<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:19:11 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks]]> http://gazette.com/iraqi-troops-advance-on-western-mosul-as-mattis-holds-talks/article/feed/445923?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iraqi-troops-advance-on-western-mosul-as-mattis-holds-talks/article/feed/445923?custom_click=rss

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.

With aerial support from the U.S.-led coalition, Iraqi police and army troops launched the offensive Sunday, part of a 100-day-old campaign that has already driven the militants from the eastern half of the city.

Iraqi helicopters fired rockets at the village of Abu Saif early Monday, targeting a hill that overlooks the city's airport. By noon, the forces entered the village and gained control over much of the strategic hill as fighting was

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:09:25 -0700 <![CDATA[Tensions mount as Ecuador's presidential race up in the air]]> http://gazette.com/tensions-mount-as-ecuadors-presidential-race-up-in-the-air/article/feed/446029?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tensions-mount-as-ecuadors-presidential-race-up-in-the-air/article/feed/446029?custom_click=rss

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Tension mounted as vote counting in Ecuador's presidential election dragged into a third day Tuesday, with supporters and opponents of outgoing President Rafael Correa trading heated accusations.

With the last ballots trickling in from Sunday's election, ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno had a little over 39 percent of the votes and an almost 11-point lead over conservative Guillermo Lasso, a former banker who finished second in a field of nine candidates. But Moreno remained just under a point short of the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:00:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Asian stocks higher after Wall Street long weekend]]> http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-higher-after-wall-street-long-weekend/article/feed/445909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-stocks-higher-after-wall-street-long-weekend/article/feed/445909?custom_click=rss

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as investors looked ahead to minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting and Wall Street prepared to reopen after a three-day weekend.

KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 advanced 0.5 percent to 19,338.63 and the Shanghai Composite Index added 0.1 percent to 3,242.55. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.1 percent to 24,162.60 while Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 shed 0.1 percent to 5,791.60. Seoul's Kospi gained 1.1 percent to 2,106.88 and benchmarks in New Zealand and Jakarta also rose. Taiwan, Singapore and Manila declined.

WALL STREET: Stock indexes reached record highs Friday, capping a fourth straight week of gains for the Standard & Poor's 500 index. U.S.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:51:44 -0700 <![CDATA[South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking]]> http://gazette.com/south-africa-honors-more-than-600-dead-in-wwi-ship-sinking/article/feed/446025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/south-africa-honors-more-than-600-dead-in-wwi-ship-sinking/article/feed/446025?custom_click=rss

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi, sinking the vessel in about 20 minutes and killing more than 600 southern African troops on board, the vast majority of them black.

The deaths in the service of Britain's colonial empire elicit conflicted feelings in modern South Africa, where the men are viewed as heroes but also as pawns, assigned to digging and other non-combat tasks and denied the right to carry weapons in a distant war.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:25:35 -0700 <![CDATA[N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe]]> http://gazette.com/n.-korean-envoy-blasts-malaysians-calls-for-joint-probe/article/feed/445907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/n.-korean-envoy-blasts-malaysians-calls-for-joint-probe/article/feed/445907?custom_click=rss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

Malaysia responded with its own accusations, with a foreign ministry statement saying the ambassador's comments were "culled from delusions, lies and half-truths." Earlier Monday, Malaysia said it was recalling its ambassador to Pyongyang.

The diplomatic spat comes in the wake of the death last week of Kim Jong Nam, who died after apparently being poisoned in the Kuala Lumpur airport.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:10:54 -0700 <![CDATA[Ruling party candidate on top in Ecuador's presidential vote]]> http://gazette.com/ruling-party-candidate-on-top-in-ecuadors-presidential-vote/article/feed/446004?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ruling-party-candidate-on-top-in-ecuadors-presidential-vote/article/feed/446004?custom_click=rss

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa held an easy lead Monday in Ecuador's presidential election, though authorities said it might be a few more days before they determine if he won enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

With more than 90 percent of polling stations reporting late in the day, ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno had slightly over 39 percent of the votes cast Sunday, compared to 28 percent for former banker Guillermo Lasso, the closest contender among seven opposition candidates.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:37:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Hot sauce and hope for Conan O'Brien in Mexico]]> http://gazette.com/hot-sauce-and-hope-for-conan-obrien-in-mexico/article/feed/445991?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hot-sauce-and-hope-for-conan-obrien-in-mexico/article/feed/445991?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The towering U.S. television host Conan O'Brien is drawing stares in Mexico, where he's taping an episode of his show in a bid to "do something positive" about the tensions in U.S.-Mexico relations.

