<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:19:18 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India]]> http://gazette.com/obama-looks-to-build-toward-policy-breakthroughs-with-india/article/feed/198726?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-looks-to-build-toward-policy-breakthroughs-with-india/article/feed/198726?custom_click=rss

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was welcomed like royalty Sunday in India as he opened a three-day visit aimed at turning his burgeoning rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic issues.

Obama's morning arrival in the bustling capital of New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency. Obama is also the first to be invited to attend India's Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country's democratic constitution.

Modi, wearing a gold kurta, was at the airport to greet Obama at the foot of Air Force One and he enveloped Obama in a huge embrace.

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]]> NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was welcomed like royalty Sunday in India as he opened a three-day visit aimed at turning his burgeoning rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic issues.

Obama's morning arrival in the bustling capital of New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency. Obama is also the first to be invited to attend India's Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country's democratic constitution.

Modi, wearing a gold kurta, was at the airport to greet Obama at the foot of Air Force One and he enveloped Obama in a huge embrace.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:46:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama offers condolence to Abe over slain hostage]]> http://gazette.com/obama-offers-condolence-to-abe-over-slain-hostage/article/feed/198665?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-offers-condolence-to-abe-over-slain-hostage/article/feed/198665?custom_click=rss

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama has offered condolences to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the killing of a Japanese national by the Islamic State group.

The White House says Obama telephoned Abe from India. Obama arrived there Sunday morning for a three-day visit.

In an earlier statement, Obama condemned the "brutal murder" of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa. Obama's statement didn't say how the U.S. knew Yukawa was dead. The Japanese government is reviewing an online video that purports to show his death.

Obama says in the statement that the United States will stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan. The White House says he also conveyed that message to Abe during their conversation.

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]]> NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama has offered condolences to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the killing of a Japanese national by the Islamic State group.

The White House says Obama telephoned Abe from India. Obama arrived there Sunday morning for a three-day visit.

In an earlier statement, Obama condemned the "brutal murder" of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa. Obama's statement didn't say how the U.S. knew Yukawa was dead. The Japanese government is reviewing an online video that purports to show his death.

Obama says in the statement that the United States will stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Japan. The White House says he also conveyed that message to Abe during their conversation.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:46:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Japan stunned after video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages]]> http://gazette.com/japan-stunned-after-video-claims-death-of-1-of-2-is-hostages/article/feed/198738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/japan-stunned-after-video-claims-death-of-1-of-2-is-hostages/article/feed/198738?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.

With national attention focusing on efforts to save the other hostage, 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive for a more assertive Japan as responsible for the hostage crisis.

A somber Abe appeared on Japanese public broadcaster NHK early Sunday demanding the militants release Goto unharmed. He said that the latest video was likely authentic, although he added that the government was still reviewing it.

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]]> TOKYO (AP) — From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.

With national attention focusing on efforts to save the other hostage, 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's drive for a more assertive Japan as responsible for the hostage crisis.

A somber Abe appeared on Japanese public broadcaster NHK early Sunday demanding the militants release Goto unharmed. He said that the latest video was likely authentic, although he added that the government was still reviewing it.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:46:24 -0700 <![CDATA[Security tightened on anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising]]> http://gazette.com/security-tightened-on-anniversary-of-egypts-2011-uprising/article/feed/198739?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/security-tightened-on-anniversary-of-egypts-2011-uprising/article/feed/198739?custom_click=rss CAIRO (AP) — Authorities in Egypt have tightened security in Cairo and other cities in anticipation of possible protests to mark the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The stepped-up security Sunday comes a day after a female protester was shot dead in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the 2011 revolt. Activists blame the police for the death of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The government says it is investigating the incident.

Police have sealed off several main squares in Cairo and beefed up security at vital state installations.

