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. () () Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:08:50 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 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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Israelis, Palestinians resume talks on Gaza deal http://www.wbrz.com/news/israelis-palestinians-resume-talks-on-gaza-deal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/israelis-palestinians-resume-talks-on-gaza-deal/ International News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:40:19 AM Mohammed Daragmeh Israelis, Palestinians resume talks on Gaza deal

CAIRO, Egypt - Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo are trying to hammer out a roadmap for the Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for the talks.

The extension of the truce fanned hopes of an emerging deal, however vague, though wide gaps remain.

Palestinian delegate Qais Abdel-Kareem says discussions resumed on Tuesday morning on key issues, including Israel's blockade of Gaza, its demands for Hamas' disarmament and Palestinian demands for a Gaza port and airport.

Palestinian ambassador to Cairo, Jamal Shoback, says the Israelis have proposed arrangements that are about "not (fully) removing the blockade but easing it."

The Gaza war killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, most of them civilians, while Israel lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.

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15 new US airstrikes in northern Iraq http://www.wbrz.com/news/15-new-us-airstrikes-in-northern-iraq/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/15-new-us-airstrikes-in-northern-iraq/ International News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:53:56 AM 15 new US airstrikes in northern Iraq

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says a new round of 15 U.S. airstrikes near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq were justified because the dam's failure could trigger a humanitarian disaster.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Monday the U.S. had no indication of the dam's imminent failure, but the airstrikes were part of a broader U.S. mission to help protect Iraq's critical infrastructure. The dam was captured by the Islamic State group earlier this month.

Warren said it is too early to say that Iraqi forces have recaptured the dam, which is located north of Mosul, the largest city in northern Iraq.

U.S. Central Command said U.S. fighters, bombers and drones conducted 15 strikes Monday near the dam. That is in addition to 16 airstrikes on Sunday and nine on Saturday.

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Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK http://www.wbrz.com/news/pope-oks-protecting-iraq-minorities-wants-un-ok/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pope-oks-protecting-iraq-minorities-wants-un-ok/ International News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:36:15 AM Nicole Winfield Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities but says the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.

Francis also said he and his advisers are considering whether he might go to northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted Christians, but are holding off on a decision for now.

In comments Monday to journalists returning from South Korea, Francis confirmed he will travel to the United States in September 2015 to attend a family rally in Philadelphia and was considering a three-city tour to address Congress in Washington and the United Nations in New York.

He said a Mexico stop on that trip was possible, as well as a separate visit to Spain.

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Iraqi forces reclaim control of Mosul Dam http://www.wbrz.com/news/iraqi-forces-reclaim-control-of-mosul-dam/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/iraqi-forces-reclaim-control-of-mosul-dam/ International News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 2:29:05 AM Hunter Robinson Iraqi forces reclaim control of Mosul Dam

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's army spokesman says security forces and Kurdish fighters have taken back the strategic Mosul Dam, the country's largest, from Islamic militants who captured it less than two weeks ago.

Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi told The Associated Press that Kurdish peshmerga forces and Iraqi anti-terrorism troops retook the dam on Monday.

Al-Mousawi says the troops were backed by aerial support but he didn't specify whether there were U.S. airstrikes during the battle. Iraqi state TV also reported the capture.

Iraq's recapturing of the entire Mosul Dam complex on the Tigris River and the territory surrounding its reservoir is a significant victory against the Islamic State group, which seized large swaths of northern and western Iraq this summer.

The dam supplies electricity and water to a large part of the country.

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New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-us-strikes-in-iraq-include-land-based-bombers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-us-strikes-in-iraq-include-land-based-bombers/ International News Sun, 17 Aug 2014 9:54:31 AM New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

WASHINGTON - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign.

U.S. Central Command says a combination of bombers, fighter jets, attack planes and unmanned drones hit targets near Iraq's largest dam in Mosul. That's a wider array than in previous rounds of airstrikes.

Kurdish security officials say Kurdish forcers have taken over parts of the dam - aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes.

It was less than two weeks ago that militants had captured the dam.

The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday - after nine strikes on Saturday.

The U.S. says Sunday's strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.

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Taxi drivers celebrate Berlin's Uber ban http://www.wbrz.com/news/taxi-drivers-celebrate-berlin-s-uber-ban/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/taxi-drivers-celebrate-berlin-s-uber-ban/ International News Thu, 14 Aug 2014 4:33:47 AM Hunter Robinson Taxi drivers celebrate Berlin's Uber ban

BERLIN, Germany - Berlin taxi drivers are celebrating a decision by authorities to ban the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city.

The Berlin Taxi Drivers' Association said Thursday that the move means its members aren't put at a disadvantage by having to abide by rules that Uber doesn't.

Berlin authorities said Wednesday they won't tolerate Uber putting customers at risk by allowing them to ride in cars that haven't been checked, and with drivers who aren't vetted or properly insured.

They ordered the San Francisco-based company to immediately cease providing its service in Berlin or face a 25,000-euro ($33,400) fine.

Uber, which has faced similar snags in other cities worldwide, said in a statement that it will file an objection and seek to suspend the decree pending a court decision.

Taxi drivers in Baton Rouge voiced similar concerns after the Metro Council approved ride-sharing services like Uber. There have been issues with the roll-out in the capital city, however, especially regarding an incomplete application submitted to the Taxi Control Board.

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