World News | WRHL World News 2016-08-25T06:42:43Z World News U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. "They did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots and the reason for that is... they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation," spokesman Peter Cook told reporters. Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States. Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive By Humeyra Pamuk and Umit Bektas KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances. Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered Jarablus, one of Islamic State's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border, on Wednesday. Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns By Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster. "People like myself have lost everything, but at the same time the fact that we have survived means we have to move forward one minute at a time," said Alessandra Cioni, 45, who managed to crawl out of her crumpled house after the quake. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to rebuild the shattered houses and said he would renew efforts to bolster Italy's flimsy defenses against earthquakes that regularly batter the country. Poverty will hobble Colombia's anti-drugs push after peace deal By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta TACUEYO, Colombia (Reuters) - Jose Toconas picks at branches hanging in rows from the roof of his marijuana drying house and smells their spiky flower buds. In two days he will strip them from their stems, trim the dark green florets into neat little balls and hand them over to dealers working with Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "This doesn't make me a drug dealer. Exclusive: Chinese-Mexican man at center of $205 million seizure could be extradited to Mexico in days - lawyer By Joel Schectman and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Chinese-Mexican businessman accused of drug trafficking could be handed over by U.S. authorities to Mexican authorities as early as next week as he has nearly exhausted his legal options, ending a years-long extradition battle, his lawyer told Reuters. Zhenli Ye Gon's July 2007 arrest in the United States and the seizure of $205 million in cash at his Mexico City home several months earlier, played a role in high-profile money laundering investigations by U.S. authorities at the British banking giant HSBC and the Las Vegas Sands Corp. casino company. U.S. prosecutors charged Ye Gon, the former owner of the now defunct Mexican pharmaceutical wholesaler Unimed Pharm Chem, with importing chemicals that cartels allegedly used to produce the illegal drug methamphetamine. Gun, bomb attack on American University in Kabul kills 13 By Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including students and a professor, were killed in an attack on the American University in Kabul that had students leaping from the windows in panic, the Afghan government said on Thursday. The attack began on Wednesday evening with a large explosion from what officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire, as suspected militants stormed into the complex where foreign staff and pupils were working. It ended early on Thursday when two gunmen were shot dead by Afghan special forces who surrounded the walled compound and worked their way inside, interior ministry officials said. Sarkozy tells comeback rally he would ban burkini across France By Ingrid Melander CHATEAURENARD, France (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday he would impose a nationwide ban on burkinis if elected back to the presidency in 2017, positioning himself as a strong defender of French values and tough on immigration. Hundreds of supporters waving French flags chanted "Nicolas! Nicolas!" and applauded as Sarkozy, a conservative president from 2007 to 2012 before losing an election to Socialist Francois Hollande, promised to protect the French people. "I will be the president that re-establishes the authority of the state," Sarkozy told a crowd of more than 2,000 packing a sports hall in Chateaurenard, a Provence town where his Les Republicains beat the far-right Front National (FN) in regional elections last year. Israel rejects immunity for indicted UN engineer in Gaza UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel is rejecting a United Nations request for diplomatic immunity for a Palestinian engineer who worked for the U.N. in the Gaza Strip and is accused of assisting the territory's Islamic militant Hamas rulers. Ryan Lochte nabs new sponsor after Speedo, others dump him NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte has a new sponsor — Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops — that says people should give the swimmer "a second chance" after he fell from corporate grace following a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics he tried to pass off as a robbery. Rio police charge Lochte with false report of robbery RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Guatemala mayor arrested over mudslide that killed 280 A mayor of a Guatemalan village was arrested Thursday for allegedly ignoring warnings ahead of a mudslide that engulfed a community in 2015, killing 280 people. Victor Gonzalo Alvarizaes Monterroso, mayor of the village of Santa Catarina Pinula, to the west of the capital Guatemala City, was arrested on a charge of negligent homicide, a spokeswoman for the state prosecutor's office told reporters. A section of earth detached and covered a district of the village called El Cambray II. Reed, Laird share early lead at Barclays FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed didn't break anything Thursday except par. Shabaab gunmen attack beach restaurant in Mogadishu Shabaab jihadists attacked a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, setting off a car bomb before exchanging fire with security forces, an AFP correspondent said. The Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group claimed responsibility for the attack through the website of their Andalus radio station. The Banadir Beach Restaurant near Lido beach is a popular eatery frequented by young people and Somali officials. Ecuador president: Swedish prosecutor to interview Assange QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa says a Swedish prosecutor will interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange inside the South American country's embassy in London. 28 sentenced to life for Argentine dictatorship crimes An Argentine court sentenced 28 people to life in prison Thursday for torturing and killing opponents of the country's 1976-1983 military regime at a secret detention center. Menendez, 89, was already serving 11 life sentences for human rights abuses committed at the infamous facility in the central province of Cordoba. Menendez showed no remorse during the trial, telling the court there was "never repression of any kind" at the detention center. Top Asian News 10:42 p.m. GMT SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis are picking up passengers in Singapore. Select members of the public began hailing free rides Thursday through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it is the first to offer rides to the public. It beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks. The service is starting small — six cars now, growing to a dozen by the end of the year. Russian convicted in masterminding global online theft ring SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury convicted the son of a Russian lawmaker Thursday of hacking into U.S. businesses to steal credit card information and orchestrating an international online theft scheme that netted him millions of dollars. England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour England are to go ahead with their tour of Bangladesh, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Thursday. "We can confirm that @englandcricket's tour of Bangladesh will continue as planned," said a statement on the ECB's official Twitter feed. The future of the tour was thrown into doubt when an attack in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, saw 