World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2016-05-04T04:49:15Z World News Dozens killed in Aleppo battle #039;s Baedeen district" align="left" title="People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel held area of Aleppo's Baedeen district" border="0" />Dozens of people were killed in a day-long battle between Syrian rebels and government forces in western Aleppo that was still going on intermittently on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and combatant sources on both sides said. The combatant sources gave conflicting accounts of the outcome of the battle that began early on Tuesday in and around the Jamiyat al-Zahraa area of western Aleppo. A rebel said insurgents had managed to take some ground from the government side, while the army said the attack was repelled. Canadian wildfire forces evacuation order for entire city By Nia Williams CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of Alberta raced to evacuate the entire population of Fort McMurray where an uncontrolled wildfire was taking hold in the heart of the country's oil sands region, with dry winds forecast for Wednesday that could fuel the blaze. Alberta appealed for military help to battle the fire and airlift people from the smoke-filled city after authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order for 80,000, but officials said army and air force assistance would take two days to arrive. About 44,000 people were estimated to be on the roads, fleeing the city, while approximately 8,000 had reached an evacuation center outside Fort McMurray, officials said. U.S. gathers allies on next steps in Islamic State fight By Phil Stewart STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - The United States gathered defense ministers from 11 other countries for talks on Wednesday about ways to strengthen the campaign against Islamic State, a day after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq during an attack by the militant group. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the defense ministers that despite recent gains "this fight is far from over". "That point was brought into stark relief by yesterday's attack on Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq, which unfortunately claimed the life of an American service member," Carter said, speaking at the start of talks at the U.S. military's European Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Top prosecutor asks to investigate Brazil president: media Brazil's top prosecutor requested that President Dilma Rousseff be investigated for trying to obstruct a sweeping corruption investigation involving state-run oil firm Petrobras, local media reported late on Tuesday. An investigation could well mark the political end for the beleaguered leader of the world's seventh-largest economy as it would be the first time that Rousseff would be directly implicated in Brazil's biggest-ever graft case. The corruption scandal casts a shadow over 13 years of Workers Party rule that saw Brazil's middle class expand by some 40 million people since 2003 with the help of new social programs. Turkey approves law among final hurdles for EU visa deal Turkey's parliament has approved a law on setting up a panel to monitor discipline for law enforcement officials, one of the last hurdles remaining before the country wins visa-free access to Europe for its nationals. The 28-nation European Union depends on Ankara's cooperation to maintain a March pact that has helped stem the flow of refugees and migrants arriving from Turkey, from which more than a million people reached Greece and Italy last year. The European Commission is expected to declare on Wednesday that Turkey has broadly met the criteria for visa liberalization and to ask European Union governments and the European Parliament to approve the decision by the end of June. U.N. Yemen envoy says peace talks to resume in Kuwait on Wednesday U.N. backed peace talks to end Yemen's civil war will resume on Wednesday after they were suspended by the Yemeni government in protest at a Houthi assault on a military base in the capital Sanaa on Sunday. Buttressed by a truce which had been largely holding since April 10, the talks in Kuwait had been inching ahead before their suspension and the Houthis said Saudi Arabia had on Saturday released 40 Yemeni prisoners. "The participants will convene tomorrow, Wednesday, in a joint work session to follow up with the agreed agenda," a statement by U.N. special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said late on Tuesday. UN envoy says talks to resume in Kuwait on ending Yemen war KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The U.N. envoy trying to negotiate an end to the war in Yemen says peace talks will resume in Kuwait. Economics, sense of revenge 'pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks' #039;s official Al-Raqqa site on September 23, 2014 claims to show IS recruits marching in an unknown location" align="left" title="A video released by the Islamic State group's official Al-Raqqa site on September 23, 2014 claims to show IS recruits marching in an unknown location" border="0" />Economic concerns and the desire for a sense of purpose and revenge are the major factors pushing young Syrians into the arms of jihadist groups, a study released on Wednesday found. It found that males between the ages of 12 and 24 were most at risk of joining jihadist organisations like the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front. The Latest: Paris police, protesters scuffle over migrants BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local): Top Asian News 8:57 a.m. GMT CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday that he was likely to visit Governor-General Peter Cosgrove this weekend to lock down the date and officially start the election campaign. A heartening historical fact for Turnbull is that no Australian federal government has lost power after a single three-year term since the tumultuous early years of the Great Depression. But Australia is now in an extraordinary era of political volatility as it grapples to diversify an economy that thrived on a mining boom that has gone bust. After ships and planes, Chinese singers assert sea claims #039;s