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, 3 Sep 2014 04:09:37 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Video purports to show beheading of US journalist http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-us-journalist/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-purports-to-show-beheading-of-us-journalist/ International News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:21:20 AM APNewsNow Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT - An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group.

Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In the video distributed Tuesday and entitled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he is beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

Image: WWL-TV


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German Court parks ridesharing service Uber http://www.wbrz.com/news/german-court-parks-ridesharing-service-uber/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/german-court-parks-ridesharing-service-uber/ International News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 1:41:43 AM Hunter Robinson German Court parks ridesharing service Uber

BERLIN, Germany - A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.

The state court in Frankfurt ruled that Uber can't offer its services without a specific permit under German transport laws, news agency dpa and the plaintiff reported Tuesday. The injunction applies pending a full hearing of a suit brought against Uber by a German group that offers a taxi-ordering app.

The ruling comes after Berlin authorities last month barred Uber from operating in the capital because of safety concerns.

Their arguments were in line with those of established cab companies which claim Uber's app-based services, which offer limousines and pickups by private drivers, dodge rules that ordinary taxi firms have to abide by.


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Ukraine says Russian forces are in major rebel cities http://www.wbrz.com/news/ukraine-says-russian-forces-are-in-major-rebel-cities/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ukraine-says-russian-forces-are-in-major-rebel-cities/ International News Tue, 2 Sep 2014 1:40:06 AM Hunter Robinson Ukraine says Russian forces are in major rebel cities

KIEV, Ukraine - A Ukrainian official says Russian military forces have been spotted in both of the major cities held by rebels in eastern Ukraine.

And that has prompted Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army -- not just the pro-Russian separatists -- in a war that Ukraine's defense minister says could cost "tens of thousands" of lives.

A spokesman for Ukraine's National Security Council says Russian troops have been seen in the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, and in other locations throughout the east. The claim couldn't be independently confirmed.

Meanwhile, in Moscow, a Kremlin aide is sharply criticizing the president of the EU Commission for quoting Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished. The Kremlin says it was a breach of confidentiality, and that Putin was "taken out of context."


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Militia says it 'secured' US compound in Libya http://www.wbrz.com/news/militia-says-it-secured-us-compound-in-libya/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/militia-says-it-secured-us-compound-in-libya/ International News Sun, 31 Aug 2014 9:16:09 AM Militia says it 'secured' US compound in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya - An Islamist-allied militia group says it has "secured" a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting.

An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group said his forces had entered and been in control of the compound since last week.

A video posted online showed men playing in a pool at the compound. In a message on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Safira Deborah said the video appeared to have been shot in at the embassy's residential annex.


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Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion' http://www.wbrz.com/news/iran-president-calls-us-sanctions-an-invasion-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/iran-president-calls-us-sanctions-an-invasion-/ International News Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:37 AM NASSER KARIMI Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'

TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country's contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers would go on.

The U.S. imposed sanctions Friday on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals it said it suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, supporting terrorism and helping the Islamic Republic evade U.S. and international sanctions. The sanctions bar Americans from engaging in transactions with any of the designated parties, freeze their assets and block their property under U.S. jurisdiction.

Speaking to officials Saturday, Rouhani criticized the sanctions.

"Sanctions are an invasion of the Iranian nation. We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place," Rouhani said in remarks broadcast by state TV. "We should not allow the continuation and repetition of the invasion."

However, Friday's action did not constitute an expansion of the sanctions regime, but rather the enforcement of existing sanctions.

Later Saturday, Rouhani told journalists at a news conference that the sanctions would not thwart the nuclear talks with world powers, though he called those affecting the country's pharmaceutical companies a "crime against humanity."

Rouhani also said he didn't know whether he would attend next month's U.N. General Assembly and said he had "no plan" to meet U.S. President Barack Obama there. Last year, the two leaders spoke by telephone, the first direct conversation between leaders of the two countries since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The West long has suspected Iran of trying to build an atomic weapon through its nuclear program. Iran has said its program is for peaceful purposes, like medical research and generating electricity.

Last November, world powers and Iran reached an interim deal over the nuclear program, which called for Iran to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of some economic sanctions. Both sides are now negotiating a final deal.

Already this month, Iran announced work was underway to redesign its nearly completed Arak heavy water reactor so it produces less plutonium, a key sticking point in negotiations. It also recently inaugurated a new plant to convert a type of uranium into a material that cannot be used to make nuclear weapons, another point in talks.

Voters elected Rouhani last year after he promised to engage the West diplomatically in order to get the sanctions lifted. But he has faced criticism from hard-liners who say he has conceded too much in the nuclear talks.

During his news conference, Rouhani also touched obliquely on the advance of the Islamic State group in Iraq, saying that Iran had "no plan to cooperate" with the U.S. in the fight against terrorism.

"In our viewpoint, crime is crime," Rouhani said. "If some say we only fight terrorism if an American is killed, it only indicates they are not serious in fighting."


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Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US http://www.wbrz.com/news/saudi-king-warns-of-terrorist-threat-to-europe-us/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/saudi-king-warns-of-terrorist-threat-to-europe-us/ International News Sat, 30 Aug 2014 9:54:24 AM Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that terrorist groups will attack Europe and the United States unless they are faced with collective "power and speed" from the international community.

