Friday, October 31, 2014

International

Sweden’s new government recognizes Palestinian state; Israel criticizes the move

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

Ocean group finds shrimp sold at US restaurants and grocers rife with misleading labels

NEW ORLEANS — Consumers around the nation can’t be sure what kind of shrimp they’re buying if they simply look at the label or menu at supermarkets, grocers and restaurants, an advocacy group says.
Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico.

Southern Iowa county residents compete for Halloween accolades in roadside hay bale art show

CHARITON, Iowa — Residents in a southern Iowa county have been creating works of art from hay bales for Halloween.
Lucas County’s annual hay bale art contest features more than 30 entries in three towns this year. The roadside pieces include a large grey and white cat, a caterpillar famed for its hunger, and a character from the Disney movie “Cars.”

:Mystery solved? South Korean spy agency says North Korean leader Kim had ankle surgery

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s spy agency said Tuesday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world.

Japanese government delegation in North Korea for talks on abduction issue

The abduction issue has long been a major obstacle in the frosty ties between North Korea and Japan, which have no formal diplomatic relations.
The delegation, led by Junichi Ihara, head of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau at Japan’s Foreign Ministry, is to stay in North Korea for four days. Officials are to discuss the issue on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine parliamentary vote in major political earthquake

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia.

Hawaii volcano lava prompts evacuation concerns, moves nearer to town’s main road

Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii have been placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano advances.
Authorities on Sunday said lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii had advanced about 250 yards since Saturday morning. The flow front had entered a cemetery and was about a half-mile from Pahoa Village Road, the town’s main street.

Sweden calls off weeklong search for suspected submarine in Stockholm archipelago

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Swedish authorities called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea.
Naval and amphibious forces were ordered back to base, while some ground forces remained in the search area, military officials said.

3 others quarantined in NYC after 1st Ebola case, a doctor who treated patients in West Africa

NEW YORK — A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

Family: Doctors no longer detect Ebola in 2nd Texas nurse diagnosed after treating ill patient

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Doctors no longer detect Ebola in a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and back before she was diagnosed with the virus, her family said Wednesday.

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