20 hostages killed, including nine Italian citizens, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility. Stenson withdraws with pain in his knee FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — British Open champion Henrik Stenson has withdrawn from The Barclays with pain his right knee. Brazil's Senate begins Rousseff's impeachment trial By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate began the trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday after a lengthy impeachment process that has paralyzed the politics of Latin America's largest nation and is expected to culminate in her removal from office next week. Thursday's session, presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, heard witnesses for and against Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, who is charged with breaking budget laws. The leftist leader, whose popularity has been hammered by a deep recession and immense corruption scandal since she won reelection in 2014, will appear before the 81 senators on Monday to defend herself. With Couples out, but Daly's debut highlights Boeing Classic SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — For a change, Fred Couples won't be receiving the most attention and the largest galleries when the Boeing Classic tees off Friday at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Aftershocks rattle Italian quake zone; toll rises to 250 PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) — As the search for survivors ground on, Premier Matteo Renzi pledged new money and measures Thursday to rebuild quake-devastated central Italy amid mounting soul-searching over why the seismic-prone country has continually failed to ensure its buildings can withstand such catastrophes. Colombia's president rushing vote on deal with rebels BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president is moving quickly to hold a national referendum on a peace deal meant to end a half-century of bloody conflict with leftist rebels, delivering the final text of the deal to congress on Thursday and declaring a definitive cease-fire with the guerrillas. Iraq forces retake key town south of Mosul Iraqi forces on Thursday pushed the Islamic State group from Qayyarah, a northern town considered strategic for any future offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold of Mosul. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hailed the victory as a key step in the fight against IS but hours later suffered yet another political setback when lawmakers impeached his defence minister. Special forces, backed by US-led coalition air strikes, wrapped up a three-day operation to retake Qayyarah, a town located on the banks of the Tigris river. England to go ahead with Bangladesh tour despite July attack LONDON (AP) — England will go ahead with its tour of Bangladesh as scheduled later this year, despite an attack in the capital Dhaka last month by radical Islamists that left 20 people dead. Kerry outlines new Yemen peace push US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday announced a fresh international peace initiative for Yemen aimed at forming a unity government to resolve its 17-month-old conflict. "This war needs to end and it needs to end as quickly as possible," Kerry said after a meeting in Saudi Arabia with Gulf counterparts, a British minister and the UN peace envoy to Yemen. Blatter says he will accept verdict as CAS appeal begins LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter arrived for a marathon appeal hearing against a six-year ban from football on Thursday, pledging to accept the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport The Latest: UN schedules meeting to discuss role in Colombia BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on Colombia's peace deal (all times local): Olympic champion Thompson stars as Bolt skips Diamond meet LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson took center stage in the absence of her Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt in the first Diamond League meet after the Rio de Janeiro Games on Thursday. Santos orders ceasefire after Colombia seals peace deal Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered a definitive ceasefire with the FARC rebels Thursday after the two sides reached a historic deal to end their half-century conflict. With Colombia now gearing up for a decisive referendum on the deal on October 2, Santos ordered a ceasefire from Monday, ending hostilities that have killed hundreds of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes. "The armed conflict with the FARC has ended," he said in an address from the steps of Congress to applause from a crowd waving large paper cutouts of white doves. South Korea advances to international title game of LLWS SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Seum Kwon had two home runs and three RBIs, Sangheon Park struck out nine and South Korea beat Mexico 7-0 on Thursday to advance to the international championship game of the Little League World Series. Police: 3 dead, 1 hurt in Toronto, crossbow found nearby TORONTO (AP) — Three people were killed in what Canadian police on Thursday called a homicide that may have involved a crossbow. Life's a beach: burkini ban demo held in London Many spoke of their shock at a photograph widely published by British media this week which showed a headscarved woman, surrounded by police on a beach in Nice in the south of France, who had to remove a top garment. Rosalind Hayes, a 24-year-old student, said she had found the image "very resonant". A group of three women wearing black hoods over their heads and calling themselves the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance carried a placard saying "Liberte, Egalite, Sisterhood" -- a reference to France's national motto. Blatter fights FIFA ban in marathon final appeal Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter fought to overturn his ban from football in a marathon, 14-hour appeal hearing on Thursday, in a long-shot bid at redemption after his career ended in disgrace. Blatter mounted his defence against the six-year FIFA suspension imposed over ethics violations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which typically has the final word in major sport disputes. Engulfed by corruption scandals since May of last year and the target of a criminal investigation in his native Switzerland, the 80-year-old Blatter appeared upbeat after emerging from the courthouse well into the night. US naval ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessel: official Iranian ships harassed US naval vessels in three recent incidents, including one that prompted an American ship to fire warning shots, a US official said Thursday. The incidents all occurred in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday, a day after another encounter in which a group of Iranian naval vessels with their weapons uncovered sped close to two US Navy guided-missile destroyers. The most dramatic moment in Wednesday's three events occurred when an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps boat maneuvered around two US patrol ships, the USS Squall and USS Tempest. Millman upsets top-seeded Gasquet at Winston-Salem WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — John Millman upset top-seeded Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-3 in the Winston-Salem Open quarterfinals Thursday. US warship fires warning shots at Iranian boats WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy ship fired three warning shots in the direction of an Iranian boat that was approaching another American ship head-on in the North Arabian Gulf on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, in an escalation of encounters in the region this week. The Latest: Italian premier unveils quake relief measures AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local): Health care sector pulls stock market lower again NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell in light trading for a second day on Thursday as investors sifted through a mix of earnings reports. WRHL 2016-08-25T23:42:43Z