injured in the Central African Republic has reached a level never seen in the country before," she said in a statement.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:07:06 -0400
Tringale of clear mind after PGA disqualification
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Cameron Tringale began the FedEx Cup playoffs with a 66 and a clear conscience.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:04:39 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since Prayuth was the only candidate and the assembly — hand-picked by the junta — is dominated by active and retired duty officers.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:02:38 -0400
Viviani takes Stage 4 with late surge
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Italian racer Elia Viviani used a powerful surge near the finish to capture Stage 4 at the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:01:58 -0400
Police tear gas, water cannons at Chilean protest

Young protesters run away from a water cannon, during a student protest in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Tens of thousands of students protested in the third massive march of the year in Chile. The students are unhappy with the pace of education reform that President Michelle Bachelet has been moving forward. (AP Photo / Luis Hidalgo)SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Student protesters have fled a tear gas truck and police water cannons during a march through the Chilean capital, but no injuries or arrests have been reported.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:01:51 -0400
Irish ex-premier Reynolds, peace negotiator, dies at 81

Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds (centre) raises his hat to the crowd as he parades during the St Patrick's day parade in New York on March 17, 1998Former Irish prime minister Albert Reynolds, a central figure in the Northern Ireland peace process who helped broker the 1994 IRA ceasefire, has died aged 81. Reynolds served twice as taoiseach, or prime minister: once in 1992 and then again in 1993-94. His son Philip, who announced that Reynolds had died overnight Wednesday, said his father had recently been suffering from the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. The Irish government said Reynolds would be given a state funeral on Monday, and that all government buildings would fly flags at half mast until the funeral.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:00:37 -0400
Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

FILE - In this May 27, 2011, file photo shows American Journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., as he poses for a photo in Boston. The beheading of Foley has forced a new debate over how the United States balances its unyielding policy against paying ransom to terrorist groups and saving the lives of Americans being held hostage by some of the world’s most dangerous extremists. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of those kidnapped without financing terror groups, and encouraging more kidnappings.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:59:17 -0400
Court decision delayed on Marine's Iraq vanishing

U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Wassef Ali HassounCAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina (AP) — A U.S. defense attorney said Thursday that a Marine accused of deserting his unit a decade ago in Iraq was kept in Lebanon for eight years while he faced a military trial there.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:51:09 -0400
Drought is slightly elevating ground in U.S. West, study finds
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A drought has robbed the U.S. The findings by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, were published in the online edition of the journal Science. The researchers relied on data from global positioning system (GPS) stations throughout the West, measuring how much GPS sensors showed the land had risen beneath them. The research underscores the severity of the drought in the West, which in California is expected to cost the state economy $2.2 billion in lost crops, jobs and other damages.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:50:35 -0400
U.S. judge calls Argentina debt swap plan 'illegal'

Cars and motorcycles are seen driving by the ICBC building in Buenos Aires' financial districtDistrict Judge Thomas Griesa on Thursday called Argentina's proposed debt restructuring plan "illegal" but stopped short of holding the country in contempt, saying that would not help resolve the dispute that led to the nation's second default in a dozen years. Griesa said proposed legislation announced on Tuesday by President Cristina Fernandez would violate orders he imposed favoring creditors who refused to accept restructured bonds following the country's 2002 default on $100 billion in debt. Argentina missed a June interest payment after Griesa blocked payments owed to holders of debt issued under U.S.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:48:16 -0400
McIlroy stumbles to 74, worst start in 2 months

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, reacts to hitting into a sand trap on the 13th hole during the first round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Bo Van Pelt had just the round he needed to start the FedEx Cup playoffs. Rory McIlroy could afford an off day, and he finally had one.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:46:25 -0400
Thousands receiving aid after Boko Haram siege: relief agency

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram shows Abubakar Shekau (C), the group's leaderNearly 11,500 people from one town in northeast Nigeria are receiving emergency aid after fleeing Boko Haram militants, the country's main relief agency said on Thursday. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said 11,442 men, women and children from Gwoza in Borno state had been registered at two facilities for displaced people in neighbouring Adamawa state. The Islamists took over Gwoza, which lies near the border with Cameroon, on August 7 and NEMA said the town was "still under siege". NEMA had said the insecurity had prevented teams from getting to the displaced.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:43:23 -0400
British human rights campaigner Bamber dies

