WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ International News International News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:10:34 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48 http://www.wbrz.com/news/bodies-found-on-japan-volcano-raising-toll-to-48/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bodies-found-on-japan-volcano-raising-toll-to-48/ International News Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:40:25 AM Hunter Robinson Bodies found on Japan volcano, raising toll to 48

OTAKI, Japan - A dozen more bodies have been found near the ash-covered summit of a Japanese volcano as searches resumed amid concern of toxic gasses and another eruption.

Nagano prefectural police say the death toll from last Saturday's surprise eruption at Mount Ontake stands at 48 after Wednesday's additions.

Prefectural and police officials said most bodies were found around the summit, where many climbers were resting or having lunch.

The Ground Self-Defense Forces helicopters brought more than a dozen bodies to the foot of the mountain Wednesday.

Dozens of relatives and friends of those who are feared missing in the mountain waited for news in a municipal hall in a nearby town of Kiso.

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Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps http://www.wbrz.com/news/airstrikes-launched-amid-intelligence-gaps/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/airstrikes-launched-amid-intelligence-gaps/ International News Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:34:28 AM Ken Dilanian Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.

The U.S. military says its airstrikes have been discriminating and effective in disrupting an al-Qaida cell called the Khorasan Group and in halting the momentum of Islamic State militants. But independent analysts say the Islamic State group remains on the offensive in areas of Iraq and Syria, where it still controls large sections.

Human rights groups say coalition airstrikes have killed as many as two dozen civilians. U.S. officials say they can't rule out civilian deaths but haven't confirmed any.

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Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-israeli-prime-minister-to-meet-as-iran-deadline-looms/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-israeli-prime-minister-to-meet-as-iran-deadline-looms/ International News Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:31:34 AM Julie Pace Obama, Israeli prime minister to meet as Iran deadline looms

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship.

Much of Wednesday's Oval Office discussion is expected to focus on another delicate issue: U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran. With a deadline for reaching a final agreement less than two months away, all sides say significant gaps remain.

Netanyahu has long cautioned the U.S. and the international community that Iran is barreling toward a bomb and using diplomatic discussions as a stalling tactic. The Islamic republic contends its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

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Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-modi-say-they-will-set-new-us-india-agenda/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-modi-say-they-will-set-new-us-india-agenda/ International News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:55:05 AM Josh Lederman Obama, Modi say they will set new US-India agenda

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is lauding India's new prime minister for focusing on economic growth and addressing the needs of the "poorest of the poor."

Obama is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office. It's Modi's first visit to the White House since his election in May.

The president says he has been impressed with the energy and determination that Modi is putting into addressing his country's challenges.

Sitting alongside Obama, Modi says India already has a strong partnership with the U.S. but the two countries need to "revive the momentum." He says he expects the economic relationship between the U.S. and India to grow rapidly in the coming years.

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Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down http://www.wbrz.com/news/hong-kong-leader-says-beijing-won-t-back-down/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hong-kong-leader-says-beijing-won-t-back-down/ International News Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:16:56 AM Hunter Robinson Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

HONG KONG, China - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they'll initiate new civil disobedience efforts Wednesday unless their demands for genuine democracy and the resignation of the city's unpopular chief executive are met.

The protesters spent another night blocking streets in an already unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

Even larger crowds are expected to flood the streets Wednesday, China's National Day holiday. The government says a holiday fireworks display is canceled.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged the Occupy Central group today to take into account the considerations of other residents and stop its disruptive protest. And he says China's communist leaders in Beijing will not back down from an August decision to restrict voting reforms for the first direct elections to pick his successor in 2017.

The crowd, mostly students, continues to occupy a six-lane highway next to the local government headquarters.

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Flag furor http://www.wbrz.com/news/flag-furor/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/flag-furor/ International News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 5:38:10 PM Michael Marsh Flag furor

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND- It seems the European Union flag can be mistaken for an emblem of terror in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Police were called to golfer Rory McIlroy's hometown after locals reported seeing a house flying a flag of what was described as an Islamic terrorist group.

The homeowner explained it was the flag of the European Union he was flying to celebrate Europe's Rider Cup victory of the U.S. One city official said "You couldn't make it up" in reaction to the complaint. 