O'Brien, who is 6-feet-4, arrived late last week and has spent part of his time in Mexico City strolling the streets, greeting people and trying the food.

On Monday he stopped by one of the city's fancier taco restaurants and wound up trying hot sauce straight out of the bowl as restaurant patrons taped the scene on their phones. Some gasped, "No!"

O'Brien said: "Now, I am Mexican. I am also dying."

He doesn't think his outreach marks a turning point in bilateral relations, but said, "Everyone has

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:29:35 -0700 <![CDATA[Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer]]> http://gazette.com/uber-to-investigate-sexual-harassment-claim-by-engineer/article/feed/445930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uber-to-investigate-sexual-harassment-claim-by-engineer/article/feed/445930?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Uber's chief executive ordered an investigation Monday into a sexual-harassment claim made by a female engineer who said her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.

In a blog post about her year at Uber, Susan Fowler Rigetti said the company's human resources department ignored her complaints because her boss was a high performer.

CEO Travis Kalanick responded Monday on Twitter that he had instructed the ride-hailing app company's chief human resources officer to look into Rigetti's charges.

"What's described here is abhorrent & against everything we believe in," Kalanick tweeted. "Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:25:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Burberry draws on sculptor Henry Moore in fashion highlight]]> http://gazette.com/burberry-draws-on-sculptor-henry-moore-in-fashion-highlight/article/feed/445942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/burberry-draws-on-sculptor-henry-moore-in-fashion-highlight/article/feed/445942?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — All eyes were on Burberry and creative director Christopher Bailey Monday night as London Fashion Week reached its starry climax.

Bailey didn't disappoint, drawing on the sculptor Henry Moore for inspiration in a startling new collection that built on the English heritage brand's traditional appeal.

The Burberry spectacle capped four days of shows that highlighted London's claim to be an international fashion hub that rivals Paris, Milan and New York.

Buyers, devoted fans and journalists — including American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour — enjoyed spring-like temperatures as they viewed offerings from Burberry, Christopher Kane, Erdem and Aspinal of London on Monday.

The shows continue Tue

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:16:38 -0700 <![CDATA[German nationalist Petry met with Putin allies]]> http://gazette.com/german-nationalist-petry-met-with-putin-allies/article/feed/445998?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/german-nationalist-petry-met-with-putin-allies/article/feed/445998?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's most prominent nationalist politician held talks with Russian lawmakers over the weekend, including senior members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party, her office said Monday.

Frauke Petry, the co-leader of Alternative for Germany, traveled to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian capital's city administration to discuss "cooperation" with the legislative assemblies of Germany's 16 states, according to a statement.

Petry also met with State Duma speaker and Putin confidant Vyacheslav Volodin, and a deputy speaker, Pyotr Tolstoy, "on the sidelines," the statement said.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:29:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Guinea: 5 killed amid student protests over teacher strikes]]> http://gazette.com/guinea-5-killed-amid-student-protests-over-teacher-strikes/article/feed/445945?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/guinea-5-killed-amid-student-protests-over-teacher-strikes/article/feed/445945?custom_click=rss CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — At least five people were killed Monday when police in Guinea clamped down on hundreds of students with stones and sticks who demonstrated against teacher strikes that have kept them out of class for weeks.

Guinea's government announced the deaths and condemned the events leading to them, calling the demonstrations illegal. It called for restraint and said it would prosecute those involved in violence.

The dead were shot at close range by riot police and gendarmerie, according to a hospital worker. The staffer spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation and because he was not permitted to speak to the media.

