<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:25:34 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Hugo Chavez' favorite daughter makes UN debut as US bashed]]> http://gazette.com/hugo-chavez-favorite-daughter-makes-un-debut-as-us-bashed/article/feed/219472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hugo-chavez-favorite-daughter-makes-un-debut-as-us-bashed/article/feed/219472?custom_click=rss

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With more than a million Twitter followers and no diplomatic experience, the favorite daughter of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez made her debut Wednesday as her country's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

The occasion: A "Day of Solidarity" where Syria, Russia and others lined up to slam the United States for its recent sanctions against seven senior officials of the socialist country.

Maria Gabriela Chavez confirmed it was her first public event in her new role. "I'm here to learn," she told The Associated Press, in English. She was named to the post in August, to the anger of Venezuela's opposition.

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]]> UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With more than a million Twitter followers and no diplomatic experience, the favorite daughter of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez made her debut Wednesday as her country's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

The occasion: A "Day of Solidarity" where Syria, Russia and others lined up to slam the United States for its recent sanctions against seven senior officials of the socialist country.

Maria Gabriela Chavez confirmed it was her first public event in her new role. "I'm here to learn," she told The Associated Press, in English. She was named to the post in August, to the anger of Venezuela's opposition.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:17:39 -0600 <![CDATA[UN report: More than 25,000 foreigners fight with terrorists]]> http://gazette.com/un-report-more-than-25000-foreigners-fight-with-terrorists/article/feed/219517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-report-more-than-25000-foreigners-fight-with-terrorists/article/feed/219517?custom_click=rss UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of fighters leaving home to join al-Qaida and the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria and other countries has spiked to more than 25,000 from over 100 nations, according to a new U.N. report.

The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against al-Qaida said in the report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press that its analysis indicates the number of foreign terrorist fighters worldwide increased by 71 percent between mid-2014 and March 2015.

It said the scale of the problem has increased over the past three years and the flow of foreign fighters "is higher than it has ever been historically."

The overall number of foreign terrorist fighters has "risen sharply from a few thousand

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]]> UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The number of fighters leaving home to join al-Qaida and the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria and other countries has spiked to more than 25,000 from over 100 nations, according to a new U.N. report.

The panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions against al-Qaida said in the report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press that its analysis indicates the number of foreign terrorist fighters worldwide increased by 71 percent between mid-2014 and March 2015.

It said the scale of the problem has increased over the past three years and the flow of foreign fighters "is higher than it has ever been historically."

The overall number of foreign terrorist fighters has "risen sharply from a few thousand]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:17:38 -0600 <![CDATA[Bondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company]]> http://gazette.com/bondholders-offer-2b-boost-for-puerto-rico-power-company/article/feed/219346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bondholders-offer-2b-boost-for-puerto-rico-power-company/article/feed/219346?custom_click=rss SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.

The announcement comes just days after the government of the U.S. territory obtained a two-week extension from creditors as the company prepares for a potential restructuring. The Electric Energy Authority holds nearly $9 billion in debt and owes investors some $400 million by July.

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]]> SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.

The announcement comes just days after the government of the U.S. territory obtained a two-week extension from creditors as the company prepares for a potential restructuring. The Electric Energy Authority holds nearly $9 billion in debt and owes investors some $400 million by July.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:17:36 -0600 <![CDATA[British Prince Harry reports for duty in Australia next week]]> http://gazette.com/british-prince-harry-reports-for-duty-in-australia-next-week/article/feed/219530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/british-prince-harry-reports-for-duty-in-australia-next-week/article/feed/219530?custom_click=rss CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry arrives in Australia's national capital next week to begin a four-week secondment to the Australian army before the British royal ends his decade-long military career.

The Defense Department said in a statement Thursday that the fourth in line to the British throne will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Canberra on Monday in his first public function on arriving in Australia.

It said the 30-year-old veteran of two tours of Afghanistan will then explore the World War I and Afghanistan galleries at the Australian War Memorial before reporting for duty to Australia's Defense Force Chief.

Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the British Army, will be embedded with

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]]> CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry arrives in Australia's national capital next week to begin a four-week secondment to the Australian army before the British royal ends his decade-long military career.

The Defense Department said in a statement Thursday that the fourth in line to the British throne will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Canberra on Monday in his first public function on arriving in Australia.

