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CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

Friday February 12, 2016    1:25 AM

"We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to air in full on the "60 Minutes" news program on Sunday.The network added that he told "60 Minutes" the CIA believes that the IS group has the ability to make small amounts of mustard or chlorine gas for weapons."There are reports that ISIS has access to ... Full Story

With Napoli at Juventus, it's judgment weekend in Serie A

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:21 PM

League leader Napoli takes a two-point lead over Juventus into a clash of the top two squads on Saturday. Then on Sunday, third-place Fiorentina hosts fourth-place Inter Milan, which is one point behind the Viola.Napoli and Juventus are on club-record winning streaks.Napoli has won eight straight wh ... Full Story

Second pregnant woman diagnosed with Zika in Australia

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

The confirmation comes after a pregnant woman in the northern state of Queensland was diagnosed on Tuesday with the virus suspected of causing a surge in brain-damaged babies in Brazil.The latest case involves a woman from the state of Victoria who was going through an "extremely anxious ... Full Story

Beijing offers support for Hong Kong after New Year violence

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

Sixty-four people have been arrested in connection with the violence on Monday night, the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday, when protesters hurled bricks at police and set fire to rubbish bins in Mong Kok, a tough, working-class neighborhood just across the harbor from the ... Full Story

The Latest: No respite expected when Wall Street opens

Thursday February 11, 2016    3:55 AM

11:15 a.m.No respite from the market sell-off is anticipated when New York traders get to work.Futures markets are predicting big falls on the main Wall Street indexes, with Dow futures pointing to a 250-point drop at the opening bell.Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG, sought to downplay sugge ... Full Story

In Yemen war, hospitals bombed to rubble, starvation spreads

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:27 AM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Elderly Hamama Yousif was rushed to the main hospital in one of Yemen's largest cities after an artillery round lashed her chest with shrapnel, only to find that the doctors there had run out of the oxygen tanks needed to save her life. In a video c ... Full Story

Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over support for Syrian Kurds

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:27 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan upbraided the United States for its support of Syrian Kurdish rebels on Wednesday, saying Washington's inability to grasp their true nature had turned the region into a "sea of blood". Turkey should respond by implementing its own solution, he said, a ... Full Story

CIA director says IS group has used, can make chem weapons

Friday February 12, 2016    1:25 AM

"We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan told CBS News, which released excerpts of an interview to air in full on the "60 Minutes" news program on Sunday.The network added that he told "60 Minutes" the CIA believes that the IS group has the ability to make small amounts of mustard or chlorine gas for weapons."There are reports that ISIS has access to chemical precursors and munitions that they can use," Brennan said. Brennan also warned of the po ... Full Story

North Korea expels all South Koreans from joint industrial zone

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

Pyongyang said it was seizing the assets of all the 124 South Korean companies operating factories in Kaesong, which lies 10 kilometres (six miles) across the border inside North Korea.It also cut two key communication hotlines with Seoul, preventing any further official discussion of the situation ... Full Story

Saudi warns U.N., aid workers to leave rebel-held areas in Yemen

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, which is leading air strikes against rebels in neighboring Yemen, has warned the United Nations and international aid groups to protect staff by removing them from areas held by Yemen's Houthi rebels, according to a letter that was seen by ... Full Story

Iran's Rouhani calls for political unity before crucial votes: TV

Thursday February 11, 2016    4:25 AM

Rouhani, a popular pragmatist now reestablishing ties abroad after last year's nuclear accord with global powers ended economic sanctions, spoke to crowds in Azadi Square in Tehran marking the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The anniversary came amid intense infighting after the powerful Guardian Council barred the moderate candidates from running for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, which will choose the country's next supreme leader. State television said millions turned out nationwide at revolution rallies in all main cities marked by the traditional anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans and burnings of those two countries' flags. "Political fact ... Full Story

The Latest: No respite expected when Wall Street opens

Thursday February 11, 2016    3:55 AM

11:15 a.m.No respite from the market sell-off is anticipated when New York traders get to work.Futures markets are predicting big falls on the main Wall Street indexes, with Dow futures pointing to a 250-point drop at the opening bell.Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG, sought to downplay sugge ... Full Story

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:27 AM

LONDON/ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) - Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington ahead of a new round of peace talks this week. World powers are meeting in Germany on Thursday t ... Full Story

Junior doctors stage second strike in English hospitals

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:27 AM

Junior doctors -- all medics below consultant level -- were providing only emergency care during the 24-hour strike, which runs until 8:00am (0800 GMT) Thursday.Nearly 3,000 operations have been postponed, National Health Service (NHS) England said.The main point of dispute between doctors and the g ... Full Story

Anti-Zuma protests expected as S. Africa leader to address nation

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:21 PM

The embattled president faces moves in court, in parliament and on the streets to have him impeached or dumped by the ruling African National Congress (ANC).Scuffles erupted near the assembly building in central Cape Town as riot police pushed back various protest groups, including from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) opposition party.Factors fuelling the calls for Zuma to quit include public money spent on his private residence, damage ... Full Story

The Latest: NATO ships ordered into the Aegean Sea

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

2:15 p.m.Germany says it is extending border controls along its frontiers for a further three months due to continued high numbers of refugee arrivals.The Interior Ministry said Thursday that the controls, first introduced Sept. 13, can't be lifted because a reduction in the flow of refugees ... Full Story

Only wins will do as Chelsea tackle Newcastle

Thursday February 11, 2016    6:20 PM

Guus Hiddink's side are unbeaten in nine league games, but six of those have been draws. They come into the weekend in 13th place and cannot move into the top 10 until the following week at the earliest.Stamford Bridge continues to be the home of entertaining speculation, however, with the c ... Full Story

Iran's Rouhani calls for political unity before crucial votes: TV

Thursday February 11, 2016    4:25 AM

Rouhani, a popular pragmatist now reestablishing ties abroad after last year's nuclear accord with global powers ended economic sanctions, spoke to crowds in Azadi Square in Tehran marking the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution. The anniversar ... Full Story

Exclusive: U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:27 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington ... Full Story

Tusk to hold EU talks on 'very fragile' Brexit deal

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:27 AM

The former Polish premier set out his proposals for a deal with British Prime Minister David Cameron last week on EU reforms, but there is opposition to several parts in a number of EU countries."I am confident that this is a balanced and solid proposal and I hope to finalise it next week in th ... Full Story

US accuses Rwanda of 'destabilizing activities' in Burundi

Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:27 AM

Washington (AFP) - The United States accused Rwanda Wednesday of involvement in "destabilizing activities" in strife-torn Burundi, including the recruitment of refugees for armed attacks against the government.The US concerns were raised in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by two to ... Full Story
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