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U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

A general view of the Syrian town of KobaniWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday in what appeared to be the Pentagon's first public acknowledgment it has provided lethal aid to the rebels. The U.S. Central Command said it had delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian rebels who for weeks have sought to stave off an onslaught by Islamic State fighters that have overrun swathes of Syria and Iraq this year. The "resupply" of rebel fighters is the latest escalation in the U.S. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:52:20 -0400
Setback for Japan PM as trade minister quits, media say another to resign

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi bows as she arrives for a news conference at her ministry in TokyoBy Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered his biggest setback since taking office in 2012 on Monday as his new trade and industry minister resigned over questionable political spending and media said the justice minister had also decided to quit. The blows could complicate tough decisions on key policies, including whether to go ahead with an unpopular plan to raise the national sales tax and planned restarts of nuclear reactors that were shut down after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:45:46 -0400
Sweden says credible reports of foreign submarine in its waters

Swedish corvette HMS Visby patrols the Stockholm Archipelago, searching for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters.By Niklas Pollard and Alistair Scrutton STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden released on Sunday a grainy photo of a mysterious vessel in Stockholm's archipelago, as the military hunted for a foreign submarine or divers in the country's biggest such mobilization since the Cold War. The search in the Baltic Sea less than 30 miles (50 km) from Stockholm began on Friday and reawakened memories of the final years of the Cold War when Sweden repeatedly sought out suspected Soviet submarines along its coast with depth charges. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:47:53 -0400
South Korea concert victims' families call for leniency
By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The families of 16 people who died after falling through a ventilation shaft at a South Korean open-air concert asked for leniency on Monday for event organizers despite fresh concerns about safety six months after a ferry disaster. Opposition lawmakers chided the government for a lack of substantive improvements in safety despite repeated pledges to tighten standards, with one member of parliament saying: "The Republic of Korea has become the republic of disasters". ...
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:50:26 -0400
Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

File photo of Indonesian presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gesturing during a rally in Proklamasi Monument Park in JakartaBy Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and skeptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman. Widodo's narrow victory over a former general in July's election marked the first time in the young democracy's history that a president was elected from outside the established military and political elite. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:54:20 -0400
Australia set to help China seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials: paper
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday. The joint operation would make its first seizure of assets in Australia within weeks, the newspaper quoted Bruce Hill, manager of Australian Federal Police (AFP) operations in Asia, as saying in an interview. AFP officials in Canberra had no immediate comment. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:14:19 -0400
Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday Oct. 20, 2014, for the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and meetings with other regional leaders. Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:05:08 -0400
Nepal to end rescue operation on trekking route

In this photo provided by the Nepalese army, a Nepalese army soldier searches for avalanche victims at Thorong La pass area in Nepal, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Nepalese officials closed a section of a popular Himalayan trekking route Sunday after rescuers, overwhelmed with last week's snowstorms that killed 38 hikers, had to bring to safety new climbers who set out on the same mountain trails where the blizzards struck. (AP Photo/Nepalese Army)KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal was wrapping up rescue operations in its northern mountains Monday, saying all the hikers believed to be stranded on a trekking route by a series of blizzards and avalanches that left dozens of others dead have been rescued and are safe.


Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:04:51 -0400
Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's new president on Monday, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some blows against his administration. Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country's established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the parliament in the capital, Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Date Posted : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:03:04 -0400
Joko Widodo inaugurated as Indonesian president

Joko Widodo waves ahead of his swearing in as Indonesia's seventh president at Parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's new president on Monday, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some blows against his administration.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:55:35 -0400
Japan leads Asia stocks higher after US rebound

Specialist David Haubner works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. U.S. stocks opened higher Friday as investors weighed the latest corporate earnings news and data showing home construction picked up last month. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Asian stock markets rose Monday, led by a 3 percent surge in Japan, as nerves about the outlook for the world economy steadied after big gains on Wall Street.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:48:24 -0400
US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

