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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

Peshmerga fighters dismantle a French-German anti-tank light infantry missile MILAN during a training session at the Bundeswehr army infantry school of HammelburgBy Ahmed Rasheed, Saif Hameed and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad. The vast desert region - where Sunni tribes rose up in 2006 and 2007 to drive out al-Qaeda with the Americans - has throughout 2014 been parcelled up, city by military camp, before the Iraqi government and U.S. forces could act. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:57:49 -0400
Canada police say they were tracking man who killed a soldier

Surete du Quebec officer investigates an overturned vehicle in Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuBy Allison Lampert SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU Quebec (Reuters) - A Canadian man who rammed two soldiers in Quebec with his car, killing one of them, converted to Islam last year and was among 90 people being tracked by Canadian police on suspicion of taking part in militant activities abroad or planning to do so. Monday's incident, the first fatal attack on Canadian soil tied to Islamic militants, occurred after Canada announced this month it was joining the battle against Islamic State fighters who have taken over parts of Iraq and Syria. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:40:55 -0400
No Russia-Ukraine gas deal at EU talks; Moscow queries finances

Russia's President Putin shakes hands with Ukraine's President Poroshenko as he arrives for a meeting on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit in MilanBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine failed to reach an accord on gas supplies for the coming winter in EU-brokered talks on Tuesday but agreed to meet again in Brussels in a week in the hope of ironing out problems over Kiev's ability to pay. After a day of talks widely expected to be the final word, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told a news conference the three parties agreed the price Ukraine would pay Russia's Gazprom - $385 per thousand cubic meters - as long as it paid in advance for the deliveries. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:12:49 -0400
Britain to tighten charities laws to tackle terrorism funding

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron waits to greet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as he arrives at Number 10 Downing Street in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans on Wednesday to tighten the law to help stop charities being used as a front to raise funds for terrorist groups. Several individuals convicted of terrorism offences in Britain had raised funds in public, purportedly for charitable purposes, the majority of which the charities never received, the government said. Three British Islamists jailed last year for planning mass suicide attacks had tried to fund their plot by posing as street collectors for the Muslim Aid charity organization, raising 12,000 pounds ($19,360). ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:02:42 -0400
United States welcomes release of jailed Vietnam blogger
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday welcomed Vietnam's decision to release jailed blogger Nguyen Van Hai, who staged a hunger strike to protest treatment of political prisoners, and said he was set to travel to the United States. Hai, better known by the pen name Dieu Cay, was set to arrive in the United States on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told a daily briefing. "We welcome the decision by Vietnamese authorities to release this prisoner of conscience," Harf told reporters. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:40:50 -0400
U.S. involved in seven air strikes on Islamic State targets

Tracer rounds light the sky over the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fighting downtown, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces carried out four air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria on Monday and Tuesday and were joined by partner nations in three attacks in Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said. Fighter, bomber and attack aircraft were used in the raids and all returned safely, the Central Command statement said. The strikes near Kobani, Syria, destroyed Islamic State fighting positions, a building and an Islamic State unit. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:23:02 -0400
U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change: envoy

New Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Papp arrives for a Change of Command ceremony in WashingtonBy Andrea Shalal and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States needs billions of dollars of new equipment including ice-breaking ships, better satellite service and fiber-optic networks as it prepares for climate change and melting ice in the Arctic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday. The total cost will not be clear until the U.S. government inventories its investment needs, former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, who became the first U.S. special representative for the Arctic Region in July, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:41:49 -0400
Canada raises terrorism threat level, cites Islamist chatter
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has raised its terrorism threat level to medium from low because of a rise in "general chatter" from radical groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda, a government official said on Tuesday. "This increase is not the result of a specific threat," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. A suspected Canadian militant ran over two soldiers in Quebec on Monday, killing one of them. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:36:49 -0400
UN: Assault on Yazidis may be genocide attempt
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations official says evidence strongly indicates that the Islamic State group's assault on Iraq's Yazidi religious minority is "an attempt to commit genocide."
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:36:01 -0400
US says head of Gulf Cartel in custody
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. authorities announced Tuesday they have arrested the head of the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico's most violent drug trafficking rings.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:34:21 -0400
Iraq's Yazidis facing 'attempted genocide'

A young Iraqi Yazidi refugee sits next to a tent at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, Syria, on August 14, 2014, after fleeing advances by Islamic State jihadists in IraqUnited Nations (United States) (AFP) - Iraq's Yazidi minority is facing what may amount to an "attempted genocide" at the hands of Islamist fighters, a senior UN rights official said Tuesday after visiting northern Iraq.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:33:40 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong student leaders and government officials talked but agreed on little Tuesday as the city's Beijing-backed leader reaffirmed his unwillingness to compromise on the key demand of activists camped in the streets now for a fourth week. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters that the government won't let the public nominate candidates to run in inaugural direct elections to succeed him in 2017, as demanded by thousands of protesters occupying thoroughfares across the city. But he added that there's room to discuss how to form the key 1,200-member nominating committee.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:33:02 -0400
Norwich player accuses Leeds rival of racial abuse
NORWICH, England (AP) — Norwich manager Neil Adams says striker Cameron Jerome accused a Leeds rival of racially abusing him during an English second-tier match.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:26:52 -0400
Mexican rights agency says army executed 15 of 22
MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least 12 and probably 15 of the 22 people killed by soldiers at a rural warehouse last summer were executed, the president of the governmental Human Rights Commission said Tuesday, contradicting both the army's and prosecutors' versions of the mass killing in southern Mexico.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:24:54 -0400
NBC cameraman recovers from Ebola: US hospital