British human rights organizer Helen Bamber on November 10, 2009 near Washington Square Park in New YorkBritish human rights campaigner Helen Bamber, an early member of Amnesty International, died at the age of 89 on Thursday, the charity she founded said. Bamber was in one of the first rehabilitation teams to enter the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp in 1945 to help the survivors. She went on to work for human rights in a career spanning seven decades, helping to set up the first medical group of Amnesty International in Britain and founding the Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture. "Tens of thousands of survivors and their families know that Helen personally changed their lives, and many more have been spared further atrocity by her work," the Helen Bamber Foundation's executive director TJ Birdi said.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:41:07 -0400
IS group a danger to all regional states, says Tunisia

An image grab from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIL fighters with a jihadist flag at an undisclosed location in Iraq's Anbar provinceTunisia Thursday condemned the "savage crimes" of the Islamic State (IS) after it beheaded American journalist James Foley, calling the jihadist group a threat to all states in the region. "After savage and repeated crimes committed by the terrorist organisations in Iraq against its ethnic and religious minorities and the savage execution of one of its hostages, Tunisia strongly condemns these heinous crimes," a presidency statement said. "These terrorist organisations pose a threat to all countries in the region," the presidency statement said. Tunisia "calls on the international community to protect ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, using methods permitted by international law in such extreme situations", it said.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:38:52 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power. Thailand's legislature voted overwhelmingly Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new job. There was little doubt over the outcome since Prayuth was the only candidate and the assembly — hand-picked by the junta — is dominated by active and retired duty officers.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:32:43 -0400
Split loyalties in rocket-hit town in east Ukraine

A man clears rubble from his destroyed house after shelling in the village of Olenivka, eastern Ukraine, south of the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk, on August 21, 2014Three days after a hail of rocket fire shook their homes, residents in Olenivka are still digging out casings from their gardens and arguing over which side shot at them. "We're trapped between two fires," said Irina Yefimovich, a resident in the town just south of Donetsk, which is now lodged between the positions of pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops camped out in the surrounding sunflower fields. The use of Grad rockets in populated areas by both the rebels and Kiev's army has been slammed by human rights organisations. Human Rights Watch said last month the practice "violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes."


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:29:45 -0400
Former Vatican City governor Szoka dies at age 86

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, Cardinal Edmund Szoka poses for a photo, in Detroit. Szoka, the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, died of natural causes Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., according to the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was 86. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT (AP) — Edmund Szoka, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, has died at age 86.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:29:06 -0400
British terror suspect in Kenya no 'monster': lawyer

Briton Jermaine Grant appears in the Shanzu Law Court in the city of Mombasa on February 17, 2014A British terrorism suspect in Kenya is no "monster" and has been falsely linked with a fugitive jihadist from the UK dubbed the "White Widow", his lawyer told a court on Thursday. Suspected militant Jermaine Grant, accused of plotting bomb attacks and having ties to Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, was arrested in December 2011 in the Kenyan port city with chemicals, batteries and switches. Prosecutors have accused Grant, a Muslim convert, of working with fellow Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive widow of British suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people. Lewthwaite, a mother-of-three and daughter of a British soldier, is wanted by Kenyan police after persistent claims she is in the country.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:27:52 -0400
US missionaries beat Ebola as crisis worsens in W.Africa

A Liberian soldier watches as policemen deploy in Monrovia's West Point slum as part of quarantine measures to contain the spread of Ebola on August 20, 2014Two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia have left hospital after making a full recovery, doctors said on Thursday, as authorities in the west African nation struggled to deal with their dead. Doctors Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 60, caught the disease in Monrovia in the midst of an outbreak that has killed 1,350 people since March in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:25:42 -0400
Liberia gives food in slum sealed to stop Ebola

Woman from West Point, carry water on their heads as they sell water to fellow residents, in one of the areas where the Ebola virus has claimed lives in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Calm returned Thursday to a slum in the Liberian capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces, but now the tens of thousands of residents worried about getting food. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)Government officials handed out bags of rice and sachets of drinking water Thursday to residents of an impoverished slum in Liberia's capital where tens of thousands of people have been barricaded in an effort to stop the spread of Ebola.


Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:09:01 -0400
UN rights chief rebukes Security Council inaction
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In her last address to the Security Council, the U.N. human rights chief sharply criticized the body for its ineffectiveness on Syria and other intractable conflicts, saying its members have often put national interests ahead of stopping mass atrocities.
Date Posted : Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:06:20 -0400
 

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