KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com World News World News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:09:11 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Tropical Depression 5 Heading Towards Eastern Mexico http://www.kristv.com/news/tropical-depression-5-heading-towards-eastern-mexico/ http://www.kristv.com/news/tropical-depression-5-heading-towards-eastern-mexico/ World News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 3:53:28 PM Tropical Depression 5 Heading Towards Eastern Mexico

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Gulf coast of Mexico with tropical storm warnings issued from Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz north to La Pesca.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says maximum sustained winds are at 30 mph (45 kph) Monday afternoon. The storm is about 255 miles (410 kilometers) east-southeast of Tuxpan. It is moving west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

The center of the storm is expected to approach the coast by Tuesday night with some strengthening forecast.

The storm is expected to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain with 10 inches possible across southern Tampaulipas, northern Veracruz and eastern San Luis Potosi through Wednesday. The rain could cause flash floods and mud slides.

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Accidental Blast Kills 1 Woman, Injures 5 Others on Border http://www.kristv.com/news/accidental-blast-kills-1-woman-injures-5-others-on-border/ http://www.kristv.com/news/accidental-blast-kills-1-woman-injures-5-others-on-border/ World News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 4:40:47 AM Accidental Blast Kills 1 Woman, Injures 5 Others on Border

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Police in Piedras Negras say that an apparently accidental explosion in a customs building on Mexico's border with the U.S. has killed one woman and injured five other people.

Felix Alberto Lopez Arenas is the director of operations for the local municipal police in the city on the border with Texas. He tells The Associated Press that the woman who died in the Sunday blast suffered a fractured skull and the other five people had burns.

Lopez Arenas says the blast occurred in the morning in a dormitory for customs agents. The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but authorities believe it was caused by an accumulation of gas.

The explosion did not affect border operations.

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Japan Urges Residents to Stockpile Toilet Paper http://www.kristv.com/news/japan-urges-residents-to-stockpile-toilet-paper/ http://www.kristv.com/news/japan-urges-residents-to-stockpile-toilet-paper/ World News Mon, 1 Sep 2014 4:03:07 AM Japan Urges Residents to Stockpile Toilet Paper

TOKYO (AP) - A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper.

The government and paper companies kicked off a "Let's stockpile toilet paper!" campaign to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan's most earthquake-prone areas.

Officials said people immediately think of food and water as emergency supplies, but easily forget toilet paper, and get desperate when it's too late.

"After running out of toilet paper, people start using tissue, and that could clog up precious workable toilets," said Toshiyuki Hashimoto, an industry ministry official in charge of paper products.

As part of the campaign, makers are offering a tightly rolled, 150-meter- (490-foot-) long, single-layer toilet paper that lasts more than twice as long as a regular roll.

A family of four should be able to survive for a month on a six-roll pack, priced at 460 yen ($4.40) and with a five-year expiration date, said Satoshi Kurosaki, chairman of the Japan Household Paper Industry Association.

Government and industry officials said 41 percent of the country's toilet paper supply comes from Shizuoka prefecture in central Japan, where experts say there is a higher than 80 percent chance of a major offshore quake in the next 30 years.

Officials warned of a nationwide toilet paper shortage for about a month in such a disaster, based on lessons learned from the deadly March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.

Nine months after that disaster, toilet paper was added to a list of recommended items that included food, water, portable toilets and a first-aid kit, under the government's Basic Disaster Management Plan.

"Along with food, toilet paper was among the first items that disappeared from store shelves during the disaster, even outside disaster-hit areas," Hashimoto said in front of a public display in the ministry entrance hall, decorated with campaign posters, including one saying "Be prepared and no regrets!"

The campaign involves nearly 40 toilet paper companies, including industry leaders Nippon Paper Crecia Co., Oji Nepia Co. and Mitsubishi Paper Mills Ltd.

"Toilet paper is an indispensable part of daily life," Kurosaki said. "And yet 41 percent of the supply comes from the extremely high-risk zone. So we should be prepared."

Japan takes disaster preparedness seriously, especially since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which killed about 19,000 people.

Hundreds of thousands of people take part in an annual drill every Sept. 1, the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which killed more than 140,000 people in Tokyo.

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Local Pastor Calling For A Pro-Israel Movement http://www.kristv.com/news/local-pastor-calling-for-a-pro-israel-movement/ http://www.kristv.com/news/local-pastor-calling-for-a-pro-israel-movement/ World News Sun, 31 Aug 2014 6:55:27 PM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV Local Pastor Calling For A Pro-Israel Movement

CORPUS CHRISTI - At a time when the nation is divided on it's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one local pastor is calling for action, asking the community to stand for the nation of Israel.

The pastor at the event at Bridgeway Church just returned from an emergency trip to Israel. He shared with the crowd the terror of standing in the Gaza strip, even during a 24-hour cease fire.

It's an experience that hit close to home for one local woman.

