Sep 13 2011

Evening Edition

Evening Edition is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Kadhafi forces fight back, China recognises NTC

By Ines Bel Aiba, AFP

3 hrs ago

A defiant Moamer Kadhafi vowed to fight until victory as his forces launched surprise fightbacks on three fronts on Monday, and as Libya’s interim government won recognition from China.

The ferocious counterattacks on a Ras Lanuf oil refinery, near Kadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, and at Bani Walid near Tripoli came as a US official said Niger was ready to detain one of the elusive leader’s sons, Saadi, after he fled over the border.

“It is not possible to give Libya to the colonists again,” and “all that remains for us is the struggle until victory and the defeat of the coup,” Kadhafi said in a statement read out on Syria-based Arrai Oruba television.

2 Russia defends Assad against Western pressure

By Anna Malpas, AFP

6 hrs ago

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday defended the Syrian regime against sanctions for its crackdown on protesters and warned British Prime Minister David Cameron of the dangers of such a move.

Cameron met Medvedev for talks focusing on Syria and bilateral disputes as global frustration mounted with Russia’s continued support of its ally despite President Bashar al-Assad’s months-long repression of nationwide protests.

A visiting aide to Assad said 1,400 people — half of them Syrian security and army forces — had died in violence since the demonstrations erupted in mid-March and rejected an estimate of 2,600 deaths from UN human rights chief Navi Pillay.

3 Gambia, Senegal deny involvement in attack on Guinea leader


3 hrs ago

Gambia on Monday denied any involvement in an attempted assassination of Guinean President Alpha Conde in July, after he accused Senegal and Gambia of being complicit in the attack.

Conde, in an interview with the private Senegalese radio station Sud FM broadcast on Sunday, said a rocket attack on his home had been plotted in Dakar, and he suspected the two governments were aware of it.

“The Gambia would like to state that it did not have any involvement or prior information surrounding the attempted assassination of the Guinean president,” read a statement from the foreign ministry.

4 Sudan parliament okays Blue Nile military action


3 hrs ago

Sudan on Monday approved military action over the embattled state of Blue Nile bordering South Sudan just days after the rivals agreed to withdraw their troops from another flashpoint border region.

Parliament approved “the military option” in Blue Nile, where rebels have close historic links with newly independent South Sudan, the head of a committee dealing with emergency matters said.

“Parliament approves the military option to fight the rebellion against Blue Nile state, and orders the authorities concerned to proceed in applying this decision without taking negotiations into account,” Ismail al-Haj Mussa said.

5 Eurozone crisis acute on eve of vital Greece talks

By Claire Rosemberg, AFP

12 hrs ago

Eurozone nations headed into fresh turbulence on Monday with alarm rising over a potential Greek default only days before vital talks to save Athens and contain the debt crisis.

Stocks tumbled in Asia and nosedived in early trading in Europe as markets appeared to dismiss weekend promises by Greece on deficit cuts as too little too late, while worrying about stretched European banks.

After powerhouse Germany warned of a possible worst-case “orderly default” for Greece, the Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Sunday announced plans to slice an extra two billion euros ($2.7 billion) off the deficit.

6 Cameron, Medvedev seek to mend damaged ties

By Anna Malpas, AFP

3 hrs ago

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday vowed to repair ties at rare talks in Moscow but acknowledged irreconcilable differences over the 2006 London poisoning of a Kremlin critic.

Cameron’s talks with Medvedev in the Kremlin and his later meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — the first high-profile bilateral contacts since 2005 — underscored Britain’s desire to put its rocky relation with Moscow on a more pragmatic footing.

While the British and Russian leaders acknowledged differences remained over the poisoning case and that they did not see eye to eye on Syria, Cameron in his talks with Russia’s ruling tandem stressed the desire to turn over a new leaf as they oversaw trade deals worth more than $300 million.

7 New London police chief named


2 hrs 29 mins ago

Bernard Hogan-Howe was appointed as the country’s new police chief on Monday, a job which sees him take command of one of Scotland Yard’s biggest security challenges yet — the 2012 London Olympics.

Hogan-Howe, the acting deputy commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), made his name by cutting crime as head of the Merseyside force covering Liverpool.

As the Met’s new commissioner, he faces the task of rebuilding its reputation after his predecessor Paul Stephenson quit over the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid.

8 Unions ask Swedish court to declare Saab bankrupt

By Rita Devlin Marier, AFP

3 hrs ago

Two Swedish unions on Monday asked a district court to formally declare beleaguered carmaker Saab bankrupt so the company’s union members can receive their still-unpaid August wages.

Saab has struggled for weeks to raise cash and its employees have not been paid August wages. Monday’s move by the Unionen and Ledarna unions paves the way for workers to get paid through a state wage guarantee.

“The request has been submitted because Unionen’s members have still not received their August wages and the deadline Unionen has given Saab has expired,” Unionen said in a statement.

9 Embattled Bank of America to slash 30,000 jobs

By Alexander Osipovich, AFP

2 hrs 28 mins ago

Bank of America said on Monday it would cut around 30,000 jobs as part of a sweeping plan to slash $5 billion in costs and restore investor confidence in the beleaguered US banking giant.

The job cuts, which represent just over 10 percent of BofA’s workforce, will be carried out “over the next few years”, the bank said in a statement.

Notably, the announcement came the same morning that US President Barack Obama demanded that Congress pass his $447 billion jobs bill, aimed at reducing the country’s stubbornly high 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

10 Obama proposes tax hikes to pay for jobs bill

By Stephen Collinson, AFP

2 hrs 7 mins ago

US President Barack Obama signaled Monday he would pay for his $447 billion dollar jobs plan by raising taxes on the rich and energy corporations and demanded that Congress pass it right away.

The president, seeking to reset his under-pressure presidency and slice away at 9.1 percent unemployment, sent the bill to lawmakers and warned Republicans not to slow it down with “political games” at a time of great national urgency.

But Obama, by deciding to finance the bill by ending tax breaks for oil and gas firms and individuals earning over $200,000, set up a new showdown with his political foes — who have already rejected such methods in the past.

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