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South Africa: man dead after orange pelting
05:55 AM, 08.21.2014

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say two men are suspected of killing a farmworker by pelting him with oranges.

 
Aid group: US doctor who had Ebola has recovered
05:51 AM, 08.21.2014

ATLANTA (AP) — At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

 
Liberia slum calm; American recovers from Ebola
05:47 AM, 08.21.2014

Liberia security forces dressed in riot gear, left, control a crowd of people in the West Point area, as the government clamps down on the movement of people to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government’s fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Calm returned Thursday to the slum of West Point in Liberia's capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces enforcing the quarantine. In the United States, an aid worker who was infected in Liberia has recovered and was to be discharged from a hospital.


 
Scottish nationalists look to broaden independence debate beyond currency
05:45 AM, 08.21.2014

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond speaks during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in GlasgowBy Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom. Health care and other social issues such as justice and equality are likely to get a bigger airing if pro-independence First Minister Alex Salmond has his way in a second televised debate on August 25. The question of whether Scotland could keep the pound if it voted on September 18 to leave the United Kingdom has hampered independence campaigners. The British government and Bank of England have both firmly said no. As a result, uncertainty over the currency dogged the normally fiery Salmond in the first TV debate two weeks ago when he was unexpectedly outshone by the more reserved head of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, former finance minister Alistair Darling.


 
Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
05:43 AM, 08.21.2014

Graphic tracks fighting and cease-fires in the latest Israel-Palestinians war. 2c x 5 inches; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.


 
Super Mario 'on brink of shock Liverpool move'
05:42 AM, 08.21.2014

Italy striker Mario Balotelli gives a press conference at the Arena Pernambuco Stadium in Recife, Brazil on June 19, 2014, the eve of his side's World Cup Group D match against Costa RicaMario Balotelli is on the brink of a shock move to Liverpool, media in England and Italy reported Thursday, two weeks after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers ruled out a bid for the controversial striker. According to sports channel Sky Italia, AC Milan have agreed to let the 24-year-old move to Anfield and a transfer worth 20 million euros (16 million pounds, $27 million) is being wrapped up. The reported move is being seen as a sign of Liverpool's frustration at being unable to land a top quality replacement for Luis Suarez following the Uruguayan's World Cup biting disgrace and subsequent departure for Barcelona. During Liverpool's tour of the United States earlier this month, Rodgers had appeared to close the door on a move for Balotelli, saying: "I can categorically tell you that he will not be coming to Liverpool."


 
German arbitration panel rejects looted art claim
05:38 AM, 08.21.2014

BERLIN (AP) — A German expert panel says the heirs of a Jewish woman persecuted by the Nazis aren't entitled to reclaim a valuable painting she once owned.

 
Senior Hamas official says group abducted Israeli teens
05:36 AM, 08.21.2014

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) - A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement's involvement. Hamas, which controls Gaza, has up to now refused to confirm or deny Israeli accusations that it masterminded the abduction and killing of the three young men, one of them a joint U.S.-Israeli citizen, in Hebron. "The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron," he said, referring to Hamas's armed wing. Jewish seminary students Eyal Yifrach, 19, and Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, were abducted while hitchhiking in the Israeli occupied West Bank on June 12 and killed.

 
Three refugees killed as they flee Ukrainian conflict - military
05:35 AM, 08.21.2014

Three refugees including a five-year-old child were killed near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk when rebel gunfire hit their car, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Thursday. Around 500 people a day have been fleeing Luhansk, a pro-Russian separatist stronghold that has been battered by months of fighting between rebels and Ukrainian forces, but some have been caught in the crossfire while attempting to leave. "The car was traveling with a large white flag, but that did not stop the fighters," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing. The deaths follow those of around 17 refugees, who were killed when rocket fire hit a convoy of buses leaving Luhansk on Monday.

