<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:08:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Syria: Battle for IS capital reaches 'final stages']]> http://gazette.com/syria-battle-for-is-capital-reaches-final-stages/article/feed/494553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/syria-battle-for-is-capital-reaches-final-stages/article/feed/494553?custom_click=rss BEIRUT (AP) — The battle for the Islamic State group's de-facto Syria capital, Raqqa, has reached its "final stages," the U.S.-backed force leading the assault said Wednesday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces captured Raqqa's last grain silos from the militants in a surprise offensive on the city's northern neighborhoods, mounted five days ago, the group said in a statement.

The U.S. and its international coalition partners intensified their air raids on the militants' last remaining enclave, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. The U.S. also has hundreds of forces embedded with the Syrian fighters who provide artillery fire and other support.

Just 300 to 400 militants remai

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:02:09 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Countries begin signing nuclear ban treaty at UN]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-countries-begin-signing-nuclear-ban-treaty-at-un/article/feed/494562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-countries-begin-signing-nuclear-ban-treaty-at-un/article/feed/494562?custom_click=rss

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):

8:54 a.m.

Countries have started signing on to the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons that is backed by over 100 nations. But the nuclear powers want no part of it.

Brazilian President Michel Temer was first to sign at a ceremony Wednesday at the United Nations. Its treaty office said 51 countries were expected to sign on the opening day.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls the pact "an important step towards the universally held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons."

More than 120 countries approved the treaty in July over opposition from nuclear-armed countries and their allies. They boycotted negotiations.

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:58:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico after slamming Dominica]]> http://gazette.com/hurricane-maria-hits-puerto-rico-after-slamming-dominica/article/feed/494546?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hurricane-maria-hits-puerto-rico-after-slamming-dominica/article/feed/494546?custom_click=rss

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit Puerto Rico pummeled the island Wednesday, tearing off roofs and sending doors flying from hinges as officials warned Hurricane Maria would decimate the power company's crumbling infrastructure and force the government to rebuild dozens of communities.

Maria, which has killed at least nine in the Caribbean, made landfall early Wednesday in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph (250 kph) winds, and it was expected to punish the island with life-threatening winds for 12 to 24 hours, forecasters said.

People calling local radio stations reported that doors were flying off hinges and a water tank flew away in the

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:56:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Lebanon Trump Refugees]]> http://gazette.com/lebanon-trump-refugees/article/feed/494565?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lebanon-trump-refugees/article/feed/494565?custom_click=rss FILE - This Oct. 28, 2015 file photo, shows a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Hosh Hareem, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. President Donald Trump’s suggestion, in a speech at the U.N. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, that refugees be resettled closer to home instead of brought to the United States has angered many in Lebanon, a tiny country hosting more than 1.5 million refugees. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said “everyone knows Lebanon rejects resettling Palestinians or any other nationalities.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:53:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Nations to sign nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers]]> http://gazette.com/nations-to-sign-nuclear-ban-treaty-opposed-by-big-powers/article/feed/494493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nations-to-sign-nuclear-ban-treaty-opposed-by-big-powers/article/feed/494493?custom_click=rss

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first treaty to ban nuclear weapons was opened Wednesday for countries to sign, with the backing of over 100 nations but the opposition of nuclear-armed ones.

"This treaty is an important milestone towards the universally held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons" at a time of increasing concern about their risk, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened a signing ceremony.

It came alongside the U.N.'s biggest gathering of the year, the U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders. Many were set to address the assembly later in the day, while the Security Council had scheduled a high-level meeting on its far-flung peacekeeping operations.

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:52:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Spain Catalonia]]> http://gazette.com/spain-catalonia/article/feed/490232?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spain-catalonia/article/feed/490232?custom_click=rss Pro-independence protestors hold up a fake ballot box as they gather outside the headquarters of the region's department of economic affairs in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Spanish police arrested at least 12 people Wednesday in raids on Catalan government offices, news reports said, as national authorities intensified a crackdown on the region's preparations for a secession vote that Spain says is illegal.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:47:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Bangladesh Myanmar Attacks]]> http://gazette.com/bangladesh-myanmar-attacks/article/feed/487403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bangladesh-myanmar-attacks/article/feed/487403?custom_click=rss A Bangladeshi man distributes money to Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, at Taiy Khali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when deadly attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group on police posts prompted Myanmar's military to launch "clearance operations" in Rakhine state.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:37:55 -0600
<![CDATA[European steel merger could see 4,000 jobs axed]]> http://gazette.com/european-steel-merger-could-see-4000-jobs-axed/article/feed/494561?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/european-steel-merger-could-see-4000-jobs-axed/article/feed/494561?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Thyssenkrupp and Tata Steel of India signed a preliminary deal on Wednesday to merge their European steel operations, a combination that could lead to up to 4,000 job cuts.

