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Suicide bomber kills five in attack on British embassy car in Kabul: officials

The wreckage of a British embassy vehicle after a suicide attack in KabulBy Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing five people, including one Briton, the ministry of interior said. The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including many bystanders, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year. Taliban insurgents, who were ousted from power by a U.S. ...


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:11:27 -0500
West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics

Russian President Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council at the Kremlin in MoscowBy Peter Apps WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Moscow said the soldiers had not been deployed but had gone on their own vacation time.     When Estonia was the victim of a cyber attack in 2007 and blamed Moscow, the Kremlin responded that it could not always control patriotic Russian hackers. ...


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:03:50 -0500
New parliament coalition proposes Yatseniuk stays on as PM

Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk welcomes newly elected parliamentary deputy Tymoshenko during the first session of a new parliament in KievKIEV (Reuters) - A newly formed five-party coalition in the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday nominated Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk to stay on as head of the government. Parliament, meeting in its first session since an election in October, was to vote on the coalition's proposal later. Former deputy prime minister Volodymyr Groysman was also nominated to the powerful post of speaker of parliament. (Reporting by Nataly Zinets; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams)


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:13:00 -0500
Nine injured in south China knife attack
BEIJING (Reuters) - Nine people were rushed to the hospital after a man stabbed them at a grocery store in south China on Thursday, state media reported, the latest in a series of knifings that has unnerved the country. A man in his 20s attacked several people at the entrance to a supermarket in Nanning, the capital of China's Guangxi region, the official Xinhua news agency said. The China News Service said the assailant, surnamed Zhou, carried out the attack because of a personal dispute and that he had been captured by police. Two of the victims appeared to be seriously injured, it said. ...
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:06:59 -0500
Iran Supreme Leader says not opposed to extension of nuclear talks

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in TehranDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday he was not against an extension of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers. "For the same reasons I wasn't against negotiations, I'm also not against the extension, Khamenei said, according to his website. The Supreme Leader also said that the United States, not Iran, would be the biggest loser should the nuclear talks fail. ...


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:08:35 -0500
Hong Kong student leaders banned from Mong Kok protest site

Student leader Joshua Wong speaks to reporters as he waits for the arrival of bailiffs outside the government headquarters in Hong KongHONG KONG (Reuters) - Two Hong Kong student leaders were banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a condition of bail on Thursday after they were arrested during scuffles with police who cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for weeks. Joshua Wong, Lester Shum and activist lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, who was also banned from Mong Kok, were charged with obstructing court bailiffs and did not enter a plea. They are due to appear again in court on Jan. 14. Wong, Shum and Leung were among more than 100 people arrested in Mong Kok over the past two days. ...


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:08:15 -0500
Sports federations join betting monitoring program
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Summer sports federations are signing up to the IOC's system for monitoring betting ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:25:21 -0500
Who's behind Christmas tree at Paris' Notre Dame?
PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has a Christmas tree this year thanks to an unusual patron: the Russian government.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:15:25 -0500
British national among 5 killed in Afghan bombing

An Afghan man and security guard are seen through the shattered window of a damaged car at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, killing several Afghan civilians and wounding more than 30 others, officials said. An embassy spokesman confirmed the attack and said some people in the vehicle were wounded, without providing further details. He added that the vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says a British national is among five people who were killed in a suicide attack on an embassy vehicle in the capital Kabul.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:12:30 -0500
British athletics great Coe to challenge for IAAF presidency

Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee, poses with the newly unveiled 2012 London Olympic Torch, at St Pancras International Rail Station, central London, on June 8, 2011London (AFP) - British athletics great Sebastian Coe announced on Thursday that he has decided to run for the presidency of world governing body the IAAF.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:09:36 -0500
General strike shuts down services across Greece

Unionists block the entrance of a docked ship at the port of Piraeus, near Athens during a 24-hour nationwide general strike, Thursday Nov. 27 2014. A nationwide general strike to protest continued austerity measures has shut down services across Greece, grounding flights, leaving ferries tied up in ports, shutting down schools and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff. Greece has been dependent on billions of euros from international bailouts from the eurozone and International Monetary Fund since 2010. (AP Photo/Fotis Plegas G)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour general strike in Greece shut down services across the country, forcing flight cancelations and school closures and leaving state hospitals functioning with emergency staff, while thousands of protesters marched in central Athens.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:09:19 -0500
Israel says it busted Hamas cell planning attacks
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shin Bet security service said Thursday it had uncovered a vast Hamas network in the West Bank that was planning large-scale attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:05:28 -0500
Protests in Ferguson, elsewhere dwindle after two nights of unrest

