World News | WRHL World News 2015-10-13T11:04:30Z World News Syria's army, allies plan offensive against insurgents in Aleppo By Laila Bassam and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army along with Iranian and Hezbollah allies will soon launch a ground attack supported by Russian air strikes against insurgents in the Aleppo area, two senior regional officials told Reuters on Tuesday. Control of Aleppo city and the surrounding province in the area near the Turkish border is divided among the Syrian government, insurgent groups fighting Assad and the Islamic State group that controls some rural areas near the city. "There is a large mobilization of the Syrian army ... elite Hezbollah fighters, and thousands of Iranians who arrived in stages in recent days." Islamic State and other insurgents, including groups backed by Assad's foreign enemies, have been fighting each other north of the city in an area of territory where Turkey and the United States have been laying plans to crush Islamic State, which controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq. U.S. to raise Iranian missile test at U.N. Security Council A missile test announced by Iran over the weekend was an apparent violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution and Washington will raise the incident at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. Iran said it tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday, signaling an apparent advance in Iranian attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile arsenal. "We'll obviously raise this at the UNSC as we have done in previous launches," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, noting the test appeared to be a violation of U.N. Security resolution 1929. Blasts in northeast Nigeria's Maiduguri kill at least seven: Red Cross Blasts detonated by three suicide bombers in the northeastern Nigeria city of Maiduguri killed at least seven people on Tuesday, the Red Cross and a vigilante group member said. Explosive devices were detonated at Sajeri, a community on the outskirts of the city centre, around 8:30 p.m. local time (1930 GMT), said Ba'ana Musa, a member of a youth vigilante group that helped to evacuate people. "Seven dead bodies have been evacuated from the scene of the blasts," said a Red Cross official. Flight MH17 shot down by Russian-built Buk missile, Dutch report says By Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling GILZE-RIJEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded on Tuesday in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch. A bitter war was raging in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces when the aircraft was downed and, amid a huge international outcry, many Western experts and governments immediately blamed the rebels. This fits the kind of warhead installed in the Buk surface-to-air missile system," said Safety Board head Tjibbe Joustra, presenting the report. Palestinian 'Day of Rage' attacks kill three: Israeli police By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said, on a "Day of Rage" declared by Palestinian groups. With the worst unrest in years in Israel and the Palestinian territories showing no sign of abating, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting of his security cabinet to discuss what police said would be new operational plans. Officials said Israel's public security minister was considering whether to seal off Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, home of many of the assailants of the past two weeks, from the rest of the city. Washington Post reporter held in Iran angry, depressed, brother says Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter jailed in an espionage case in Tehran, heard of his conviction on Iranian state TV and is depressed and angry about being deprived of information about his case, his brother said on Tuesday. Ali Rezaian said their mother, Mary Breme Rezaian, spoke with the reporter in a room at Tehran's Evin prison on Tuesday and described him as "terribly depressed" at the way the case had been handled. Jason Rezaian, who was arrested in July 2014 and holds U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was given 20 days to appeal, the Iranian news service ISNA said on Sunday, when the verdict was announced. Brazil downs Venezuela, Argentina held in Paraguay FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — A goal from midfielder Willian after just 36 seconds helped five-time World Cup champions Brazil to a welcome 3-1 win over Venezuela's in Tuesday's second round of World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Singapore economy expands slightly in third quarter SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's economy expanded slightly in the third quarter, narrowly avoiding recession after shrinking in the previous three months, preliminary figures showed Wednesday. Chinese inflation eases, leaving room for stimulus BEIJING (AP) — Chinese inflation eased in September, giving Beijing more room to stimulate slowing economic growth if needed. Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT GILZE-RIJEN AIR BASE, Netherlands (AP) — The missile shot skyward from war-ravaged eastern Ukraine. With deadly accuracy more than six miles up, it detonated just in front of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner, sending hundreds of jagged steel shards ripping through its aluminum skin at up to 5,600 mph and shearing the cockpit from the rest of the plane. The two pilots and purser in the cockpit died instantly, and the Boeing 777 disintegrated and fell to earth, killing the rest of the 298 men, women and children aboard Flight 17 on July 17, 2014, Dutch investigators said Tuesday in a long-awaited report. Vietnam slams China over construction of lighthouses HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam on Wednesday slammed China over its construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, saying the move violates Vietnam's sovereignty and escalates tensions. Japan, China agree to promote dialogue despite UNESCO dispute Senior officials of Japan and China agreed on Tuesday to pursue high-level dialogue to mend frayed relations, a Japanese government official said. Sino-Japanese ties, long plagued by conflicting claims to an East China Sea group of islands and by the legacy of Japan's World War Two aggression against China, have thawed somewhat