It was not immediately clear if the five killed were all

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:19:58 -0700 <![CDATA[Vatican, Rome's Jewish Museum, team up for first joint show]]> http://gazette.com/vatican-romes-jewish-museum-team-up-for-first-joint-show/article/feed/445975?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vatican-romes-jewish-museum-team-up-for-first-joint-show/article/feed/445975?custom_click=rss

ROME (AP) — The museums of the Vatican and Rome's ancient Jewish community are hosting their first joint exhibit, building on decades of improved Catholic-Jewish relations following centuries of mistrust.

The focus of the exhibit opening in May will be the menorah, the seven-armed candelabrum described in the Jewish Torah and depicted in Jewish, Catholic and secular art over the centuries.

Through figurative art, the exhibit "recounts the multi-millennia, incredible and suffered history of the menorah," organizers said in a statement Monday announcing the initiative.

Part of the show will explore the legend of a solid-gold menorah that was kept in the first Temple of Jerusalem. The menorah was taken to Rome after the

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:06:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Bailout negotiators get go-ahead to return to Greece]]> http://gazette.com/bailout-negotiators-get-go-ahead-to-return-to-greece/article/feed/445933?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bailout-negotiators-get-go-ahead-to-return-to-greece/article/feed/445933?custom_click=rss

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece and its European creditors agreed Monday to resume talks on what economic reforms the country must make next in order to get the money it needs to avoid bankruptcy and a potential exit from the euro this summer.

The creditors also hinted that they would temper their demands for budget cuts — a welcome thought for austerity-weary Greeks who have seen poverty and unemployment spike as their economy shrank by a quarter over the recent crisis-ridden years.

"There will be a change in the policy mix, if you will, moving perhaps away from austerity and putting more emphasis on deep reforms," said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the eurozone's top official.

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:48:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit]]> http://gazette.com/amid-protests-uk-lawmakers-debate-downgrading-trump-visit/article/feed/445928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amid-protests-uk-lawmakers-debate-downgrading-trump-visit/article/feed/445928?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump rallied outside Britain's Parliament on Monday, while lawmakers inside urged the government to rescind its offer to the president of a state visit stamped with pomp, pageantry and royal approval.

In a passionate debate that's unlikely to change the British government's position, Trump was labeled a misogynist, a bigot and a "petulant child" by opposition legislators. They argued that a state visit planned for later this year will demean the U.K. and Queen Elizabeth II, the president's official host.

Conservative lawmakers, however, said revoking the invitation would do far more harm. Tory lawmaker Edward Leigh said canceling the state visit would be "

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:47:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Pakistani women take key first step in rugby sevens debut]]> http://gazette.com/pakistani-women-take-key-first-step-in-rugby-sevens-debut/article/feed/445922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pakistani-women-take-key-first-step-in-rugby-sevens-debut/article/feed/445922?custom_click=rss ISLAMABAD (AP) — They won only once at the Asian Women's Rugby Sevens in Laos last weekend but for the Pakistan women it was a dream debut at an international event.

"That's a big deal that women are playing rugby," player Mehru Khan said. "And secondly, that we are getting a platform to come and perform to represent our country."

Men's cricket is the only sport to get recognition in this country of 200 million people. Religious and cultural barriers make it difficult for women to receive due encouragement to take up sports, more so for a contact sport like rugby.

But World Rugby's "Get into Rugby" program has in the last three years attracted 50,000 people, more than a third of them females, according to the Pakistan

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]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:40:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump's labor secretary ]]> http://gazette.com/puzder-withdraws-nomination-to-be-trumps-labor-secretary/article/1596896?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/puzder-withdraws-nomination-to-be-trumps-labor-secretary/article/1596896?custom_click=rss

Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary.

The fast food executive says in a statement provided to The Associated Press that he was "honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America's workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity."

Puzder says "while I won't be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team."

Puzder's confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thursday. But some Republicans had raised concerns about his failure to pay taxes for five years on a former housekeeper who wasn't authorized to work in the U.S.

Puzder is CEO of CKE

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