World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2014-08-20T11:21:30Z World News U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley Foley, 40, was beheaded by an Islamic State militant in a video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the execution and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens. Gaza war rages on, Hamas says Israel tried to kill its military chief By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed. Palestinians launched more than 180 rockets on Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly at southern Israel, with some intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, the military said. Israeli aircraft have carried out more than 100 strikes in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon said, the military adding it was "targeting terror sites". Hamas and medical officials said 23 people had died in the latest Israeli raids, including Deif's wife and seven-month-old son. Thai junta leader appointed PM by hand-picked parliament By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics. The army seized power on May 22 in a bloodless coup following six months of sometimes deadly street protests that contributed to the ousting of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose populist government was opposed by the Bangkok royalist establishment. Although Prayuth's appointment paves the way for an interim government to be set up in the coming weeks, power will remain firmly in the junta's hands. The premier position will give him legal power in the Thai governance system," Gothom Arya, a lecturer in human rights studies at Mahidol University, told Reuters. Dozens die in Ukraine in street battles, Donetsk shelling By Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Heavy shelling hit residential neighborhoods in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought street battles in other towns on Wednesday as they sought to crush a four-month-old separatist rebellion. The forces of the Western-backed Kiev government are steadily gaining the upper hand over the separatists in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine and are tightening the noose around the main rebel bastions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country By Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said the Afghan government's move was a "significant step backward for the freedom of the press in Afghanistan and should be reversed immediately". Brazil's Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending Brazil's October elections and threatening the ruling Workers' Party's 12-year hold on power. Silva, until now a vice-presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, accepted its nomination to top the ticket after candidate Eduardo Campos, a former governor and rising political star, was killed in a plane crash last week. Silva pledged to build a more prosperous Brazil and slammed the performance of incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, who has overseen four years of lackluster growth and high inflation in a previously booming economy. Silva reaffirmed her commitment to fiscal responsibility, inflation targeting and a floating exchange rate, the so-called "tripod" of economic policies that gave Brazil stability after a period of rampant inflation and erratic growth in the 1990s. Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of an American journalist in Syria, for all its horror, appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach. China tries 5 cult members for murder BEIJING (AP) — Five people went on trial Thursday for allegedly beating a woman to death in a McDonald's outlet in eastern China after they unsuccessfully tried to recruit her into their cult, a court said. Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta-appointed legislature has nominated the country's military ruler to be the next prime minister. The assembly voted unanimously Thursday to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the post during a session in Bangkok. Brazil expands labor rights for domestic workers RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nivea dos Santos got her first job as a live-in maid at age 12, dusting, vacuuming, ironing and polishing the silver of a wealthy Rio de Janeiro family from dawn until she'd fall, exhausted, into bed. More than two decades later, Brazil has passed legislation aimed at preventing such abuses. Petrobras worker dies from burns in refinery explosion A worker severely burned in an accident at a Petrobras refinery in the Brazilian city of Manaus died of his injuries on Wednesday, union officials representing workers at the company said. The Brazilian union for petroleum workers, FUP, said the tragedy highlighted the worsening working conditions at Petrobras plants, saying the accident was the sixth in a week at different refineries run by Brazil's state-run oil company. The worker, Antonio Rafael Santana, 26, suffered first, second and third degree burns to 75 percent of his body after gasses from a water and oil waste pool at the Reman Refinery ignited while he was inspecting a faulty pump, the union said. Petrobras said that company was extending assistance to Santana's family and had installed a committee to investigate the accident. Thailand's junta-appointed legislature nominates country's army ruler as next prime minister BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's junta-appointed legislature nominates country's army ruler as next prime minister. US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Growth in China manufacturing weakens in August HONG KONG (AP) — Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus. Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active and retired duty officers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role. Pan Pacs: Injured Franklin struggles on 1st day GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — World champion Missy Franklin failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final after making a late decision to compete despite a sore back on the opening morning of the Pan Pacific championships. US women score 3 in 2nd half, beat Switzerland 4-1 CARY, N.C. (AP) — Megan Rapinoe scored just three minutes into the game, and the United States got three goals in the second half to beat Switzerland 4-1 Wednesday night. Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' as US reveals failed rescue US President Barack Obama demanded Wednesday the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, as Washington revealed it had failed in an operation to free US hostages in neighboring Syria. It came a day after the so-called "Islamic State," which has seized much of eastern Syria and northern Iraq, released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion and condemnation. Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active and retired duty officers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role. Bouchard, Wozniacki upset at Connecticut Open NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Third-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark both suffered straight-set upsets Wednesday in the second round of the Connecticut Open. Ref admitted Test blunders, says All Blacks coach All Blacks coach Steve Hansen Thursday said referee Jaco Peyper admitted a series of blunders during last week's record-denying Test draw with Australia -- but added it was no excuse for his team's poor performance. Coach Steve Hansen, who sought a meeting with the South African whistleblower after the 12-12 draw in Sydney, said Peyper "put his hand up" and confessed he was wrong with one yellow card and several free kicks. Hamas warns foreign airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv A Hamas warning to foreign airlines to halt flights into Tel Aviv was to take effect Thursday as a six-week war with Israel spiralled into further bloodshed after truce talks collapsed. The warning came as Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes across Gaza again on Wednesday in response to multiple rocket attacks on southern Israel, as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed. The UN Security Council later urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting truce in Gaza. Isner cruises in 3rd-round match WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner made short work of his third-round match Wednesday in the Winston-Salem Open, beating Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 7-6 (7-3). Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM Turkey's ruling party meets on Thursday to choose a new leader and premier to succeed incoming president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu the overwhelming favourite for the job. The executive committee of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will meet in Ankara at 1100 GMT to agree a successor for Erdogan, who has transformed Turkey since first becoming prime minister in 2003. The press has been abuzz for days with reports that Davutoglu was favoured for promotion and outgoing President Abdullah Gul, in comments Tuesday, appeared to leave the issue in no doubt. "As far I understand, Ahmet Davutoglu will be the next head of government," Gul told the media at his last reception at the presidential palace in Ankara. Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active duty soldiers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role. Aussies on a high ahead of New Zealand rematch WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — After denying the All Blacks one record, the Wallabies will attempt to deprive them of another of more powerful and personal significance in the second Bledisloe Cup rugby test at Eden Park on Saturday. Indonesia's highest court to decide on election challenge By Kanupriya Kapoor and Fransiska Nangoy JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's highest court is widely expected on Thursday to uphold last month's hotly contested presidential election, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader of the world's third largest democracy. Losing candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked the Constitutional Court to overturn the election result, saying the vote was tainted by mass fraud. The court has never overturned the result of a presidential election. Uncertainty over the election has delayed at least one major economic reform policy, as the outgoing government awaits the verdict before launching talks with Widodo's transition team on how to address ballooning fuel subsidy costs. Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say U.S. officials By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President Barack Obama is unlikely to deepen military involvement in Iraq or Syria and will instead stay the course with U.S. US routs Dominicans in exhibition as Rose rests NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose heard the fans chanting his name, and yes, he would've loved to give them what they wanted. Venezuela's president pays visit to Fidel Castro HAVANA (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a belated birthday visit to Fidel Castro, the former Cuban leader revealed in one of his regular columns. Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active duty soldiers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role. Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active duty soldiers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role. Jedinak, Cahill among 20-man Australian squad SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Mile Jedinak and 71-cap veteran Tim Cahill were among 12 members of the World Cup squad named Thursday by coach Ange Postecoglou for matches against Belgium and Saudi Arabia in September. Brazil Socialists pick new candidate, target Rousseff Brazil's Socialist party named popular environmentalist Marina Silva its presidential candidate Wednesday, reshaping the political landscape after her late running mate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash last week. Campos's death has radically transformed the outlook for the October vote, possibly setting up Silva, his former vice presidential candidate, to unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in a runoff, according to the latest poll. "Our proposals seek a more just, economically prosperous and socially fair, politically democratic and environmentally sustainable Brazil," added Silva, whose life story is one of astounding personal mobility. Socialist lawmaker Beto Albuquerque was named the party's new vice presidential candidate. U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria The mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on U.S. The incident, in which a number of militants were killed, appeared to be the first direct ground engagement between the United States and Islamic State militants, seen by Obama as a growing threat in the Middle East. Australian junior banned for 1 year for drug use ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia's top-ranked junior player has been banned for a year by a Tennis Australia tribunal for taking the party drug ecstasy. Franklin misses 200 freestyle final at Pan Pacs GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — A sore back has already caused problems for Missy Franklin at the Pan Pacific championships, with the world champion missing qualification for the final of the 200-meter freestyle. Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. The legislature, hand-picked by the junta and dominated by active duty soldiers, is expected to hold a vote in Bangkok on Thursday nominating Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to the new role. WRHL 2014-08-21T04:21:30Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505