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1 China blames unrest on Pakistan-trained ‘terrorists’

By Marianne Barriaux, AFP

8 mins ago

China on Monday blamed Muslim separatist “terrorists” trained in neighbouring Pakistan for an outbreak of deadly violence and imposed heavy security in a bid to prevent further unrest.

Nineteen people, five of them suspects, were killed in two separate incidents in the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar at the weekend in the latest wave of violence to hit the Xinjiang region, home to a mainly Muslim Uighur minority.

Two more suspects, both of them Uighurs, were “executed on the spot by police who were in the process of capturing them” on Monday, the Kashgar local government said in a statement.

2 Syrian army kills 136 in crackdown: activists


17 hrs ago

Syrian forces killed nearly 140 people including at least 100 when the army stormed the flashpoint protest city of Hama, activists said, prompting calls for emergency Security Council talks.

Activists said it was one of the deadliest days in Syria since demonstrators first took to the streets on March 15 demanding democratic reforms before turning their wrath on the regime and calling for its ouster.

As reports of the brutal pre-Ramadan crackdown on Hama unfurled, US President Barack Obama and European leaders condemned the crackdown as Germany and Italy called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council.

3 Libya rebels chase Kadhafi cells


17 hrs ago

Libyan rebels rounded up at least 63 people in an ongoing bid to tighten security in the eastern city of Benghazi and rout armed groups loyal to Moamer Kadhafi, a spokesman told AFP.

“This morning we caught about 38 and later today more than 25,” Mustafa al-Sagazly said.

The arrests come hot on the heels of a five-hour raid on a roadside factory, which rebels said was the base of operations of an armed group taking orders from Kadhafi’s regime and suspected in the assassination of their army chief.

4 Emergency aid flights brave war-torn Somalia


10 hrs ago

Aid groups ramped up operations Monday to help millions of drought-stricken people in the Horn of Africa, with the UN World Food Programme expanding its airlifts of emergency food supplies.

The WFP last week begun airlifting peanut-based paste for malnourished children in the Mogadishu and widened the distribution to Doolow in the south of Somalia.

“Another aircraft arrived today, the sixth flight since the airlift began last Wednesday — the airlift is an ongoing operation and will continue,” said WFP spokesman David Orr, speaking from the war-torn Somali capital.

5 Muslims start fasting month amid Mideast turmoil


3 hrs ago

More than a billion Muslims across the world begin observing this week the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting and prayer which this year coincides with deadly turmoil in the Middle East.

Arab governments are bracing for increased tensions in the region which has been rocked by unprecedented pro-democracy uprisings that have brought down autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt.

In Syria, where a bloody crackdown on dissent nears its fifth month, authorities fear that protesters will rally against the regime when they emerge from mosques after nightly “taraweeh” prayers.

6 Bank of Cyprus warns of bailout threat

By Charlie Charalambous, AFP

6 hrs ago

The Bank of Cyprus, the island’s largest financial institution, on Monday urged government action to prevent the eurozone country from having to seek a bailout from the European Union.

“With our inaction we are risking the ability of refinancing the state and the consequences will be instant and serious,” a statement from the commercial bank said.

“There is an immediate threat of the country entering the European Union’s support mechanism with everything bad that entails.”

7 HSBC axes 30,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive

By Roland Jackson, AFP

3 hrs ago

HSBC will slash 30,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years as it looks to slash costs, the global banking giant announced Monday after also unveiling bumper profits.

Europe’s biggest lender said in a statement that it was cutting 5,000 workers in Latin America, the United States, Britain, France and the Middle East while new boss Stuart Gulliver revealed that the cost-cutting plans would go deeper.

“There will be further job cuts,” he told a conference call after the group announced a 35-percent jump in net profits.

8 Markets turn tail on weak US data, debt deal concerns

By Bryan McManus, AFP

3 hrs ago

Financial markets went into sharp reverse Monday as doubts grew over a last-minute US debt deal and weak manufacturing data stoked fears that all is not well with the world’s biggest economy.

Dealers said the turnaround was brutal in European trade after solid gains in Asia on President Barack Obama’s announcement that he had reached an accord with his Republican rivals on raising the debt ceiling and spending cuts.

The deal, agreed after weeks of high-stakes wrangling to save the United States from an unprecedented and dangerous default initially sent the Asian, then Europe and the US markets all higher in a strong relief rally.

9 Bresnan stars as England thrash India in second Test

By Julian Guyer, AFP

1 hr 58 mins ago

Tim Bresnan shone with both bat and ball as England crushed India by a record-breaking 319 runs here at Trent Bridge on Monday to win the second Test with more than a day to spare.

England’s winning margin was a record in terms of runs in the 101-match history of Tests between the two sides.

India, set a record victory target of 478, were bowled out for 158 with Sachin Tendulkar top-scoring with 56 but still left searching for an unprecedented and elusive 100th international hundred.

10 Syrian tanks bombard residential areas of Hama

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Reuters

1 hr 2 mins ago

AMMAN (Reuters)- Syrian tanks pounded residential neighborhoods across the city of Hama Monday in the heaviest barrage of a two-day assault to crush street demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad, witnesses said.

Earlier Monday, residents said at least four civilians were killed by tank fire on the second day of attacks on the city, where memories are still vivid of the brutal suppression of an uprising in 1982.

