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Pakistan protest leader Khan calls for show of strength

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 00:40

By Syed Raza Hassan and Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan, who is leading one of two large anti-government demonstrations in the capital, has called on followers to show their strength on Sunday as he tries to force the government to resign. Khan, a former international cricket star whose speech is still peppered with metaphors of the game, told supporters in a late-night Saturday speech, "maybe the world cup final will be played tomorrow ... people will forget Tahrir Square". Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri both led tens of thousands of supporters to downtown Islamabad on Friday. Both protest leaders say they will stay in the streets until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom they condemn as corrupt, is forced to resign.

Woman who sneaked on plane gets early jail release

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 00:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A stowaway who was recently ordered to spend 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport served a fraction of her sentence when she was released Saturday because of overcrowding.

Aduba, Janney among creative arts Emmy winners

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 00:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uzo Aduba is an Emmy winner for her breakout role as a prisoner known as "Crazy Eyes" in Netflix's "Orange is the New Black."

Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:52

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As they form exploratory committees, consider the grueling prospect of a national campaign with their families and begin hiring staff in key presidential battleground states, three potential Republican White House candidates also face the distraction of legal troubles back at home.

Brewers beat Dodgers with 2 HRs off Kershaw

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:49

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a night when Clayton Kershaw couldn't keep the ball in the ballpark, Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo held the Los Angeles Dodgers in check and sent the major leagues' ERA leader to his first loss in over 2 1-2 months.

Rose hears cheers as US beats Brazil 95-78

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:43

CHICAGO (AP) — The roars for Derrick Rose started with the pregame introductions and did not fade until the final buzzer.

Griner helps Mercury beat Sparks for 28th win

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:28
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 19 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-69 Saturday night, tying the WNBA record for wins.

Serena Williams edges Wozniacki to reach final

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:22

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Serena Williams rallied to advance to the Western & Southern Open final, and Roger Federer moved into position Saturday night for his sixth title in the tournament.

Pope urges "fraternal" dialogue with China, others

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:11

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis made a new gesture of outreach to China and North Korea on Sunday, saying he "earnestly" hopes to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conquerer" trying to take away the identity of others.

Russian food embargo smells like opportunity for LatAm

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 23:00

Sao Paulo (AFP) - Russia's embargo on US and EU food products has opened a window of opportunity for Latin America, which could capitalize on the Ukraine crisis to become a major food supplier to Moscow.

Price helps Tigers beat Mariners 4-2

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 22:49

DETROIT (AP) — David Price got into a sticky situation in the eighth, and Brad Ausmus decided to leave the ace in the game.

Amish girls abducted with intent to 'victimize'

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 22:37

New York (AFP) - A US couple arrested and charged with kidnapping two Amish sisters intended to "victimize" the girls after snatching them from their roadside produce stand, authorities said Saturday.

Pope pushes dialogue with Asian nations like China

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 22:11

Pope Francis on Sunday championed a "creative" Catholicism in Asia that reflects the region's diversity, and urged countries like China and North Korea to respond by fostering a proper dialogue with the Vatican. In a speech to Catholic bishops from 22 Asian countries, the pope said the Church had no choice but to adapt when communicating its message across a region of dramatic contrasts. "On this vast continent, which is home to a great variety of cultures, the Church is called to be versatile and creative," he told the bishops at a martyrs' shrine some 150 kilometres south of Seoul on the penultimate day of a visit to South Korea. It is the first papal visit for 15 years to Asia -- a region the Vatican sees as having enormous growth potential to offset dwindling numbers in the United States and Europe.

2 dead after they were hit by light rail train

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 21:50
GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A light-rail train in Gresham struck and killed two people, one of whom was in a wheelchair, authorities said.

Official: Amish girls sexually abused in abduction

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 21:49

CANTON, N.Y. (AP) — Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday.

Kelly: No change needed in how Notre Dame recruits

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 21:40

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football program for the past 15 months.

Bon Jovi, Christie, Kraft join in ALS fundraiser

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 21:06
Jon Bon Jovi isn't averse to taking ice cold showers — at least when it's for a good cause.

AP PHOTOS: A look at the pope's visit to S. Korea

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 21:06

Pope Francis held an outdoor Mass on Saturday for huge crowds in Seoul as part of his five-day trip to South Korea. The Vatican estimated some 800,000 people turned out for the service.

Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 20:35
By Oliver Holmes and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province. The conflict between Islamic State and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who number about 70,000, flared after the militants took over two oil fields in July. “Some were arrested, judged and killed.” Reuters cannot independently verify reports from Syria due to security conditions and reporting restrictions.

Texas Governor Perry calls indictment politically motivated

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 20:08

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said on Saturday an indictment against him for abuse of power was a political move that he intends to fight. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, on two counts of abuse of power and coercion over a funding veto he made last year that was seen as being intended to force a local prosecutor to resign. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen," Perry told reporters in Austin, Texas.