Smoke from a fire rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:34:07 -0400
Carter in All Blacks squad for US, Britain tour
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — World rugby's top points scorer, Dan Carter, has been included in the All Blacks squad to play tests in the United States and Britain next month after satisfying selectors he is fully fit.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:31:28 -0400
Joko Widodo inaugurated Indonesian president, first from outside country's political elite.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Joko Widodo inaugurated Indonesian president, first from outside country's political elite.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:30:19 -0400
Federal police take control of 13 towns in Mexico

A mother of one of 43 missing students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college attends a mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Investigators determined that 28 sets of human remains recovered from a mass grave discovered last weekend outside Iguala, in Guerrero state, were not those of any of the youths who haven't been seen since being confronted by police in that city Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Security officials say federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico where local police are suspected of possible links to organized crime and the case of 43 missing students.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:28:00 -0400
Blow to Japan PM as minister resigns over money scandal

Japanese industry minister Yuko Obuchi announces her resignation in Tokyo on October 20, 2014. The scanadal is a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's gender reform driveTokyo (AFP) - Japan's high-profile and telegenic industry minister on Monday resigned over claims she misused political funds, including to buy both votes and make-up, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proclaimed gender reform drive.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:17:00 -0400
Japan Justice Minister Matsushima intends to resign: NHK
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Justice Minister Midori Matsushima intends to resign, NHK national television said on Monday, the second minister to resign on the same day and dealing a blow to the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The opposition Democratic Party on Friday filed a criminal complaint against Matsushima, accusing her of violating the election law by distributing paper fans to voters. Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi resigned earlier on Monday. (Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:11:36 -0400
Japan's trade minister quits over funding scandal

Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi arrives at a press conference at her ministry in Tokyo Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Obuchi resigned Monday amid growing controversy over allegations that she misused campaign funds. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade minister resigned Monday amid growing controversy over allegations that she misused campaign funds, though she did not admit to any wrongdoing.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:04:02 -0400
Brazilian candidates spar over poverty, corruption

Aecio Neves, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB, looks on during a presidential debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Neves will face Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, presidential candidate for re-election of the Workers Party, PT, in a presidential runoff on Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted her government's achievements in reducing poverty while her rival used Sunday night's presidential debate to attack her on allegations of bribery in state-run oil company Petrobras.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:33:40 -0400
EU's Barroso warns Britain against bloc exit

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, will argue Britain is better in the European Union on Monday, according to an advance copy of his speech to thinktank Chatham HouseLondon (AFP) - European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will argue that Britain is better in the European Union on Monday, as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics seven months out from a general election.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:45:49 -0400
Australia's Parliament House lifts face veil ban

Egyptian women wearing "Niqab" line up outside a polling station to vote in the second round of a referendum on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:28:00 -0400
Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security
OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:17:49 -0400
Japanese Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi resigns over campaign fund allegations
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Trade Minister Yuko Obuchi resigns over campaign fund allegations.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:14:14 -0400
Brief profiles of a few ex-Nazis getting benefits
Since 1979, at least 38 of 66 suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards forced out of the United States collected millions of dollars in American Social Security payments, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:13:17 -0400
5 findings about Social Security for Nazi suspects
An Associated Press investigation found that dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments, through a loophole in U.S. law, after being forced out of the United States.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:07:59 -0400
Marine accused in Philippine killing tests US ties

CORRECTS LAST NAME OF MOTHER TO LAUDE - In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Julita Laude, mother of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, grieves beside the casket of her daughter at a funeral parlor in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Laude's distraught mother Julita said she lost a child, who had given her money regularly for medicine for her ailments, including diabetes and hypertension. The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public anger in the Philippines and revived a debate over the U.S. military presence in a country seen by Washington as a major ally in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — Inside a funeral parlor, a Filipino mother sits and weeps next to a coffin containing the body of her daughter and demands answers. On a hulking American assault ship moored at a nearby port sits a man who might have them — a U.S. Marine authorities suspect in the brutal slaying at a cheap hotel more than a week ago.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:06:31 -0400
USA to have top players for All Blacks test