Intense shelling began again after Ramadan evening prayers, concentrating on districts near the al-Bilal roundabout in the northwest of the city, the Jarajmeh district in the east and northern neighborhoods near the Omar bin al-Khattab mosque.

11 Factory growth slows, casts shadow on economy

By Lucia Mutikani, Reuters

3 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in two years in July as new orders contracted, a troubling development for the faltering economy.

The Institute for Supply Management said on Monday its index of national factory activity fell to 50.9, the lowest level since July 2009, from 55.3 in June.

Economists had expected a reading of 54.9. A reading below 50 indicates contraction in manufacturing.

12 Rhode Island’s Central Falls files for bankruptcy

By Scott Malone, Reuters

1 hr 20 mins ago

CENTRAL FALLS, Rhode Island (Reuters) – Central Falls, Rhode Island, one of a handful of U.S. cities and counties facing fiscal collapse in the wake of the economic recession, filed for a rare Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Monday.

The bankruptcy filing — a risky and potentially expensive move that could freeze the city out of the U.S. municipal bond market — marks a symbolic blow as state and local governments struggle to pull themselves out of the recession.

The smallest city in the smallest U.S. state made the filing as it grappled with an $80 million unfunded pension and retiree health benefit liability that is nearly quadruple its annual budget of $17 million.

13 Debt deal offers only small blessings for economy

By David Lawder, Reuters

11 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The tentative deal to avoid a crushing debt default is at best a mild relief for the U.S. economy that nearly stalled in the first half of the year and has yet to show signs of any realistic pickup.

The plan for $2.4 trillion in spending cuts over a decade, if backed by lawmakers, would help lift some of the uncertainty that has weighed on investors, businesses and consumers unsettled by talk about a possible new and deep U.S. financial meltdown.

Still, it does not decisively remove the threat that the nation’s AAA credit rating could be downgraded, an action that would raise borrowing costs across the board, and the prospect of further cuts ahead will cut short any celebrating.

14 Syrian troops attack Hama for 2nd day

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

1 hr 0 mins ago

BEIRUT (AP) – Anti-government protesters in the Syrian city of Hama set up barricades and took up sticks and stones to defend themselves Monday after one of the bloodiest days so far in the regime’s campaign to quell an uprising now in its fifth month.

The protesters vowed not to allow a repeat of 1982, when thousands of people were killed in Hama after President Bashar Assad’s father ordered a massacre.

As evening fell, residents said Syrian tanks resumed intense shelling of the restive city and troops fired machine guns at worshippers about to head to mosques for special nighttime prayers on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Residents had just broken their daily dawn-to-dusk fast and the shelling appeared aimed at preventing the mosque gatherings, fearing they would trigger large anti-government protests.

15 Somali refugees: No food to break Ramadan fast


1 hr 30 mins ago

DADAAB, Kenya (AP) – As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins, Faduma Aden is fasting during the day even though she doesn’t have enough food to celebrate with a sundown feast. The Somali mother of three, who fled starvation in her homeland and now lives at a Kenyan refugee camp, says she will fast because she fears God.

Muslims around the world mark sundown during the holy month of Ramadan that began Monday with extravagant dinners after not eating from sunrise to sundown. That kind of nighttime celebration is unthinkable this year for most Somalis, who already are suffering empty stomachs during the worst famine in a generation.

Despite the lack of food, for Somalis like Aden it’s a matter of faith to participate in Ramadan’s fast, even though Islam allows the ailing to eat. Others, though, are ashamed they don’t have enough food for the sundown dinner.

16 Coverage with no copay extended to birth control


57 mins ago

WASHINGTON (AP) – A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as prevention, with no copays.

Services ranging from breast pumps for new mothers to counseling on domestic violence were also included in the broad expansion of women’s preventive care under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Since birth control is the most common drug prescribed to women, health plans should make sure it’s readily available, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Not doing it would be like not covering flu shots,” she said.

17 Polygamist leader: God demands judge’s removal

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

14 mins ago

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) – Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs made a third attempt Monday to remove the Texas judge overseeing his child sex assault case – this time based on the claim that God himself demands a change.

The head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints filed a motion purporting to quote God as saying state District Judge Barbara Walther should “step away from this abuse of power against a religious and pure faith in the Lord.”

After a short recess, Walther ruled the trial would continue under new Texas Supreme Court rules that went into effect Monday. They no longer require an immediate hearing to recuse a judge after evidence in a case has been heard. A hearing will eventually be held on Jeffs’ motion, but it’s unclear when.

18 NASA going green with solar-powered Jupiter probe

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

29 mins ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – NASA’s upcoming mission to Jupiter can’t get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft.

The robotic explorer Juno is set to become the most distant probe ever powered by the sun.

Juno is equipped with three tractor-trailer-size solar panels for its 2 billion-mile (3.2 billion kilometer) journey into the outer solar system. It will be launched Friday morning aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket – barely two weeks after NASA’s final space shuttle flight.


    • TMC on 08/02/2011 at 01:19

    to vote on the debt ceiling bill. She voted “yes” but just the fact that she is even there is nothing short of a miracle. Just watching her walking about unassisted, greeting people and holding conversation is just awesome

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