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]]> CAIRO (AP) — Authorities in Egypt have tightened security in Cairo and other cities in anticipation of possible protests to mark the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The stepped-up security Sunday comes a day after a female protester was shot dead in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the 2011 revolt. Activists blame the police for the death of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, a 32-year-old mother from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The government says it is investigating the incident.

Police have sealed off several main squares in Cairo and beefed up security at vital state installations.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:46:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Greeks go to polls in critical snap general election]]> http://gazette.com/greeks-go-to-polls-in-critical-snap-general-election/article/feed/198728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/greeks-go-to-polls-in-critical-snap-general-election/article/feed/198728?custom_click=rss

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in an early general election crucial for the country's financial future, with the radical left Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras tipped as the favorite to win, although possibly without a large enough majority to form a government.

Tsipras had been firmly ahead of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party in opinion polls leading up to the election, which is being held nearly two years ahead of time. But polls also showed a significant portion of voters were undecided two days before the vote.

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]]> ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in an early general election crucial for the country's financial future, with the radical left Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras tipped as the favorite to win, although possibly without a large enough majority to form a government.

Tsipras had been firmly ahead of conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy party in opinion polls leading up to the election, which is being held nearly two years ahead of time. But polls also showed a significant portion of voters were undecided two days before the vote.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:01:40 -0700 <![CDATA[Russia blocks UN condemnation of shelling of Ukraine city]]> http://gazette.com/russia-blocks-un-condemnation-of-shelling-of-ukraine-city/article/feed/198731?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russia-blocks-un-condemnation-of-shelling-of-ukraine-city/article/feed/198731?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia blocked a Western-backed U.N. Security Council statement Saturday that would have condemned indiscriminate shelling in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol that killed about 30 civilians and injured more than 90.

The blocked statement, obtained by The Associated Press, called for "an immediate de-escalation of violence," implementation of a September cease-fire and an "objective investigation" of Saturday's rocket-fire in Mariupol.

"This attack marks a significant and disturbing escalation in the level of violence in eastern Ukraine," it said.

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]]> UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia blocked a Western-backed U.N. Security Council statement Saturday that would have condemned indiscriminate shelling in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol that killed about 30 civilians and injured more than 90.

The blocked statement, obtained by The Associated Press, called for "an immediate de-escalation of violence," implementation of a September cease-fire and an "objective investigation" of Saturday's rocket-fire in Mariupol.

"This attack marks a significant and disturbing escalation in the level of violence in eastern Ukraine," it said.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:01:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive]]> http://gazette.com/rockets-kill-30-in-ukrainian-city-as-rebels-launch-offensive/article/feed/198563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rockets-kill-30-in-ukrainian-city-as-rebels-launch-offensive/article/feed/198563?custom_click=rss

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.

Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port on the Sea of Azov, beefing up military positions with more equipment and sending in more forces.

The separatists' top leader declared that an offensive against Mariupol had begun — then later toned down his threats as the scale of the civilian casualties became clear.

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]]> KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.

Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port on the Sea of Azov, beefing up military positions with more equipment and sending in more forces.

The separatists' top leader declared that an offensive against Mariupol had begun — then later toned down his threats as the scale of the civilian casualties became clear.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:47:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Officials scramble after massive power outage hits Pakistan]]> http://gazette.com/officials-scramble-after-massive-power-outage-hits-pakistan/article/feed/198727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-scramble-after-massive-power-outage-hits-pakistan/article/feed/198727?custom_click=rss ISLAMABAD (AP) — A massive blackout struck Pakistan early Sunday, leaving as much as 80 percent of the country without electricity at its height as officials rushed to restore power.

By mid-morning Sunday, officials said power had been restored to roughly half this country of 180 million people.

A militant attack on a transmission tower in the southwestern Baluchistan province caused the blackout, said Zafaryab Khan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Water and Power. Khan said the attack caused a power surge that eventually affected about 80 percent of the country.

Khan estimated that it would take another six to eight hours for the rest of the power to be restored to the system.

