World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2014-10-25T03:44:33Z World News Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani By Humeyra Pamuk and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. The Free Syrian Army is a term used to describe dozens of armed groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad but with little or no central command. They have been widely outgunned by Islamist insurgents such as Islamic State. ... Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks By Randall Palmer, Richard Valdmanis and Scott Malone OTTAWA/HAMILTON Ontario (Reuters) - Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals. Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined a crowd at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was shot by a troubled and drug-addicted convert to Islam on Wednesday while on ceremonial guard at the memorial in the center of the country's ... Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday's election runoff in Brazil's closest race in decades. In the final television debate of a bitter campaign, leftist President Dilma Rousseff and pro-business opposition candidate Aecio Neves sparred over who was best suited to restore growth to a stagnant economy, fight inflation, bring down rents and deal with open sewers in Brazilian cities. ... U.S. says Palestinian-American killed by Israeli forces RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian-American youth during clashes on Friday, the U.S. State Department said, calling for a quick and transparent investigation. Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat of government in Ramallah. An Israeli army spokesman told Reuters Israeli forces "managed to prevent an attack when they encountered a Palestinian man hurling a molotov cocktail at them on the main road next to Silwad. They opened fire and they confirmed a hit. ... Coal mine accident in far west China kills 16: Xinhua SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting the poor safety standards in the world's biggest coal producing country. The accident occurred in the regional capital of Urumqi on Friday night when 33 workers were underground, the report said citing local officials. Eleven workers were injured and six escaped, it added. The report did not identify the name of the coal mine and said the cause of the accident is being investigated. ... Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the Indian press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate. Modi said he wanted to strengthen ties with journalists and thanked them for reporting on a 'Clean India' campaign he launched recently by taking a broom to a rubbish-strewn street in New Delhi. "The prime minister cannot pick up the broom alone," Modi told invited journalists in New Delhi. ... Zimbabwe 179-5 at tea on 1st day of 1st test DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Opener Sikandar Raza struck 51 on Saturday to steer Zimbabwe to 179-5 at tea on the first day of the first test against Bangladesh. Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall. Qais Jebali swiftly made espressos behind the bar and explained why no one in the gritty neighborhood of Tadamon cared about the upcoming elections. Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since Oct. 15. Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group. England beats Samoa 32-26 in Four Nations opener BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Sam Tomkins' 70th minute try helped England hold on against underdogs Samoa 32-26 in the opening match of rugby league's Four Nations tournament on Saturday. Two dead in US school shooting after online warnings A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life. Terrified classmates dived for cover as the gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington. We want to make sure we do this right and have all of the right answers," local police spokesman Robb Lamoureux told a press conference late Friday. As with previous such shootings, the episode revived debate on gun control, even though the gun involved was legally acquired. Afghan president visits Saudi Arabia KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday made his first overseas trip since taking office, fulfilling an election promise to undertake a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since Oct. 15. Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has hanged a woman convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her. Marquez grabs pole for Malaysian MotoGP Recently crowned world champion Marc Marquez will start on pole position for Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP, surpassing the record for the most poles in a single season. The Spanish Repsol Honda rider clocked a record lap time of one minute 59.791 seconds in Saturday qualifying at Sepang, 0.182 seconds ahead of his team-mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa. It was Marquez's 13th pole of the year, breaking the previous record of 12 front-row starts in a season jointly held by Australians Mick Doohan and Casey Stoner. In third place was Yamaha's two-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo in 2 minutes 0.203, while Germany's Stefan Bradl and Italy's Andrea Dovizioso qualified fourth and fifth respectively. Le Minh Thai, Vietnam war photographer, dies in US SAN DIEGO (AP) — Le Minh Thai, a photojournalist who covered the Vietnam War for The Associated Press and Time Life, has died. He was 93. Olesen leads Perth International 3rd round lead PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thorbjorn Olesen's bunker shots and putting helped him grind out a 5-under 67 Saturday to lead the Perth International golf tournament by three strokes after the third round. Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since Oct. 15. Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since Oct. 15. Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign Iran executed Saturday a 26-year-old woman who had spent five years on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official, defying international pressure to spare her life. Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn, the official IRNA news agency quoted the Tehran prosecutor's office as saying. Amnesty International said in a statement issued late Friday that Jabbari, an interior designer, was due to be executed for the 2007 stabbing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. Jabbari's mother was allowed to visit her for one hour on Friday, Amnesty said, a custom that tends to precede executions in Iran. WTA plans World Cup teams event SINGAPORE (AP) — The WTA is considering setting up its own World Cup team event, separate from the existing Fed Cup organized by the ITF. Beale not wanted for Wallabies tour squad SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Rugby Union says recently-disciplined backline star Kurtley Beale will not join the Wallabies for their November tour to Europe. Expert: 8,000 more Rohingya flee Myanmar YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit Rohingya advocacy group Arakan Project, said an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since Oct. 15. Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement gets computer game makeover How do you defend yourself against scores of tear gas wielding police while manning the barricades at Hong Kong's protest camps? "Yellow Umbrella" has been downloaded more than 40,000 times from Google Play's store since its release on Monday, the game's developers told AFP, although it has yet to receive approval from Apple and is noticeably absent from Google's online store in mainland China. "They (the protesters) like Guan Yu very much because they want to resolve the problem but they don't know how to do it. Scottish Labour leader Lamont to quit Edinburgh (AFP) - Johann Lamont will quit as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, she revealed Saturday, suggesting that the party was too focussed on Westminster and not on Edinburgh. Brazil poll rivals clash over corruption claim Brazil's presidential candidates clashed over corruption allegations in a final debate, as incumbent Dilma Rousseff rejected a report that she knew about a kickback scheme at state oil giant Petrobras. The last debate before Sunday's run-off election was heated from the start as the report in conservative newsweekly Veja dominated opening exchanges before the candidates moved on to the economy and political reform. Center-right challenger Aecio Neves demanded to know what his leftist rival knew about Veja's claim that she and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva were personally aware of embezzlement within Petrobras, whose board Rousseff once chaired. "Veja magazine has presented no proof -- this magazine has a habit of trying to pull off an electoral coup right at the end of campaigning," Rousseff stormed as both candidates prepared to field questions from undecided voters from around the country. South Koreans trying to launch anti-North leaflets clash with border residents By Ju-min Park PAJU South Korea (Reuters) - A planned launch of balloons by South Korean activists to send leaflets to North Korea on Saturday with messages critical of its leader turned into a clash with residents of the border area who said the move will threaten peace between the Koreas. Hundreds of residents of the city of Paju near the heavily militarized border turned up in a show of force, many elderly farmers and some driving tractors aimed at blocking roads, to try and stop the launch of the leaflets by anti-North groups. ... Zimbabwe 77-2 at lunch on 1st day of 1st test DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores at lunch Saturday on the first day of the first cricket test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium: Israel troops kill US-Palestinian teen in West Bank Washington confirmed that a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops was a US citizen -- the second time this week an American child has fallen victim to the ongoing conflict. An army spokeswoman said troops posted at the village of Silwad to protect a major road widely used by Jewish settlers in the occupied territory spotted a person about to hurl a petrol bomb. Palestinian officials named the youth as Orwa Hammad, 17, saying he was shot during a stone-throwing protest against troops, a regular occurrence at Silwad, near Ofra settlement. US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US "expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a US citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces". Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An expert on Rohingya Muslims says a growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in less than two weeks. Chris Lewa, director of the The Arakan Project, says an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since October 15. Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama' Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama. I will never change this name," the shy 35-year-old said in a refugee camp in Suruc, just inside Turkey. The family started their exodus almost a month ago, following some 200,000 Kurds who have already entered Turkey to escape the IS onslaught on Kobane. War-scarred Ukraine counts down to key vote Ukraine voters will go to the polls Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament, after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro-Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex-Soviet state. Campaigning ended on Friday for the polls called by President Petro Poroshenko in August. Poroshenko is under pressure to purge parliament of lawmakers tied to the old regime of Viktor Yanukovych, ousted in February after a wave of bloody protests. Russian President Vladimir Putin -- accused of stirring up the uprising after seizing Crimea in the wake of his ally's ouster in Kiev -- said he respected Ukraine's territorial integrity but questioned how its frontier with Russia was set. Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An expert on Rohingya Muslims says a growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in less than two weeks. Chris Lewa, director of the The Arakan Project, says an average of 900 people per day have been piling into cargo ships parked off Rakhine state since October 15. Australia's Murdaca leads Asia-Pacific by 9 shots MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Antonio Murdaca shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to open a commanding 8-shot lead heading into the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship. Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT BEIJING (AP) — A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, China's official news agency said Saturday. Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster that struck just before midnight Friday in Tiechanggou township outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi. Outgoing president's party leads Uruguay contest MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The political party of outgoing President Jose Mujica, who gained international notice for social reforms such as legalization of marijuana and gay marriage, leads going into Sunday's election to replace him but victory is far from assured. Japan's Machida wins Skate America short program HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Jason Brown was all revved up, ready to put on a show for his home crowd. Falcons 'host' Lions at Wembley Stadium in London LONDON (AP) — It's a long flight to England, and it'll be an even longer flight back for whichever team loses at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. 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