Tuesday, September 2, 2014

International

Ukraine says Russian forces sighted in major eastern cities

KYIV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian official said Tuesday that Russian forces have been spotted in both of the major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine.

Fiji’s military says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights are alive and unharmed

SUVA, Fiji — Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations.

UN: The number of refugees from Syria tops 3 million, up by 1 million from a year ago

GENEVA — The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year alone and the increasingly complex and bloody conflict has shown no sign of letting up, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

UN Security Council meets in emergency session on growing Ukraine crisis

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.

Uzi killing in Arizona displays tragic side of gun tourism as it grows in popularity

LAS VEGAS — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.
With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people — especially those outside the U.S. — indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction.

Once a woolly wanderer, Shaun the Aussie sheep shorn smooth, but alas, wasn’t shaggiest of all

SYDNEY, Australia — Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn’t the wooliest of all.
The sheep apparently had been hiding for years on a farm on the island state of Tasmania and had never been shorn. The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday that Shaun lost 23.5 kilograms (52 pounds) of wool at his first haircut.

New analysis of attempt to call Flight 370 suggests quick turn south, may alter search area

CANBERRA, Australia — Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone.

Canada pulling 3 member lab team back from Sierra Leone over Ebola fears

TORONTO — Canada is in the process of evacuating its three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone over concerns for the safety of the scientists.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said late Tuesday that the team is being recalled to Canada after people at the hotel complex where they were staying were diagnosed with Ebola.

400 Garden Gnomes gone Missing

VIENNA, Austria — A leading Austrian political party has issued a garden gnome alert after 400 of its figurines disappeared from lamp posts used in campaigning.

Foley case shines light on wrenching debate over whether gov’ts should pay ransom for hostages

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens.

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