"They're accustomed to the bombs, 'There's bombs every day, there's bombs every day'," described Nancy Kohn of her family in Israel. "But they say, ‘God will protect us."

Kohn is a Messianic Jew here in Corpus Christi, but her family lives in Israel.

"It's very important for me," she said. "That's my homeland, that's where my family are."

That homeland is the main cause of the violent dispute between Israel and Hamas. It's a conflict that put Israel and Hamas at war for fifty days, resulting in the deaths of thousands.

That's why for Pastor Victor Styrsky, the dispute is more than religious one.

"We must continue to stand with the only pluralistic democracy in the entire Middle East," said Styrsky. "Our staunchest ally, the nation of Israel."

Styrsky, along with fifty other pastors from the U.S., flew to Israel during a 24-hour cease fire in an effort to show support for one of our nation's allies.

"It was powerful," he said. "Everywhere we went, we were thanked with tears."

He shared his experience at the "Stand With Israel" event at Bridgeway Church.

"I've been there countless times. I've never been there in the middle of a war," said Styrsky. "And it was life-changing for all of us."

He went to Israel as a part of a grassroots movement sweeping the nation called "Christians United For Israel."

It's a movement that local pastor Steven Sorensen is hoping to bring to the Coastal Bend.

"We just think that the community needs to be aware of the truth," said Sorensen. "And we pray that they make conscious decisions in everything that they do concerning Israel."

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UN Security Council Meets on Ukraine Crisis http://www.kristv.com/news/un-security-council-meets-on-ukraine-crisis/ http://www.kristv.com/news/un-security-council-meets-on-ukraine-crisis/ World News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 2:27:27 PM UN Security Council Meets on Ukraine Crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A top U.N. official told the Security Council Thursday further violence in Ukraine marked a dangerous escalation, but that the international body had no way of verifying the latest reports of a Russian invasion.

In an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine, members expressed outrage with U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power saying Russia "has manipulated. It has obfuscated. It has outright lied."

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin offered a spirited defense, saying Kiev "is waging war against its own people."

The emergency Security Council meeting came hours after a top Ukrainian official said two columns of Russian tanks and military vehicles fired missiles from Russia at a Ukraine border post, then rolled into the country. That opened a new front in the war in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists and the new government of President Petro Poroshenko.

Statements from NATO, Poroshenko ,the separatists, the United States and the president of the Security Council left no doubt that Russia had invaded Ukraine. A top NATO official said at least 1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine with sophisticated equipment and have been in direct "contact" with Ukrainian soldiers, resulting in casualties.

The new southeastern front raised fears that the separatists are seeking to create a land link between Russia and Crimea, which Russia annexed in March.

U.N. Undersecretary-General of Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman opened the meeting telling council members the latest developments mark a "dangerous escalation in the conflict."

Power reminded the council that the meeting was "the 24th session to try to rein in Russia's aggressive acts in the Ukraine."

"Every single one has sent a straightforward, unified message: 'Russia, stop this conflict. Russia is not listening,'" she said, adding that Russia's force along the border is the largest it's been since it started deploying in late May.

"A Russian soldier who chooses to fight in Ukraine on summer break is still a Russian soldier," she said.

Churkin, for his part, did deny not the presence of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

"There are Russian volunteers in eastern parts of Ukraine. No one is hiding that," he said. But he questioned the presence of Western advisers and asked where Ukrainian troops were getting weapons.

Churkin said he wanted to "send a message to Washington: Stop interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states."

Lithuania's U.N. ambassador, Raimonda Murmokaite, who requested the emergency meeting, tweeted prior to its start: "An invasion is an invasion is an invasion."

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Islamic State Group Kills Captured Syrian Soldiers http://www.kristv.com/news/islamic-state-group-kills-captured-syrian-soldiers/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islamic-state-group-kills-captured-syrian-soldiers/ World News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:02:01 AM Associated Press Islamic State Group Kills Captured Syrian Soldiers

BEIRUT (AP) - The Islamic State group killed more than 150 troops captured in recent fighting for a string of military bases in northeastern Syria, shooting some and slashing others with knives in the past 24 hours in the latest mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday.

In southern Syria meanwhile, gunmen detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the United Nations said. It added that another 81 peacekeepers were trapped in the area by the heavy clashes between rebels and Syrian troops.

The killing of government troops, combined with photos of dusty, terrified conscripts under militant guard in the desert, underscored how the extremist group uses violence - and images of violence - to instill fear in its opponents as it seeks to expand the proto-state it has carved out in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that many of the soldiers killed were rounded up Wednesday in the arid countryside near the Tabqa airfield, three days after Islamic State fighters seized the base. The government troops were among a large group of soldiers from the base who were stuck behind the front lines after the airfield fell to the jihadi fighters.

The Observatory said around 120 captive government troops from Tabqa were killed near the base. Islamic State fighters killed at least another 40 soldiers, most of whom were taken prisoner in recent fighting for other bases in the area, in the Hamrat region near Raqqa city, the group's stronghold.

