World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2016-07-23T02:19:21Z World News Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities in first state of emergency decree By Gareth Jones and Ercan Gurses ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan tightened his grip on Turkey on Saturday, ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions in his first decree since imposing a state of emergency after the failed military coup. Turkish authorities also detained a nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the July 15 coup attempt, the Anadolu state news agency reported. A restructuring of Turkey's once untouchable military also drew closer, with a planned meeting between Erdogan and the already purged top brass brought forward by several days. Munich gunman fixated on mass killing, had no Islamist ties By Joern Poltz and Karin Strohecker MUNICH (Reuters) - A German-Iranian teenager who shot dead nine people in Munich was a deranged lone gunman obsessed with mass killings who drew no inspiration from Islamist militancy, police said on Saturday. Seven of his victims were themselves teenagers, who police said he may have lured to their deaths via a hacked Facebook account on what was the fifth anniversary of twin attacks by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik that killed 77 people. The Munich shooting, in which a further 27 people were wounded, some seriously, was the third act of violence against civilians in Western Europe - and the second in southern Germany - in eight days. Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul attack, 80 dead By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan's mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State. Graphic television footage from the site of the attack showed many dead bodies lying on the bloodied road, close to where thousands of Hazara had been demonstrating over the route of a planned multi-million-dollar power line. "Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," said a brief statement on the group's Amaq news agency. Heavy rain in China kills at least 87, thousands evacuated Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced thousands from their homes, state media reported on Saturday. Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department. In the central province of Henan, 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 72,000 people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses, Altogether about 8.6 million people have been affected by the flooding, according state media and local government reports. Kerry to urge ASEAN to find diplomatic ways to ease South China Sea tensions By Lesley Wroughton PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will urge Southeast Asian nations in meetings in Laos next week to explore diplomatic ways to ease tensions with China over the South China Sea following an international court ruling denying China's claims. Kerry travels to Laos' capital Vientiane on Monday for meetings of foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asia Nations where tensions between China and several ASEAN members, in particular the Philippines and Vietnam, over the South China Sea is expected to dominate talks. "The Secretary will reinforce our hope that ... the parties will now turn to constructively engaging in a effort to find diplomatic ways to peacefully interact in the South China Sea," a senior U.S. official told reporters ahead of the trip. French president's support rating inches up despite Nice attack: poll French President Francois Hollande's popularity rating has inched up from a record low this month, despite the heavy criticism he has received over security matters since the Bastille Day attack in Nice, a poll showed on Saturday. Nineteen percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of Hollande, up from a record low of 18 percent in June, according to the BVA poll for Orange and Itele. The poll was conducted on July 20-21, days after a delivery man in Nice killed 84 people when he drove his truck through a crowd of revelers leaving a July 14 fireworks display on the beachfront promenade. IS attacks protest in Afghan capital, kills 80 people KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan. Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader awaits appeal ruling CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jailed opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez has angrily denounced Venezuela's government at an appeals hearing with his supporters hopeful that his nearly 14-year sentence for inciting violence will be overturned. Gunmen in Armenia release last hostages, demand president's resignation By Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armed men holed up for almost a week at a police station in the Armenian capital refused to lay down their weapons after freeing their last four hostages on Saturday, instead demanding the resignation of President Serzh Sarksyan. An unknown number of gunmen seized the police station last Sunday to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Jirair Sefilian. The gunmen killed one police officer and took nine others hostage, releasing two of them the same day and three more on Monday. Root and Woakes star as England dominate Pakistan Joe Root's