<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:15:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[High-rise tower being built in Abu Dhabi catches fire]]> http://gazette.com/high-rise-tower-being-built-in-abu-dhabi-catches-fire/article/feed/391574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/high-rise-tower-being-built-in-abu-dhabi-catches-fire/article/feed/391574?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Firefighters in Abu Dhabi are battling a blaze that broke out in a high-rise building under construction in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The adjacent Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi hotel says in a statement that the fire started at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday and that authorities ordered the hotel evacuated an hour and a half later.

The Ministry of Interior posted images of thick white smoke billowing from the building and officials and firefighters on the scene. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:00:56 -0600 <![CDATA[3 men in line for Brazilian presidency accused of corruption]]> http://gazette.com/3-men-in-line-for-brazilian-presidency-accused-of-corruption/article/feed/391620?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/3-men-in-line-for-brazilian-presidency-accused-of-corruption/article/feed/391620?custom_click=rss

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff have put a spotlight on corruption in the ranks of Brazil's lawmakers. Watchdog groups say about 60 percent of the 594 legislators in both chambers of Congress are being investigated for wrongdoing or are facing corruption charges, including the three men in line to replace Rousseff if she is removed from office.

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FIRST IN LINE: Vice President Michel Temer.

In a plea bargain, a former senator who had been a director of state-run oil company Transpetro made a direct link between Temer and the massive corruption probe centered on the main government oil company, Petrobras.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:00:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Alicia Keys to pay tribute to Clive Davis during Black Ball]]> http://gazette.com/alicia-keys-to-pay-tribute-to-clive-davis-during-black-ball/article/feed/391619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alicia-keys-to-pay-tribute-to-clive-davis-during-black-ball/article/feed/391619?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys is paying tribute to the record executive who offered her a recording contract more than 15 years ago at her charity's annual black-tie event.

Music mogul Clive Davis will receive the humanitarian award at the 13th annual Black Ball on Oct. 19 in New York. The event is an extension of Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive, which launched in 2003 and supports HIV and AIDS victims in Africa and India.

Patti Smith and A$AP Rocky will perform at the event at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Keys says she's honoring the 84-year-old Davis "for his long-standing commitment in the fight against AIDS."

Davis is credited with launching the careers of Whitney Houston, Keys, Smith and Barry Manilow.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:51:19 -0600 <![CDATA[In bid against corruption, Greece to ax TV licenses]]> http://gazette.com/in-bid-against-corruption-greece-to-ax-tv-licenses/article/feed/391576?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-bid-against-corruption-greece-to-ax-tv-licenses/article/feed/391576?custom_click=rss ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's left-wing government launched an auction Tuesday for four private national television licenses, reducing the number from seven after a heated public debate on corruption in the financially troubled country.

In a heavily policed government building, eight bidders are taking part in the process that would see eliminated TV stations close by the end of the year. Private Mega Television was excluded last month because of financial difficulties.

Dozens of TV station executives and advisers, most wheeling suitcases into the building, won't be allowed to leave or communicate with rivals or the outside world until the bidding process is completed.

Bids were to start at 3 million euros ($3.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:45:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Human Rights Watch: Palestinians abuse media, activists]]> http://gazette.com/human-rights-watch-palestinians-abuse-media-activists/article/feed/391568?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/human-rights-watch-palestinians-abuse-media-activists/article/feed/391568?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch said both the Western-backed Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and its rival, the ruling Islamic militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, are "arresting, abusing, and criminally charging journalists and activists who express peaceful criticism of the authorities."

In 2007, Hamas ousted Abbas' Fatah forces from Gaza in bloody street battles, leaving the Palestinians divided between two governments.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:32:48 -0600 <![CDATA[UN says 10,000 civilians killed, wounded in Yemen conflict]]> http://gazette.com/un-says-10000-civilians-killed-wounded-in-yemen-conflict/article/feed/391611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-says-10000-civilians-killed-wounded-in-yemen-conflict/article/feed/391611?custom_click=rss

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator says a "minimum" of 10,000 people have been killed and wounded in Yemen's conflict.

Jamie McGoldrick provided the updated toll to reporters in the capital, Sanaa, on Tuesday. When asked by The Associated Press if he was referring to civilians, he said, "I never address combatants."

Yemen's conflict pits an internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced from power in 2012 following an Arab Spring uprising. Local affiliates of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have exploited the chaos to expand their reach.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:30:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Taliban appoint military chief as the new leader settles in]]> http://gazette.com/taliban-appoint-military-chief-as-the-new-leader-settles-in/article/feed/391569?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/taliban-appoint-military-chief-as-the-new-leader-settles-in/article/feed/391569?custom_click=rss

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have appointed a new military chief as the insurgents try to gain more ground in Afghanistan rather than talk peace under a new leadership, Taliban officials said in telephone interviews over the weekend.

They said that the appointment of Mullah Ibrahim Sadar, once a close ally of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar, heralds a commitment to confrontation at a time when multiple governments are trying to coax the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Sadar is a battle-hardened commander, who gained prominence among Taliban foot soldiers following the movement's overthrow in 2001 in the U.S.-led invasion. The two officials both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:27:22 -0600 <![CDATA[Uganda grants 8 oil production licenses to Total, Tullow]]> http://gazette.com/uganda-grants-8-oil-production-licenses-to-total-tullow/article/feed/391612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uganda-grants-8-oil-production-licenses-to-total-tullow/article/feed/391612?custom_click=rss KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government has issued eight oil production licenses to two foreign companies, moving the East African country closer to becoming a producer of crude.