A statement posted online and circulated on Twitter by supporters of the Islamic State group claimed the extremists killed "about 200" government prisoners captured near Tabqa. It also showed photographs of what it said were the prisoners: young men stripped down to their underwear marching in the desert. The photos could not immediately be verified, but correspond to other AP reporting.

A video that emerged online purportedly showed Islamic State fighters escorting nearly 200 men, stripped down to their underwear and barefoot, through the desert. Another video posted online later showed more than 150 men, also in their underwear, lying motionless - apparently dead - in a row in the sand.

While the videos could not be independently confirmed by the AP, they appeared to illustrate the claims made online by Islamic State group supporters and Syrian activists about the mass killing.

There was no immediate comment from the Syrian government.

In its rise to prominence over the past year, the extremist group has frequently published graphic photos and videos of everything from beheadings to mass killings.

In Iraq, for example, the group killed nearly 200 men - most of them Iraqi soldiers - in late June near the northern city of Tikrit, human rights groups and Iraqi officials say. It published photos online showing dozens of men dressed in civilian clothes lined up or lying face down as militants aimed rifles at their backs. A final set of photos showed their bloodied bodies.

Such killings have not been limited to Iraq. Earlier this month, Islamic State fighters shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen in eastern Syria who had risen up against the group.

A U.N. commission accused the Islamic State group Wednesday of committing crimes against humanity in Syria - echoing U.N. accusations against the group in Iraq.

The Islamic State group's surge is one aspect of Syria's multi-layered civil war, a bloody conflict that has killed more than 190,000 people and destabilized the region.

The 43 U.N. peacekeepers were detained by an armed group early Thursday in the Golan, where fighting has raged this week between Syrian rebels and government forces.

The office of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon did not identify the armed group that is holding the peacekeepers. Several rebel groups operate in the Golan, while the Islamic State group has no known presence there.

The U.N. said another 81 peacekeepers are "currently being restricted to their positions" in the vicinity of Ruwaihaniyeh and Burayqa.

The Syrian government denounced the "kidnapping" of the U.N. peacekeepers. In a statement issued by the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the government said it holds "the terrorist groups and those who support them fully responsible for the safety of the U.N. peacekeepers, and calls for their immediate release."

The statement from Ban's office said the U.N. "is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers," who are part of UNDOF, the mission that has been monitoring a 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war.

As of July, UNDOF had 1,223 troops from six countries: Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands and the Philippines.

Syrian rebels briefly abducted U.N. peacekeepers twice in 2013 before eventually releasing them unharmed.

Heavy fighting has engulfed the Syrian side of the Golan since Wednesday, when rebels captured a crossing on the disputed frontier with Israel. A rebel spokesman said the opposition is focused on fighting President Bashar Assad, and poses no threat to Israel.

On Thursday, government warplanes targeted several rebel positions in the area, including in the village of Jaba, the Observatory said. The Local Coordination Committees, another activist group, also reported the air raids.

The Observatory said heavy clashes were raging between the rebels and the Syrian military in Jaba and the surrounding countryside.

White plumes of smoke set off by exploding mortar rounds could be seen on Thursday from the Israeli side of the Golan. The sound of small arms fire could be heard echoing in the background.

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Arab Airstrikes in Libya Show Impatience with US http://www.kristv.com/news/arab-airstrikes-in-libya-show-impatience-with-us/ http://www.kristv.com/news/arab-airstrikes-in-libya-show-impatience-with-us/ World News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 3:39:50 PM Associated Press Arab Airstrikes in Libya Show Impatience with US

WASHINGTON (AP) - Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three years to stabilize Libya after dictator Moammar Gadhafi's overthrow.

One official said Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia for months have been supporting a renegade general's campaign against Libyan militant groups, but that the Saudis don't appear to have played a role in recent strikes. The Libyan government is too weak and disorganized to fight the militants itself. Another official said the U.S. was aware that Egypt and UAE were planning strikes and warned them against it. Neither U.S. ally notified Washington before launching the strikes, officials said.

"Outside interference in Libya exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya's democratic transition," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. She said Libya was in a "very fragile place."

But U.S.-led international efforts to secure the country clearly are fraying as impatience in the region grows. Libya is undergoing its worst violence since rebels ousted Gadhafi in 2011. Tripoli's international airport is largely destroyed and diplomats, foreign nationals and thousands of Libyans have fled. The U.S. embassy there is closed, nearly two years after the U.S. ambassador was killed while visiting Benghazi.

Since then, powerful militias have seized power and the central government has proved unable to create a strong police force or unified military. In recent months, Islamist fighters have confronted a backlash, losing their power in parliament and facing a counteroffensive by former Gadhafi and rebel Gen. Khalifa Hifter. Washington doesn't support the general. But some of Libya's neighbors, fearful of the growing power of the Islamist extremists, are helping him.

