World News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505 World News 2015-01-31T02:35:48Z World News Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in east By Aleksandar Vasovic and Andrei Makhovsky DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK (Reuters) - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began. Rebel delegates flew to the Belarus capital Minsk, only to announce that no talks would take place on Friday and they were flying straight back to Moscow. Any talks would be the first since a five-month-old ceasefire collapsed with a new rebel advance last week. The main rebel stronghold Donetsk echoed to the sound of heavy artillery fire, including salvoes from multiple rocket launchers and heavier thuds from artillery coming from the direction of the airport, a constant battlefield. Hezbollah: we don't want war with Israel but do not fear it By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere. "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two, and the Israelis must also understand this very well," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said. Nasrallah was speaking at an event to commemorate the deaths of six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general killed by an Israeli air strike in Syria on Jan. 18. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah hit back on Wednesday with a rocket attack that killed two Israeli soldiers on the frontier with Lebanon. AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control: sources By Siva Govindasamy, Kanupriya Kapoor and Tim Hepher SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS (Reuters) - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said. "You can reset the FAC, but to cut all power to it is very unusual," said one A320 pilot, who declined to be identified. "You don't pull the circuit breaker unless it was an absolute emergency. Deadly clash in Philippines a setback to peace with Muslim rebels By Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A deadly clash between Philippines police and Muslim rebels in the south of the country has dealt a temporary setback to peace talks, Manila's chief peace negotiator said on Saturday, appealing for renewed efforts to keep the process on track. The government has described last Sunday's clash, which shattered a three-year ceasefire, as a "misencounter" during a bid by police to arrest two wanted militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters. "We have been temporarily set back by the Mamasapano incident," Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, the government's chief peace negotiator, told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. "The other alternative is simple unthinkable ... I don’t think we want to go back to the 1970s." Government and rebel peace panels met in Malaysia on Friday to sign protocols for the surrender of weapons by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in a bid to underscore their commitment to the peace process, brokered by Kuala Lumpur. Islamic State attacks Kurdish outposts across Iraq By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants struck at Kurdish forces southwest of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, while bombs in Kirkuk, Baghdad, Samarra and Ramadi killed at least 27 people. The Sunni Islamists have often battled Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite militias further south and west, but attacks in and around Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk have been less frequent. Kurdish military sources said the peshmerga had repelled dawn attacks by Islamic State at different points along a more than 1,000 km frontline, including Khazer, west of Arbil, and Makhmur, further south. "Maybe they are afraid the fight for Mosul has started so they are trying to show they can operate close to Arbil or Kirkuk," Roj Nuri Shaways, Iraq's deputy prime minister and a peshmerga commander, told Reuters. Aviation leaders seek new safety mandate after deadly 2014 By Allison Lampert and Allison Martell MONTREAL (Reuters) - Aviation leaders will try to secure a mandate to implement new safety standards when they meet next week after a string of high-profile accidents around the world made 2014 the deadliest year for commercial airlines in almost a decade. Efforts to adopt new standards for global plane tracking and co-operation on the risks of flying over conflict zones will dominate the meeting on safety in Montreal from Feb. 2-5, weeks ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of flight MH370, the Malaysian Airlines jet with 239 people on board. "Issues such as flight restrictions over conflict zones can only be tackled at a global or regional level," Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, said. "The global aviation regulatory system should also act more quickly to address the recommendations for safety improvement made by accident investigators," he told Reuters ahead of the talks at the International Civil Aviation Organization. Pakistan bowled out for 210 in 1st ODI vs. New Zealand WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets with more than ten overs to spare at Westpac Stadium on Saturday in the first of two one-day games. Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked': report Japan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked," local media reported Saturday. Yasuhide Nakayama, who is leading Tokyo's emergency response team in Amman, told reporters in the Jordanian capital late Friday that there had been no progress in trying to secure the release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh. 5 given preliminary charges over jihadi network in France PARIS (AP) — French authorities have laid preliminary charges against five men suspected of involvement in a jihadi recruiting network in a small southern town from where several youths went to fight in Syria and Iraq. Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were still unknown Saturday after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap lapsed with no further messages from the Islamic State group holding them captive. A second Japanese hostage has reportedly been killed. CIA, Israel plotted senior Hezbollah commander's killing: report The CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post reported. Citing former intelligence officials, the newspaper reported that US and Israeli spy agencies worked together to target Mughniyeh on February 12, 2008 as he left a restaurant in the Syrian capital Damascus. The bomb, built by the United States and tested in the state of North Carolina, was triggered remotely by Mossad agents in Tel Aviv who were in communication with Central Intelligence Agency operatives on the ground in Damascus. A senior Hezbollah commander, Mughniyeh was suspected of masterminding the abduction of Western hostages in Lebanon in the 1980s and of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina that killed 29 people. Japan says efforts to free Islamic State hostage deadlocked AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A top Japanese diplomat says efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock." AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Swan has debut Rod Laver appearance MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S.-based British 15-year-old Katie Swan's first time at Rod Laver Arena came not as a spectator, but as a player on center court. Australia, South Korea clash for Asian Cup Hosts Australia take on South Korea in the Asian Cup final on Saturday in a blockbuster clash between two of the region's heavyweight teams. The match pits the tournament's most prolific attack against its meanest defence, with Australia looking to breach a Korean rearguard which has yet to concede a goal. South Korea beat Australia 1-0 in the group stage but the result will count for little when they meet in front of 80,000 fans at 8:00 pm (0900 GMT) in Sydney. Tens of thousands of Korean fans are expected at a sold-out Stadium Australia as the Taeguk Warriors look to end a title drought which stretches back to 1960. Conca signs with Shanghai SIPG in '$11m deal' Argentine star Dario Conca has signed with Shanghai SIPG, the Chinese Super League club said Saturday, in a deal reported to be worth almost $11 million a year. Shanghai SIPG did not mention the contract length or salary, but a report earlier this week on the Sina Sports news portal said it was worth $10.8 million a year, with other media adding the agreement was for two years. Conca returns to China after only a year at Brazilian club Fluminense, who he joined following three successful seasons with Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande. Conca was a pivotal player in Guangzhou's dominance, scoring 55 goals in 100 appearances. What to watch at the Aussie Open Sunday: The Men's Final MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, contesting the Australian Open final on Sunday, are both members of the so-called "Big Four" of men's tennis, the group which has dominated Grand Slam titles for most of the past decade led by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59 ISLAMABAD (AP) — Shiites across Pakistan are mourning and planning to protest after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people. Clegg has wanted to slap Cameron 'over 20 times' London (AFP) - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he had wanted to slap Prime Minister David Cameron on more than 20 occasions during a TV appearance late Friday. Refugees from Boko Haram pose headache for Chad authorities Thousands of Nigerian civilians who fled the armed Islamists of Boko Haram have become a headache for Chadian authorities after seeking safety on a multitude of scattered islands in Lake Chad. "We waded through the water for several days and suffered so much," recalled former taxi driver Adamou Bouba, who snatched up his toddlers, aged two and three, when Boko Haram fighters raided his village, Kiguili, and killed his wife. After the deadly raid six months ago, Bouba, his children and their companions trekked north in fear of the jihadists to the dusty, windswept Lake Chad basin in the far northeast of Nigeria and bordering on western Chad. Here, after miles of negotiating the waterways, they settled on Chad's Ngouboua peninsula, a strip of dry land three hours from the nearest town by a bad road. Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas. Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan. Beijing Winter Olympics bid highlights skiing, hockey growth CHONGLI, China (AP) — Clad in neon-green from head to toe, Chinese snowboarder He Qiang is part of a growing cohort of middle-class enthusiasts in a country with little tradition of winter sports but that is now seeking to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities — typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy. Safiullin wins boys, Mihalikova wins Aussie Open girls title MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roman Safiullin of Russia won the boys singles title and Slovakia's Tereza Mihalikova won the girls singles title at the Australian Open on Saturday. Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops as hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new round of peace talks failed. Pakistan lean heavily on Afridi, Misbah Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq lifted an underdone Pakistan to 210 after being sent into bat first against New Zealand in their opening one-day international in Wellington on Saturday. They came together with Pakistan struggling at 127-6 in the 36th over, and cracked a whirlwind 71 in 38 deliveries to ensure the total at least passed the 200 mark. New Zealand went into the match two days after completing a 4-2 series win over Sri Lanka, while Pakistan have not been tested since they lost a home series to New Zealand 3-2 before Christmas. The difference in form was evident from the first over after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and put Pakistan into bat. Michael Clarke makes comeback in Sydney club match SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke made his comeback from injury Saturday, scoring 51 and batting for almost three hours in a Sydney club match before slamming media reports of a rift with teammates and Cricket Australia. Kane urges Tottenham to harness cup momentum On a high after reaching the League Cup final in mid-week, Tottenham Hotspur begin an important run of Premier League fixtures on Saturday with a game at West Bromwich Albion. An 87th-minute goal from Christian Eriksen at Sheffield United on Wednesday night saw Mauricio Pochettino's side through to the final of the League Cup at the third-tier club's expense. Mourinho in combat mode as City come calling Both teams were dumped out of the FA Cup by lower-league opposition last weekend, but while Chelsea responded by beating Liverpool in the League Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, victory came at a price. Diego Costa seems certain to miss City's visit after being charged for stamping on Liverpool's Emre Can, while Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis are both doubts for the game after picking up injuries. Liverpool boss Rodgers has no fears over Sturridge return Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about how Daniel Sturridge will fit into his redefined formation ahead of the striker's long-awaited comeback from injury. Sturridge will be in Liverpool's squad for their Premier League clash against West Ham at Anfield on Saturday having not played for the Reds since the end of August with calf and thigh problems. Rodgers reverted to a fluid 3-4-3 system during a lean spell of results in Sturridge's absence and Liverpool saw a marked improvement. Buoyed by Greek vote, Spain's Podemos calls mass rally Buoyed by its Greek ally Syriza's victory, Spanish protest party Podemos kicks off election year with a mass rally Saturday, vowing to defeat a political elite it brands corrupt. The timing of Syriza's victory in Greece's snap vote on January 25 has proved ideal for the radical Spanish party Podemos, which was already planning Saturday's "March for Change" in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square. "Hope is born," the Spanish party's pony-tailed leader Pablo Iglesias, a former university politics lecturer, said after the Greek result. Syriza beat the mainstream Greek parties, as Podemos aims to do in Spain's general election due in November. New Zealand bowls out Pakistan for 210 in 1st ODI WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Pakistan's Shahid Afridi smashed 67 from 29 balls to help the visitors recover from a bad start and reach 210 batting first in Saturday's one-day game against New Zealand. Aircraft set for minute-by-minute tracking All commercial flights worldwide could soon send out an automated signal every minute in times of distress to help rescuers find downed aircraft more easily. The new measures are in response to last year's disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in what remains one of history's great aviation mysteries. The new tracking rules, prepared by an industry working group, would be phased in by the end of this year, said the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency. The initiative will now be presented to delegates from all 191 ICAO member states at a meeting in Montreal from Monday to Thursday, and "a final proposal" will be submitted to the ICAO Council within six months for ratification. Australian paper mocked for obit of 'The Thorn Birds' author SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's main national newspaper was facing sharp criticism over its obituary of the nation's most famous author, whom it described as plain and overweight. Jihadists increasingly wary of Internet, experts say Apart from recent orders given to fighters to limit their exposure, erase the footprint of their online activity and avoid revealing too many place names or faces, the Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front groups are increasingly using the "Dark Web" -- the hidden part of the Internet protected by powerful encryption softwares. "Sometimes we get the geographical location of some fighters thanks to Facebook," Philippe Chadrys, in charge of the fight against terrorism at France's judicial police, said earlier this week. In November, Flavien Moreau, a 28-year-old jihadist who travelled to Syria and then returned to France, was jailed for seven years exclusively on the basis of what he posted online. "We are starting to notice the beginnings of disaffection with Facebook -- they have understood that's how we get incriminating evidence," said Chadrys. 3 Chad soldiers, 123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon N'Djamena (AFP) - Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon, the Chadian military said. Chad sent a convoy of troops and military vehicles into neighbouring Cameroon on January 17 to deal with the growing threat Boko Haram poses in the region. A senior Cameroonian security source said the Chadian troops were deployed to the town, which sits opposite a Nigerian town under Boko Haram control and is also close to the border with Chad, on Wednesday. Boko Haram frequently stages attacks on Fotokol from their base in the Nigerian town of Gamboru, which is just 500 metres (yards) away. Spurred by pope, Spanish Catholic Church confronts sexual abuse Spain's Catholic Church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis. A judge in the southern city of Granada on Tuesday charged 10 priests and two Catholic lay workers with sexually abusing altar boys in their care, or being complicit in such acts, from 2004 to 2007. It is the biggest and most serious paedophilia case involving members of the Catholic Church known so far in Spain. Pope Francis called the unidentified man to offer the Church's apology and in November the pontiff said he had ordered a church investigation into the case, saying it had caused him "great pain". German World War II panzer ace Otto Carius dies at 92 BERLIN (AP) — Otto Carius, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, has died at 92. Pellegrini doesn't fear Chelsea title knockout blow Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists a defeat in Saturday's crunch clash against leaders Chelsea wouldn't be a fatal blow to the champions' chances of retaining the Premier League title. Pellegrini's side already trail Chelsea by five points heading into the showdown at Stamford Bridge and a loss would leave them languishing eight points behind with 15 games to play. "I think it is a very important game but it is not the game that will decide the title because after that we have to play for 45 points more," Pellegrini said. Obama to appear in public with Dalai Lama US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House said, in a move sure to anger Beijing. "The president will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast," National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said. The White House tried to play down the simultaneous appearance, stressing the two men have met three times before. Previous meetings have been held behind closed doors and outside the Oval Office, in a move designed to limit the diplomatic fallout with China. WRHL 2015-01-31T07:35:48Z http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=505