 
Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson
05:30 AM, 08.21.2014

Attorney General Eric Holder stops to shake hands with a patron at Drake's Place Restaurant, before his meeting with local community leaders, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Mo. Holder arrived in Missouri on Wednesday, a small group of protesters gathered outside the building where a grand jury could begin hearing evidence to determine whether a Ferguson police officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown should be charged in his death. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)ST. LOUIS (AP) — To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.


 
UN Ebola pointman to visit west Africa
05:21 AM, 08.21.2014

An Ebola information billboard is displayed near the John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Centre in Monrovia, on August 19, 2014The UN's new pointman on Ebola was due to arrive in west Africa on Thursday for a visit aimed at shoring up health services in the region where at least 1,350 lives have been lost to the virus. David Nabarro, a British physician appointed last week by UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon, said he would focus on "revitalising the health sectors" in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. "One of the major issues is that health sectors and health services in countries affected by Ebola have really suffered," Nabarro told reporters in New York ahead of his trip.


 
Gazprom says Ukraine's unpaid gas bill tops $5 billion
05:21 AM, 08.21.2014

Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday that Ukraine's outstanding debt for gas supplies stood at $5.3 billion as of Aug. 1 and called on Kiev to ensure that gas continues to transit without disruption to Europe. "Gazprom counts on Naftogaz of Ukraine to stick to its obligations on redemptions of arrears for the supplied gas and provision of smooth gas transit via Ukraine's territory," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.

 
Eurozone economy still in timid recovery: survey
05:18 AM, 08.21.2014

The latest eurozone data is likely to strengthen the views of those who hold that the European Central Bank will eventually take extra measures to inject cash into the single-currency zoneThis latest data is likely to strengthen the views of those who hold that the European Central Bank will eventually take extra measures to inject cash into the single-currency zone. "The eurozone economy continued to make steady progress in August, as the region looks to bounce back following the recent weaker-than-expected GDP (gross domestic product) readings for the currency union," said Rob Dobson, senior economist at the private Markit research group which published the data. Markit's set of leading indicators - the purchasing managers' index (PMI) - turned in a figure of 52.8, above the 50-point signalling growth or downturn, but lower than a revised figure of 53.8 in July. Official data last week showed that eurozone growth ground to a standstill in the second quarter, with none of the bloc's three biggest economies - Germany, France and Italy - registering growth.


 
Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike
05:15 AM, 08.21.2014

In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 photo, Irom Sharmila speaks to the media outside a security ward after her release in Porompal district, in Imphal, India. India's most famous prisoner of conscience walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide. Sharmila, 42, has not eaten a single morsel of food voluntarily since November 2000, when she began her protest against an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict. (AP Photo/Bullu Raj)NEW DELHI (AP) — India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday.


 
5 Ukrainian troops killed; fierce battles reported
05:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Ukrainian soldiers muster at a point close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Ukrainian troops make a significant push into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, claiming control over a large part of Luhansk and encircling the largest rebel-held city, Donetsk, in fighting that has left at least 43 dead. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Five troops were killed and two civilians died in the past 24 hours in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed to recapture more territory from pro-Russian separatists.


 
Indonesia police fire teargas ahead of court verdict on election
05:01 AM, 08.21.2014

Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's supporters try to shield themselves as police fire tear gas during a protest near the Constitutional Court in JakartaBy Kanupriya Kapoor and Fransiska Nangoy JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police fired teargas to disperse thousands of protesters outside the country's top court in Jakarta on Thursday, as judges started delivering their verdict into last month's disputed presidential election. Losing candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked the Constitutional Court to overturn the election result, saying the vote in the world's third largest democracy was tainted by mass fraud. The court is widely expected to uphold Joko Widodo's election victory and the verdict cannot be appealed. The court has never overturned the result of a presidential election.