Although Britain, France, Germany and Italy joined the U.S. in expressing their concerns about the airstrikes, Egyptian officials denied involvement and the Emiratis haven't commented. The airstrikes reflect growing international division, with Egypt and the UAE, two of the region's most powerful, anti-Islamist governments, deciding they needed to act to prevent Libya from becoming a failed state and a breeding ground for jihadist activity throughout the Arab world.

A U.S. official said recent airstrikes were done without authorization from Libya's government. The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. The Egyptian and UAE role in the strikes was first reported by The New York Times.

Asked about American influence with its partners in Libya, Psaki lamented the "very complicated political situation" in the country. She said the U.S. remained committed to seeing democracy prevail in Libya even if that will "take some time." She acknowledged U.S. frustration with the pace of Libya's transition.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's spokesman, called for nations to refrain from adding to Libya's violence, as did the newly appointed U.N. envoy to the country, Bernardino Leon. He said an inclusive political process with all Libyans represented in parliament, government and other state institutions can end the instability, but "foreign intervention won't help Libya get out of chaos."

The strikes happened as Islamist-backed militias were engaged in ongoing fighting for control of the Tripoli airport. They occurred on two days in the last week.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri called reports of an Egyptian role "unsubstantiated rumors."

"We have no direct connection to any of the military operations on the ground in Libya," he said.

But Egypt has been closely involved in Libya's ongoing contest for power for several months, according to several Egyptian officials. They said the effort began with intelligence collection about training camps, hideouts and barracks for extremist groups in the east such as Ansar al-Shariah, which the U.S. blames for the 2012 attack on its diplomatic facility in Benghazi.

That operation included an Egyptian elite force called "Rapid Intervention," which was formed by President Abdel al-Sissi to combat terrorism inside and outside Egypt.

Officials with knowledge of the operations say Egypt has been working with Saudi, Emirati and Libyan military officials to support Hifter's counteroffensive. They weren't authorized to speak publicly about the covert efforts and demanded anonymity. An American citizen who serves as a spokesman for the general, David Anthony LeVeque, confirmed that Egypt was assisting the fight against extremist Islamist factions. He said the Islamists were getting arms from Qatar.

Three years ago, the Emirates and Gulf neighbor Qatar played the most prominent Arab roles in the military intervention that led to Gadhafi's ouster. Both sent warplanes as part of the NATO-led effort. Qatar in particular supplied weapons to rebels.

But the two countries, both important U.S. allies, are in opposing camps now, jostling for influence in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.

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Michael reported from Cairo. Associated Press writers Adam Schreck in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sarah El Deeb and Jon Gambrell in Cairo, and Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.

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Israel, Hamas Agree to Open Ended Gaza Cease Fire http://www.kristv.com/news/israel-hamas-agree-to-open-ended-gaza-cease-fire/ http://www.kristv.com/news/israel-hamas-agree-to-open-ended-gaza-cease-fire/ World News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 1:39:41 PM Associated Press Israel, Hamas Agree to Open Ended Gaza Cease Fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israel and Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire, halting a seven-week war that killed more than 2,200 people, the vast majority Palestinians, left tens of thousands in Gaza homeless and devastated entire neighborhoods in the blockaded territory.

Hamas declared victory and bursts of celebratory gunfire erupted across Gaza, but the terms of the deal fell far short of Hamas' demand that Israel and Egypt open Gaza's borders.

Under the Egyptian-brokered deal, Israel is to ease imports into Gaza, including aid and material for reconstruction. It also allows Palestinians to fish six nautical miles offshore, up from three nautical miles.

In a month, the cease-fire calls for talks to begin in Cairo on more complex issues, including building a seaport and airport in Gaza, and Israel's demand that Hamas disarm.

However, the agreement appeared to contain no major Israeli concessions and previous understandings after a round of fighting in 2012 quickly dissipated.

Previous cease-fire deals have collapsed since the war began July 8, and it was not clear if this one would hold. The truce took effect at 7 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), but violence persisted until the last minute.

In Israel, mortar shells fired from Gaza killed one man and seriously wounded two people, authorities said.

In Gaza, police reported that an Israeli airstrike 13 minutes before the cease-fire began collapsed a five-story building in the town of Beit Lahiya. Booms from Israeli strikes could be heard in Gaza after the truce announcement was made.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a long-time rival of Hamas, likely will play a key role in any new border deal for Gaza. Abbas lost control of Gaza after Hamas seized the territory in 2007. He is expected to regain a foothold there under the Egyptian-brokered agreement.

In such a scenario, forces loyal to Abbas could be posted at Gaza's border crossings to allay fears by Israel and Egypt about renewed attempts by Hamas to smuggle weapons into the territory.

Israel also is concerned that material for reconstruction could be diverted by Hamas for military purposes. In recent years, Hamas has built a network of attack tunnels under the border with Gaza that Israel says its forces largely demolished during the Gaza war.

In a televised address Tuesday night, Abbas said the end of the war underscored the need to find a permanent solution to the conflict with Israel.

