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  • Violent Protests as Kurds Seek Help Against IS October 8, 2014 Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Turkey leaving at least 14 people dead and scores injured Tuesday as demonstrators in Brussels forced their way into the European Parliament, part of Europe-wide demonstrations against the Islamic State group’s advance on a town on the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey’s private Dogan news agency reported 8 dead in the eastern city of Diyarbakir and that the other victims died in cities in the east as police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters who burned cars and damaged businesses. The activists are demanding more help for the besieged Kurdish forces struggling to hold onto ... Read more
  • Mexico Prosecutor Says Mass Grave Held 28 Bodies October 8, 2014 Mexican forensic experts recovered 28 charred bodies from a clandestine grave on the outskirts of this city where police engaged in a deadly clash with student protesters a week ago, Guerrero state’s chief prosecutor said Sunday. State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said the corpses were too badly damaged for immediate identification and he could not say whether any of the dead could be some of the 43 college students reported missing after the confrontation with police. He said genetic testing of the remains could take two weeks to two months. Blanco said one of the people detained in the case had told investigators ... Read more
  • Strong Earthquake Shakes Southwestern China October 8, 2014 A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials said Wednesday. The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at 9:49 p.m. when most residents would have been in their homes. At least 324 people also were injured, eight of them seriously, the Yunnan provincial government said. “The whole building was shaking terribly with a loud cracking sound. Plates fell off in the kitchen,” the official state Xinhua News Agency quoted Weiyuan resident ... Read more
  • U.S. Now Using Apache Helicopters to Attack ISIS in Iraq October 6, 2014 AH-64 Apache, a four-blade, twin-engine attack helicopter WASHINGTON — The U.S. has begun using Apache AH-64 attack helicopters to strike at ISIS targets inside Iraq, the first time the aircraft have been used for offensive strikes since arriving in Baghdad in early July. Their use opens up a new capability in the airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq, but one that also comes with risks, as they could be vulnerable to ground fire. A defense official confirms that Apache helicopters were used this weekend as part of four airstrikes on a large ISIS force northeast of Fallujah. The attack was conducted in coordination with Air Force fighter aircraft that ... Read more
  • Hong Kong Protests: 5 Key Questions Answered October 6, 2014 Paula Bronstein/Getty Images So, you’ve heard about the protests going on in Hong Kong, but are confused about the details? No problem. The situation is complicated and there are many unknowns. We reached out to Elizabeth Economy, the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director, Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to help bring some clarity to the fluid situation. 1] We’ve all heard about the protests in Hong Kong. We’ll get to those in a second. But first, can you explain the relationship between Hong Kong and China? Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese in 1997 after being controlled by ... Read more
  • Why Hong Kong Residents Are Taking to the Streets September 29, 2014 Riot police launch tear gas into the crowd as thousands of protesters surround the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2014. Hong Kong police on Sunday night fired tear gas into a rowdy but largely peaceful crowd of pro-democracy protesters, which seemingly ballooned and spread across the city only after the moment the tear gas was released from its shell. Riot police launch tear gas into the crowd as thousands of protesters surround the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sept. 28, 2014. (Wally Santana/AP Photo) The crowds – for which there were no official numbers for the crowds, although activist groups were estimating them to be in the tens of thousands – effectively brought parts the international financial hub to virtual standstill for ... Read more
  • Obama’s UN Resolution on Foreign Fighters Explained September 25, 2014 Obama President Obama presided over a rare and significant session of the U.N. Security Council today as leaders of 15 nations voted to unanimously adopt a resolution aimed at stopping the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across the globe. It was only the sixth time in the Security Council’s 68-year history that member country heads of state convened for a session, and only the second time a U.S. president held the rotating chairmanship. In 2009, Obama led a meeting on nuclear nonproliferation. The White House says the resolution is a critical cornerstone of the long-term, global effort to destroy Islamic extremist groups, like ... Read more
  • American Fighting With Ukraine Rebels Urges Others to Join Him September 23, 2014 American Fighting With Ukraine Rebels Urges Others to Join HimMOSCOW – With his face covered by a camouflage balaclava and a Midwestern aw-shucks tinge to his voice, Hunter from Illinois called on other Westerners to join him in fighting alongside Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. The man who claims to be, and sounds like, an American appeared on a three minute video released on YouTube by a media outlet associated with the Vostok Battalion, one of the main separatist groups fighting against Ukrainian troops. “I arrived here to help, help New Russia, Novorossiya, become an independent state,” he said in response to a question by someone behind the camera. Novorossiya is ... Read more
  • How to Help: The Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan September 23, 2014 WN How to Help: Lost Boys of Sudan The film “The Good Lie,” which stars Reese Witherspoon, focuses on the so-called Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan and how their lives changed once they were resettled in the United States. The Warner Bros. movie, expected to be released next month, also includes several former Lost Boys. The producers of the movie launched The Good Lie Fund to help support the humanitarian and educational needs of the Lost Boys and Girls, who have been uprooted and orphaned by the Sudanese Civil War that began in 1983. Click here for more information on the The Good Lie Fund. The fund’s initial focus will be ... Read more
  • UK remains united after Scotland referendum September 19, 2014 EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) – The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. But No to a break-up doesn’t mean a return to the status quo. The referendum led to promises of further powers for each of the four nations in the United Kingdom – a pledge that will change the country forever. The vote’s results announced Friday prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain’s economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for ... Read more

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