World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2014-10-30T01:58:21Z World News Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist By Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising. The Al-Aqsa compound, or Temple Mount, a holy site at the heart of the latest violence, was shut down for almost an entire day to all visitors as a security precaution. It was the first full closure of the site, venerated by both Jews and Muslims, in 14 years. Late on Thursday Israeli police reopened the complex. ... Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State By Humeyra Pamuk and Omer Berberoglu SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide. ... Protesters demand Burkina Faso president quit, burn parliament By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the ousting of Burkina Faso's veteran President Blaise Compaore faced off with security forces outside the presidential palace after burning parliament and ransacking state television on Thursday. At least three protesters were shot dead and scores were wounded by security forces, emergency services said, as the vast crowd tried to storm the home of the president's brother and overran other state buildings. ... Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel's Netanyahu 'damaging' WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an unnamed official in The Atlantic, which added to tensions between his government and the Obama administration, particularly over settlement building in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem. ... Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least nine members of Niger's security forces were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabéry region near the border with Mali, the government said. "Terrorist elements carried out simultaneous attacks in Tillabéry. Five policemen, two gendarmes and two national guards were killed," it said in the statement signed by the West African state's defense and interior ministers. The statement gave no further details. ... Ukraine, Russia, EU likely to agree gas supply deal on Thursday: officials By Alastair Macdonald and Pavel Polityuk BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia, Ukraine and the European Union are likely to conclude an accord on Thursday that would see Moscow resume gas supplies to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter, EU and Ukrainian officials said. Russian negotiators, who broke off three-way talks overnight saying a deal depended on firmer EU commitments to Kiev to help it pay, were flying back to Brussels from Moscow to continue the trilateral discussions in the evening, Russian sources said. ... Father of missing Cuban migrant searching for son MIAMI (AP) — For two days, Lazaro Allegue has scoured the waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and combed the thick brush on nearby keys in search of his son. Situation in Syria is 'appalling,' getting worse: U.N. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The humanitarian crisis in Syria is getting worse as all parties to the war, including forces aligned with the government and Islamic State militants, show "callous disregard" for millions of suffering civilians, the United Nations said on Thursday. The comments from Kyung-wha Kang, U.N. assistant secretary-general and deputy emergency relief coordinator, came during a monthly briefing for the Security Council on compliance with U.N. demands for greater aid access across Syria, now in its fourth year of civil war. ... IndyCar to run 17 races over 5 months next season INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar will have 17 races next season and two new venues as part of a 2015 schedule that begins on a street course in Brazil in March and wraps up at the end of August on the road course at Sonoma. Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup. Burkina president declares emergency, calls for end to protests DAKAR (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore declared a state of emergency on Thursday and pledged to open talks with the opposition, local radio reported, in a bid to defuse protests sparked by his attempt to extend his 27-year rule. "A state of emergency is declared across the national territory. The chief of the armed forces is in charge of implementing this decision which enters into effect today," said the statement read by a presenter on Radio Omega FM. "I dissolve the government from today so as to create conditions for change. ... US rower robbed of food, passport near Haiti SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A U.S. man who recently rowed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness about HIV testing has been robbed off Haiti's north coast. British navy arrives to 'kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone' Freetown (AFP) - A British navy mission said it was nervous but ready "to see that Ebola is kicked out" as it arrived in Sierra Leone Thursday to treat victims of the deadly virus. Norway to send training troops to Iraq HELSINKI (AP) — Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there. Another 75 Norwegian soldiers will go to Afghanistan next year. South Africans mourn sport deaths JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week. Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said. Family of held Egypt activists on hunger strike CAIRO (AP) — The mother and sister of two jailed pro-democracy Egyptian activists are on hunger strike to press demands for their release and show solidarity with other activists detained for breaking a draconian law on street protests. Chinese bank to finance Montenegro highway PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's government has signed a loan deal with a Chinese bank to build a stretch of highway to neighboring Serbia, the latest Chinese investment project in the Balkans. New UN envoy on Syria briefs Security Council UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outspoken new U.N. envoy on Syria said Thursday he is pursuing an "action plan" that involves freezing the conflict in certain areas, possibly starting with Aleppo, to allow for humanitarian aid and local steps of a political process toward wider peace. Rodgers plays down Balotelli concerns London (AFP) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said on Thursday he had "no concern" about Mario Balotelli's on-field conduct following two incidents involving the striker during the League Cup win over Swansea City. Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden JERUSALEM (AP) — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest. Vatican: Tourists harming Sistine Chapel frescoes VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says the Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes are starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day. Israel reopens Al-Aqsa mosque compound: police Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel decided Thursday evening to reopen Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound to Muslims hours after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in. Sri Lanka court sentences 5 Indians to death COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court on Thursday sentenced five Indian fishermen and three locals to death for smuggling narcotics. 9 Niger security forces killed in militant attacks NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Niger's military says nine security forces have been killed in three simultaneous attacks in the country near the border with Mali. No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead By Ranga Sirilal HALDUMMULLA Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in Sri Lanka ran out on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to over 100 from 300 the previous night. "I don't think there could be any survivors," Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told Reuters after visiting the disaster site in the tea-plantation village of Haldummulla, 190 km (120 miles) from the capital, Colombo. ... Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Greece probes civil servants who sent cash abroad ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are investigating more than 5,000 civil servants for potential tax offenses after they allegedly sent large cash sums out of the country during Greece's acute financial crisis. Turkish foreign ministry, Norway embassy targeted by 'suspect packages' Ankara (AFP) - The Turkish foreign ministry and Norwegian embassy in Ankara on Thursday received suspicious packages, officials said, the latest in a string of such incidents in the country. Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The foreign ministers of four Central European countries and Britain have condemned a plan by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine to hold local elections. Brazilian cycling champ banned 2 years for doping SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian cycling federation says it has suspended national road race champion Marcia Fernandes for two years for doping, virtually ending her chances of competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Israel recalls envoy after Sweden recognises Palestine: ministry Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel recalled its ambassador to Sweden for "consultations" Thursday, hours after Stockholm officially recognised the state of Palestine, the foreign ministry spokesman said. Top Asian News at 5:30 p.m. GMT PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. North Korea is always on guard against outside influences, but now that it perceives the deadly disease to be a threat, its anxiety has reached a new level. It has banned tourists, put business groups on hold and is looking even more suspiciously than usual at every foreign face coming across its borders. London stocks end broadly flat as US news takes centre stage London (AFP) - London shares finished the day broadly flat on Thursday, with US news weighing on shares in lender Standard Chartered and miner Randgold Resources. FIFA cuts World Cup video over Crimea map MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA has expressed regret on Thursday after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed the disputed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia. Islamic State fighters kill 220 Iraqis from tribe that opposed them By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants executed at least 220 Iraqis in retaliation against a tribe's opposition to their takeover of territory west of Baghdad, security sources and witnesses said. Two mass graves were discovered on Thursday containing some of the 300 members of the Sunni Muslim Albu Nimr tribe that Islamic State had seized this week. The captives, men aged between 18 and 55, had been shot at close range, witnesses said. ... U.N. watchdog urges Israel to probe possible Gaza war crimes By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are brought to justice for any crimes, a United Nations human rights watchdog said on Thursday. A panel of independent experts urged Israel to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, stop confiscating land for their expansion, prevent violence against Palestinians and take measures to withdraw all settlers. The U.N. ... Islamic State claims to have seized gas field from Syrian army BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters in Syria claimed on Thursday to have taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs after battles with government forces. A series of photos posted on social media by Islamic State purported to show the Sha'ar gas field, the bodies of Syrian soldiers and seized weaponry, according to the SITE jihadist website monitoring service. The report said Islamic State seized five tanks, two infantry combat vehicles, machineguns and ammunition. Reuters could not independently confirm the events. ... WRHL 2014-10-30T18:58:21Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505