"What's next? Gaza has been subjected to three wars. Shall we expect another war in a year or two? Until when will this issue be without a solution?" he asked.

Aides have said Abbas plans to ask the U.N. Security Council to demand Israel's withdrawal from all lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war to make way for an independent Palestinian state.

Abbas alluded to the plan in his speech.

"Today, I'm going to give the Palestinian leadership my vision for a solution and after that we will continue consultations with the international community," he said. "This vision must be clear and well defined and we are not going to an open-ended negotiation."

In Gaza, Hamas declared victory even though it had little to show for seven weeks of fighting. The war killed more than 2,140 Palestinians and wounded more than 11,000, Palestinian health officials said. The U.N. says about three-fourths of the Palestinians killed have been civilians.

"We are here today to declare the victory of the resistance, the victory of Gaza, with the help of God, and the steadfastness of our people and the noble resistance," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a news conference at Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. "strongly supported" the cease-fire agreement and asked all sides to comply with their terms after others had broken down.

"We view this as an opportunity, not a certainty," Psaki told journalists. "Today's agreement comes after many hours and days of negotiations and discussions. But certainly there's a long road ahead. And we're aware of that and we're going into this eyes wide open."

Israel and Egypt imposed the border blockade after the Hamas takeover of 2007. Under the restrictions, virtually all of Gaza's 1.8 million people cannot trade or travel. Only a few thousand are able to leave the coastal territory every month.

During the war, Hamas had said it would only cease fire if the blockade is lifted.

However, Israeli pressure on the group has been escalating. Hamas is believed to be left with just one-third of its initial rocket arsenal of 10,000.

On the Israeli side, 69 people have been killed, all but five of them soldiers. Thousands of Israelis living near Gaza have fled their homes, including in recent days when Gaza militants stepped up mortar fire on southern Israel.

The Gaza war stems from the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank by Hamas operatives in June, which triggered a massive Israeli arrest campaign in the West Bank, followed by an increase in rocket fire from Gaza.

Since the fighting began, Israel has launched some 5,000 airstrikes at Gaza, while Gaza militants have fired close to 4,000 rockets and mortars, according to the Israeli military.

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Daraghmeh reported from Ramallah, West Bank.

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Associated Press writers Sarah El Deeb in Cairo, Josef Federman in Jerusalem and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report.

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Car Bombing Kills at least 11 People in Baghdad http://www.kristv.com/news/car-bombing-kills-at-least-11-people-in-baghdad/ http://www.kristv.com/news/car-bombing-kills-at-least-11-people-in-baghdad/ World News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 4:08:07 AM Car Bombing Kills at least 11 People in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - A parked car bomb exploded on Tuesday in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks to shake the Iraqi capital as the Shiite-led government struggles to dislodge Sunni militants from areas in the country's west and north.

The explosives-laden car went off during the morning rush hour in the main commercial area of the New Baghdad district It was parked close to outdoor pet and vegetable markets and a traffic police office, a police officer said.

The attack killed at least 11 and wounded 31, he added. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

The bombing came a day after a wave of attacks targeted Shiite areas in several cities, including Baghdad, killing at least 58 people. Among them were 15 worshippers who died in a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the same New Baghdad neighborhood where Tuesday's car bomb struck.

No one has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, which bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida-inspired militants.

Iraq has faced a growing Sunni insurgency since early this year as the Islamic State, an al-Qaida-breakaway group, and allied militants have taken over areas in the country's west and north. The crisis is Iraq's worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The Islamic State has captured large swaths of territory in western and northern Iraq in a lightning offensive earlier this year.

The blitz stunned Iraqi security forces and the military, which melted away and withdrew as the Islamic State in June overran the northern cities of Mosul and Tikrit, as well as small towns and villages on their path.

Since then, tens of thousands of Iraqis, including members of Christian and other minorities, have been forced from their homes and displaced, while the Islamic State has carved out a self-styled caliphate in the large area straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border that it now controls.

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Associated Press writer Murtada Faraj contributed to this report.

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Liberia: Doctor Given Experimental Ebola Drug Dies http://www.kristv.com/news/liberia-doctor-given-experimental-ebola-drug-dies/ http://www.kristv.com/news/liberia-doctor-given-experimental-ebola-drug-dies/ World News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:51:35 PM Associated Press Liberia: Doctor Given Experimental Ebola Drug Dies

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday, as Canada said it has yet to send out doses of a potential vaccine that the government is donating.

Ebola has left more than 1,400 people dead across West Africa, underscoring the urgency for developing potential ways to stop and treat the disease. However, health experts warn these options have not undergone the rigorous testing that usually takes place before drugs and vaccines are approved.

The experimental vaccines are at still at a Canadian laboratory, said Patrick Gaebel, spokesman for the Public Health Agency of Canada, who declined to speculate how many weeks it could be before those are given to volunteers.