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]]> ISLAMABAD (AP) — A massive blackout struck Pakistan early Sunday, leaving as much as 80 percent of the country without electricity at its height as officials rushed to restore power.

By mid-morning Sunday, officials said power had been restored to roughly half this country of 180 million people.

A militant attack on a transmission tower in the southwestern Baluchistan province caused the blackout, said Zafaryab Khan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Water and Power. Khan said the attack caused a power surge that eventually affected about 80 percent of the country.

Khan estimated that it would take another six to eight hours for the rest of the power to be restored to the system.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:47:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Truck bombing in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, wounds 2]]> http://gazette.com/truck-bombing-in-afghanistans-capital-kabul-wounds-2/article/feed/198720?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/truck-bombing-in-afghanistans-capital-kabul-wounds-2/article/feed/198720?custom_click=rss KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban truck bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Sunday, wounding two people in the first attack targeting Kabul in almost three weeks, officials said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi suggested the blast, which happened just before 6 a.m. (0130 GMT, 8:30 p.m. EST) at a gas station near Kabul's military airport, might have been a premature suicide attack. The bombing wounded two civilians, Sediqqi said.

Farid Afzeli, the head of the criminal investigation division of Kabul police, said that the truck was attempting to enter downtown Kabul when it blew up.

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]]> KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban truck bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Sunday, wounding two people in the first attack targeting Kabul in almost three weeks, officials said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi suggested the blast, which happened just before 6 a.m. (0130 GMT, 8:30 p.m. EST) at a gas station near Kabul's military airport, might have been a premature suicide attack. The bombing wounded two civilians, Sediqqi said.

Farid Afzeli, the head of the criminal investigation division of Kabul police, said that the truck was attempting to enter downtown Kabul when it blew up.]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:46:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead]]> http://gazette.com/abe-speechless-after-video-claims-is-hostage-dead/article/feed/198545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/abe-speechless-after-video-claims-is-hostage-dead/article/feed/198545?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.

Shinzo Abe told Japanese broadcaster NHK that the video was likely authentic, though he said the government is still reviewing it. Abe offered condolences to the family and friends of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer taken hostage in Syria last year.

He declined to comment on the message in the latest video, which demanded a prisoner exchange for the other hostage, journalist Kenji Goto. He said only that the government was still working on the situation, and reiterated that Japan c

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]]> TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.

Shinzo Abe told Japanese broadcaster NHK that the video was likely authentic, though he said the government is still reviewing it. Abe offered condolences to the family and friends of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer taken hostage in Syria last year.

He declined to comment on the message in the latest video, which demanded a prisoner exchange for the other hostage, journalist Kenji Goto. He said only that the government was still working on the situation, and reiterated that Japan c]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:33:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Father of Japanese hostage reported killed still hopeful]]> http://gazette.com/father-of-japanese-hostage-reported-killed-still-hopeful/article/feed/198714?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/father-of-japanese-hostage-reported-killed-still-hopeful/article/feed/198714?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly shown in a video as having been killed by Islamic State militants is hoping against hope his son could still be alive.

"My mind went totally blank," Shoichi Yukawa told reporters Sunday, a day after news broke of the video footage. "I am hoping deep in my heart that it is not true."

Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer, was taken hostage in Syria last year.

The Associated Press has not verified the contents of the video, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group. It holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the video was likely authentic and demanded the militants release the other hos

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]]> TOKYO (AP) — The father of the Japanese hostage purportedly shown in a video as having been killed by Islamic State militants is hoping against hope his son could still be alive.

"My mind went totally blank," Shoichi Yukawa told reporters Sunday, a day after news broke of the video footage. "I am hoping deep in my heart that it is not true."

Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old adventurer, was taken hostage in Syria last year.

The Associated Press has not verified the contents of the video, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group. It holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the video was likely authentic and demanded the militants release the other hos]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:02:55 -0700 <![CDATA[Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia]]> http://gazette.com/obama-to-cut-short-india-trip-to-pay-call-on-saudi-arabia/article/feed/198648?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-to-cut-short-india-trip-to-pay-call-on-saudi-arabia/article/feed/198648?custom_click=rss

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday.