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Syria: US dual policy is recipe for more violence http://www.wbrz.com/news/syria-us-dual-policy-is-recipe-for-more-violence/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/syria-us-dual-policy-is-recipe-for-more-violence/ International News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:33:47 AM Syria: US dual policy is recipe for more violence

UNITED NATIONS - Syria's foreign minister says the United States' dual policy of striking at militants in Syria while providing money, weapons and training to others is a recipe for more violence and terrorism.

Walid al-Moallem says such behavior creates a "fertile ground" for the continued growth of extremism.

He spoke Monday before the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Al-Moallem says military airstrikes won't be enough to destroy the Islamic State group and other al-Qaida affiliated organizations in Syria, adding that there should be pressure on regional countries to halt their support for them.

In an interview with the Associated Press after his speech, however, al-Moallem said Syria was satisfied with the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State. He said Syria heard from the U.S. 24 hours before the first airstrike last week.

He said Monday the U.S. does not inform Syria of every strike before it happens, "but it's OK."

"We are fighting ISIS, they are fighting ISIS," he said, referring to the group by one of its acronyms.

He spoke as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. Syrian activists say one strike hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians.

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Judge sentences man to prison for online abuse http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-sentences-man-to-prison-for-online-abuse/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/judge-sentences-man-to-prison-for-online-abuse/ International News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 8:10:45 AM Judge sentences man to prison for online abuse

LONDON - A judge has sentenced a 33-year-old man to 18 weeks in prison for sending menacing messages to a lawmaker who had supported a campaign to place author Jane Austen on a British banknote.

District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe found Peter Nunn of Bristol guilty of sending indecent, obscene or menacing messages for retweeting Twitter posts that threatened rape and murder.

The case grew out of the successful Austen campaign. The campaign prompted abuse on Twitter from trolls - online bullies who send abusive messages.

Lawmaker Stella Creasy was targeted for supporting the campaign championed by feminist Caroline Criado-Perez, who also was targeted by trolls. Creasy says Monday's sentence of Nunn is a "step forward in recognizing the distress and fear online harassment can cause."

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Deadly volcanic eruption in Japan http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadly-volcanic-eruption-in-japan/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deadly-volcanic-eruption-in-japan/ International News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 2:29:30 AM Hunter Robinson Deadly volcanic eruption in Japan

KISO, Japan - Five more bodies have been found near the summit of a Japanese volcano, bringing the total presumed dead to 36. But toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain have forced rescue workers today to halt efforts to recover the victims.

Police say eight bodies were airlifted today off Mount Ontake before work on the peak was called off. Together with four victims brought down on Sunday, 12 bodies have now been recovered. That leaves 24 near the summit.

Exactly how they died remains unclear, whether from gases, suffocating ash, falling rocks or other causes.

Police say the latest victims were found near a shrine at the summit, the same area where other victims were reportedly found.

Mt. Ontake, a popular climbing destination, erupted Saturday, as at least 250 people were going for a hike.

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Afghanistan swears in new president http://www.wbrz.com/news/afghanistan-swears-in-new-president/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/afghanistan-swears-in-new-president/ International News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 1:34:04 AM Hunter Robinson Afghanistan swears in new president

KABUL, Afghanistan - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan's new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

Ghani Ahmadzai became president of Afghanistan in a peaceful transition Monday after a six-month election season that ended with marathon negotiations that gave the newly created position of chief executive to his challenger Abdullah Abdullah.

Karzai had been Afghanistan's only leader since 2001.

Ghani Ahmadzai faces challenges across his war-torn nation, including continued attacks from Taliban insurgents and other militants.

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Clooney, wife make newlywed appearance in Venice http://www.wbrz.com/news/clooney-wife-make-newlywed-appearance-in-venice/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/clooney-wife-make-newlywed-appearance-in-venice/ International News Sun, 28 Sep 2014 9:51:19 AM Clooney, wife make newlywed appearance  in Venice

VENICE, Italy - Wedding bands were glinting under the Venetian sun on the hands of George Clooney and his new bride, Amal Alamuddin, as the actor and the human rights lawyer emerged from the luxury hotel where they were married a day earlier in the lagoon city.