Liberian health workers are seen at the MSF Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, on October 18, 2014Washington (AFP) - A US photojournalist who was infected with Ebola in Liberia is now free of the deadly virus and will go home on Wednesday, the Nebraska hospital treating him said.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:13:45 -0400
West Indies seeks urgent crisis talks with India

FILE - In this March 26, 2007 file photo, Then West Indies' team manager Clive Lloyd watches their players during a practice session at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in St. John's, Antigua. West Indies chief selector and former captain Lloyd has apologized for the national team's abrupt withdrawal from its tour of India because of a pay dispute between its cricket board and the players' union. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)NEW DELHI (AP) — Caribbean cricket authorities are seeking urgent crisis talks with their counterparts from India who have vowed to take legal action and suspend bilateral ties in the wake of a player-driven tour cancellation.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:11:56 -0400
Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack

A car is overturned in the ditch in a cordoned off area in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec on Monday Oct. 20, 2014. One of two soldiers hit by a car died of his injuries early Tuesday, according to Quebec provincial police. Provincial police say the man sped off in his car after hitting the two soldiers in the parking lot of a shopping mall, starting a chase that ended with the man losing control and his car rolling over several times. The driver died from police gunfire. The second soldier's injuries are described as less serious. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Pascal Marchand)SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec (AP) — A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:07:38 -0400
Costa Rica tops Martinique in World Cup qualifying

Costa Rica's Wendy Acosta (20) celebrates her goal with Carolina Venegas (9) during the first half of a CONCACAF soccer match against the Martinique, at RFK Stadium, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON (AP) — Costa Rica, on track to qualify for the Women's World Cup for the first time, wrapped up group play Tuesday with a 6-1 win over Martinique in the CONCACAF championship.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:03:35 -0400
Malaysia goes deep in FedEx Cup list to fill field
Nicholas Thompson missed qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs by one point last year. He finished at No. 125 on the PGA Tour money list by $725 and only kept his full card for this season because the tour used the top 125 from the money list for the last time.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:02:19 -0400
Champions League resumes with a flurry of goals

Bayern's players celebrate at the end of the Group E Champions League soccer match between Roma and Bayern Munich at the Olympic stadium, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Bayern won 7-1. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Champions League returned on Tuesday with a 40-goal bonanza as Bayern Munich thrashed Roma 7-1 for its biggest victory on the road and Luiz Adriano scored five as Shakhtar put seven goals past BATE Borisov.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:57:56 -0400
Personal woes plagued Canadian who killed soldier: records, lawyer
By Allison Lampert SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU Quebec (Reuters) - A Canadian convert to Islam shot dead by police in Quebec after running over and killing a soldier with his car had launched a custody case for his young son only three days earlier, court records show. In his final Facebook post that day the 25-year-old convert, Martin Rouleau-Couture, changed his profile picture to an image of two doors, one opening to a sunlit heaven and the other to a fiery hell. "Martin was petitioning the court to be able to visit his child," his lawyer Patricia Gauthier told Reuters on Tuesday. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:56:30 -0400
Chilean president's landmark education reform passes first hurdle

Chile's President Bachelet delivers a speech regarding a tax reform law, during a ceremony in SantiagoSANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's landmark education reform passed its first major hurdle on Tuesday after the Lower House approved the bill and sent it on to the Senate, where a heated debate awaits. The multi-pronged reform initially seeks to put an end to profits at state-subsidized schools and to eliminate selective entrance policies at those establishments. It will be financed by a recently approved tax overhaul that will increase the state's coffers by $8.3 billion. ...


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:54:45 -0400
Canada fears new Islamist threat after soldier killed

A suspected jihadist struck two soldiers with his car in a Quebec parking lot -- a scenario which had been depicted only last month in IS propagandaOttawa (AFP) - Canada was faced with the spectre of Islamist violence Tuesday after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital, as its warplanes headed to bomb Islamic State militants in Iraq.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:52:56 -0400
FBI: US girls may have tried to join jihadis

An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows militants of the jihadist group Islamic StateDENVER (AP) — The FBI said Tuesday that it's investigating the possibility that three teenage girls from the Denver area tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State extremists.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:52:20 -0400
Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide: U.N.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The campaign of Islamic State militants against Iraq's Yazidi minority may be attempted genocide, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic said on Tuesday. "Facts are indicating that actions against Yazidis may amount to attempted genocide," he told a small group of reporters at the United Nations after returning from a recent visit to Iraq. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:49:29 -0400
Insurer considers Ebola exclusion in some policies
Global property and casualty insurer Ace Ltd. says it may exclude Ebola coverage from some of its general liability policies.
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:49:23 -0400
Raonic & Karlovic through to Swiss Indoors 2nd rd