A protester shouts at the National Guard standing on duty outside the Ferguson Police Department after the grand jury verdict in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, MissouriBy Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - The streets of Ferguson, Missouri were mostly quiet overnight after two days of racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager. On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, wintry weather kept many indoors across the state and other parts of the Midwest and the East Coast, though hundreds demonstrated against the killing in the California cities of Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. ...


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:04:32 -0500
Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile neighborhood shut down, officials said Thursday. Police also said they arrested seven of their own officers for assault in connection with the Oct. 15 beating of a handcuffed protester during a violent nighttime clash.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 06:02:52 -0500
Greece tows migrant-packed ship to safety off Crete
ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with 700 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete on Thursday, in one of the biggest sea rescues mounted by the Mediterranean nation, coastguard officials said. The Kiribati-flagged MV Baris issued a distress call on Tuesday after developing engine problems 30 nautical miles (45 km) southeast of Crete. A Greek frigate dispatched to the scene spent over 24 hours fighting off strong winds and waves to tow the ship close to the southeastern port of Ierapetra, where boats had begun transferring migrants to the town. ...
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:58:27 -0500
Britain reports big increase in immigration
LONDON (AP) — Britain has reported a big increase in immigration last year despite government efforts to control the numbers of arrivals.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:57:27 -0500
Pro-Western Ukraine parliament holds first session

Newly elected Ukrainian parliament deputies swear their oath during the inauguration cermeony in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Ukraine Parliament has opened for its first session since an election last month that ushered in a spate of pro-Western parties. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's parliament opened for its inaugural session Thursday since an election last month that ushered in a spate of pro-Western parties.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:52:46 -0500
Aim of sanctions not to bash Russian economy: German foreign minister

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier delivers a speech at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in BerlinBERLIN (Reuters) - The goal of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis must not be to wear down Russia economically, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday. "Should it be our way of thinking and our goal to put down Russia economically?" asked Steinmeier at a conference organized by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily in Berlin. "My clear answer is: No, that is, was and should not be the reason for sanctions," he added. (Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Madeline Chambers)


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:52:41 -0500
Australian batsman Hughes dies from head injury

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth days' play of the third cricket test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena, File)SYDNEY (AP) — Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:52:07 -0500
Mining boom at stake, Greenland votes amid turmoil

File - This December. 19, 2009 file photo, shows goldmine Nalunaq in Nanortalik, Greenland Greenland will hold a general election on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, following an expenses scandal involving Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond, which led to the collapse of the government. (AP Photo/POLFOTO/Casper Dalhoff, File)COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland's hopes of a mining boom are shrouded in uncertainty as voters on the ice-capped Arctic island decide Friday who will replace a local government that collapsed after its leader admitted to using taxpayers' money for private trips.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:49:33 -0500
OPEC seen unlikely to cut output despite oil glut

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali Ibrahim Naimi speaks to journalists prior to the start of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Expectations that the group would not cut output to support the market saw the global price of oil slump another US dollar 1.89 on Thursday to US dollar 75.86 a barrel, extending its losses since June, when it was as high as US dollar 115. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging — and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:42:39 -0500
Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast

A local resident and a dog are silhouetted as a crippled freighter, left, carrying hundreds of refugees trying to migrate to Europe is towed by a Greek navy frigate at the coastal Cretan port of Ierapetra, Greece, on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. A smuggling ship carrying more than 700 men, women and children that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe was towed Thursday to the Greek island of Crete. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)IERAPETRA, Greece (AP) — More than 700 people, mostly refugees from Syria, began disembarking Thursday on the Greek island of Crete after a harrowing journey on a smuggling ship that broke down in gale-force winds while trying to reach Europe.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:39:19 -0500
UK strikes deal to grant Scotland more powers to counter separatists

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron delivers a speech at a UK Investment Summit in Newport, south WalesBy Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's main political parties struck what they said was a historic deal to grant Scotland tax-raising powers and greater autonomy to try to satisfy disappointed separatists who lost an independence vote two months ago. The deal, which was unveiled on Thursday but will not be implemented until after a UK-wide parliamentary election next year, amounts to the biggest transfer of powers to Scotland from the United Kingdom since 1999 when a Scots parliament was set up. ...