The groom, in a smart light gray suit, sported a simple ring on his left hand. His wife, in a flouncy white dress with pastel-colored appliques, had a thin band studded with what appeared to be diamonds.

They hopped into a water taxi Sunday afternoon and, embracing, made their way down the Grand Canal. Gondoliers steered out of the way. Tourists cheered.

The 53-year-old actor, who had vowed he'd never wed again, and the 36-year-old London-based lawyer, were married with Hollywood stars and family among guests.

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California protesters block Israeli-owned ship http://www.wbrz.com/news/california-protesters-block-israeli-owned-ship/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/california-protesters-block-israeli-owned-ship/ International News Sun, 28 Sep 2014 8:17:02 AM California protesters block Israeli-owned ship

OAKLAND, Calif. - Officials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned ship from unloading its cargo at a port in California.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union spokesman Craig Merrilees says dockworkers at the Port of Oakland did not unload cargo from the ZIM Shanghai on Saturday because of safety concerns raised by the presence of police and protesters.

He said the protesters blocked workers from driving into the terminal during their morning and evening shifts.

The protesters are demonstrating in response to recent Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip.

Last month, protesters blocked cargo from unloading off the ZIM Piraeus for nearly five days before the ship apparently departed to Los Angeles with a partial load.

An email message to a ZIM representative has not been returned.

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India prime minister wants international day for yoga http://www.wbrz.com/news/india-prime-minister-wants-international-day-for-yoga/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/india-prime-minister-wants-international-day-for-yoga/ International News Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:49:16 AM Caroline McDougall India prime minister wants international day for yoga

UNITED NATIONS - India's prime minister wants a day dedicated to yoga called World Yoga Day.

In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the therapeutic powers of yoga and how it could help tackle global problems.

Modi told delegates Saturday that yoga could, "bring a change in our lifestyle and create awareness in us, and it can help in fighting against climate change."

The Indian leader has a reputation as an ascetic. He's in the midst of a nine-day fast dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga.

Saturday is World Tourism Day among 118 other awareness days established by the U.N. Others include International Day of Happiness, World Soil Day, International Mother Earth Day and International Jazz Day.

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US-led strikes hit IS group oil areas for 2nd day http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-led-strikes-hit-is-group-oil-areas-for-2nd-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-led-strikes-hit-is-group-oil-areas-for-2nd-day/ International News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 8:53:51 AM US-led strikes hit IS group oil areas for 2nd day

BEIRUT - The U.S. military says coalition warplanes have destroyed four tanks today belonging to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria.

It's the second straight day in which the U.S. and its Arab allies have taken aim at the militants near the border with Iraq. The militants are being targeted in an oil-producing area that has generated millions of dollars in revenue for the extremist faction.

Syrian activists say raids also targeted the headquarters of the Islamic State group in the town of Mayadeen. They say the strikes caused an unknown number of casualties.

The air assault has targeted Islamic State checkpoints, training grounds, oil fields, vehicles and bases as well as buildings used as headquarters and offices. Activists say the militants have cut back the number of gunmen manning checkpoints, apparently fearing more strikes. There has also been an exodus of civilians from Islamic State strongholds.

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Saved by a one-armed bandit http://www.wbrz.com/news/saved-by-a-one-armed-bandit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saved-by-a-one-armed-bandit/ International News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 5:49:41 PM Michael Marsh Saved by a one-armed bandit

BERLIN, GERMANY- A man playing a slot machine in a casino was literally saved from going to jail by hitting the jackpot. Police say two of their officers were checking an arcade in the city of Bochum and discovered a man playing slots faced an arrest warrant for resisting arrest in a previous incident. He had been ordered to pay a fine of $910 or go to jail for 71 days. As the officers informed him of his imminent arrest, the slot machine began to flash and the man won a jackpot of $1,300. He paid the fine in full on the spot in cash, of course.

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US-Russian space crew lifts off for space station http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-russian-space-crew-lifts-off-for-space-station/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-russian-space-crew-lifts-off-for-space-station/ International News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 1:42:44 PM US-Russian space crew lifts off for space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A U.S.-Russian space crew has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station.

The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft lifted off as scheduled at 2:25 a.m. Friday from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. It's carrying NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore along with Russians Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova for a six-month stint at the station.

