<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:41:15 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[China cracks down on tools used to get around web filters]]> http://gazette.com/china-cracks-down-on-tools-used-to-get-around-web-filters/article/feed/440445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-cracks-down-on-tools-used-to-get-around-web-filters/article/feed/440445?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese technology regulator has announced a 14-month campaign to root out services that allow people in the country to circumvent the government's internet censorship.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology says it forbids the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) or leased lines that allow users and businesses to access blocked overseas websites without permission.

The ministry said Sunday it also will inspect and "clean up" the market of internet service providers.

Numerous foreign and domestic companies in China use VPNs to conduct business, and private citizens often use the technology to access banned websites such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:15:30 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Syria talks focused on truce begin in Kazakhstan]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-syria-talks-focused-on-truce-begin-in-kazakhstan/article/feed/440446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-syria-talks-focused-on-truce-begin-in-kazakhstan/article/feed/440446?custom_click=rss

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria peace talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Russia- and Turkey-backed talks between Syrian rebel factions and government representatives have opened in Kazakhstan.

The talks are the first between the two warring sides in a year and mark the first face-to-face meeting between government representatives and a delegation heavily made up of rebels.

Representatives of Syria's rebel factions sat on one side of a room at the luxury Rixos Hotel in the capital of Astana, while government delegates sat on the other side.

The talks are expected to focus on consolidating a shaky cease-fire that has

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]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:11:17 -0700 <![CDATA[62 soldiers on trial in Istanbul for alleged part in coup]]> http://gazette.com/62-soldiers-on-trial-in-istanbul-for-alleged-part-in-coup/article/feed/440447?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/62-soldiers-on-trial-in-istanbul-for-alleged-part-in-coup/article/feed/440447?custom_click=rss ISTANBUL (AP) — Dozens of officers and soldiers have gone on trial in Istanbul for their alleged role in the failed military coup in July.

The 28 officers and 34 privates allegedly seized control of Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the night of the attempt.

They are accused of crimes against the state and face life terms in prison if convicted.

Some of the defendants have denied the charges. insisting they were led to believe they were taking part in a drill.

Turkey blames the coup on the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and is engaged in a massive purge of his followers from government jobs. Gulen denies any involvement.

Monday's trial is the first in Istanbul for military officers.

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]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:03:13 -0700 <![CDATA[Kuwait state oil company says onshore oil leak contained]]> http://gazette.com/kuwait-state-oil-company-says-onshore-oil-leak-contained/article/feed/440440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kuwait-state-oil-company-says-onshore-oil-leak-contained/article/feed/440440?custom_click=rss KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's national oil company says it has contained an oil leak at one of its southwestern oil fields.

Monday's statement by the Kuwait Oil Co. did not identify the onshore oil field affected by the leak, which began Sunday.

The state-run Kuwait News Agency said the leak hit the al-Maqwa field. It offered no details about how many barrels of oil had been spilled.

OPEC member Kuwait is a major oil producer. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Kuwait produces some 2.7 million barrels of crude oil a day and holds the world's sixth-largest oil reserves.

In August, Kuwait announced a spill at its Ahmadi field. A February fire struck another oil well after a spill. A 2015 fire at a worke

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]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:47:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Syria talks focused on cease-fire set to begin in Kazakhstan]]> http://gazette.com/syria-talks-focused-on-cease-fire-set-to-begin-in-kazakhstan/article/feed/440441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/syria-talks-focused-on-cease-fire-set-to-begin-in-kazakhstan/article/feed/440441?custom_click=rss

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Talks between Syrian rebel factions and the government they are trying to overthrow are set to begin in Kazakhstan.

Monday's meeting will be the first between Syria's warring sides in a year and is expected to focus on consolidating a shaky cease-fire that has been in place since Dec. 30.

The talks are sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran whose representatives in the Kazakh capital of Astana have held meetings with delegates from both sides late into the evening Sunday and early on Monday.

The opposition delegation, which arrived in Astana on Sunday, is made up of about a dozen rebel figures led by Mohammad Alloush of the powerful Army of Islam rebel group.

The Syrian government has sen

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]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:19:43 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump staff, properties face terror risk with presidency]]> http://gazette.com/trump-staff-properties-face-terror-risk-with-presidency/article/feed/440437?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-staff-properties-face-terror-risk-with-presidency/article/feed/440437?custom_click=rss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Businesses around the world bearing U.S. President Donald Trump's name face an increased risk now that he is in the White House, security experts warn, especially as several are in areas previously targeted by violence.

