World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2016-12-10T02:30:27Z World News Islamic State militants enter Palmyra after heavy fighting - monitor Islamic State militants entered the ancient city of Palmyra on Saturday in eastern Syria after advancing to its outskirts for the first time since losing the city earlier this year, a war monitor said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said the militants had entered Palmyra after they had taken strategic heights near the city and captured the northern part of the city and mountains around it. The Syrian army earlier said it had sent reinforcements to Palmyra, to help the army defend the city in what some rebels said were coming from Aleppo and forcing the Syrian government to divert troops from the city where the army and Iranian backed militias were on the verge of a major victory against rebels. Suspected car bomb wounds around 20 outside Istanbul football stadium: minister A suspected car bomb outside a football stadium in central Istanbul wounded at least 20 people on Saturday hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. TV footage showed what appeared to be the wreckage of a burned out car and two separate fires on the road outside the stadium. Soylu, speaking in parliament during a budget hearing, said around 20 people had been wounded and that initial indications were that the blast was caused by a car bomb targeting a riot police bus. France arrests new suspect in foiled terror plot French judicial authorities have arrested and charged a sixth suspect in a foiled militant plot to attack sites in the Paris region, a judicial source said on Saturday. France has been under a state of emergency since a wave of Islamist attacks last year, giving police wider powers, and the arrests come at a sensitive time ahead of next spring's presidential elections in which security will be a major theme. Five other men suspected of being part of the plot are in custody after simultaneous police swoops last month in the southern port city of Marseille and in Strasbourg in northeast France. Italy president pledges to solve government crisis fast By Antonella Cinelli and Isla Binnie ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella pledged on Saturday to act quickly to solve a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi's resignation as prime minister, with all major parties calling for elections as soon as possible. Before any vote can take place, however, Italy needs a new electoral law. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni appears to be in pole position to be nominated by Mattarella sometime in the next 48 hours to head the next government and oversee that reform. After impeachment of South Korean president, anti-Park rallies resume By Jack Kim and Nataly Pak SEOUL (Reuters) - Protesters demanding that South Korean President Park Geun-hye step down marched on Saturday for a seventh straight weekend, a day after parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach her and put the fate of her presidency in the hands of a nine-judge court. "We demand that the Constitutional Court make a decision of conscience and justice and do not act against the will of the people," Jung Kang-ja, one of the leaders of a coalition of civic groups backing the rally, said in a speech. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who became acting president late on Friday after the impeachment vote, called on authorities to ensure that rallies are peaceful and sought to calm anxiety over national security and to reassure financial markets "So far, financial and foreign exchange markets have been relatively stable and there are no signs of unusual movements by the North, but all public servants should bear vigilance in mind as they conduct their duties," Hwang told a meeting. U.N. Security Council condemns Gambia's Jammeh, urges restraint The United Nations Security Council on Saturday condemned Gambia President Yahya Jammeh's rejection of election results announced last week that saw him lose power after 22 years, and it urged all parties to refrain from violence. "(Security Council members) called on him to respect the choice of the sovereign People of The Gambia, as he did on 2 December 2016, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow," it said in a statement. Turkish interior minister: At least 20 people wounded by an explosion outside soccer stadium in Istanbul ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish interior minister: At least 20 people wounded by an explosion outside soccer stadium in Istanbul. Mexican drug cartel leader's son arrested in western state MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police have arrested the son of a drug cartel leader who was extradited to the United States. Loud explosion heard in Istanbul: AFP The sound of an explosion was heard on the European side of Istanbul on Saturday, an AFP journalist reported. The cause and the location of the blast were not immediately clear but CNN Turk television reported that it took place close to the stadium of Istanbul's Besiktas football club. "I heard two explosions, two sounds and now sirens of ambulances rushing to the scene," said an AFP correspondent in the city. First gorilla born in captivity, age 59, returns to Ohio zoo after surgery The first