The Soyuz is set to dock at the orbiting outpost in about six hours after the launch, joining an international crew of three currently manning the station.

Serova is the first Russian woman to fly to space since 1997, and the fourth woman in the history of the Soviet and Russian space programs. Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963.


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US has identified masked man in beheading videos http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-has-identified-masked-man-in-beheading-videos/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-has-identified-masked-man-in-beheading-videos/ International News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:12:32 AM Ken Dilanian US has identified masked man in beheading videos

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters at the bureau's headquarters he would not reveal the man's name or nationality.

Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The beheadings are not shown in the videos.

In the three videos, the man speaks British-accented English. He holds a long knife and appears to begin cutting the three men, American reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.

In late August, British Ambassador Peter Westmacott said his country was close to identifying the Islamic State group militant.

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Iraqi PM: Plot to attack New York, Paris Subways http://www.wbrz.com/news/iraqi-pm-plot-to-attack-new-york-paris-subways/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/iraqi-pm-plot-to-attack-new-york-paris-subways/ International News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 8:34:48 AM Iraqi PM: Plot to attack New York, Paris Subways

NEW YORK - Iraq's prime minister says his country's intelligence operation has uncovered a plot for an imminent attack on subway systems in United States and Paris.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he was told of the plot by Baghdad on Thursday, and that it was the work of foreign fighters of the Islamic State group in Iraq. Asked if the attack was imminent, he said, "Yes."

Asked if the attacked had been thwarted, he said, "No." Al-Abadi said the United States had been alerted.

He made the remarks at a meeting with journalists on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

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African country tries to lockdown Ebola again http://www.wbrz.com/news/african-country-tries-to-lockdown-ebola-again/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/african-country-tries-to-lockdown-ebola-again/ International News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 2:00:53 AM Hunter Robinson African country tries to lockdown Ebola again

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone's government says a nationwide lockdown revealed that an Ebola outbreak is worse than thought and ordered three more "hotspots" of transmission to be cordoned off.

It warned that unless more is done, "the situation will rapidly deteriorate."

On Wednesday night, President Ernest Bai Koroma put Port Loko, Bombali, and Moyamba districts under "isolation," meaning only people delivering essential services can enter and circulate within these areas. In other areas, including the capital, homes will be put under quarantine when cases are identified.

Two districts near the outbreak's epicenter were already under isolation.

The Ebola outbreak is believed to have sickened more than 6,200 people in West Africa, according to tolls published Thursday by the World Health Organization. Nearly 3,000 deaths have been linked to the disease.

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Venezuelan president calls for shakeup at UN http://www.wbrz.com/news/venezuelan-president-calls-for-shakeup-at-un/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/venezuelan-president-calls-for-shakeup-at-un/ International News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:47:15 PM Hannah Dreier Venezuelan president calls for shakeup at UN

UNITED NATIONS - Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro called for a "re-founding" of the United Nations late Wednesday in his first speech before the international organization.

The socialist president took the podium at the General Assembly of world leaders to demand that the U.N. undergo a profound transformation and recognize that the world is now multipolar, defined by new regional alliances.

Co-operation among Latin American countries has Venezuela poised to win a seat on the U.N. Security Council next year. Maduro said that this council in particular needed an immediate overhaul to ensure that it reflects the modern world, in which every region has its own voice and ambitions.

Speaking with hand gestures and a declamatory style, he praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for helping stave off Islamic State militants, and pledged $5 million to the fight against Ebola.

He railed against harassment by the "imperial forces" of the American empire "that have tried again and again to undermine democracy."

But unlike his mentor and predecessor Hugo Chavez, who famously called George W. Bush the devil in a U.N. speech, Maduro stopped short of personal attacks or name-calling.

As with most aspects of Maduro's presidency, the spirit of the more popular Chavez was close at hand during the half hour speech. Maduro made several reverential references to the populist leader. And Chavez's daughter, who Maduro recently named as deputy ambassador to the U.N., made her public debut at the organization as she watched from the empty-looking auditorium.

Maduro concluded his remarks with a prayer for peace. Something that will only be possible, he said, when the sovereignty of each country is respected.

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