"We are now working with the (World Health Organization) to address complex regulatory, logistical and ethical issues so that the vaccine can be safely and ethically deployed as rapidly as possible," Gaebel said.

Only six people in the world are known to have received the untested drug known as ZMapp. The small supply is now said to be exhausted and it is expected to be months before more can be produced by its U.S. maker.

Dr. Abraham Borbor, the deputy chief medical doctor at Liberia's largest hospital, had received ZMapp, after it was given to two Americans. After receiving medical care in the U.S. they later survived the virus that has killed about half of its victims.

A Spanish missionary priest infected with Ebola also received the treatment but died. There was no update given on the two other Liberians who took the last known available doses of ZMapp.

Borbor "was showing signs of improvement but yesterday he took a turn for the worse," and died Sunday, Information Minister Lewis Brown told The Associated Press.

Ebola can cause a grisly death with bleeding from the eyes, mouth and ears. The virus can only be transmitted through direct contact with the bodily fluids of the sick or from touching victims' bodies, leaving doctors and other health care workers most vulnerable to contracting it.

Health experts caution that ZMapp had never been tested in humans before and it is unclear whether it works. They note there is a huge gap between the treatment the two Americans got at an Atlanta hospital, where five infectious disease experts and 21 nurses provided rigorous care, and West Africa, where even such basics as sterile fluids can be in short supply.

It also probably helped that the two Americans were considered healthy and well-nourished before they were infected and received prompt care, experts say.

Meanwhile, the family of 29-year-old William Pooley, the first British citizen confirmed to be infected with Ebola, said he is receiving excellent care at an isolation ward in London's Royal Free Hospital after being evacuated from the capital of Sierra Leone.

"We could not ask for him to be in a better place," they said in a statement.

Pooley, a volunteer nurse, was flown back to Britain from Sierra Leone where he was working at an Ebola treatment center.

The World Health Organization is also in the process of trying to evacuate a Senegalese doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, said WHO Assistant Director General, Dr. Keiji Fukada on Monday.

The U.N. on Monday also spoke out against the limitations placed on flights into and out of the affected countries, saying they are having "adverse effects on efforts to control the disease," slowing aid organizations' work in sending personnel and equipment and contributing to the countries' "economic and diplomatic isolation."

"We shouldn't do anything that stokes fear and stigmatization," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, told reporters.

On Monday, Japan also said it is ready to provide a newly-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment Ebola. The drug, with the brand name Avigan, was developed by Fujifilm subsidiary Toyama Chemical Co. to treat new and re-emerging influenza viruses, and has not been proven to be effective against Ebola.

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Gillies reported from Toronto. Associated Press writers Cara Anna at the United Nations, Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo, and Clarence Roy-Macaulay in Freetown, Sierra Leone contributed to this report.

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French President Dissolves Government http://www.kristv.com/news/french-president-dissolves-government/ http://www.kristv.com/news/french-president-dissolves-government/ World News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 3:13:54 AM French President Dissolves Government

PARIS (AP) - French President Francois Hollande is dissolving the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's economy.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government's resignation Monday after accusing his economy minister of crossing a line with open criticism of the government's policies.

Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday.

France has had effectively no economic growth this year and Hollande's approval ratings are in the teens.

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Gaza Militants Kill 18 Alleged Spies for Israel http://www.kristv.com/news/gaza-militants-kill-18-alleged-spies-for-israel/ http://www.kristv.com/news/gaza-militants-kill-18-alleged-spies-for-israel/ World News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 2:19:47 PM Associated Press Gaza Militants Kill 18 Alleged Spies for Israel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gunmen in Gaza have shot to death 18 people suspected of spying for Israel, a day after three top Hamas military commanders were killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Hamas media says today's shootings signal the start of a crackdown on "collaborators." A website close to the Hamas security services says suspected informants will now be dealt with "in the field" rather than in the courts.

Eleven alleged collaborators were shot dead this morning at the Gaza City police headquarters. They included two women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

Later, seven people were lined up against a wall outside a mosque and shot with automatic rifles as worshippers wrapped up noon prayers. A witness says one of the gunmen said the seven "had sold their souls to the enemy for a cheap price."

It's the third time since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war six weeks ago that Hamas has announced the killing of alleged collaborators.

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Airstrikes, Rocket Attacks Continue http://www.kristv.com/news/airstrikes-rocket-attacks-continue/ http://www.kristv.com/news/airstrikes-rocket-attacks-continue/ World News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 4:43:57 AM Airstrikes, Rocket Attacks Continue

GAZA - Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rocket attacks continued on Friday for a third day after the collapse of Egyptian-led ceasefire talks.

The Israeli military said it had carried out 20 airstrikes early on Friday, targeting rocket launchers and weapons sites.

It said Gaza militants fired two rockets at Israel.

In Gaza City, the Shamalakh family were examining the aftermath of an airstrike that hit their house.

No injuries were reported.