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2011, Blaine Scully of the U.S. is tackled by Ireland's Shane Jennings, (7), during their game at Rugby World Cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand. The United States has reached an agreement which will allow it to include leading players based in Britain, France and Japan in its team to play New Zealand in a rugby test in Chicago on Nov. 1, 2014. The agreement with clubs will likely see players such as Leicester winger Scully, Saracens prop Titi Lamositele and Northampton backrowers Cameron Dolan and Samu Manoa released for the Chicago match. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, File)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States has reached an agreement that will allow it to include leading players based in Britain, France and Japan in its team to play New Zealand in a rugby test in Chicago on Nov. 1.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:58:11 -0400
Kerry in Indonesia seeking Asian support against Islamic state

United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in JakartaBy David Brunnstrom JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia for Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration on Monday, seeking more help from Southeast Asian leaders in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State in the Middle East. In a one-day stop in Jakarta, capital of a country with the world's largest Muslim population, Kerry plans bilateral meetings with Widodo, the prime ministers of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, the Sultan of Brunei, Australia's prime minister and the foreign minister of the Philippines. Senior officials of the U.S. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:53:42 -0400
Double-century maker Dunk in Australia T20 side
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Wicketkeeper Ben Dunk was named Monday in Australia's Twenty20 squad to face South Africa two days after hitting an unbeaten 229 to set a domestic one-day record for his Tasmanian state side.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:41:12 -0400
Rodgers salutes resilient Sterling

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (C) cuts through the defence during an English Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in London on October 19, 2014London (AFP) - Brendan Rodgers saluted Raheem Sterling's courageous display as the Liverpool star ignored a week of criticism to lead his side to an unforgettable 3-2 win at QPR.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:34:46 -0400
Tug towing disabled Russian container ship to port

In this aerial photo provided by the Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter flies near a Russian container ship, carrying hundreds of tons of fuel drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific)PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) — A disabled Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was in route to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over Sunday, but a debate brewed over oil tanker safety off Canada's West Coast.


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:18:31 -0400
River Plate wins 3-0 and moves four points clear
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Colombian striker Teo Gutierrez scored twice as River Plate defeated Belgrano 3-0 on Sunday to move four points clear atop the Argentine first division.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:11:00 -0400
Japan's METI minister Obuchi submits resignation: NHK
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's trade and industry minister, Yuko Obuchi, submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday following allegations of funds misuse by her political support groups, public broadcaster NHK reported. (Reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:00:43 -0400
Mudslides from rains kill 6 in southern Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Heavy rains brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Trudy have caused mudslides and flooding in southern Mexico that left at least six people dead.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:54:44 -0400
Cruzeiro wins again, opens 7-point lead in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) — Cruzeiro scored late to beat Vitoria 1-0 on Sunday, ending a two-match losing streak and increasing its lead to seven points in the Brazilian league.
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:51:28 -0400
Japan METI minister expected to resign in blow to PM Abe: media

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi arrives at Prime Minister Abe's official residence in TokyoBy Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's new trade and industry minister was expected to resign on Monday, domestic media said, over allegations that her support groups misused political funds, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he faces tough policy decisions including whether to raise an already unpopular sales tax. Yuko Obuchi, 40, the daughter of a prime minister and tipped as a future contender to become Japan's first female premier, was one of five women appointed by Abe in a cabinet reshuffle less than two months ago. ...


Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:45:35 -0400
Japan PM may replace justice minister as well as METI minister: Kyodo
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering replacing Justice Minister Midori Matsushima over allegations of political funds misuse, as well as trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi, who is expected to step down on Monday after reports her political groups misspent funds, Kyodo news agency said. The two resignations would be a double blow to Abe as he confronts tough policy decisions including whether to raise the unpopular national sales tax to 10 percent from October 2015. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:44:52 -0400
 

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