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:35:15 -0500
Afghanistan: British national killed in attack on embassy vehicle in Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan: British national killed in attack on embassy vehicle in Kabul.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:33:02 -0500
UK court to rule on landmark 'pregnancy crime' case

Women's rights groups have warned that the ruling risks opening the door to police action against pregnant womenLondon (AFP) - A British court is to rule on whether a woman committed a "crime of violence" against her child by drinking heavily during pregnancy, in a case that has raised concerns about criminalising mothers.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:24:53 -0500
Farrell dropped for England test vs Australia
LONDON (AP) — England has dropped Owen Farrell for its final rugby test of the November internationals against Australia on Saturday, with Billy Twelvetrees earning a recall at inside center.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:23:05 -0500
Scotland to be granted greater autonomy: commission

Saltire flags next to the River Tweed in Coldstream, a town on the border between England and ScotlandLondon (AFP) - Scotland could be handed sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates and controlling welfare payments under a new plan unveiled by a government-appointed commission on Thursday.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:20:06 -0500
London's FTSE dips in opening trades

At 8:20 am, the benchmark FTSE 100 was down nine points to 6720.17 pointsLondon (AFP) - London shares sagged in opening trades on Thursday as nervy investors awaited a decision by the OPEC oil cartel on whether it should cut output, analysts said.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:17:35 -0500
Australian cricketer Hughes dies of head injuries

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth days' play of the third cricket test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena, File)Phillip Hughes won admirers across the cricket spectrum, from the most elite players to the everyday fan for an unorthodox batting style honed on the family banana plantation and a never-give-in attitude despite being dropped a handful of times from Australia's test team.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:17:10 -0500
Malaysia leader nixes pledge to scrap sedition law
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader said Thursday that a colonial-era law curbing free speech will be retained and strengthened, backpedaling on a pledge two years ago to abolish the Sedition Act as part of political reforms.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:15:48 -0500
South Asian leaders reach last-minute energy deal

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks at his watch during the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit, the first since 2011, is meant as a forum to discuss regional issues, but is usually dominated by the rivalry between Pakistan and India. (AP Photo/Narendra Shrestha, Pool)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years have reached a deal on energy sharing but failed on two other economic agreements.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:15:37 -0500
9 dead in Kashmir gunbattle between rebels, army
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Heavily armed suspected militants fought a fierce gunbattle with soldiers in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Thursday, and three civilians were among the nine dead, authorities said.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:13:44 -0500
Syrian troops kill 30 rebels near Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces have killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive for weeks, activists and state media said Thursday.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:12:57 -0500
Spanish premier: Corruption is exception, not rule
MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister, whose party is facing a series of corruption cases, says most politicians aren't crooked and that his government is taking the problem seriously.
Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:07:31 -0500
Surprising Southampton facing test of credentials

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne, 2nd right, celebrates after scoring against Villa during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Widely tipped as a possible relegation contender following its summer of upheaval, Southampton has stunned English football by winning eight of its first 12 games to sit in second place in the Premier League and split the country's established powers.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:57:03 -0500
Putin's tiger ravages goat farm in northeast China

FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, Russia's then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin locks a collar with a satellite tracker on the tranquilized five-year-old Ussuri tiger in a Russian Academy of Sciences reserve in Russia's Far East as he took a part in the national program for preserving the population of the Ussuri tiger conducted by researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences. A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping farmers in northeastern China on edge. China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, that the animal, named Ustin, bit and killed 15 goats and left another three missing on Sunday and Monday on a farm in Heilongjiang province's Fuyuan county. (AP Photo / RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool File)BEIJING (AP) — Ustin, a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is behaving badly in his new home in northeastern China.


Date Posted : Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:52:52 -0500
 

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