Fighting resumed this week after several failed rounds of indirect talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo.

Since July 8, fighting has claimed more than 2,000 Palestinian lives, most of them civilians, according to Palestinian officials and the UN, and entire neighborhoods of Gaza have been destroyed.

Sixty-four Israeli soldiers, two Israeli civilians and a guest worker also have been killed.

 


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Ceremony Held For Victims of Flight MH17 http://www.kristv.com/news/ceremony-held-for-victims-of-flight-mh17/ http://www.kristv.com/news/ceremony-held-for-victims-of-flight-mh17/ World News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 4:40:26 AM Ceremony Held For Victims of Flight MH17

MALAYSIA - Malaysia observed a day of mourning on Friday as bodies and ashes of 20 of the 43 Malaysian victims of the MH17 incident arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

Next of kin and government officials attended a simple ceremony given as a mark of respect to the victims of the tragedy.

A specially chartered plane took off from Amsterdam earlier in the day and landed at KLIA at 10.00am local time (0200 GMT) carrying the remains of the victims.

The victims were received in a solemn ceremony on the tarmac, watched by King Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The coffins, draped in Malaysian flags, were carried by teams of eight soldiers to waiting hearses before being taken to private funerals.

The government has urged people to wear black and observe a minute of silence and prayer to honor the victims in the first day of national mourning in Malaysia's history.

All 298 people onboard died when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists as it flew to Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Amsterdam.

The victims included 43 Malaysians and 195 Dutch nationals.

 


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Interpol Urges World Response to Iraq Extremists http://www.kristv.com/news/interpol-urges-world-response-to-iraq-extremists/ http://www.kristv.com/news/interpol-urges-world-response-to-iraq-extremists/ World News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 4:27:24 AM Interpol Urges World Response to Iraq Extremists

PARIS (AP) - Interpol says the killing of an American journalist kidnapped in Syria shows the need for a coordinated international effort against the stream of foreign fighters joining extremists in the Middle East.

The international policy agency said in a statement Thursday that James Foley's death shows the "depravity" of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq and "highlights the ongoing plight of other innocent people across the region."

France-based Interpol is particularly concerned that a man who appears in a video of Foley's death may be British. Interpol says this highlights "the need for a multilateral response against the terror threat posed by radicalized transnational fighters travelling to conflict zones in the Middle East."

More than a thousand radicals from Europe have joined militant fighters in Syria and Iraq.

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Afghanistan Orders New York Times Reporter to Leave Country http://www.kristv.com/news/afghanistan-orders-new-york-times-reporter-to-leave-country/ http://www.kristv.com/news/afghanistan-orders-new-york-times-reporter-to-leave-country/ World News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:46:50 PM Associated Press Afghanistan Orders New York Times Reporter to Leave Country

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

The attorney general's office called Matthew Rosenberg, 40, into their office Tuesday and asked him to reveal his sources, which he refused to do, the Times reported. On Wednesday, the attorney general's office said the story threatened Afghanistan's stability and security, announcing that he was being expelled. The statement suggested that the reporting, which relied largely on unnamed sources, was fabricated.

The Afghan Foreign Affairs Ministry and security agencies had been notified of the expulsion, the statement said.

A story on the newspaper's website Wednesday said it was "appalled" by the government's decision to expel Rosenberg and stood by his story.

"Matt is a terrific reporter who reported an accurate story," said Dean Baquet, the newspaper's executive editor. "He was perfectly willing to talk to the Afghan government but obviously wasn't going to reveal his sources."

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan also "expressed concern over the acts of intimidation" against Rosenberg, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York.

President Hamid Karzai's spokesman, Aimal Faizi, said Rosenberg's ejection came from the "clear fabrication" in his story, which amounted to an attempt to undermine the security and stability of the country. He said the government had complained to the newspaper over previous stories.

Afghanistan held presidential elections on April 6 to elect Karzai's successor. A runoff followed on June 14 between former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Abdullah received the most votes in the first round but failed to clear the 50 percent barrier needed to win outright. Preliminary results indicated that Ahmadzai was ahead in the runoff but both men claimed fraud. The results are now being audited.

The crisis has tested Afghanistan's fragile democracy and threatened to incite violence at a time when the country is struggling with a rising insurgency and a troubled economy.

Rosenberg's story in the Times said some officials with ties to the security forces were "threatening to seize power." The newspaper reported that powerful figures in the government were discussing forming an interim government as a way to rescue the country from the impasse following the election.

Meanwhile Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement that five of their Afghan staff members abducted Saturday at gunpoint in Herat province had been safely released. The five were in good health and have been reunited with their families, said Monica Zanarelli, who heads the ICRC delegation in Kabul. She did not elaborate.

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Associated Press writer Alexandra Olson in New York contributed to this report.

