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Sep 21 2011

Evening Edition

Evening Edition is an Open Thread

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1 Death toll hits 60 as violence rocks Yemen capital

By Jamal al-Jabiri, AFP

7 hrs ago

Gunfire and shelling rocked Sanaa for the third straight day on Tuesday as the toll from the worst outbreak of violence in Yemen’s capital in months spiralled to 60 dead with hundreds wounded.

The violence has hampered attempts by regional and international mediators to clinch a power transfer deal between political rivals, with the opposition saying it will not negotiate “while blood is flowing in Sanaa.”

Fighting between dissident military troops and those loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh broke out at dawn after a brief lull overnight and raged into the morning, leaving seven people dead, medics and witnesses said.

2 Pakistani gunmen kill 29 Shiites in two attacks

By Maaz Khan, AFP

3 hrs ago

Gunmen shot dead 26 Pakistani Shiite Muslim pilgrims travelling to Iran on Tuesday, the deadliest attack on the minority community in Pakistan for more than a year, officials said.

In a brutal assault, gunmen ordered pilgrims off their bus, lined them up and assassinated them in a hail of gunfire in Mastung, a district 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Quetta, the capital of the southwest Baluchistan province.

An hour after the first attack, unidentified gunmen killed another three Shiites on the outskirts of Quetta whom police said were relatives of victims of the first incident en route to collect their bodies.

3 Turban bomber kills top Afghan peace negotiator

By Sardar Ahmad, AFP

1 hr 9 mins ago

A Taliban suicide bomber with explosives hidden in his turban Tuesday assassinated Afghanistan’s former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was leading efforts to talk peace with insurgents.

The attacker had been invited into Rabbani’s Kabul home with an accomplice because they were thought to be emissaries bringing “special messages” from the Taliban.

The bomb was detonated as the attacker hugged Rabbani — head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council established last year by President Hamid Karzai — in greeting.

4 New Libya flag flies at UN as rebel leaders hailed

By Hassan El-Fekih, AFP

4 hrs ago

Libya’s former rebel leaders basked in praise Tuesday at the United Nations while fugitive strongman Moamer Kadhafi issued an audio message calling the new government a “charade.”

With the new Libyan flag flying at the UN headquarters, interim government leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil thanked all nations who aided with the “success of the Libyan revolution” which he revealed had left at least 25,000 dead.

US President Barack Obama hailed a “new chapter” for Libya as the victorious rebels’ red, black and green flag was hoisted at the United Nations ahead of the annual General Assembly.

5 Obama leads welcome for Libya’s new leaders

By Tangi Quemener, AFP

1 hr 46 mins ago

US President Barack Obama led a warm United Nations welcome Tuesday for the Libyan leaders who deposed Moamer Kadhafi, vowing the world would stand with them as they rebuild their country.

But he also pledged NATO would carry out air strikes as long as civilians there are “threatened” and urged Kadhafi supporters still fighting to lay down their arms.

With the new Libyan flag flying at the UN headquarters, interim government leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil thanked all nations who contributed to the “success of the Libyan revolution” which he revealed had left at least 25,000 dead.

6 Italian scientists go on trial over L’Aquila quake

AFP

7 hrs ago

A group of Italian scientists went on trial Tuesday for failing to predict an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in central Italy in 2009 despite signs of increased seismic activity in the area.

The seven defendants — six scientists and one government official — are accused of manslaughter in a case that some see as an unfair indictment of science.

Prosecutors say residents around the city of L’Aquila in the mountainous Abruzzo region should have been warned to flee their homes in the days before the quake.

7 Third candidate throws Taiwan vote wide open

By Amber Wang, AFP

2 hrs 40 mins ago

A veteran Taiwan politician on Tuesday unveiled his candidacy for January’s presidential poll, a move observers said could cost incumbent Ma Ying-jeou his re-election in a close race.

James Soong, a former heavyweight in Ma’s Kuomintang (KMT) party, announced his intention to run at a Taipei press conference, adding a new element of uncertainty to the tight race between Ma and opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen.

