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Terrorism fears cripple "rotten" aid system in hungry Somalia: expert

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:36

By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers in Somalia, which faces worsening hunger three years after famine struck the country, believe the humanitarian system is "rotten" and are hamstrung by fears of being prosecuted for aiding terrorists, an expert said. Last month, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on a rare visit to the Horn of Africa country said three million Somalis were in need of humanitarian aid. ...

Japan veteran actor Ken Takakura dies at 83

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:32
TOKYO (AP) — Acclaimed Japanese film star Ken Takakura, known for many stoic heroes he played on silver screen, has died of lymphoma. He was 83.

Japan cuts Antarctic whale quota

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:25

Japan said on Tuesday it has cut its Antarctic whale-catch quota by two-thirds in a move it hopes will convince international opponents it is conducting genuine scientific research on expeditions in the region. The International Court of Justice -- the highest court of the United Nations -- ruled in March that Japan was abusing a scientific exemption set out in the 1986 moratorium on whaling. Judges said any nation that wanted to avail itself of the scientific exemption had to show why it was necessary to kill whales to do the research. Japan cancelled its 2014-15 Antarctic hunt after the ruling, but said it intends to resume "research whaling" in 2015-16.

National Guard prepares for more Ferguson unrest

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:24

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As a grand jury weighs possible criminal charges against the white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, Missouri's governor has again activated the National Guard in an effort to avoid more unrest in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Conley scores 19 as Grizzlies rout Rockets 119-93

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:19

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For a night, the Houston Rockets' new defensive mindset was blown up completely, leading to a blowout by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sudan denies U.N. access to Darfur village to check rape accusations

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:16
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has refused to let U.N. and African Union peacekeepers visit a village in the western Darfur region to investigate allegations of mass rape for the second time this month, saying it was skeptical about the motives for the visit. The United Nations said Sudanese troops initially denied members of the joint peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, access to Tabit in north Darfur earlier this month. The force was later allowed to visit the area and said in a statement on Nov. ...

Congo police executed 51 in anti-gang operation: Human Rights Watch

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:15
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - The U.S. campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused police in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday of summarily executing at least 51 people in an anti-gang operation, and being responsible for the disappearance of at least 33 more. The report, based on witness testimony, is the second high-profile inquiry into Operation Likofi, or 'punch' in the Lingala language, launched last November to tackle criminal gangs in the capital Kinshasa. ...

No. 1 UConn women stunned by No. 6 Stanford 88-86

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:10

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Amber Orrange and new-look Stanford made an impressive national statement while snapping another one of Connecticut's remarkable winning streaks — without an Ogwumike sister in sight.

Stolen body parts: Warrants issued for 2 Americans

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:06
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police have issued arrest warrants for two Americans who attempted to mail a preserved baby's head, foot and other human body parts to the United States, saying the objects were stolen from a medical museum in Thailand.

Steelers rally from 11 down, beat Titans 27-24

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This time, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat their struggling opponent.

Hong Kong-Shanghai trade link disappoints on day two

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 01:02

Investors largely turned away from the link-up between the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges on Tuesday, a day after it launched to much fanfare and ambitions for billions of dollars in daily cross-border transactions. Officials have trumpeted the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect as opening up China's closeted stock markets to the outside world and giving mainlanders a chance to enter the lucrative Hong Kong exchange. While Hong Kong investors had exhausted their daily allowance of Shanghai shares two hours before the end of trade, mainlanders used up less than 20 percent of their quota by the close.

Amnesty: UAE in unprecedented clampdown on dissent

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:58

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has quietly mounted "an unprecedented clampdown on dissent" since 2011, with more than 100 political activists jailed or prosecuted for calling for political reforms, leading human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.

G20's new growth plans suspiciously long in the tooth

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:45

By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - As leaders of the world's 20 most powerful nations congratulate themselves on plans to boost economic growth, a closer look at their 800-plus policy proposals reveals a catalog of measures that are either old, vague or unlikely to be implemented. Australia, the hosts of the Group of 20 meeting, claimed credit for a year-long effort to get members to adopt "extra" reforms that would add $2 trillion to the world economy and create millions of new jobs. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the plans would make the whole planet "better off". ...

AP NewsAlert

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:40
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police: Attack at Jerusalem synagogue wounds several people; 2 attackers killed.

Hong Kong authorities begin clearing main protest camp

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:34

Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday cleared part of the city's main pro-democracy protest camp, the first of several planned evictions to shrink mass sit-ins that have blocked major thoroughfares for seven weeks. Dozens of police and bailiffs stood guard as staff removed the barriers from outside the 33-floor CITIC Tower office block, enforcing a court injunction won by the building's owners. "This is unacceptable to the protesters," pro-democracy lawmaker Albert Ho shouted at the bailiffs through a loudspeaker. Demonstrators have been camped on three major Hong Kong thoroughfares since September 28, demanding that Beijing grants free leadership elections to the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Seven big U.S. companies paid CEOs more than Uncle Sam in 2013: study

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:32

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven of the 30 largest U.S. corporations paid more money to their chief executive officers last year than they paid in U.S. federal income taxes, according to a study released on Tuesday that was disputed by at least one of the companies. Amid talk in Washington about corporate tax reform, the study said the seven companies, which in 2013 reported more than $74 billion in combined U.S. pre-tax profits, came out ahead on their taxes, gaining $1.9 billion more than they owed. ...

Future Chicago archbishop speaks to parishioners

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:23

CHICAGO (AP) — The bishop set to become the leader of the third-largest diocese in the United States vowed Monday night that he will be active in the Chicago community by pushing for immigration reform, battling gang violence and helping the poor.

Toyota to start sales of fuel cell car next month

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:14

TOKYO (AP) — There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.

AP PHOTOS: Bulls fight for bets in rural Haiti

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:13

LEOGANE, Haiti (AP) — Gamblers who goad bulls to fight each other just outside this Haitian coastal town stand for hours by a riverbed scrutinizing a dozen muscular animals with horns sharpened by knives.

Colombian president demands rebels release general

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:12

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos demanded that Colombia's largest rebel group immediately release an army general it captured, saying the resumption of suspended talks to end the half-century-old conflict depend on it.