double century and three wickets from Chris Woakes put England on course for a series-levelling win in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford on Saturday. Pakistan ended the second day having collapsed to 57 for four in reply to England's first innings 589 for eight declared, a huge deficit of 532 runs. Root's Test-best 254, just the sixth double hundred scored in 132 years of Test cricket at Old Trafford, saw him bat for more than 10 hours. White house condemns 'heinous' Kabul attack The White House on Saturday condemned an attack at a demonstration in Kabul that left more than 80 people dead and hundreds wounded. "We remain committed to work jointly with the Afghan security forces and countries in the region to confront the forces that threaten Afghanistan’s security, stability, and prosperity," the White House said. Argentina's ex-President Fernandez not afraid of jail BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez says she doesn't fear the prospect of jail. French leader to eye security all summer; Chunnel backs up PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande will reassess security measures once a week all summer amid fears of new violence after a deadly Bastille Day attack in Nice, and heightened French security checks were causing severe delays Saturday for those trying to cross the English Channel. Brazil police arrest man suspected of Olympics attack plans SAO PAULO (AP) — Authorities have arrested another man suspected of belonging to a group that allegedly discussed carrying out attacks during the Olympics, Brazilian police said Saturday. Ainslie steers Britain into America's Cup contention Ben Ainslie thrust Britain's America's Cup campaign into serious contention for the 35th Cup in 2017 when Landrover BAR dominated racing on the first day of the World Series in Portsmouth on Saturday. Winning two out of the three races, both in light winds, Ainslie showed audacity and opportunism in his tactics and familiarity with the Solent race track, where his team trains on a daily basis, to seize consecutive victories in the second and third races. "Morale is really high on board after today's performance but the French also had a fantastic day," said the British team's wing trimmer Paul Campbell-James. Erdogan's 'secret keeper' under fire over Turkey coup lapse Turkey's shadowy spy chief Hakan Fidan has faced an unprecedented public dressing down in the wake of the failed coup but appears set to stay on in his post -- at least for now. There has been intense speculation over the future of Fidan, head of the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and widely seen as one of Turkey's most powerful men, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said intelligence lapses had helped last week's coup. Erdogan late on Friday held a two-hour meeting with Fidan at the presidential palace but there was no statement afterwards that Turkey's top spy was to go. Pakistan in trouble at 57-4 after Root hits double century MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England rode on Joe Root's career-best 254 to declare on a massive 589-8 and Chris Woakes' triple strike left Pakistan in trouble on 57-4 at stumps in the second test on Saturday. Mexico catches drug gang leader; mayor shot to death MEXICO CITY (AP) — A mayor and a town councilman were shot to death Saturday in the conflict-ridden Indian town of San Juan Chamula, in southern Mexico. Hundreds of homes evacuated as wildfire spreads north of Los Angeles About 300 homes were evacuated as a fast-moving wildfire burned through some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) of parched land northwest of Los Angeles on Saturday, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department said. Some 300 firefighters in temperatures expected to hit highs of 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1°C) were battling the wildfire. Nearly 30 helicopters and eight fixed-winged aircraft have been deployed to try and stop the spreading blaze that is burning through chaparral and brush, according to the InciWeb site that tracks wildfires. Munich mall killer was quiet boy obsessed with killing sprees Neighbours have remembered Munich mall killer David Ali Sonboly as a quiet, helpful boy, but a more complex picture emerged on Saturday of a bullied teen who had spent many hours researching killing sprees. The 18-year-old German-Iranian, who committed suicide after murdering nine people in a bloody rampage on Friday, also loved playing violent video games and had been an admirer of another German teenager who shot dead 15 people at his school near Stuttgart in 2009. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Sonboly may have hacked into a girl's Facebook account and posted information about a fake McDonald's promotion, to lure victims to the fast-food outlet where he first opened fire. Siniakova, Siegemund advance to Swedish Open final BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Katerina Siniakova ousted defending champion Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-1 Saturday in the Swedish Open semifinals as the 20-year-old Czech chases her first WTA title. Defiant Turkey extends police powers, shutters schools after coup Turkey pushed on Saturday with a sweeping crackdown against suspected plotters of its failed coup, defiantly telling EU critics it had no choice but to root out hidden enemies. Using new emergency powers, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's cabinet decreed that police could now hold suspects for one month without charge, and also announced it would shut down over 1,000 private schools it deems subversive. A week after renegade soldiers tried to oust him with guns, tanks and F16s, Erdogan's government has detained over 12,000 people it suspects are state enemies, including almost 300 officers of the guard shielding his Ankara palace. U.S. State Department condemns attack in Kabul, offers assistance The U.S. State Department on Saturday condemned an attack at a demonstration in Kabul and offered Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani assistance in investigating the incident that killed at least 61 people and wounded more than 200. "The killers responsible for this bloodshed do not represent the future for Afghanistan and will not prevail. Attacks like these only strengthen our resolve to continue our mission in Afghanistan and deepen our support for the people and government there," said State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement. Peru's Fujimori asks for pardon ahead of presidential transition Peru's imprisoned former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori has filed a new request for a presidential pardon, the prime minister said on Saturday, five days before President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes office. It is unclear if the pardon would be decided by outgoing President Ollanta Humala, who rebuffed Fujimori's first pardon appeal in 2013, or by Kuczynski, who must govern alongside a Congress controlled by the populist party Fujimori founded. Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano said Fujimori sent the pardon request to the justice ministry. Russia's Putin tells Afghan leader ready to fight terror together: agencies Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message to Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani expressing readiness to fight all forms of terrorism together in the most active way after Saturday's bomb blasts in Kabul, Russian media cited the Kremlin as saying. Twin explosions tore through a street demonstration by members of Afghanistan's mainly Shi'ite Muslim Hazara minority in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State. "The head of the Russian state strongly condemned this cynical crime committed against peaceful citizens and reiterated readiness to continue the most active cooperation with the authorities and people of Afghanistan in fighting all forms of terrorism," Russian media quoted a Kremlin statement as saying. Police: Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings MUNICH (AP) — The gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall left nine people dead was a depression-plagued teenager who avidly read books and articles about mass killings and apparently tried to lure young victims to their deaths through a faked Facebook posting, authorities said Saturday. Dozens of Palestinians held by Israel join hunger strike Dozens of Palestinians jailed by Israel are refusing food in support of an inmate on hunger strike for 39 days over his detention without trial, the Palestinian Authority said Saturday. A PA statement said that 48 inmates have been fasting for "days", without specifying for how long, to back Bilal Kayed and two other prisoners who stopped eating 20 days ago. "Forty-eight prisoners are on unlimited hunger strike in solidarity with Bilal Kayed and the two brothers Mohammed and Mahmud Balbul," the PA's detainee affairs commission said in a statement. With a 3rd Tour title coming up, Froome turns focus to Rio MORZINE, France (AP) — Don't expect Chris Froome to indulge in big celebrations on the Champs Elysees. After effectively securing a third Tour de France title on Saturday, the Kenyan-born British rider has already turned his focus to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. One Greek among people killed in Munich attack: Greek foreign ministry One Greek was among the nine people killed in a shooting attack in Munich on Friday, Greece's foreign ministry said on Saturday. "Yesterday's tragic attack at Munich's Olympia mall unfortunately includes a Greek citizen among the innocent victims," the ministry said. "In these difficult times we express our warmest condolences to his family." The German-Iranian teenager who killed nine people and then himself in Munich had undergone psychiatric treatment and was in all probability a lone gunman who had no Islamist militant ties, German police said on Saturday. Three Turks among people killed in Munich attack: Turkish foreign minister ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Three Turkish citizens were among nine people killed in a shooting attack in Munich on Friday, Turkey's foreign minister said on Saturday. In an interview with local television station NTV, Mevlut Cavusoglu identified the Turkish victims of the attack carried out by an 18-year-old near a busy shopping mall as two teenagers and a woman. Germany is home to a large ethnic Turkish minority. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Gareth Jones) Factbox: Germany's stringent gun ownership rules Here are some facts about acquiring and owning a gun in Germany. 1. Germany has some of the "most stringent" rules around gun control in Europe, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. To own a gun in Germany, it is necessary to obtain a weapon license for which applicants must generally be at least 18 years old and show they have they have a reason for needing a weapon. Turkey to ready dossier for Gulen extradition in 10 days: Foreign Minister Turkey expects to complete within a week to 10 days a dossier requesting the extradition from the United States of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday. Cavusoglu told private broadcaster NTV in an interview the link between soldiers involved in the July 15 abortive coup and Gulen's extensive network of followers was "very clear", adding that Turkey would do all it could "politically and legally" to secure the extradition of the reclusive cleric. Turkish minister chides allies for not visiting after coup A Turkish minister chided the country's Western allies on Saturday for not sending any representatives to demonstrate their solidarity with Turks following last weekend's failed military coup. Western leaders have pledged support for Turkish democracy since the July 15 coup attempt but have also expressed concern over the scale of purges against supporters of the coup and of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Ankara says was behind it. "We are very surprised that our allies have not come to Turkey to visit even after one week has passed," Omur Celik, the minister for European Union affairs, told reporters in Ankara. Greece urges Turkey to show restraint on death penalty By George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Turkey should exercise restraint and avoid restoring the death penalty after last week's failed military coup, Greece's foreign minister said in remarks published on Saturday. Turkey abolished capital punishment in 2004, bolstering its long-running bid for European Union membership. "The winners of the internal conflict in Turkey must show magnanimity towards the defeated, (show) self-restraint and not reinstate the death penalty," Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias told Realnews newspaper in an interview released ahead of Sunday's publication. Tour win as good as the first, says Froome Chris Froome said this one feels as good as the first after all but wrapping up a third Tour de France title on Saturday. Barring an unforeseen disaster, Froome will be crowned in Paris on Sunday after the final stage finish on the Champs Elysees. "Right to the last finish line I had a lot of stress and a lot of emotion today," said the 31-year-old Briton. Munich gunman 'obsessed' with mass killings The teenager who shot dead nine people in a gun rampage in Munich was "obsessed" with mass killers like Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday. Europe reacted in shock to the third attack on the continent in just over a week, after 18-year-old David Ali Sonboly went on a shooting spree at a shopping centre on Friday in what appears to have been a premeditated attack, before turning the gun on himself. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the teenager had likely hacked a girl's Facebook account and used it to lure victims to the McDonald's outlet where he began his rampage. Doping scandal derails Putin's sports masterplan President Vladimir Putin has pumped vast sums into sport to refashion Russia's image and bolster his personal prestige, but the scandal over state-run doping threatens to obliterate any successes. The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) executive board are to hold a conference call on Sunday to discuss barring Russia from the Rio Olympics starting on August 5 over jaw-dropping doping revelations. Judo-loving former KGB agent Putin has often lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union and his determination to use sport to harness national pride has echoes in the Communist-era clashes between East and West. Gabon police charge at protesters, beat AFP cameraman Security forces in Gabon violently charged at demonstrators gathering Saturday in Libreville in the lead-up to presidential elections and beat an AFP cameraman covering the protest, a colleague said. Defying a heavy police presence, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in opposition to President Ali Bongo Ondimba's candidacy for re-election on August 26, the AFP correspondent said. Among them was presidential candidate Guy Nzouba Ndama, the former parliamentary speaker. A relieved Froome heads to Paris to secure 3rd Tour title MORZINE, France (AP) — After two crashes, a bloodied knee and even a run up legendary Mont Ventoux, a relieved Chris Froome can cruise into Paris on Sunday and secure his third Tour de France title in four years. South Sudan armed opposition claims to remove vice president JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A faction of South Sudan's armed opposition said Saturday it had replaced its leader who is also the country's first vice president, a move which could lead to further turmoil following deadly clashes in the capital this month. WRHL 2016-07-23T19:19:21Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505