Five of the licenses were granted to Britain's Tullow Oil while France's Total was given three, after years of regulatory delays and tax disputes.

Representatives of the oil companies and Uganda's government signed agreements in the capital, Kampala, on Tuesday.

Each license is good for 25 years and can be renewed for an additional five years.

The China National Offshore Oil Corporation, or CNOOC, previously had been granted a license to operate in Uganda, which in 2006 discovered commercially viable deposits of crude in the Albertin

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:26:51 -0600 <![CDATA[Nepal says Indian couple faked Everest climb]]> http://gazette.com/nepal-says-indian-couple-faked-everest-climb/article/feed/391613?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nepal-says-indian-couple-faked-everest-climb/article/feed/391613?custom_click=rss KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal mountaineering authorities have determined that an Indian couple faked a Mount Everest ascent earlier this year by altering photographs to show they were on the summit.

Mountaineering Department official Gyanendra Shrestha said the government has canceled the climbing certificate issued to Indian citizens Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod and banned them from climbing any mountain in the Himalayan nation for 10 years.

They had claimed they scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak in May. But their declaration was disputed by fellow climbers and an investigation was launched.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:22:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Suicide bomber hits near presidential palace in Somalia]]> http://gazette.com/suicide-bomber-hits-near-presidential-palace-in-somalia/article/feed/391567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suicide-bomber-hits-near-presidential-palace-in-somalia/article/feed/391567?custom_click=rss

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber has detonated an explosives-laden truck near the gate of Somalia's presidential palace in the capital on Tuesday, killing at least five people, police say.

The bomb exploded during a morning traffic jam, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior police officer.

Some Cabinet ministers at the SYL hotel were among the injured, said Hussein. The blast damaged nearby hotels often frequented by government officials and business executives, he said.

The explosion was heard across Mogadishu, and smoke was seen billowing over the area of the presidential compound.

Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab has claimed the responsibility for the blast, according to the rebels' Andalu

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:20:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-Istanbul police chief, others detained in anti-coup probe]]> http://gazette.com/ex-istanbul-police-chief-others-detained-in-anti-coup-probe/article/feed/391603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-istanbul-police-chief-others-detained-in-anti-coup-probe/article/feed/391603?custom_click=rss ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says a former police chief and several governors and journalists have been detained as part of the probe into the movement allegedly behind last month's abortive coup.

Former Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin, an unnamed governor and two district governors were detained Tuesday upon orders by the Istanbul chief public prosecutor's office. Anadolu says nine journalists were also detained.

The office is investigating the movement led by U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara alleges was responsible for the violent July 15 coup attempt that left over 270 people dead. Gulen denies any involvement.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:17:11 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Experts put Apple tax bill at up to 19B euros]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-experts-put-apple-tax-bill-at-up-to-19b-euros/article/feed/391582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-experts-put-apple-tax-bill-at-up-to-19b-euros/article/feed/391582?custom_click=rss BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union's decision that Apple must pay billions in back taxes (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Peter Vale, a Dublin-based corporate tax expert for accountancy firm Grant Thornton, calculates that Tuesday's judgment if upheld on appeal will cost Apple 19 billion euros ($21 billion) because the order includes interest for unpaid tax going back more than a decade.

The EU said earlier Tuesday that Apple owed 13 billion euros plus interest, without quantifying what the total might amount to.

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:12:25 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Kurdish forces clash with IS in northern Syria]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-kurdish-forces-clash-with-is-in-northern-syria/article/feed/391589?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-kurdish-forces-clash-with-is-in-northern-syria/article/feed/391589?custom_click=rss

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Syrian conflict, following Ankara's incursion into the war-torn state last week (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

A spokesman for Kurdish-led forces in Syria is reporting clashes between the fighters and Islamic State militants near the northern town of Manbij, which was until recently held by the extremist group.

Shervan Darwish, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces, says the militants carried out a two-pronged attack on villages south and west of Manbij, using at least three car bombs.

Darwish says the militants took advantage of clashes between Kurdish-led forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels advancing from north of Manbij. The Kurd

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:07:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Global stocks rise as investors weigh future of US rates]]> http://gazette.com/global-stocks-rise-as-investors-weigh-future-of-us-rates/article/feed/391538?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/global-stocks-rise-as-investors-weigh-future-of-us-rates/article/feed/391538?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday as investors weighed the possibility and timing of another U.S. interest rate increase this year.

KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 added 0.7 percent to 4,455 and Germany's DAX rose 0.9 percent to 10,640. Britain's FTSE 100 inched up less than 0.1 percent to 6,840. U.S. shares were set for a quiet open, with Dow and S&P 500 futures both unchanged.

FED FACTOR: Major U.S. banks posted solid gains on Wall Street as traders bet that the Fed was likely to nudge interest rates higher in December or even at its next policy meeting in September. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told a conference last week that the case for raising rates was strengthening given improvements in

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]]> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:59:43 -0600 <![CDATA[Israel lashes back after UN envoy's comments on settlements]]> http://gazette.com/israel-lashes-back-after-un-envoys-comments-on-settlements/article/feed/391583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/israel-lashes-back-after-un-envoys-comments-on-settlements/article/feed/391583?custom_click=rss JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Tuesday lashed out at the U.N. Mideast envoy, accusing him of "distorting history" in labelling Israeli settlement-building as a main hindrance to peace with the Palestinians.

David Keyes, spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "it is not the presence of Jews, who have lived in the West Bank and Jerusalem for thousands of years, that is a barrier to peace."

"Rather, it is the unceasing efforts to deny that historical connection and a refusal to recognize that Jews are not foreign to Judea," Keyes added, using the biblical term for the territory.

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