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Kenya police chief warns residents to be vigilant
9/20/2014 7:25:19 AM

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, armed police take cover behind escalators as smoke fills the air inside the Westgate Mall during a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Nairobi has tens of thousands of security guards outside banks, restaurants, malls and homes - but they aren’t armed and when criminals or terrorists attack, they are often the first casualties. (AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan, File)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief is asking residents to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.


Angelina Jolie to direct Richard Leakey biopic 'Africa'
9/20/2014 7:24:26 AM

Angelina Jolie arrives at a summit to end sexual violence in conflict, at the Excel centre in LondonLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has been hired to direct "Africa," a feature film about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and his campaign against ivory poachers that threaten Africa's elephants. The film, Jolie's fourth directorial effort, is from Skydance Productions, the company behind recent "Terminator" and "Mission: Impossible" films. The screenplay is from Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for "Forrest Gump." "I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life," said Jolie in a statement. ...


Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State
9/20/2014 7:23:54 AM
By Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. Security sources told Reuters the hostages had been released overnight in the town of Tel Abyad on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after being transferred from the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, Islamic State's stronghold. Officials declined to give details of the rescue operation. ...
Kenya detains two Iranians on suspicion of planning attacks
9/20/2014 7:23:36 AM
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan anti-terror police have detained two Iranian men using forged Israeli passports to enter the East African country, on suspicion that they may have been involved in a plan to carry out an attack there, officials said on Friday. Kenyan security agencies have been on alert following several gun and grenade attacks and the killing of 67 people in an attack by Islamist gunment on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last September. ...
Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic State
9/20/2014 7:22:55 AM
By John Irish and Antony Paone ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - On a warm evening at Arbil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan some 150 mostly Christian refugees anxiously waited to flee their homeland aboard a French government plane. The refugees, of all ages and from 25 different families, had one message as they prepared to fly to Paris to escape the threat of Islamic State militants: Christians and Muslims can no longer live together in Iraq. ...
Global court orders Kenyan president to attend hearing
9/20/2014 7:22:35 AM

Kenya's President Kenyatta stands for Kenya's national anthem before the Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in NairobiAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court have ordered Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend a hearing over how to proceed with his stalled trial for crimes against humanity, the tribunal said on Friday. Kenyatta and other senior officials are accused of orchestrating a wave of violence in which 1,200 people died after contested 2007 elections. He denies the charge. Two weeks ago, prosecutors asked for the case against him to be adjourned indefinitely, saying they did not have enough evidence because of obstruction by the Kenyan government. ...


Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali
9/20/2014 7:21:07 AM
By Madjiasra Nako N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad's government accused the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. The mission, known as MINUSMA, was deployed last year after a French-led military intervention drove out al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters, who had seized the north a year earlier. ...
Renewed Yemen clashes kill 4 civilians
9/20/2014 7:17:11 AM

Smokes rises from near the Yemeni Government TV building, background, during clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Hawthi fighters and militias and army units allied with the Muslim Brotherhood's Islah party battled in Sanaa for a third day Saturday in clashes that have shaken the Yemeni capital, killed over 120 people, and led to thousands fleeing their homes. The violence raises fears that this chronically unstable country could be dragged into the sort of sectarian conflicts that have plagued other nations in the region. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A third day of fighting in Yemen's capital between Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen killed at least four civilians on Saturday, security and health officials said.


Iran has 'role' in fighting IS militants: Kerry
9/20/2014 7:11:12 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to testify on the administration's strategy for dealing with the Islamic State (IS) group on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 18, 2014United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Washington's arch-foe Iran has a role to play in tackling Islamic State militants who have overrun large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.


Pope names Cupich as next Chicago archbishop
9/20/2014 7:05:03 AM

FILE - In this April 11, 2014, file photo, Chicago Cardinal Francis George pauses while speaking during a news conference in Chicago. The Associated Press has learned that Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., will be the next archbishop of Chicago. A person with knowledge of the selection says Cupich will succeed George. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly. The Archdiocese of Chicago has scheduled a news conference Saturday, Sept. 20, but will not comment. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, as the next archbishop of Chicago, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most important posts in the U.S. church.





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