 
Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide
04:55 AM, 08.21.2014

Self Defense Force soldiers and police officers search for missing people on August 21, 2014, one day after a landslide hit a residential area in Hiroshima, western JapanThousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives. Police officers, firefighters and soldiers worked through the night in a desperate bid to find 26 people reportedly unaccounted for among the sludge and rubble. Dozens of houses were buried when hillsides collapsed after torrential downpours in Hiroshima that saw more than a month's rain fall in just three hours. Noriyoshi Masaoka, a firefighter with 35 years' experience, had battled through the slurry of the initial mountain collapse to rescue five people, before going back to help more.


 
Irish peacemaker, ex-premier Reynolds dies at 81
04:50 AM, 08.21.2014

FILE - This is a Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1994. file photo of Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, right, as he stands with U.S. Vice President Al Gore at Shannon Airport, Ireland. Authorities Thursday Aug 21, 2014, said that Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, has died after a long battle with Alzheimerís disease. He was 81. Reynolds, a renowned deal-maker who made millions operating rural dance halls and a pet food company, led two feud-prone coalition governments from 1992 to 1994. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)DUBLIN (AP) — Albert Reynolds, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own governments intact, died Thursday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.


 
PM Cameron resumes holiday after crisis meetings on beheading video
04:49 AM, 08.21.2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the 'Girl Summit 2014' at the Walworth Academy in LondonBritish Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday resumed his holiday in Cornwall, a day after he rushed back to London to chair emergency meetings in response to a video purported to show a man with a British accent beheading a U.S. On Wednesday Cameron returned to London from his family holiday in the southern English county of Cornwall to discuss Britain's response to an Islamic State video which appeared to show the killing of James Foley, an American reporter captured in Syria in 2012. He said it was "deeply shocking" that a British national was likely to have been involved but ruled out a knee-jerk response to the video or sending British troops into combat in Iraq.


 
American doctor treated for Ebola released from hospital
04:48 AM, 08.21.2014

A laboratory technican of the company Icon Genetics prepares proteines from Tobacco plants (Nicotiana benthamiana) for weighing in a laboratory in HalleABIDJAN (Reuters) - An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has been released from a U.S. hospital after receiving treatment with an experimental drug, his charity said on Thursday. Kent Brantly was given ZMapp, a trial drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak, and flown to the United States this month. He was released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, according to a statement from Samaritan's Purse.


 
Indonesian police fire tear gas at poll protesters
04:45 AM, 08.21.2014

A riot police officer prepares to fire his tear gas launcher during a clash with supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto near the Constitutional Court in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Indonesian police fired tear gas Thursday to disperse protesters trying to get close to the court set to rule on a challenge to the legality of last month's elections. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Supporters of losing Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clashed with police Thursday as the country's top judges began reading a verdict on his petition to overturn the election results.


 
Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil
04:37 AM, 08.21.2014

Yasmin pushes Hana on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east LondonBy Belinda Goldsmith and Olivia Harris LONDON (Reuters) - When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand - and she started to wear a headscarf. Farooq is one of many young Muslim women living in Britain who have, for various reasons, chosen to adopt the headscarf to declare their faith to all around them, despite figures showing rising violence against visibly identifiable Muslims. For despite a common view that young Muslim women are forced to wear veils by men or their families, studies and interviews point to the opposite in Muslim minority countries where it is often the case that the women themselves choose to cover up. "I'm going to stand out whatever I do, so I might as well wear the headscarf," said Farooq, a shop assistant who also volunteers at an Islamic youth centre in Leyton, east London.


 
Report: Russia conducts checks at McDonalds
04:26 AM, 08.21.2014

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies reported Thursday that the country's food safety agency will conduct checks on McDonald's restaurants in the Urals following food safety complaints, a day after four branches of the chain were shuttered in Moscow.