King Abdullah's comments come as the Islamic State group has seized wide swaths of land across Syria and Iraq.

While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, Abdullah said that he is "certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America."

The king's comments late Friday appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against extremists in the region. Saudi Arabia has backed rebels fighting in Syria, but is concerned that extremists there could turn their weapons on the kingdom.

State media carried the king's comments to foreign ambassadors early Saturday.


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Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-rules-out-us-military-action-in-ukraine/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-rules-out-us-military-action-in-ukraine/ International News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 2:00:13 PM Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine.

Obama says the U.S. will stand firm with its allies to address the conflict in Ukraine, where the U.S. says Russia is backing pro-Russian separatists. But Obama says a military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia in the region, quote, "is not in the cards."

But Obama is pointing to the NATO alliance as a deterrent for Russia. He says although Ukraine isn't part of NATO, other nearby nations are. He says the U.S. takes its commitment to defend NATO allies "very seriously." Obama will attend a NATO summit in Wales next week.

Obama spoke amid an escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and fresh signs of Russia's involvement.


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Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege http://www.wbrz.com/news/pope-removes-key-benedict-xvi-protege/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pope-removes-key-benedict-xvi-protege/ International News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:51:25 AM Pope removes key Benedict XVI protege

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain.

In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and under Benedict's papacy took on a more conservative and traditional bent.

Francis, who favors a less traditional style and has chafed at some Vatican liturgical rules, on Thursday named Canizares Llovera archbishop of Valencia, Spain.

No replacement was named.

Last year, Francis removed another archconservative Benedict appointee who had been responsible for the world's priests.


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Australia, Malaysia reach search cost-sharing deal http://www.wbrz.com/news/australia-malaysia-reach-search-cost-sharing-deal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/australia-malaysia-reach-search-cost-sharing-deal/ International News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:55:52 PM Hunter Robinson Australia, Malaysia reach search cost-sharing deal

CANBERRA, Australia - Malaysia's transport minister says an investigation into how a Malaysian airliner came to crash into the Indian Ocean far off course cannot go further until wreckage and its black boxes are found.

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai is in Australia on Thursday to sign a cost-sharing agreement with the Australian government for the ongoing seabed search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Liow says investigators have advised that success of the undersea search was crucial to solving the mystery of the disaster. The plane is thought to have crashed 1,100 miles off Australia's west coast.

The airliner disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


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Officials: Egypt, UAE behind airstrikes in Libya http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-egypt-uae-behind-airstrikes-in-libya/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-egypt-uae-behind-airstrikes-in-libya/ International News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 8:36:32 AM Bradley Klapper Officials: Egypt, UAE behind airstrikes in Libya

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya.

They say the United States wasn't notified in advance of the attacks.

One official says the two countries and Saudi Arabia have been supporting a renegade general's effort for months against Libyan militant groups, but that the Saudis don't appear to have played a role in recent strikes.

Another official says the U.S. knew about Egyptian and U.A.E. plans for a possible operation and warned them against going through with the effort.

The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. The Egyptian and U.A.E. role in the strikes was first reported by The New York Times.


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Egypt state media announces Gaza war cease-fire http://www.wbrz.com/news/egypt-state-media-announces-gaza-war-cease-fire/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/egypt-state-media-announces-gaza-war-cease-fire/ International News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 6:57:53 AM Egypt state media announces Gaza war cease-fire

CAIRO - Egyptian state media has announced a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel to halt the seven-week Gaza war, which has killed over 2,200 people.

Both Egyptian state television and the state news agency MENA announced the deal Tuesday night. Both said it begins at 7 p.m. local time (1600 GMT), without elaborating.

Earlier, officials with from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the main groups fighting in Gaza against Israel, said a cease-fire had been reached. Israeli officials have not immediately commented. They described it as an "open-ended" cease-fire that included an Israeli agreement to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow relief supplies and construction materials into the war-battered territory.

Israeli officials have yet to comment.


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Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes http://www.wbrz.com/news/bishop-slain-us-journalist-foley-opened-our-eyes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bishop-slain-us-journalist-foley-opened-our-eyes/ International News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:09:03 PM Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes

ROCHESTER, N.H. - A Roman Catholic bishop in New Hampshire says slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by showing the world images of people affected by war.

Bishop Peter Libasci spoke Sunday at a Mass of Remembrance in Foley's hometown of Rochester. The bishop says even after Foley was captured for the first time in Libya in 2011, "he went back again that we might open our eyes."

The Mass was attended by Foley's parents and hundreds of others.

Foley was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State posted a Web video Tuesday showing his killing and said it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.


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US says American held in Syria has been freed http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-says-american-held-in-syria-has-been-freed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-says-american-held-in-syria-has-been-freed/ International News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:42:27 AM US says American held in Syria has been freed

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government says an American held hostage for about two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria has been released.

The Obama administration identifies the man as Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts.

National security adviser Susan Rice says Curtis is now safe outside of Syria.

