World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2014-10-01T07:29:23Z World News Turkey mulls military action against Islamic State, coalition strikes near border By Ayla Jean Yackley and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signaled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which would broaden existing powers and allow Ankara to order military action to "defeat attacks directed towards our country from all terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria". ... Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day By Donny Kwok and Irene Jay Liu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, as demonstrations spread to a new area of the city, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government. There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of the student-led protest, whose aim has been to occupy sections of the city, including around the Central financial district, in anger at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election. ... An environmentalist's calculated push toward Brazil's presidency By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - In March 2003, three months into her tenure as Brazil's environment minister, Marina Silva gathered a half-dozen aides at the modernist ministry building in Brasilia, the capital. She told them the new government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was about to embark on a pharaonic infrastructure project for Brazil's arid Northeast. The project, a still-ongoing effort to reroute water from one of Brazil's biggest rivers, had previously been opposed by environmentalists, including Silva herself. "Instead of fighting, she was merely trying to mitigate." Lisboa would not be the last person surprised by Silva, a former rubber tapper and maid and now a frontrunner in Brazil's presidential election race. At least 10 people killed in shelling on and near school in Ukraine's Donetsk: city authorities DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, city authorities and Reuters witnesses said. There were no children among those killed in the shelling at School No. 57 on the first day of the new school year, though witnesses said the dead included a biology teacher and the parent of a child at the school. Reuters correspondents saw the bodies of three adults at the school and an additional six bodies in a burnt-out mini-van and on streets nearby. ... Japan volcano death toll rise to 48, worst in 88 years TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from Japan's volcanic eruption rose to 48 on Wednesday, the worst in 88 years, after more victims were discovered on the ash-covered summit. Military searchers resumed a recovery operation with helicopters early on Wednesday a day after officials called off rescue efforts because of poisonous gas and fears of another blast. The eruption of 3,067-metre (10,062-foot) Mount Ontake, 200 km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, blanketed the peak with a deadly rain of ash and stone as it was crowded with climbers and hikers enjoying the autumn colours. ... Russia sees chance of six-party talks on North Korea resuming MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with North Korea's foreign minister on Wednesday that he saw a possibility of six-party talks resuming on Pyongyang's nuclear programme but that it would take time. North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States began talks in 2003 with the aim of ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons but they were suspended after Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile. "The talks today confirmed that resuming the six-party talks is possible. ... Philippines seizes 15 paintings from Marcos family MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An official says the Philippine government has seized 15 paintings from the former home of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, part of efforts to recover 156 artworks included in his alleged ill-gotten wealth. Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk Wednesday, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. Blasts in Syria's Homs kill 18, most children: state media Damascus (AFP) - Twin car bomb explosions in the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday killed at least 18 people, mostly children, and wounded 40 others, state news agency SANA reported. New Polish PM signals cautious approach on euro accession By Marcin Goettig and Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said on Wednesday she would largely stick to the policies of her predecessor Donald Tusk, including a cautious approach to the question of when eastern Europe's biggest economy will join the euro. In her first major policy speech as prime minister, Kopacz tried to appeal to voters before a parliamentary election next year, casting her government as caring and focused on the interests of ordinary Polish families. ... Bomb explodes outside Spanish town hall MADRID (AP) — Spain's Interior Ministry is blaming an outlawed separatist group for a bomb explosion outside a town hall in the northwestern region of Galicia. Japan's Shinkansen bullet train turns 50 TOKYO (AP) — It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky." Former NATO chief opens strategic consultancy HELSINKI (AP) — Ex-NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen is opening a consultancy in Denmark to give strategic advice to governments, organizations and corporations. Taiwan throws support behind HK democracy demands BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan, an island that China's ruling Communist Party has long sought to bring into its fold under the same "one country, two systems" arrangement it has for Hong Kong, has thrown its support behind Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. Heavyweight South African state union demands 15 percent pay rise JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's top public health worker union said on Wednesday it wanted a 15 percent across-the-board wage increase and would begin a series of protest marches over poor government services this week. National Education Health & Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU), which has around 280,000 members, said in a statement there was a public health "crisis" in Africa's most developed economy because of government outsourcing. ... Top Asian News at 11:00 a.m. GMT HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. By raising the stakes in the standoff, the student leaders are risking another round of confrontation with the police who are unlikely to allow government buildings to be stormed. It also puts pressure on the Chinese government, which has so far remained silent and preferred to let Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying deal with the crisis. Official: School blasts kill 17, including 10 kids DAMASCUS (AP) — A Syrian official says 17 people, including 10 children, have been killed in twin explosions near a school in the central city of Homs. Islamic State beheads seven men, three women in Syria: monitor BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State beheaded seven men and three women in a northern Kurdish area of Syria, a human rights monitoring group said on Wednesday, part of what it described as a campaign to frighten residents resisting the militant group's advance. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human, Rights Rami Abdulrahman, said five anti-Islamic State Kurdish fighters, including three women, and four Syrian Arab rebels were detained and beheaded on Tuesday 14 km (8 miles) west of Kobani, a Kurdish town besieged by Islamic State near the Turkish border. ... Syrian official: 17 people killed, including 10 children, in car bombs near Homs school DAMASCUS (AP) — Syrian official: 17 people killed, including 10 children, in car bombs near Homs school. Britain drops terrorism charges against vocal ex-Guantanamo inmate LONDON (Reuters) - A British man who was once held at Guantanamo Bay will be freed from prison, police said on Wednesday, after prosecutors dropped accusations that he had attended a terrorism training camp in Syria a week before he was due to go on trial. Moazzem Begg, 46, who became a high-profile human rights campaigner after being released without charge from the U.S. military prison in Cuba in 2005, had been held for seven months in custody on charges of facilitating terrorism and possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist. ... Pakistan lawyer: British man on death row attacked ISLAMABAD (AP) — A lawyer for a mentally-ill British man on death row in Pakistan has asked authorities to keep his client in hospital after he was wounded by a prison guard. Nishikori powers to victory in opening Tokyo match Tokyo (AFP) - Kei Nishikori thrilled his home fans as the US Open finalist posted a 6-3, 6-4 opening victory over Ivan Dodig on Wednesday to reach the second round of the Japan Open. 7 arrested in Greece in migrant smuggling ring THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested seven people, including an airline pilot and a ground crew staff member, on suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto flights from Thessaloniki to other EU countries. UK drops terrorism case for ex-Guantanamo inmate LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors have dropped terrorism charges against a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a high-profile advocate for the rights of terror suspects. 'Ten civilians killed by shells' in Ukraine's Donetsk Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ten civilians died in attacks in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk on Wednesday, including from a shell that hit a school on the first day of class, regional authorities said, blaming pro-Russian rebels. Protesters to HK boss: Quit or we occupy buildings HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying several important government buildings. Whiff of betrayal stalks Conservative Party Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Talk of treason cast a shadow over Britain's Conservative party conference this week, where gossip raged over who might be next to defect to the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP). India boxer refuses to accept boxing bronze medal INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — India boxer L. Sarita Devi refused to accept her Asian Games bronze medal on Wednesday in protest at what she called "biased judgment" during her semifinals loss in the women's 60-kilogram class. UK police find body in hunt for missing teenager LONDON (AP) — British police searching for a missing 14-year-old girl say they have found a body, and are hunting a Latvian convicted killer seen nearby around the time she disappeared. 14 dead as holdout Iraq tribe repels jihadists Baghdad (AFP) - A jihadist attack on an Iraqi tribe that has held out for weeks against Islamic State militants has left at least seven dead on either side, police and medics said Wednesday. Philippines won't send troops to unclear mission MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president said Wednesday his government would no longer deploy peacekeepers in "impossible" missions like the Golan Heights, where Filipino forces came under attack by Syrian insurgents. Gunmen wound Saudi policeman in Shi'ite Muslim stronghold: agency DUBAI (Reuters) - Gunmen shot and wounded a Saudi policeman in the eastern part of the kingdom, state news agency SPA reported late on Tuesday, in an attack that highlights the volatile situation in the area ahead of the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage. The attack came days after the fatal shooting of a Shi'ite activist in the same town in Eastern Province, which is home to a large number of the country's Shi'ite Muslim minority and has seen protests against the Sunni Muslim al-Saud ruling family. ... Defiant protesters gather in Hong Kong on China's national day Hong Kong (AFP) - Huge crowds of pro-democracy protesters from all walks of life gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday in defiant mood on China's National Day as support for the movement spread around the world. Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48 OTAKI, Japan (AP) — One body recovered near the volcano's summit was in a squatting position and had to be dug out of a thick layer of ash. Another was caught between huge boulders bigger than large refrigerators. Police who recovered a dozen bodies on Wednesday portrayed a painful scene of death around the summit where hikers enjoying a weekend autumn hike were caught by the mountain's surprise eruption. Former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic accuses prosecutors of lying By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic accused prosecutors of lying about his role in Bosnia's descent into civil war to make up for a lack of evidence as he took the floor to wrap up his defense at the end of his long-running genocide trial. Prosecutors are seeking the maximum penalty of life imprisonment against Karadzic , 69, a leading political figure during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia that left 100,000 dead. ... Turkey may let foreign troops use its bases in Islamic State campaign ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey may send troops into Syria and Iraq and allow foreign soldiers to use its bases for cross-border incursions against Islamic State militants, according to a government proposal to be debated by parliament on Thursday. The advance by Islamic State fighters to within clear sight of Turkish military positions on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to take a more robust role in the U.S.-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the insurgents. ... WRHL 2014-10-01T12:29:23Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505