gorilla born in captivity has returned to her enclosure at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio after recovering from successful surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor, the zoo said. Colo, a western lowland gorilla born on Dec. 22, 1956, is the matriarch of the Columbus Zoo's popular gorilla family, according to the zoo's website. Western lowland gorillas, native to the rain forests of Central Africa, are an endangered species, according to nationalgeographic.com. Top Asian News 8:05 p.m. GMT SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun. Twelve years later, the mood couldn't have been more different, with massive crowds returning to Seoul's streets on Saturday, a day after lawmakers voted in favor of removing disgraced President Park Geun-hye. The vote for impeachment left protesters basking in pride, believing they had repaired a damaged democracy with their weekly demonstrations. Vardy, Leicester rediscover title-winning form to beat City LEICESTER, England (AP) — Jamie Vardy ended a three-month goal drought in style when his hat trick led struggling champion Leicester to a 4-2 victory over Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday. 2 explosions heard near Istanbul soccer stadium; 20 wounded ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Solu says about 20 people have been wounded after two explosions were heard Saturday night near a major soccer stadium in Istanbul. Russia intervened to help Trump win election: intelligence officials By John Walcott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed that as the 2016 presidential campaign progressed, Russian government officials devoted increasing attention to assisting Trump's effort to win the election, the U.S. official familiar with the finding told Reuters on Friday night, speaking on condition of anonymity. The president-elect's transition office released a statement that exaggerated his margin of victory and attacked the U.S. intelligence community that Trump will soon command, but did not address the analysts' conclusion. Bayern back on top of Bundesliga as Leipzig loses first game BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich routed Wolfsburg 5-0 and took advantage of Leipzig's first defeat to replace the promoted side at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday. Death toll in Yemen suicide bombing rises to 45 SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up inside an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 45 soldiers and wounding another 50, security officials said. Glencore, Qatari fund finalize deal to acquire Rosneft stake MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Rosneft oil giant says commodities company Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund are investing $3 billion of their own funds to acquire a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft. US-backed alliance announces 'phase two' of Raqa campaign A US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance announced Saturday "phase two" of its campaign for the Islamic State group's Syrian bastion of Raqa as Washington said it was sending 200 more troops to back the offensive. The Syrian Democratic Forces will "begin phase two of the campaign, which aims to liberate territory west of Raqa and isolate the city," SDF spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told reporters. Vardy ends drought with treble as Leicester beats Man City LONDON (AP) — Jamie Vardy and Leicester embarrassed Manchester City to rediscover the look of champions. President vows rapid moves to end Italy crisis Italian President Sergio Mattarella indicated Saturday he would move swiftly to appoint a new government, saying the country had pressing issues to address following Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation. In comments that came against the backdrop of a looming banking crisis, Mattarella said the country needed a "fully functioning government" and that he would decide his course of action "in the coming hours". The statement followed three days of consultations with the country's political parties that failed to produce any consensus on what to do following Renzi's crushing defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform and subsequent resignation as prime minister. French election's 'third man' bills himself workers' champion at big rally By Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - France's popular former economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, styling himself the workers' champion, drew 15,000 supporters to a rally in Paris on Saturday which reinforced his image as the dark horse in the race for the Elysee. The 38-year-old Macron, once a protege of President Francois Hollande, staged what his supporters called a "tour de force" at the rally, brushing off criticism by his erstwhile Socialist allies for running as an independent in the 2017 election. Macron has refused pleas - most recently by former prime minister Manuel Valls who is seeking the Socialist party ticket - to join in the Left's attempts to decide on a single candidate for next spring's election. Radio journalist shot dead outside home in northern Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) — A radio station in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua says one of its reporters has been shot dead outside his home. IS jihadists re-enter Palmyra in Syria: monitor Beirut (AFP) - Jihadist fighters of the Islamic State group on Saturday re-entered Syria's famed ancient desert city of Palmyra from which they were driven out eight months ago, a monitor said. Turkey shifts closer to expanding powers for Erdogan ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's ruling party on Saturday submitted proposed constitutional amendments that could greatly expand the powers and extend the mandate of the country's president. Gambian leader's election defiance sparks global concern Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow on Saturday called on longtime leader Yahya Jammeh to drop his challenge to last week's election results following a dramatic political U-turn that has prompted fears for the West African country. A week after conceding defeat, Jammeh on Friday declared he no longer accepted the results of the December 1 vote, upending hopes for a peaceful political transition after his 22 years in power. Signs of a massive security ramp-up multiplied across the capital Banjul on Saturday, while the United Nations Security Council led calls for Jammeh to stand down and eschew violence. UN Security Council demands Gambia's Jammeh hand over power The UN Security Council on Saturday demanded that Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh hand over power to the president-elect after he rejected the election results in a dramatic political U-turn. In power for the past 22 years in the West African country, Jammeh surprised his critics when he accepted defeat a day after the December 1 vote. Vardy shreds Guardiola's City, Arsenal go top Jamie Vardy broke his three-month goal drought with a hat-trick as Premier League champions Leicester City sensationally inflicted a humiliating 4-2 defeat on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Saturday. At a rain-sodden King Power Stadium, Vardy hit his first top-flight treble and Andy King also found the net to ensure Leicester atoned for their 5-0 Champions League mauling by Porto. Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo but IS back in Palmyra The Syrian army tightened its grip Saturday on rebels besieged in Aleppo along with thousands of civilians but suffered a setback as jihadists re-entered the ancient desert city of Palmyra. Air strikes pummelled the shrinking rebel enclave in east Aleppo as US Secretary of State John Kerry said the Syrian regime's "indiscriminate bombing" amounted to crimes against humanity. Western powers meeting in Paris called for peace talks to resume and for civilians to be allowed to leave Aleppo, where tens of thousands have already fled the offensive. Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation. Russian teen Evgenia Medvedeva retains GP Final title MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Evgenia Medvedeva stumbled on her first jump and then nailed all the others as she successfully defended her title at the Grand Prix Final on Saturday. Islamic State militants capture most of Palmyra: Syria monitor, rebels Islamic State militants on Saturday captured most of Palmyra after penetrating Syrian army defenses and securing strategic heights around the ancient city in eastern Syria following a surprise assault, a monitoring group and rebels said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were fears for the lives and safety of civilians inside the city because many of them were pro-government supporters. Rebels and the war monitor said with the exception of the southern parts, most of the city was now in the hands of the militants who had waged an attack on several fronts. Death toll in Bulgarian cargo train explosion climbs to seven By Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov SOFIA (Reuters) - Seven people were killed in a village in northeastern Bulgaria when a cargo train derailed and exploded, demolishing about 50 houses and public buildings, officials said on Saturday. Bulgaria's government said it is preparing to announce Monday a day of national mourning following the deadly incident. The powerful blast flattened dozens of houses and public buildings, leaving people under the ruins. 16 Cuban migrants land in Puerto Rico after boat voyages SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say 16 Cuban migrants have arrived in the U.S. territory by boat. Non-OPEC oil producers to cut output 558,000 barrels a day VIENNA (AP) — OPEC has persuaded 11 non-members to cut oil production, a move aimed at draining a worldwide oil glut and boosting low prices that have squeezed government finances in Russia and Saudi Arabia. Netanyahu's coalition chair angers Arabs with voting remarks JERUSALEM (AP) — The coalition chairman of Benjamin Netanyahu's government angered Israel's Arab minority on Saturday by saying he would rather they didn't vote, in comments reminiscent of those made by the prime minister last year. Arsenal goes top of Premier League by beating Stoke 3-1 LONDON (AP) — Mesut Ozil's looping header sent Arsenal rising to the English Premier League summit with a 3-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday, capping a strong week for Arsene Wenger's side. WRHL 2016-12-10T19:30:27Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505