The scheduling shift, announced just before Obama left Washington, underscores the desert kingdom's pivotal role in U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the military campaign against the Islamic State group.

Saudi Arabia's status as one of Washington's most important Arab allies has at times appeared to trump U.S. concerns about the terrorist funding that flows from the kingdom and about human rights abuses.

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]]> RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday.

The scheduling shift, announced just before Obama left Washington, underscores the desert kingdom's pivotal role in U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the military campaign against the Islamic State group.

Saudi Arabia's status as one of Washington's most important Arab allies has at times appeared to trump U.S. concerns about the terrorist funding that flows from the kingdom and about human rights abuses.]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:17:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell]]> http://gazette.com/spanish-police-arrest-4-suspected-members-of-a-jihadi-cell/article/feed/198574?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spanish-police-arrest-4-suspected-members-of-a-jihadi-cell/article/feed/198574?custom_click=rss MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

"These are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to the police, to blow themselves up in the act," Fernan

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]]> MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said investigators, working with their Moroccan counterparts, were struck by the similarities between the suspected cell members and the two French brothers who killed 12 people in an attack upon the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

"These are two pairs of very radicalized brothers who are highly trained militarily, physically and mentally and are prepared to carry out an attack, and ready, according to the police, to blow themselves up in the act," Fernan]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:02:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Zambia: Ruling party candidate wins presidential election]]> http://gazette.com/zambia-ruling-party-candidate-wins-presidential-election/article/feed/198684?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/zambia-ruling-party-candidate-wins-presidential-election/article/feed/198684?custom_click=rss LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — The candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, has won Zambia's presidential election called after President Michael Sata died in October, the acting chief justice announced on Saturday.

Lungu received 48.3 percent of the vote, while Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development came in second with 46.7 percent, Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda said after votes were tallied from all 150 constituencies in the southern African nation.

Lungu, who heads Zambia's justice and defense ministries, will serve out the remainder of Sata's term until elections next year. Sata died after a long illness.

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]]> LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) — The candidate from the ruling Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, has won Zambia's presidential election called after President Michael Sata died in October, the acting chief justice announced on Saturday.

Lungu received 48.3 percent of the vote, while Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development came in second with 46.7 percent, Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda said after votes were tallied from all 150 constituencies in the southern African nation.

Lungu, who heads Zambia's justice and defense ministries, will serve out the remainder of Sata's term until elections next year. Sata died after a long illness.]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:34:01 -0700 <![CDATA[Reporter covering prosecutor's death leaves Argentina]]> http://gazette.com/reporter-covering-prosecutors-death-leaves-argentina/article/feed/198693?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reporter-covering-prosecutors-death-leaves-argentina/article/feed/198693?custom_click=rss

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A journalist credited with being the first to report the gunshot death of federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman has left Argentina because of fear for his safety.

Damian Pachter of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald left the country Saturday, the local journalism group Foro de Periodismo Argentino said.

The group said Pachter reported on Friday he was followed by unknown people and felt his safety was at risk but did not elaborate. Calls and emails to Pachter on Saturday were not immediately returned.

In a statement, Pachter's employer said the journalist had not expressed his concerns to the newspaper and the organization was ready to help him in any way possible.

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]]> BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A journalist credited with being the first to report the gunshot death of federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman has left Argentina because of fear for his safety.

Damian Pachter of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald left the country Saturday, the local journalism group Foro de Periodismo Argentino said.

The group said Pachter reported on Friday he was followed by unknown people and felt his safety was at risk but did not elaborate. Calls and emails to Pachter on Saturday were not immediately returned.

In a statement, Pachter's employer said the journalist had not expressed his concerns to the newspaper and the organization was ready to help him in any way possible.]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:34:01 -0700