It said the 30-year-old veteran of two tours of Afghanistan will then explore the World War I and Afghanistan galleries at the Australian War Memorial before reporting for duty to Australia's Defense Force Chief.

Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the British Army, will be embedded with]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:17:34 -0600 <![CDATA[Lacking faith in government, Mexican parents approach cartel]]> http://gazette.com/lacking-faith-in-government-mexican-parents-approach-cartel/article/feed/219464?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lacking-faith-in-government-mexican-parents-approach-cartel/article/feed/219464?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Some of the families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government drove them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons.

After months of investigation, Mexican officials concluded a different drug gang killed and incinerated the young men. But six months after the disappearance, and with only one of the missing identified through a bone fragment, parents are asking the leader of a rival gang to share what he knows.

A banner hung Tuesday near Iguala, the city where the students disappeared, asks Santiago Mazari Hernandez, the alleged leader of Los Rojos gang, to "help us find our sons.

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]]> MEXICO CITY (AP) — Some of the families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government drove them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons.

After months of investigation, Mexican officials concluded a different drug gang killed and incinerated the young men. But six months after the disappearance, and with only one of the missing identified through a bone fragment, parents are asking the leader of a rival gang to share what he knows.

A banner hung Tuesday near Iguala, the city where the students disappeared, asks Santiago Mazari Hernandez, the alleged leader of Los Rojos gang, to "help us find our sons.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:32:13 -0600 <![CDATA[35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity]]> http://gazette.com/35-dead-in-yemen-after-airstrikes-hit-factory-vicinity/article/feed/219229?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/35-dead-in-yemen-after-airstrikes-hit-factory-vicinity/article/feed/219229?custom_click=rss

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it.

Wednesday's strikes marked a week of airstrikes by the Saudi-led campaign, which aims to weaken the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and forces allied with them, largely fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Since their advance began last year, the Houthis have overrun Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and several provinces, forcing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

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]]> SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it.

Wednesday's strikes marked a week of airstrikes by the Saudi-led campaign, which aims to weaken the Shiite rebels known as Houthis and forces allied with them, largely fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Since their advance began last year, the Houthis have overrun Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and several provinces, forcing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee the country.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:18:34 -0600 <![CDATA[In Jamaica, man hurls 'suspicious package' at US Embassy]]> http://gazette.com/in-jamaica-man-hurls-suspicious-package-at-us-embassy/article/feed/219332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/in-jamaica-man-hurls-suspicious-package-at-us-embassy/article/feed/219332?custom_click=rss KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.

The incident came just over a week before President Barack Obama is due to visit Jamaica on April 9 ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Embassy public affairs counselor Joshua Polacheck said a person threw the "suspicious package" over the wall Wednesday morning, leading officials to close the facility to visitors for several hours. The man who pitched the parcel was detained by police.

The embassy reopened to visitors around noon after police said they examined the contents of the package and found no threat. Authorities

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]]> KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.

The incident came just over a week before President Barack Obama is due to visit Jamaica on April 9 ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Embassy public affairs counselor Joshua Polacheck said a person threw the "suspicious package" over the wall Wednesday morning, leading officials to close the facility to visitors for several hours. The man who pitched the parcel was detained by police.

The embassy reopened to visitors around noon after police said they examined the contents of the package and found no threat. Authorities ]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:04:53 -0600 <![CDATA[Flames engulf Mexico oil platform in Gulf, killing 4 workers]]> http://gazette.com/flames-engulf-mexico-oil-platform-in-gulf-killing-4-workers/article/feed/219328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flames-engulf-mexico-oil-platform-in-gulf-killing-4-workers/article/feed/219328?custom_click=rss

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea.

State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said there was no evidence of a major oil spill following the blast, which also injured 16 workers, two seriously, and forced the evacuation of 300.

Firefighters were still working to put out the fire, which was consuming the oil that was on the platform, Pemex Director General Emilio Lozoya said late Wednesday afternoon, adding that efforts were "on the right track." Eight firefighting boats were being used.

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]]> MEXICO CITY (AP) — A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea.

State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said there was no evidence of a major oil spill following the blast, which also injured 16 workers, two seriously, and forced the evacuation of 300.