The move to create Europe's second-largest steel company is an effort to consolidate the industry, which has long struggled with excess capacity and competition, particularly from China.

The two firms signed a memorandum of understanding to form a 50-50 joint venture. Negotiations about details are to be concluded in time for a formal signing of the transaction at the beginning of 2018, and the merger of the second- and third-biggest players in Europe will require approval from the companies' boards and from antitrust authorities.

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:28:57 -0600 <![CDATA[Kenya Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn't see data]]> http://gazette.com/kenya-supreme-court-nixed-poll-because-it-couldnt-see-data/article/feed/494528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kenya-supreme-court-nixed-poll-because-it-couldnt-see-data/article/feed/494528?custom_click=rss

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's Supreme Court said Wednesday it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election largely because the electoral commission refused scrutiny of its computerized voting system.

The court judges said because the electoral commission refused to allow scrutiny of its computer servers it had no option but to agree with the claim by Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga that the computerized data of the August presidential elections had been interfered with.

The court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election earlier this month saying there were irregularities and illegalities. It made the decision in response to Odinga's petition challenging the official results that Kenyatta won with 54 percen

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:28:43 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Israel sending rescue team to Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-israel-sending-rescue-team-to-mexico/article/feed/494520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-israel-sending-rescue-team-to-mexico/article/feed/494520?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on a major earthquake that has struck Mexico (all times local):

7:15 a.m.

The Israeli military says it's sending a 70-member delegation to Mexico to assist with rescue efforts following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus is a military spokesman who says the delegation is expected to arrive in Mexico on Thursday morning. He says the delegation's main effort will be to provide engineering assistance.

Some 25 engineers make up the biggest component of the team. They will help survey and assess damage and determine whether buildings are safe. The team will also include search and rescue professionals, as well as support staff providing medical care and logistics.

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:24:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Belarus Russia War Games]]> http://gazette.com/belarus-russia-war-games/article/feed/492506?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/belarus-russia-war-games/article/feed/492506?custom_click=rss Belarusian and Russian troops take part in the Zapad (West) 2017 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Borisovsky range in Borisov, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:24:24 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: Independence supporters scuffle with guards]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-independence-supporters-scuffle-with-guards/article/feed/494527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-independence-supporters-scuffle-with-guards/article/feed/494527?custom_click=rss

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Catalan pro-independence supporters have scuffled with Spanish Civil Guard officers escorting a government official arrested as part of a crackdown by national authorities on Catalonia's plans to hold a secession referendum.

The protesters tried to block the officers as they took Xavier Puig away from the headquarters of the region's department of external affairs in downtown Barcelona. Puig, the IT manager in the department, was one of at least 12 officials arrested Wednesday in police raids.

The protesters tried to block a police vehicle and some scuffles ensued. There were no reports of arrests or injurie

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:14:48 -0600 <![CDATA[Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 217]]> http://gazette.com/mexicans-dig-through-collapsed-buildings-as-quake-kills-217/article/feed/494507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mexicans-dig-through-collapsed-buildings-as-quake-kills-217/article/feed/494507?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities stood at 217.

Adding poignancy and a touch of the surreal, Tuesday's magnitude-7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands. Just hours earlier, people around Mexico had held earthquake drills to mark the date.

One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs.

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]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:12:30 -0600 <![CDATA[South Korea Film Kingsman]]> http://gazette.com/south-korea-film-kingsman/article/feed/494557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-korea-film-kingsman/article/feed/494557?custom_click=rss Actor Colin Firth takes pictures with fans during a promotional event for his latest film "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The film will be released in South Korea on Sept. 27.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:11:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Greek oil spill effort stalled by cleanup vessel arrests]]> http://gazette.com/greek-oil-spill-effort-stalled-by-cleanup-vessel-arrests/article/feed/494558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/greek-oil-spill-effort-stalled-by-cleanup-vessel-arrests/article/feed/494558?custom_click=rss

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The captain and chief mechanic of a ship commissioned for an oil-spill cleanup operation outside Athens have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges, further complicating efforts to contain the oil that has polluted the Greek capital's coastline.

The Merchant Marine Ministry said Wednesday that the two were arrested on smuggling charges after undeclared fuel was found on the tanker ship Lassea.

The vessel was being used to recover oil from the wreck of the Agia Zoni II tanker which sank on Sept. 10 while anchored near Greece's main port of Piraeus.

The recovery effort was suspended Tuesday, with a replacement vessel due to be selected Wednesday, ministry officials told the AP.

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