 
10 Things to Know for Today
04:26 AM, 08.21.2014

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


 
UK retail sales growth falls to eight-month low, public finances weak
04:24 AM, 08.21.2014

A woman carries shopping bags as she walks along Oxford Street in central LondonBy Andy Bruce and Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - British retail sales grew in July at the slowest annual rate since November last year, while the government failed to make major inroads into a looming overshoot in public borrowing, data showed on Friday. The figures add to signs that Britain's consumer-led recovery might be starting to slow, and leave the government with a lot of catching up to do if it is to meet full-year borrowing targets in the run-up to May's national election. Monthly growth in retail sales volumes unexpectedly fell to just 0.1 percent in July, down from 0.2 percent in June and bucking forecasts for a rise to 0.4 percent. Sterling dipped slightly against the dollar after the data, while British government bonds were unmoved.


 
Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY
04:20 AM, 08.21.2014

These images provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office shows the booking photo of Stephen Howells II, left, and Nicole Vaisey, who was arraigned late Friday Aug. 15, 2014 on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand. (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting two young Amish sisters from a farm stand and sexually abusing them is due in court for a preliminary hearing.


 
AP NewsAlert
04:19 AM, 08.21.2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Aid group spokeswoman: American doctor who had Ebola will be released from Atlanta hospital.

 
Group: Justice elusive year after Syria gas attack
04:16 AM, 08.21.2014

FILE - This Aug. 21, 2013, citizen journalism image provided by the Media Office Of Douma City which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man mourning over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces, according to activists, in Douma town, Damascus, Syria. An international human rights group says on the anniversary of the deadly chemical attack outside Damascus that “justice remains elusive” for the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Media Office Of Douma City, File)BEIRUT (AP) — One year after the deadly chemical attack on rebel-held areas outside Damascus, the victims and their families have yet to see those behind the mass killings held responsible, a human rights group said Thursday.


 
Pakistani government, protest leaders discuss way out of impasse
04:13 AM, 08.21.2014

Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party Imran Khan addresses his supporters in IslamabadBy Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Leaders of Pakistani protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were talking with the government on Thursday on a way out of an impasse that has raised fears for the nuclear-armed country's political stability. Former cricket star Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and hospitals, have been leading protests in the capital, Islamabad, since last Friday. The protests have raised concern about stability in the country of 180 million people, at a time when the government is battling a Taliban insurgency and NATO troops are withdrawing from neighboring Afghanistan. Some ruling party officials have accused elements within the military of orchestrating the protests to weaken the civilian government.


 
Atlanta hospital to discuss discharge of 2 Americans who were brought there with Ebola virus
03:57 AM, 08.21.2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta hospital to discuss discharge of 2 Americans who were brought there with Ebola virus.

 
With Erdogan at helm, Turkey to choose premier
03:46 AM, 08.21.2014

FILE - This is a Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 file photo of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey. Turkish ruling party leaders are poised to choose a new party chairman and prime minister to succeed president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Party officials are convening Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 to pick a leader whom analysts say would be loyal to Erdogan, allowing the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade to keep a tight rein on government.(AP Photo/ File)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party were poised Thursday to choose his successor as party chairman and prime minister, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will keep charge as president.


 
Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza
03:38 AM, 08.21.2014

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in GazaBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group's military leadership after a failed attempt on the life of its top commander this week. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum and said they were killed in the bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah. All three were described as senior Hamas military figures. The Israeli military and Shin Bet, the internal security service, confirmed that two of the men were targeted, in what would constitute the killing of the most senior Hamas leaders since Israel launched its offensive in Gaza on July 8.


 
Israeli air strikes kill senior Hamas commanders in Gaza
03:36 AM, 08.21.2014

Palestinian emergency personnel dig through the rubble of a building destroyed in an Israeli military strike in Rafah, southern Gaza on August 21, 2014Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza on Thursday, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief. As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes continued to pound Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. The Brigades said the three were "senior commanders," identifying them as Mohammed Abu Shamala, Raed al-Atar and Mohammed Barhum, vowing to make Israel pay.