As Trump remains a brand overseas, criminal gangs or militants could target buildings bearing his name in gold, abduct workers associated with his enterprises for ransom or worse, they say.

"They may kidnap a Trump worker and not even want to negotiate," aiming for publicity instead, said Colin P. Clarke, a political scientist with the RAND Corporation who studies terrorism and international criminal networks.

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]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:13:54 -0700 <![CDATA[US lawmakers call for action on Venezuela food corruption]]> http://gazette.com/us-lawmakers-call-for-action-on-venezuela-food-corruption/article/feed/440422?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-lawmakers-call-for-action-on-venezuela-food-corruption/article/feed/440422?custom_click=rss

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials may face U.S. sanctions for profiting from food shortages that have exacerbated hunger in the South American country.

The calls by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle come in response to an Associated Press investigation that found trafficking in hard-to-find food has become big business in Venezuela, with the military at the heart of the graft. Embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro has given the military increasingly broad control over the food supply as shortages have led to widespread malnutrition this year.

"When the military is profiting off of food distribution while the Venezuelan people increasingly starve, corruption has reached a new level of depravi

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:41:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Protesters take control of Mexican border crossing with US]]> http://gazette.com/protesters-take-control-of-mexican-border-crossing-with-us/article/feed/440412?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/protesters-take-control-of-mexican-border-crossing-with-us/article/feed/440412?custom_click=rss

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Protesters took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline price hikes, waving through motorists into Mexico after Mexican authorities abandoned their posts.

Motorists headed to Mexico zipped by about 50 demonstrators at the Otay Mesa port of entry connecting San Diego and Tijuana, many of them honking to show support. The demonstrators waved signs to protest gas hikes and air other grievances against the government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Other protests closed southbound traffic for hours at the San Diego-Tijuana San Ysidro port of entry, the busiest crossing along the 2,000-mile border, and halted southbound traffic

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:04:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Samsung: Batteries only problem with fire-prone Note 7s]]> http://gazette.com/samsung-batteries-only-problem-with-fire-prone-note-7s/article/feed/440404?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/samsung-batteries-only-problem-with-fire-prone-note-7s/article/feed/440404?custom_click=rss

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said Monday that tests of more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the devices prone to catch fire.

Samsung's mobile division president, Koh Dong-jin, ruled out any problems with other aspects of the Note 7, either in its hardware or its software. He said Samsung would use what it learned from its investigations to improve lithium ion battery safety for the industry, though analysts questioned if the company had really gotten to the heart of the problem.

Samsung discontinued the Note 7 just two months after it was launched on Aug. 2, in one of its worst product fiascos ever.

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:54:31 -0700 <![CDATA[MH370 search crews return to port after fruitless hunt ends]]> http://gazette.com/mh370-search-crews-return-to-port-after-fruitless-hunt-ends/article/feed/440416?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mh370-search-crews-return-to-port-after-fruitless-hunt-ends/article/feed/440416?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — The ship involved in the recently halted hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 returned to port in western Australia on Monday, where officials from the countries that funded the fruitless search gathered to thank them and to defend their decision to end the hunt despite recommendations from investigators that it continue.

Transport officials from Australia, Malaysia and China met in the Western Australia state capital of Perth to greet the crew of Fugro Equator, who were ordered to return last week after the countries officially suspended the nearly three-year search for the plane in the Indian Ocean.

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:32:45 -0700 <![CDATA[Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes]]> http://gazette.com/current-former-major-leaguers-die-in-dominican-crashes/article/feed/440364?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/current-former-major-leaguers-die-in-dominican-crashes/article/feed/440364?custom_click=rss

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He said it was not clear if Ventura was driving.

Metropolitan traffic authorities said they had opened an investigation into the crash, as well as that of Marte, who died when the Mercedes Benz he was driving hit a house along a road between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:54:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Asian shares mixed after Trump inauguration, dollar weakens]]> http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mixed-after-trump-inauguration-dollar-weakens/article/feed/440418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/asian-shares-mixed-after-trump-inauguration-dollar-weakens/article/feed/440418?custom_click=rss BEIJING (AP) — Japanese stocks tumbled while Chinese markets gained Monday after Donald Trump took office as U.S. president and promised "American first" policies, adding to concerns about the threat of protectionism.

KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.9 percent to 9,412.54 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7 percent to 23,051.68. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 1.1 percent to 18,924.87 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 lost 0.6 percent to 5,623.20. Seoul's Kospi added 0.1 percent to 2,067.59 and Taiwan and Singapore also gained. Jakarta and New Zealand fell.