“I am willing to fight bravely for Taiwan’s people and seek new hopes for Taiwan’s future,” said Soong, the 69-year-old chairman of the People First Party (PFP), whose announcement had been anticipated.

8 Protests mark rising environment awareness in China

By Bill Savadove, AFP

2 hrs 45 mins ago

A major anti-pollution protest has forced the Chinese government to take swift action for the second time in as many months, spurred by a rising environment movement that is spreading online.

More than 500 residents living near a plant making solar panels protested for three days last week in the eastern city of Haining, forcing authorities to temporarily shut the factory, which belongs to the US-listed Jinko Solar.

The incident came just over a month after authorities in the northeastern city of Dalian agreed to relocate a chemical plant following similar protests, underscoring official concern over mounting public anger about pollution.

9 IMF says global slowdown worse than thought

By Veronica Smith, AFP

8 hrs ago

The global economy is much weaker than believed just months ago, and growth will pick up only slightly next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

The IMF lowered its growth forecasts for the global economy to 4.0 percent for 2011 and 2012, saying activity had “weakened significantly,” but warned of a return to recession if Western leaders fail to get their economies back on track.

“The evidence points to continued, uneven growth,” the IMF said in a twice-yearly outlook report.

10 Top Republican aims to boost Obama trade powers

AFP

51 mins ago

The top Republican in the US Senate said Tuesday he would seek to give President Barack Obama broad powers to negotiate new trade deals, warning the United States is falling behind in global commerce.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would seek to attach so-called Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which expired in 2007, to a wider measure giving duty-free access to US markets for developing world goods.

“With 14 million Americans out of work and thousands of Americans looking for opportunities to sell American-made goods around the world, we can’t afford to wait,” said McConnell.

11 Troy Davis loses final appeal in US death row case

By Ray Glier, AFP

57 mins ago

A US parole board has denied clemency to Troy Davis, clearing the way for his execution Wednesday in a racially charged case that has become an international cause celebre for death penalty opponents.

Davis, who is black, was convicted 20 years ago of the fatal 1989 shooting of 27-year-old white police officer Mark MacPhail, a married father of a two-year-old girl and an infant boy.

MacPhail had been working nights as a security guard when he intervened in a brawl in a Burger King parking lot in Savannah, Georgia and was shot in the heart and the head at point-blank range.

12 Online gambling site busted in ‘Ponzi scheme’

AFP

1 hr 41 mins ago

International online gambling site Full Tilt Poker stole $440 million from players around the world in a Ponzi scheme used to pay lavish fees to board members, US prosecutors said Tuesday.

Full Tilt “defrauded players by misrepresenting that their funds on deposit in online gambling accounts were safe, secure, and available for withdrawal at any time,” the US Attorney’s office for Southern Manhattan said.

“In reality, Full Tilt Poker did not maintain funds sufficient to repay all players, and in addition, the company used player funds to pay board members and other owners more than $440 million since April 2007.”

13 TV riches drive college gridiron realignment chaos

AFP

2 hrs 35 mins ago

US universities with top-level American football squads are realigning into super conferences, pushing aside long-time local rivalries for the sake of television riches.

The chaos comes to a head this week after Texas A&M’s departure from the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference and Pittsburgh and Syracuse announcing they were leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in the south-central United States could join schools along the Pacific coast in a mega-conference while northeastern US schools seek membership in the southern-oriented ACC.

14 Burberry, Christopher Kane light up London catwalks

By Anne-Laure Mondesert, AFP

8 hrs ago

Venerable names like Burberry and such bright new stars as Christopher Kane have dazzled London Fashion Week, giving the so-called poor relation of international shows some high-profile praise.

Squeezed awkwardly between the more prestigious New York and Milan fashion shows, London always has to fight for attention.

But this year the innovative use of digital technology has given London a boost — a feel-good factor only spoiled by the revelation that the final shows have been hit after heavyweight brand Gucci ordered its models to fly to Italy.

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