 
Pakistan holds talks with opposition protesters
03:36 AM, 08.21.2014

A supporter of Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan climbs on a pole and listens to his leader's speech during a protest in Islamabad's high-security "Red Zone," in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen. Rasheel Sharif asked the government to hold negotiations with protesters to settle a mass demonstration outside parliament, officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials held "initial" talks before dawn Thursday with representatives from two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud, the government said.


 
Ukraine's economy minister Sheremeta offers resignation
03:34 AM, 08.21.2014

Ukrainian Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta said on Thursday he had tendered his resignation and voiced frustration at not being able to push ahead with much-needed economic reform. After months of fighting in its eastern regions following the toppling of a government blighted by corruption and economic mismanagement, Ukraine's economy has contracted sharply, even with a multi-billion dollar financial lifeline from the International Monetary Fund. Sheremeta had vowed to slash red tape and eliminate corrupt practices that have helped to virtually bankrupt Ukraine when he was appointed soon after the ousting of a Moscow-backed president in February. Sheremeta's offer to resign follows comments from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Wednesday that voiced dissatisfaction with the speed and depths of reforms.

 
Germany's Infineon to buy International Rectifier for $3 bn
03:33 AM, 08.21.2014

A microchip pictured in the booth of German semi-conductor manufacturer Infineon at the Semicon expo in Dresden, Germany, on October 9, 2013German semi-conductor giant Infineon has said it will acquire its US rival International Rectifier for $3.0 billion (2.3 billion euro). "Infineon Technologies and International Rectifier announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Infineon will acquire International Rectifier for $40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3.0 billion," the German company said in a statement late Wednesday. "Infineon will benefit significantly from greater economies of scale as well as a larger regional footprint." "The combination of Infineon's and International Rectifier's products, technological and innovative excellence, as well as distributional strength will unleash great potential," said Infineon chief executive Reinhard Ploss.


 
US special ops tried but failed to find hostages
03:25 AM, 08.21.2014

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The president said the U.S. will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite Foley's brutal murder. Obama said he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.


 
US reveals failed hostage rescue operation in Syria
03:21 AM, 08.21.2014

An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 9, 2014 allegedly shows Islamic State (IS) militants on the Syria-Iraq borderThe United States said Wednesday that its special forces tried this summer to rescue American hostages held by Islamist militants in Syria. News reports quoting government officials said Wednesday the captives included James Foley, the American journalist whose graphic execution by an Islamic State (IS) jihadist was revealed in a video Tuesday. Foley was kidnapped in northern Syria in November 2012 and his grisly murder has provoked revulsion and condemnation. "This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL (IS)," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State.


 
Calm largely holds in Missouri after grand jury opens shooting investigation
03:20 AM, 08.21.2014

By Scott Malone and Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Small crowds staged largely peaceful protests late on Wednesday over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the calmest night since riots erupted over the racially charged killing. Attorney General Eric Holder met the parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown and promised his department would hold a thorough investigation into a case that has reignited a debate over the justice system's treatment of African Americans. A grand jury also began hearing evidence in the case on Wednesday, though protesters stepped up their demands that the local criminal investigation be turned over to a special prosecutor. We didn't have as many agitators and, as I said, criminals in the crowd," said Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, a black officer appointed to oversee security last week.

 
Russia extends scrutiny of McDonald's restaurants
03:15 AM, 08.21.2014

A man walks past a closed McDonald's restaurant, one of four temporarily closed by the state food safety watchdog, in MoscowBy Polina Devitt MOSCOW Russia (Reuters) - Russia ramped up its scrutiny of McDonald's restaurants on Thursday, as the state food safety watchdog began unscheduled checks in several Russian regions, a day after four branches in Moscow were shuttered by the same agency. The food safety agency cited breaches of sanitary rules by restaurants in the fast food chain, but the action came after Moscow and the West imposed tit-for-tat sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. "There are complaints about the quality and safety of the products in fast food restaurant chain McDonald's," said the regulatory agency, known in Russian as Rospotrebnadzor. It declined to comment on the scope of the planned checks.


 
 
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