military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. Famed singer of patriotic anthems Song headlined a tour of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea's Spratly islands this week, underscoring Beijing's confidence in asserting its increasingly dominant position in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Friday, March 1, 2013 file photo, Chinese singer Song Zuying performs during the "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. Famed singer of patriotic anthems Song headlined a tour of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea's Spratly islands this week, underscoring Beijing's confidence in asserting its increasingly dominant position in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)" border="0" />BEIJING (AP) — China's military has dispatched ships and planes — even constructed new islands to assert its maritime claims. Now it's deploying a new set of tools to uphold Chinese sovereignty: Magicians, singers and actors. EU countries could face hefty fines for rejected refugees BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries that refuse to accept refugees under proposals to overhaul the EU's failed asylum laws could face large fines for each asylum seeker rejected. Southeast European business forum draws global investors SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The countries of southeastern Europe are aiming to attract more investment from international business executives gathered at a conference in Sarajevo. Independent Algerian paper faces closure threat ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Independent Algerian newspaper El Khabar is facing likely closure after the government cracked down on its ad revenue and challenged its pending sale in court. Syrian state media say rebel shelling kills 3 in Aleppo DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media say three people have been killed in renewed rebel shelling of government-held areas in the deeply contested northern city of Aleppo. Turkey on verge of completing work for visa-free travel in EU: foreign minister ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is on the verge of completing the necessary work to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the European Union, including changes required in Turkish passports, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. His comments, broadcast by NTV, came ahead of an expected declaration from the European Commission on Wednesday that Ankara has broadly met the criteria for visa liberalization as part of a deal to curb migration flows to Europe. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by David Dolan) Air raids hit east of Damascus after 'calm' expires Air strikes targeted a Syrian rebel-held area east of Damascus on Wednesday after an agreement aimed at halting the fighting there expired at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and rescue workers reported. The Observatory also reported fighting between rebel groups and government forces in the area targeted in the air strikes in the town of Deir al-Asafir in Eastern Ghouta. The Civil Defence rescue service in opposition-held areas of rural Damascus said the area had been targeted by 21 raids and simultaneous mortar fire. Three Red Cross workers kidnapped in Congo by suspected rebels Three Red Cross staff members have been kidnapped in eastern Congo in an attack blamed by a rights group on Rwandan rebels. The abductions were confirmed on Tuesday in a tweet from Dominik Stillhart, the Red Cross's director of operations, who added: "We're doing everything we can to bring them back home safely." The Congo-based Centre of Studies for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights said the three were drivers from Goma in the east of the country. It said the culprits were believed to be members of the Rwandan rebel group, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which consists of former soldiers and Hutu militiamen behind Rwanda's 1994 genocide. Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday. US Defense Sec'y Carter: Campaign against IS 'far from over' STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — The combat death of an American Navy SEAL in Iraq shows that despite recent gains against the Islamic State in Iraq, "this fight is far from over," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday. Eurozone growth in 'low gear' at start of Q2 LONDON (AP) — A closely monitored survey is pointing to waning growth in the 19-country eurozone at the start of the second quarter of the year. Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers, an army statement said. Royal Dutch Shell first quarter earnings down 58 percent LONDON (AP) — Oil company Royal Dutch Shell said first-quarter earnings plunged 58 percent as depressed crude prices create "hugely challenging times" for the energy industry. Pakistan army launches inquiry into political worker's death By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's army chief on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the death of a political activist in custody of the paramilitary Rangers force, the first known inquiry since 2013 when Rangers launched a major crime crackdown in the city of Karachi. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a secular party that has long dominated the port city of Karachi, has accused the Rangers of having carried out dozens of extra-judicial killings of party members since 2013, something the Rangers deny. Car bomb attack in southeast Turkey kills 1, wounds 6 ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack against their outpost in southeastern Turkey. Royal Dutch Shell profit slides on lower oil prices Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday announced an 89-percent drop in net profit for the first quarter, blamed on slumping oil prices, adding that investment would be lower than expected. Stripping out exceptional costs and changes to the value of Shell's oil stockpiles, profit retreated 58 percent to $1.55 billion. Shell, which recently completed a mega takeover of smaller British rival BG Group, added that it planned this year to invest less than had been forecast. Girl's gang rape in Indonesia prompts angry calls for