since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November 2014. British banker accused of HK double murder to stand trial in October 2016 The trial of a British banker accused of murdering two Indonesian women in Hong Kong last year will start in October next year, the man's lawyer said on Wednesday. The hearing will last around 20 days from Oct. 25 until Nov. 21, 2016, Rurik Jutting's lawyer Michael Vidler told reporters outside Hong Kong's High Court. Jutting, a former Cambridge graduate who worked at Bank of America Corp, did not appear in court and has yet to enter a plea. Clinton, Sanders headline 1st Democratic presidential debate Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and top rival Bernie Sanders finally squared off in the party's first debate of the 2016 campaign, with both singling out income inequality as the scourge of America. The main protagonists in the debate drama clearly emerged as Clinton and Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who has drawn huge crowds on the campaign trail. Clinton is keen to inject some excitement into her campaign and show she can rally the Democratic base from now into next year, while Sanders must test whether his "political revolution" can translate to the national stage. Asian stocks mostly lower on weak lead from US SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets extended losses Wednesday following a drop on Wall Street as investors digested weak Chinese trade data. US rights group sues over CIA interrogation tactics WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued two former Air Force psychologists who designed a CIA program that used harsh interrogation techniques to elicit intelligence from suspected terrorists, saying the pair endorsed and taught torture tactics under the guise of science. MH17 wreckage reveals horror of plane's last moments Gilze-Rijen (Netherlands) (AFP) - A partial reconstruction of a Malaysia Airlines jet made of wreckage found strewn across eastern Ukraine told the graphic story of its violent last moments after being hit by a surface-to-air missile. Dutch-led air crash investigators concluded some of the 298 people on board may have known for up to 90 seconds after the Russian-made BUK missile ripped into the left side of the cockpit that they were about to die. "The forward section of the aircraft was penetrated by hundreds of high-energy objects coming from the warhead," said the report released Tuesday by the Dutch Safety Board concluding a 15-month investigation. With Howard back in goal, US loses to Costa Rica 1-0 HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Storm clouds hover over U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. US beats Canada 2-0 to advance to playoff against Colombia SANDY, Utah (AP) — All the United States kept alive its bid to reach the Rio Olympics. ACLU sues psychologists over CIA interrogation tactics WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sued two former Air Force psychologists who designed a CIA program that used harsh interrogation techniques to elicit intelligence from suspected terrorists, saying the pair endorsed and taught torture tactics under the guise of science. Japan disaster changes Wallabies unassuming rugby hero Scott Fardy is the quiet man of an outstanding Australia backrow but four years ago his actions spoke volumes as he ignored an offer of safe passage when Japan was hit by the devastating tsunami. The 31-year-old -- who coach Michael Cheika joked had to grow a beard to get noticed at the World Cup -- told AFP the close ties he had established with local players in the Kamaishi Seawaves team persuaded him to remain and help. The undersea quake on March 11, 2011 triggered a tsunami that killed around 19,000 people and a nuclear disaster. New Zealand posts budget surplus for first time since 2008 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Wednesday posted a budget surplus for the first time since 2008, fulfilling a financial target it set itself after borrowing billions of dollars to pay for the fallout from the global financial crisis and a devastating earthquake. Rousseff accuses Brazil opposition of 'coup-mongering' By Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Tatiana Ramil SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday her opponents are trying to overthrow a democratically elected government by seeking to oust her without any material facts while spreading hatred and intolerance across Latin America's largest country. Speaking to a gathering of union leaders late on Tuesday, Rousseff said the political opposition is practicing "deliberate coup-mongering" against a "project that has successfully lifted millions of Brazilians out of poverty." Her remarks are the harshest since federal audit court TCU ruled last week that her administration manipulated accounting to disguise a swelling deficit as she campaigned for re-election last year and Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha began to analyze several requests to impeach her. Brazil's Rousseff gains time to avert impeachment By Maria Carolina Marcello and Leonardo Goy BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday won President Dilma Rousseff more time to muster votes in Congress to block opposition efforts to impeach her on charges of manipulating government accounts. Opposition parties had planned to force a vote in the lower house that could have opened proceedings to impeach the president as early as this week. Brazil's worst recession in 25 years and a huge corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras have pushed Rousseff's approval ratings into single digits and put her political survival at risk. Mexico arrests drug cartel lieutenant off coast MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico's national security commission says federal forces have arrested a top drug cartel lieutenant who is allegedly tied to several murders, including a former tourism secretary and a Venezuelan model. All Blacks appeal for France to keep it clean The All Blacks have appealed for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against France to have no repeat of the "filth" that has marred previous clashes between the rivals. There were several incidents in the bitter 2011 final including the eye-gouging of All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw, who in turn was accused of kneeing French fly-half Morgan Parra in the back. Tension started even before kick-off