Eighteen Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad, firm says
Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:34 AM
BAGHDAD/ANKARA (Reuters) - Gunmen in military uniform seized 18 Turkish workers from a sports stadium they were building in northeastern Baghdad on Wednesday, their company said, in what Ankara said appeared to have been a targeted attack. Diplomats have said Turkey could suffer reprisals after abandoning months of reticence to launch air strikes against Islamic State in neighboring Syria and open its bases to a U.S.- ...
Masked men kidnap 18 Turkish workers in Baghdad
Wednesday September 2, 2015 9:55 AM
The 18 are employed by Nurol Insaat, a Turkish construction company contracted to build a sports complex in the sprawling Shiite district of Sadr City. The kidnappers stormed the construction site, where the workers were sleeping in caravans, breaking down doors and disarming the guards before tak ...
Obama locking up votes in Senate for Iran nuclear deal
Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:13 AM
Senate support for the deal now stands at 33 votes, thanks to announcements Tuesday from Democrats Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of Delaware.Once supporters reach 34 votes, they would be able to uphold Obama's expected veto of GOP legislation aimed at blocking the Iran deal. That ...
The Latest on Bangkok: Police say suspect was in blast area
Wednesday September 2, 2015 6:46 AM
7 p.m.Police say a man in custody described by authorities as the main suspect in last month's deadly bombing in Bangkok has acknowledged being in the area ...
Anti-Muslim Buddhist group moves toward Myanmar's mainstream
Tuesday September 1, 2015 11:52 AM
YANGON (Reuters) - Swathed in crimson robes, 77-year-old Ashin Tilawkar Biwonsa shuffles through a crowded conference room with the help of an aide, his supporters standing in respect as he takes a seat at the head of a table under a portrait of his own image. It is from ...
Thailand arrests second foreign suspect in Bangkok blast probe
Tuesday September 1, 2015 10:40 AM
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police hunting those responsible for Thailand's deadliest bombing arrested a second foreign suspect on Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said. The Aug. 17 attack on a Bangkok Hindu shrine killed 20 people and injured more than 100. Fourt ...
American anti-dolphin-hunt activist arrested in Japan
Tuesday September 1, 2015 4:13 AM
TOKYO (AP) â?? Former "Flipper" trainer Ric O'Barry was arrested for not carrying his passport while in Japan to protest a dolphin hunt due to begin this week.Police in western Japan said they received a tip that O'Barry might be driving under the influence of alcohol. He passed a breath test but was detained after he could not p ...
Russia risks Japanese ire with Far East war commemoration
Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:07 AM
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia staged a military parade on Wednesday to commemorate seizing a group of Pacific islands from Japan at the end of World War Two, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo. The show of force, the first of its kind on the island of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East, is part of a push by President Vladimir Putin to showcase his country's military might at a time when ties with the West are strained over the Ukraine crisis. State t ...
Russia's Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII
Wednesday September 2, 2015 9:19 AM
MOSCOW (AP) â?? President Vladimir Putin joined Russian veterans on Wednesday for an unusual ceremony commemorating the 1945 victory over Japan to end World War II.The surrender of Japan is not usually celebrated in Russia, but this year is the 70th anniversary and Putin is attending commemo ...
Greece announces measures for refugees on islands
Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:04 AM
The country has borne the brunt of a massive refugee and migration influx to the European Union, with more than 200,000 people arriving so far this year. The coast guard said it had rescued 1,058 people at sea in 28 incidents from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning. Those do not include hun ...
Suspected US drone strike kills 6 in northwest Pakistan
Wednesday September 2, 2015 6:37 AM
ISLAMABAD (AP) â?? A suspected U.S. drone strike on a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan killed six men, Pakistani intelligence officials said Wednesday.In a separate incident, gunmen ambushed a police patrol Wednesday in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing three police officers and wounding six, said local police official Saeed Khan. No one claimed the attack.The two intelligence officials said the compound hit late Tuesday in the Shawal area of North Waziristan belonged to Islamic militants loyal to an Afghan warlord and was also frequented by Uzbek fighters. The officials say the identity of those killed has not yet been determined. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the m ...
China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders
Tuesday September 1, 2015 11:16 AM
Beijing says the attendance of 30 overseas leaders from countries ranging from Mongolia to Egypt to Venezuela is a sign that China's long-undervalued contributions to that victory in 1945 are finally getting their proper due.That's clouded, however, by the absence of high-level representa ...
Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic
Tuesday September 1, 2015 4:58 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. ...
Clashes erupt during Israeli raid in West Bank
Tuesday September 1, 2015 4:04 AM
The clashes that included gunfire lasted for hours at the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank and were among the most violent to occur there in recent years. Israel's military said in a statement that the raid was carried out to arrest a "senior Hamas operative"."During t ...
Steady in face of Kyrgios' 'antics,' Murray wins at US Open
Wednesday September 2, 2015 10:04 AM
Only for brief moments, though.In the tournament's most-anticipated first-round matchup, the No. 3-seeded Murray hit 18 aces, saved 11 of 14 break points and, perhaps most importantly, stayed steady in the face of Kyrgios' various distractions, putting together a 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory Tuesday night."Obviously, for me, it's important when you're playing against him," Murray said, "to just concentrate on yo ...
Turkey transfers British Vice News reporters to new jail
Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:31 AM
The three, reporting for US-based media outlet Vice News, were detained on Monday and remanded in custody in the mainly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir in a case that has caused international concern.They have been charged with "engaging in terror activity" on behalf of the Isla ...
China enlists monkeys to keep birds from spoiling big parade
Wednesday September 2, 2015 6:55 AM
BEIJING (AP) â?? China is leaning on the animal kingdom â?? including a squad of nest-wrecking monkeys â?? to ensure its military parade commemorating the end of World War II goes smoothly.To minimize the chances of birds striking engines during the many airplane flyovers connected to the Beijing ...
Death toll in Spanish fireworks factory blast raised to 6
Tuesday September 1, 2015 12:28 PM
MADRID (AP) â?? The number of people killed in a huge fireworks factory explosion in northeastern Spain has been raised to six after the body of a missing man was found early Tuesday, officials said.A regional Interior Ministry spokesman said the body was found close to the Pirotecnia Zaragozana f ...
In Ukraine, 141 still hospitalized after violent protests
Tuesday September 1, 2015 11:07 AM
The announcement from the Radical Party, which came in fifth in last year's election, came as two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, bringing the death toll to three from Monday's clashes between nationalists and police outside Ukraine's par ...
Taiwan swipe card with porn star image sells out in 4 hours
Tuesday September 1, 2015 4:31 AM
Taiwan's EasyCard Corp. said on its website that it sold its full run of 15,000 card sets by 4:18 a.m. Tuesday after phone orders started at midnight.The stored value cards â?? also used for convenience store purchases â?? feature images of Yui Hatano, a 27-year-old Japanese woman who local ...
U.S. presidential grandchildren tout Nationalist WWII bona fides on anniversary
Tuesday September 1, 2015 3:55 AM
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Two grandchildren of World War Two-era U.S. presidents said the Chinese Nationalists' role in defeating Japan was as significant as the Communists in a rare joint appearance in Taiwan, as China launches its own high-profile parade marking the war's end ...