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American Journalist Reportedly Beheaded By ISIS Militants http://www.kristv.com/news/american-journalist-reportedly-beheaded-by-isis-militants/ http://www.kristv.com/news/american-journalist-reportedly-beheaded-by-isis-militants/ World News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 5:12:51 AM American Journalist Reportedly Beheaded By ISIS Militants

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Journalist James Foley was captured once covering the uprising in Libya so he knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

The 40-year-old from Rochester, New Hampshire, was snatched again in Syria in November 2012.

Two U.S. officials say they believe he was the person executed by Islamic State militants in a video released Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the video by name.

Foley's family has confirmed his death on a webpage created to rally support for him. His mother says he "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."

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Millions of Gallons of Acid Spilled in River http://www.kristv.com/news/millions-of-gallons-of-acid-spilled-in-river/ http://www.kristv.com/news/millions-of-gallons-of-acid-spilled-in-river/ World News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 4:23:34 AM Millions of Gallons of Acid Spilled in River

MEXICO - Mexico's top environmental official said Tuesday a mining company lied about spilling millions of gallons of acids and heavy metals.

Officials say a construction defect at a holding pond allowed the waste to flow into two rivers and a into a dam downstream.

Environmental Secretary Juan Jose Guerra Abud said the Buenavista Copper Mine falsely claimed the spill was caused by a heavy rain.

Schools remain closed in the area and farmers are worried about their livestock.

Dairy farmers said they cannot sell their milk.

Water supplies are still limited for residents.

The copper mine could face fines of up to three million dollars.

The mine is owned by the Grupo Mexico Consortium.

 


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Investigators Release Quebec Train Disaster Report http://www.kristv.com/news/investigators-release-quebec-train-disaster-report/ http://www.kristv.com/news/investigators-release-quebec-train-disaster-report/ World News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:02:01 PM Associated Press Investigators Release Quebec Train Disaster Report

TORONTO (AP) - The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.

TSB chair Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn't do proper safety audits.

The safety board issued its report 13 months after a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of volatile oil from North Dakota derailed, hurtled down an incline and slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Several train cars exploded and 40 buildings were leveled, including a popular bar that was filled with revelers enjoying a summer Friday night. The unattended train had been parked overnight on a rail line before it came loose.

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways went bankrupt after the disaster.

"We now know why the situation developed over time," Tadros told a news conference in Lac-Megantic. "A weak safety culture at MMA, poor training of employees, tank cars that didn't offer enough protection."

The TSB, which is responsible for investigating rail, air and marine accidents, blamed another government agency, Transport Canada, for failing in its oversight duties.

"And then Transport Canada didn't audit railways often enough and thoroughly enough to know how those companies were really managing, or not managing, risk," Tadros said.

The safety board said Transport Canada, which is responsible for regulating railways, must take a more hands on role to ensure railway safety measures are effective. Canadian railways must put in place additional physical defenses to prevent runaways, the board said.

Tadros said Transport Canada knew Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways was having problems but proper follow up was not done.

"Who was the guardian of public safety? That is the role of the government to provide checks and balances and oversight, yet this booming industry where unit trains were shipping more and more oil across Canada and across the border ran largely unchecked," Tadros said.

TSB chief operating officer Jean Laporte called Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's operations "dubious" and said the railway chose to limit the speed on certain routes instead of improving its equipment. "People only did the bare minimum to get the job done rather than always following the rules," Laporte said.

The safety board said the train's brakes weren't properly set by the engineer.

In May, the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Canada Co. and three of its employees were charged by Quebec prosecutors with 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death. The accused are train engineer Thomas Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, manager of train operations. Class-action lawsuits are pending.

The crash, the worst railway accident in Canada in nearly 150 years, prompted intense public pressure to make oil trains safer. Canada's transport minister said in April that the type of tankers involved in the disaster must be retired or retrofitted within three years because they are prone to rupturing.

The oil industry has rapidly moved to using trains to transport oil in part because of oil booms in North Dakota's Bakken region and Alberta's oil sands, and because of a lack of pipelines.

The safety board previously cited easily breached tank cars and highly volatile oil as factors.

The Lac-Megantic disaster along with a string of other explosive accidents across North America prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue an alert about the potential high volatility of crude from the Bakken oil patch. The U.S. agency said that light crude oil from the Bakken oil region, which straddles North Dakota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, may be different from traditional heavy crudes because it is prone to ignite at a lower temperature.

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Vatican: Argentina Car Crash Kills Pope's Relatives http://www.kristv.com/news/vatican-argentina-car-crash-kills-pope-s-relatives/ http://www.kristv.com/news/vatican-argentina-car-crash-kills-pope-s-relatives/ World News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 8:40:59 AM Vatican: Argentina Car Crash Kills Pope's Relatives

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope's nephew.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city. One nephew was 2, the other was 8 months. The age of their mother wasn't immediately available. Lombardi said the nephew survived; local news reports said he was injured. Lombardi didn't have the victims' names.

Lombardi said "the pope was informed about the tragic accident. He is deeply pained." He added the pope asks "all who share in his grief to unite with him in prayer."

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