when Thierry Dusautoir's fired up French battalion advanced on the All Blacks during the pre-match haka, a protocol breach for which they were later fined. Guatemala ends search for victims of slide that killed 280 GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities on Tuesday called off the search for victims buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 280 people near the Central American nation's capital. John Kerry, Ash Carter meet with Australian counterparts BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with their Australian counterparts in Boston on Tuesday to discuss security and trade issues. Mexico performs first Mass in indigenous Nahuatl language MEXICO CITY (AP) — The first Mass conducted in Mexico's most prominent indigenous language has been held in the country's most important church. Kerry condemns Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday condemned terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and said that violence between Israelis and Palestinians "has got to stop." IS urges jihad on Russia, US as Syria strikes intensify The Islamic State group called on Muslims to wage jihad on Russia and the United States, as Moscow announced it had intensified its air campaign against Islamic militants in Syria. The call came as Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised Washington for refusing to cooperate with Moscow in its Syrian campaign, which is having an increasingly dramatic effect. "Russia will be defeated," IS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani said in a recording posted online, calling on "Muslims everywhere to launch jihad against the Russians and the Americans", who it said were waging "a crusader war against Muslims". Chile fires starting gun on new constitution Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced on Tuesday the beginning of a process that could lead to a new constitution for the South American country, one of the center-left leader's key electoral pledges. A "civic education" phase would run until March 2016, which would be followed by "a process of dialogue with citizens in which everyone can take part," said Bachelet in a televised speech to the nation on Tuesday evening. Although significant tweaks have been made since the return to democracy, Bachelet and others have argued that it needs to be redesigned from the ground up. World Cup loss still haunts rugby ace Burger South Africa great Schalk Burger hopes the memory of what happened to the Springboks at the World Cup four years ago will help guard against more quarter-final heartache this weekend. In 2011, South Africa dominated territory and possession against Australia only to go down 11-9 to the Wallabies in an engrossing last-eight clash in Wellington, New Zealand. Now Burger, a member of the South Africa side that won the 2007 World Cup in France, hopes there will be no repeat when the Springboks face Wales at Twickenham on Saturday. U.S., Australia rebuff China over South China Sea By David Brunnstrom BOSTON (Reuters) - In a rebuff to China, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday that the United States military would sail and fly wherever international law allowed, including the disputed South China Sea. Carter spoke after a two-day meeting between U.S. and Australian foreign and defense ministers at which the long-time allies agreed to expand defense cooperation and expressed "strong concerns" over Beijing's building on disputed islands. "Make no mistake, the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as we do around the world, and the South China Sea will not be an exception," Carter told a joint news conference. Kerry to visit Mideast in bid to calm Palestinian-Israeli tensions By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he plans to travel to the Middle East to try to calm violence between Palestinians and Israelis and move the situation "away from this precipice." The trip would mark Kerry's most direct efforts to broker peace between the two sides since talks led by the United States failed last year. Israel and the Palestinian territories are experiencing their worst unrest in years. "I will go there soon, at some point appropriately, and try to work to reengage and see if we can't move that away from this precipice," Kerry told an audience at an event sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Australia's Treasury Wine Estates buys US, British assets The world's largest listed vintner, Australia's Treasury Wine Estates, on Wednesday further boosted its reach by buying the American and British-based wine operations of drinks giant Diageo for $US600 million. Treasury, which owns major brands including Penfolds, Rosemount Estate and Wolf Blass, will tap investors for Aus$486 million (US$350 million) to help fund the deal. "The acquisition of Diageo Wine represents a highly compelling strategic and financial opportunity for TWE's shareholders," said Treasury chairman Paul Rayner. EU observers say Guinea vote valid; opposition protests By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - European Union observers gave Guinea's presidential elections a clean bill of health on Tuesday despite protests by opposition supporters who accuse President Alpha Conde of rigging the vote to win a second term. The EU observer team said that logistical problems including lack of voting materials and the late opening of polling stations did not mar the overall outcome of Sunday's ballot in Guinea, which is Africa's largest bauxite producer. Early results announced by radio stations showed Conde with a sizeable lead. Nepal fuel crisis eases as gov't allows some gas sales KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's fuel crisis eased slightly as the Himalayan nation began issuing gasoline for private vehicles while also reopening a northern border crossing with China that had been damaged by April's devastating earthquake. Dominican, Haiti leaders vow to work toward easing disputes SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The leaders of Haiti and the Dominican Republic pledged Tuesday to work toward "better harmonization" regarding a thorny citizenship dispute and ease a trade squabble between the two neighbors. Dismal Dutch dumped out of Euro 2016 contention AMSTERDAM (AP) — Next year's European Championship in France was enlarged from 16 teams to 24. There still wasn't a place for the dismal Dutch. WRHL 2015-10-14T04:04:30Z