Firefighters were still working to put out the fire, which was consuming the oil that was on the platform, Pemex Director General Emilio Lozoya said late Wednesday afternoon, adding that efforts were "on the right track." Eight firefighting boats were being used.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:35:11 -0600 <![CDATA[Puerto Rico approves law to crack down on tax evasion]]> http://gazette.com/puerto-rico-approves-law-to-crack-down-on-tax-evasion/article/feed/219463?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/puerto-rico-approves-law-to-crack-down-on-tax-evasion/article/feed/219463?custom_click=rss SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law that requires service providers to accept at least two different types of payment in a push to crack down on tax evaders.

The law applies to anyone requiring a license or legal authorization to provide services. It is common for doctors, lawyers and others who work in the U.S. territory to accept only cash.

The Treasury Department now has three months to implement the measure that Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla approved Wednesday.

Puerto Rico's government currently has only a 56 percent "capture" rate on tax revenues that should be collected.

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]]> SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor has signed a law that requires service providers to accept at least two different types of payment in a push to crack down on tax evaders.

The law applies to anyone requiring a license or legal authorization to provide services. It is common for doctors, lawyers and others who work in the U.S. territory to accept only cash.

The Treasury Department now has three months to implement the measure that Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla approved Wednesday.

Puerto Rico's government currently has only a 56 percent "capture" rate on tax revenues that should be collected.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:48:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Brazil NGO declines contract to clean up dirty Olympic bay]]> http://gazette.com/brazil-ngo-declines-contract-to-clean-up-dirty-olympic-bay/article/feed/219442?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brazil-ngo-declines-contract-to-clean-up-dirty-olympic-bay/article/feed/219442?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's pledge to clean up the blighted waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held has suffered another setback: A prominent Brazilian sailing and environmental organization declined a city contract to help clean up sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay.

The Instituto Rumo Nautico said in a statement posted on the website of its co-founder, former Olympic sailor Lars Grael, that the organization's board unanimously rejected the offer at a meeting on Monday.

Under the terms of the project, the state government would have given the NGO $6.3 million to help remove garbage from the competition areas using so-called eco-boats that scoop out floating trash as well as barriers meant

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]]> RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's pledge to clean up the blighted waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held has suffered another setback: A prominent Brazilian sailing and environmental organization declined a city contract to help clean up sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay.

The Instituto Rumo Nautico said in a statement posted on the website of its co-founder, former Olympic sailor Lars Grael, that the organization's board unanimously rejected the offer at a meeting on Monday.

Under the terms of the project, the state government would have given the NGO $6.3 million to help remove garbage from the competition areas using so-called eco-boats that scoop out floating trash as well as barriers meant]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:21:04 -0600 <![CDATA[Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended again]]> http://gazette.com/double-overtime-faltering-iran-nuclear-talks-extended-again/article/feed/219230?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/double-overtime-faltering-iran-nuclear-talks-extended-again/article/feed/219230?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators headed for double overtime Wednesday night in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task — forging a final deal by the end of June.

Iran and six world powers had cited progress in abandoning their March 31 deadline for the basic understanding that would prepare the ground for a new phase of negotiations on a substantive deal. But as differences persisted into late Wednesday, the State Department announced that Secretary of State John Kerry was postponing his departure and would remain until at least Thursday morning.

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]]> LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators headed for double overtime Wednesday night in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task — forging a final deal by the end of June.

Iran and six world powers had cited progress in abandoning their March 31 deadline for the basic understanding that would prepare the ground for a new phase of negotiations on a substantive deal. But as differences persisted into late Wednesday, the State Department announced that Secretary of State John Kerry was postponing his departure and would remain until at least Thursday morning.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[As Nigeria celebrates Buhari's stunning win, challenges loom]]> http://gazette.com/as-nigeria-celebrates-buharis-stunning-win-challenges-loom/article/feed/219214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/as-nigeria-celebrates-buharis-stunning-win-challenges-loom/article/feed/219214?custom_click=rss

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — As Nigerians celebrated the electrifying victory Wednesday that returned one of its harshest former dictators to power, sobering challenges confront Muhammadu Buhari, from an Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands to widespread poverty and graft.

The 72-year-old Buhari made history as the first opposition party candidate to win elections in Africa's most populous nation, ending President Goodluck Jonathan's bid for another term. For a former general who three decades ago led Nigeria following a coup, it was an amazing transformation to a democratically elected president.

Fresh from his victory, Buhari warned the country's brutal Boko Haram insurgents that he would be coming after them.