US tennis player Steve Johnson returns a ball to Canada's Milos Raonic during their first round match at the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Georgios Kefalas)BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 12 aces and saved all five break points he faced as he beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:46:01 -0400
Messi closes on Raul, Barca beats Ajax 3-1

Barcelona's Dani Alves, left controls the ball in front of Ajax's Ricardo Kishna during the Champions League group F soccer match between F.C. Barcelona and Ajax at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Neymar and Lionel Messi each scored for a fifth consecutive game to help Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday as the Spanish giant returned to winning ways in Europe.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:41:38 -0400
Federer, Dimitrov to play MSG exhibition in March

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria returns a shot during the Stockholm Open men's tennis final against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, Stockholm, Sunday Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo / Jonas Ekstromer) ** SWEDEN OUT **NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer will take on the guy known as "Baby Fed" in an exhibition match at Madison Square Gardeon on March 10.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:39:01 -0400
Khamenei says Iraq can beat IS without foreigners

Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri (right) holds talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, on October 21, 2014Tehran (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday told Iraq's visiting premier that the Baghdad government is capable of defeating Islamic State jihadists without foreign troops being deployed.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:37:35 -0400
Egypt military court sentences 7 to death

In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi attends Naval exercises in Alexandria, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Speaking Tuesday, El-Sissi said terrorism requires international cooperation and that no country can face it alone, but he stressed that Egypt does not need international help in facing terrorism on its own territory. An Egyptian military tribunal sentenced Tuesday seven alleged militants to death and two to life in prison for their roles in consecutive attacks that killed nine soldiers this year, an official said. (AP Photo/MENA, Fady Fars)CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military tribunal sentenced Tuesday seven alleged militants to death and two to life in prison for their roles in consecutive attacks that killed nine soldiers this year, an official said.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:34:15 -0400
Egypt sets appeal hearing for Al-Jazeera staff

FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2014 file photo, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, left, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, center, and correspondent Peter Greste, right, appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt. Adel Fahmy, the brother of Mohammed Fahmy, said Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, that a Cairo court has set the appeals hearing for three staffers of the Qatar-based broadcaster convicted in Egypt. The scheduled court date is Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Heba Elkholy, El Shorouk, File) EGYPT OUTCAIRO (AP) — A Cairo court has set an appeals hearing for three Al-Jazeera English journalists convicted of terrorism-related charges last June amid widespread international condemnation.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:34:09 -0400
Mentally ill British suspect pleads not guilty in NY

An armored British prison van allegedly transporting suspected British terrorist Haroon Rashid Aswat for an extradition hearing enters London's Bow Street magistrate's court on October 6, 2005New York (AFP) - A mentally ill British man accused of supporting Al-Qaeda and conspiring to set up a terror training camp in the United States pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:32:06 -0400
PSG beats APOEL 1-0 in Champs League Group F match

PSG's Edinson Cavani, celebrates after scoring against Apoel during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Apoel and Paris Saint Germain, at GSP stadium, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored three minutes from time as Paris Saint-German edged APOEL 1-0 on Tuesday to keep top spot in Group F in the Champions League.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:32:01 -0400
North Korea frees detained American, two still held

This handout photo obtained June 10, 2014 courtesy of The City of Moraine, Ohio shows Jeffrey Fowle, the US tourist who was released in North Korea on October 21, 2014Washington (AFP) - North Korea has freed one of three Americans detained in the isolated country, and in a surprise move allowed a Pentagon plane to land in Pyongyang on Tuesday to fly him home.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:27:33 -0400
Canada police met several times with militant who killed soldier
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Canadian police met several times with a suspected militant who ran over and killed a soldier a day earlier, most recently on Oct. 9, but did not have enough evidence to charge him at that time. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police also said officers had stopped Martin Rouleau-Couture when he attempted to leave for Turkey and had interviewed him extensively in July after family members expressed concerns. "We can't arrest somebody for having radical thoughts," Martine Fontaine, who heads national security for the RCMP in Quebec, told reporters. ...
Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:18:43 -0400
Bayern beats Roma 7-1 for record away win in CL

Bayern's Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the Group E Champions League soccer match between Roma and Bayern Munich at the Olympic stadium, in Rome, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)ROME (AP) — Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich lineup is finally starting to resemble his Barcelona team that revolutionized football not too long ago.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:14:33 -0400
Fashion icon mourned in Dominican homeland

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2008, file photo, designer Oscar de la Renta is applauded after the presentation of his fall 2008 collection during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Designer Oscar de la Renta was mourned Tuesday in the Dominican Republic as a native son who brought glamour and prestige to a largely poor country better known for baseball and beaches than elegant evening wear.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:11:41 -0400
Rwanda's story now growth, not genocide: president

Rwandan President Paul Kagame addresses a High-level Summit on Strengthening International Peace Operations speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2014 at UN headquartersLondon (AFP) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Tuesday the central African nation was no longer "just a country of genocide" and now had a positive story to tell about reconciliation and economic growth.


Date Posted : Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:09:13 -0400
 

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