protection Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday called for severe punishment for a group of men charged with raping and killing a schoolgirl, a case that has angered rights groups who say the government is not doing enough to protect women and children. Sexual violence is prevalent in Southeast Asia's most populous country, but gang rape is unusual. "We all grieve for (her) tragic passing," Widodo said on Twitter. Ferocious fighting in Syria's Aleppo after rebel offensive #039;s forces with a tunnel bomb" align="left" title="A coalition of opposition groups fighting under the name "Fatah Halab," or Aleppo Conquest, launched an assault on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces with a tunnel bomb" border="0" />Fierce clashes raged overnight on the edges of Syria's second city Aleppo after a major rebel offensive, an AFP correspondent said Wednesday. A coalition of opposition groups fighting under the name "Fatah Halab" -- or Aleppo Conquest -- launched the assault on President Bashar al-Assad's forces with a tunnel bomb on Tuesday. Situation still tense in parts of Syria's north Latakia, Aleppo, Damascus: RIA MOSCOW (Reuters) - The situation in Syria's north Latakia, Aleppo and in the Damascus province remains "partially tense", RIA news agency on Wednesday quoted General Sergei Kuralenko, in charge of Russia's ceasefire monitoring center in Syria, as saying. (Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov) Kiwi cops' 'running man' video goes viral A New Zealand police video of cops performing the latest "running man" Internet craze has gone viral, attracting millions of hits and prompting a response in kind from the New York Police Department. The running man challenge is a social media craze in which people video themselves dancing to the 1990s hit My Boo by the Ghost Town DJs, and challenge others to do the same. The 37-second video of North Island police performing the dance in an Auckland carpark was posted Tuesday on the force's Facebook page www.facebook.com/NZPoliceRecruitment. Yemen foes to resume face-to-face peace talks Yemen's warring parties are to resume face-to-face peace talks on Wednesday after a three-day break triggered by a walkout by the government delegation, the United Nations said. The negotiations, which began on April 21, broke off on Sunday after the government delegation quit in protest at the apparent surrender of one of the few loyalist bases in the northern mountains to Iran-backed rebels. "Participants will meet... on Wednesday in a plenary session to follow up with the agreed agenda," UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said. 9 Muslim Albanians jailed for recruiting for terror groups TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian court has sentenced nine Muslims to jail terms ranging from seven to 18 years for inciting terror, recruiting and sending more than 70 men to join rebel groups in Syria. Brazil prosecutors sue BHP, Vale for US$43 bn over mine tragedy #039;s Samarco mine dam burst that killed 19 and wreaked environmental havoc" align="left" title="Brazilian prosecutors have filed a US$43.4 billion lawsuit against mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale over last year's Samarco mine dam burst that killed 19 and wreaked environmental havoc" border="0" />Brazilian prosecutors have filed a US$43.4 billion lawsuit against BHP Billiton and Vale over the Samarco mine dam burst that killed 19 and wreaked environmental havoc. The authorities "estimate the preliminary value for repairs to be 155 billion reals," the public prosecutor's office in the state of Minas Gerais said in a statement. Brazilian-owned Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP, which co-own the Samarco iron ore facility, had already agreed to a separate settlement of US$6.2 billion with the Brazilian government in March. Iphone can be a handbag, Chinese court says in Apple case A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a case it brought against a small maker of "iphone"-branded leather goods, state media reported. Manufacturer Xintong Tiandi registered the word as a trademark for use on leather goods in 2007 and has been producing wallets, handbags and phone cases emblazoned with it ever since. Intellectual property rights have long been a bone of contention between Western countries and China, where counterfeiting is rife. Low oil prices, freight rates hit Maersk group's Q1 profits COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says first-quarter underlying profit plunged to $224 million from $1.5 billion a year earlier, with all sectors showing a drop in performance except drilling and tanker shipping services. Drought takes toll at Palau's famed Jellyfish Lake A severe drought in Palau is killing marine life at the island nation's popular Jellyfish Lake, researchers say, forcing tourism operators to cancel trips to the unique Pacific destination. The lake near the capital Koror normally provides a tranquil, otherworldly experience for tourists, mostly from China, who snorkel and float among throngs of non-stinging, golden jellyfish. Boat operators such as Sam's Tours say even that figure is optimistic, putting the numbers at 300,000 and falling. Winners of 2016 US presidential contests, by state Washington (AFP) - List of the US states and territories won by the five main Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in the 2016 White House nomination contests held since February 1: NHL Playoff Capsules NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Boyle scored at 2:48 of overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-4 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night for a 2-1 lead in their second-round series. Riding on the Dubai property roller coaster For more than 10 years Dubai property prices have been on a roller coaster, creating and wiping out fortunes, but recently they appear to have run out of steam. Last year prices fell by an average of 12 percent, according to Craig Plumb, head of MENA research at property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle. Dana Salbak, head of MENA research at Knight Frank property consultancy, put the 2015 drop in residential prices at 10 percent. 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