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]]> ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — As Nigerians celebrated the electrifying victory Wednesday that returned one of its harshest former dictators to power, sobering challenges confront Muhammadu Buhari, from an Islamic insurgency that has killed thousands to widespread poverty and graft.

The 72-year-old Buhari made history as the first opposition party candidate to win elections in Africa's most populous nation, ending President Goodluck Jonathan's bid for another term. For a former general who three decades ago led Nigeria following a coup, it was an amazing transformation to a democratically elected president.

Fresh from his victory, Buhari warned the country's brutal Boko Haram insurgents that he would be coming after them.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:04:55 -0600 <![CDATA[Amnesty: Gambia sentences 3 to death for attempted coup]]> http://gazette.com/amnesty-gambia-sentences-3-to-death-for-attempted-coup/article/feed/219445?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/amnesty-gambia-sentences-3-to-death-for-attempted-coup/article/feed/219445?custom_click=rss DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A human rights group says Gambia has sentenced three soldiers to death after a secret trial in which they were convicted of participating in an attempted coup.

Amnesty International said Wednesday that the death sentences were handed down Monday, along with life sentences for three other soldiers.

The rights group called the death sentences a "cruel violation" and said they should be commuted to prison terms. It also called for a new trial.

Lt. Malick Sanyang, a spokesman for the Gambian Armed Forces, declined to comment when asked about the sentences Wednesday.

The Dec. 30 power grab was put down by forces loyal to President Yahya Jammeh, who himself came to power in a coup in 1994.

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]]> DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A human rights group says Gambia has sentenced three soldiers to death after a secret trial in which they were convicted of participating in an attempted coup.

Amnesty International said Wednesday that the death sentences were handed down Monday, along with life sentences for three other soldiers.

The rights group called the death sentences a "cruel violation" and said they should be commuted to prison terms. It also called for a new trial.

Lt. Malick Sanyang, a spokesman for the Gambian Armed Forces, declined to comment when asked about the sentences Wednesday.

The Dec. 30 power grab was put down by forces loyal to President Yahya Jammeh, who himself came to power in a coup in 1994.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:50:39 -0600 <![CDATA[Alps crash: Bodies recovered, but families must wait months]]> http://gazette.com/alps-crash-bodies-recovered-but-families-must-wait-months/article/feed/219225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alps-crash-bodies-recovered-but-families-must-wait-months/article/feed/219225?custom_click=rss

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — Just over a week after a Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps, investigators have finished retrieving human remains from the crash site and are now trying to match them with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed — an arduous task that could leave families waiting for months.

The extraordinary recovery process mobilized hundreds of people and cut a stony road into a forested Alpine mountainside to help the team bring back anything they found, from a body part to a tiny shred of skin. Not a single intact body was found.

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]]> SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — Just over a week after a Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps, investigators have finished retrieving human remains from the crash site and are now trying to match them with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed — an arduous task that could leave families waiting for months.

The extraordinary recovery process mobilized hundreds of people and cut a stony road into a forested Alpine mountainside to help the team bring back anything they found, from a body part to a tiny shred of skin. Not a single intact body was found.]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:17:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Iraq hails victory over Islamic State extremists in Tikrit]]> http://gazette.com/iraq-hails-victory-over-islamic-state-extremists-in-tikrit/article/feed/219234?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iraq-hails-victory-over-islamic-state-extremists-in-tikrit/article/feed/219234?custom_click=rss

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi walked triumphantly along a street in Tikrit, carrying an Iraqi flag and surrounded by jubilant forces.

Across the border in Syria, however, Islamic State fighters made their deepest foray yet into the capital of Damascus by infiltrating a Palestinian refugee camp, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials.

Iraq's victory over the extremists in Tikrit was seen as a key step toward eventually driving the militants out of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and th

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]]> TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The government declared victory in Tikrit on Wednesday over extremists of the Islamic State group, and it warned the militants holding other Iraqi provinces that they would be the next to fall.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi walked triumphantly along a street in Tikrit, carrying an Iraqi flag and surrounded by jubilant forces.

Across the border in Syria, however, Islamic State fighters made their deepest foray yet into the capital of Damascus by infiltrating a Palestinian refugee camp, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials.

Iraq's victory over the extremists in Tikrit was seen as a key step toward eventually driving the militants out of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and th]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:21:51 -0600