TRUMP ON TRADE: Trump has rattled businesspeople in Japan, China and other major U.S. trading partners who worry about his promises to restrict commerce and shift jobs

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 21:51:22 -0700 <![CDATA[After mass turnout, can protests turn into political impact?]]> http://gazette.com/after-mass-turnout-can-protests-turn-into-political-impact/article/feed/440395?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/after-mass-turnout-can-protests-turn-into-political-impact/article/feed/440395?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Deb Szeman, a self-described "homebody," had never participated in a demonstration before hopping on an overnight bus from her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to attend the women's march on Washington.

She returned on another bus that pulled in at 4 a.m. Sunday, full of people buzzing about what might come next and quipping that they would see each other at the next march.

"I wouldn't have spent 18 hours in Washington, D.C., and taken the bus for seven hours both ways if I didn't believe there was going to be a part two, and three and four and five," said Szeman, 25, who works at a nonprofit and joined the National Organization for Women after Trump won the White House.

"I feel like there's been an aw

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:10:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Israeli leader accepts invitation from Trump to visit US]]> http://gazette.com/israeli-leader-accepts-invitation-from-trump-to-visit-us/article/feed/440345?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/israeli-leader-accepts-invitation-from-trump-to-visit-us/article/feed/440345?custom_click=rss

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Sunday accepted an invitation to visit the White House next month in hopes of forging a "common vision" for the region with President Donald Trump that could include expanded settlement construction on occupied territories and a tougher policy toward Iran.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plans to head to Washington in early February hours after delaying a vote on an explosive proposal to annex one of the West Bank's largest settlements, apparently to coordinate his policy toward the Palestinians with the new administration.

The move put on hold legislation that threatens to unleash fresh violence and damage already faded hopes for Palestinian independence.

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:09:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Gambia's ex-leader made off with millions, luxury cars]]> http://gazette.com/gambias-ex-leader-made-off-with-millions-luxury-cars/article/feed/440329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gambias-ex-leader-made-off-with-millions-luxury-cars/article/feed/440329?custom_click=rss

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Exiled Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, plundering the state coffers and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane, a special adviser for the new president said Sunday.

Meanwhile, a regional military force rolled in, greeted by cheers, to secure this tiny West African nation so that democratically elected President Adama Barrow could return home. He remained in neighboring Senegal, where he took the oath of office Thursday because of concerns for his safety.

At a press conference in the Senegalese capital, Barrow's special adviser Mai Ahmad Fatty told journalists that the president "will return home as soon as possible.

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]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:02:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK's son]]> http://gazette.com/trump-in-flap-with-civil-rights-icon-meets-with-mlks-son/article/1594501?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-in-flap-with-civil-rights-icon-meets-with-mlks-son/article/1594501?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump attempted to navigate the fallout of his flap with a civil rights leader and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also losing a member of his incoming administration to accusations of plagiarism.

Trump on Monday met with one of King's sons on the holiday marking the life of the slain American icon just days after the president-elect attacked Rep. John Lewis on Twitter. Lewis and the elder King were among the Big Six leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Trump accused Lewis, D-Ga., for being "all talk" after Lewis questioned the legitimacy of Trump's election.

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:11:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Death penalty possible in Florida airport shooting case]]> http://gazette.com/death-penalty-possible-in-florida-airport-shooting-case/article/1593912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/death-penalty-possible-in-florida-airport-shooting-case/article/1593912?custom_click=rss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — While investigators try to figure out the motive of an Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida, the suspected gunman was charged and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Esteban Santiago, 26, was charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death — which carries a maximum punishment of execution — and weapons charges.

Santiago told investigators that he planned the attack, buying a one-way ticket to the Fort Lauderdale airport, a federal complaint said. Authorities don't know why he chose his target and have not ruled out terrorism.

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Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:23:50 -0700
<![CDATA[5 dead, 8 wounded in airport shooting; US veteran arrested]]> http://gazette.com/5-dead-8-wounded-in-airport-shooting-us-veteran-arrested/article/1593794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5-dead-8-wounded-in-airport-shooting-us-veteran-arrested/article/1593794?custom_click=rss

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An arriving airline passenger with a gun in his luggage opened fire in the baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale airport Friday, killing five people and wounding eight before throwing his weapon down and lying spread-eagle on the ground, authorities and witnesses said.


The gunman — identified by authorities as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, of Anchorage, Alaska, an Army National Guard veteran who served in Iraq — was immediately taken into custody. His brother said he had been receiving psychological treatment recently.

The attack sent panicked passengers running out of the terminal and onto the tarmac, baggage in hand, and forced the shutdown of the entire airport.

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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:39:17 -0700