Secretary of State John Kerry says Curtis was held by an al-Qaida-linked militant group fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Obama administration released no details about the circumstances of his abduction or his release.

The news comes days after the Islamic State group posted a web video showing the murder of James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising.

The group said the killing was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.


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Hamas chief backs International Criminal Court bid http://www.wbrz.com/news/hamas-chief-backs-international-criminal-court-bid/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hamas-chief-backs-international-criminal-court-bid/ International News Sat, 23 Aug 2014 8:30:17 AM Hamas chief backs International Criminal Court bid

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.

Moussa Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page early Saturday that "Hamas has signed the paper" of support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas requested before joining the court.

Hamas official Izzat Rishq confirmed the document was signed. Abu Marzouk's post was reported on Hamas news websites. There was no comment from Abbas aides.

Abbas has weighed joining the court, but linked it to Hamas support. Accepting its jurisdiction could lead to war crimes investigations of Israel for its actions in the Gaza war. Hamas could be investigated for its indiscriminate rocket fire at Israel.


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US launches more airstrikes in Iraq http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-launches-more-airstrikes-in-iraq/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-launches-more-airstrikes-in-iraq/ International News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 8:54:15 AM Lolita C. Baldor US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.

The Islamic State group had gained control of large swaths of western and northern Iraq and had taken the dam, but Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by a barrage of U.S. airstrikes were able to push the militants back and regain control of the dam. U.S. officials had worried that militants would breach the dam and flood parts of Baghdad.

U.S. officials say the strikes are part of an effort to create a safe perimeter around the dam. The military said the latest strikes destroyed or damaged three Humvees, multiple roadside bombs and another insurgent vehicle.


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Hamas says 3 senior leaders killed in Gaza strike http://www.wbrz.com/news/hamas-says-3-senior-leaders-killed-in-gaza-strike/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hamas-says-3-senior-leaders-killed-in-gaza-strike/ International News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:09:04 AM Hunter Robinson Hamas says 3 senior leaders killed in Gaza strike

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas says in a text message sent to media that the three - Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar - were killed in the Israeli airstrike near the southern town of Rafah early on Thursday.

They are considered to be in the senior levels of the Hamas military leadership.

Palestinian police and health officials say that six people were killed in the Rafah strike and that dozens of others remain trapped in the rubble of a four-story building targeted by Israel.


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Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-us-won-t-stop-confronting-islamic-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-us-won-t-stop-confronting-islamic-state/ International News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:07:21 AM APNewsNow Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

EDGARTOWN, MA - President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.

Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences.

Obama says the Islamic State abducts women and children, and tortures, rapes, enslaves and kills people. He said the Islamic State targets Christians and other minorities and aims to commit genocide.

Obama spoke Wednesday from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, where he's vacationing with his family, a day after the militants released a video showing the American journalist being beheaded.


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US official: More airstrikes in Iraq http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-official-more-airstrikes-in-iraq/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/us-official-more-airstrikes-in-iraq/ International News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 8:43:33 AM Lolita C. Baldor US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes. The militants released a video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded.

The official says the airstrikes were in the area of the Mosul Dam and were aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces create a buffer zone at the key facility. The strikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish troops reclaim the dam from the insurgents.

The militants threatened to kill a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, who is being held captive in case of airstrikes. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing operations publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.


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Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail http://www.wbrz.com/news/israel-gaza-militants-trade-fire-after-talks-fail/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/israel-gaza-militants-trade-fire-after-talks-fail/ International News Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:05:35 AM Hunter Robinson Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian militants are firing rockets from Gaza and Israel is launching airstrikes following the end of a cease-fire and the collapse of talks aimed at a lasting truce.

Palestinian militants fired at least 7 rockets at Israel Wednesday, the military said. Some 30 airstrikes were carried out in Gaza overnight, it said.

Fighting resumed Tuesday after Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at Israel hours before an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire was set to expire. Israel withdrew its delegation from Cairo and responded to the rocket fire with airstrikes, while Palestinian negotiators declared the cease-fire talks over.

The fighting dashed hopes for a lasting truce after a monthlong war that has already claimed over 2,000 lives, mostly Palestinians.


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Israeli leader recalls team from cease-fire talks http://www.wbrz.com/news/israeli-leader-recalls-team-from-cease-fire-talks/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/israeli-leader-recalls-team-from-cease-fire-talks/ International News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 8:54:54 AM Josef Federman Israeli leader recalls team from cease-fire talks

JERUSALEM - An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered negotiators at cease-fire talks to return home from Cairo following rocket fire by Palestinian militants.

The Israeli move, coupled with the outbreak of violence, threw Egyptian efforts to arrange a long-term cease-fire into jeopardy.

The official said the Egyptian-hosted talks with Hamas militants are based on the "premise" that there will be no violence.

The official said: "They are breaking the cease-fire. They are breaking the premise of the talks." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists.

Egypt has been hosting indirect talks meant to end a monthlong war. The talks face a midnight deadline. Palestinian militants fired two barrages of rockets Tuesday, sparking Israeli airstrikes in Gaza in retaliation.


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