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Hundreds missing, many elderly tourists, after ship capsizes on China's Yangtze River

A rescue ship and workers are seen around a sunken ship in the Jianli section of Yangtze River, Hubei provinceBy Megha Rajagopalan and John Ruwitch JIANLI COUNTY, China (Reuters) - Rescuers searched on Tuesday for more than 400 people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, missing after a cruise boat was hit by a freak tornado and capsized on the Yangtze River in what may become China's worst shipping disaster in nearly 70 years. Battling bad weather, divers and other rescue workers pulled five people they found trapped in the upturned hull of the four-deck Eastern Star, a small fraction of the 458 people state media said were on board when the ship capsized on Monday night. Rescue operations appeared extended late into Tuesday night with paramilitary vehicles, dozens of police and soldiers as well as medical and meteorological trucks surrounding the site.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 10:15:28 -0400
Syrian insurgent advances put Assad under pressure

Smoke rises in Maatarm town after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near the northwestern city of ArihaBy Sylvia Westall BEIRUT (Reuters) - Steady advances by insurgents on key fronts in Syria mean President Bashar al-Assad is under more military pressure than at any point in the four-year-old war. Losses in the north, east and south to groups including al Qaeda's Syrian arm and Islamic State may test Assad's hold over western parts of the country that are the most crucial to his survival. After his loss of Palmyra, a symbolic and militarily strategic city, and nearly all of Idlib province, he appears to be circling his wagons more closely to a western region that includes Damascus, Homs, Hama and the coast.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:39:09 -0400
Allies back Iraq plan against ISIS, Baghdad seeks more help

French President Hollande greets Iraq's Prime Minister al-Abadi as he arrives at the Elysee Palace in ParisBy John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq's plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents. Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris, in part to persuade his Shi'ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq's Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Despite a show of unity, Abadi appeared to reject suggestions that Baghdad was paying insufficient attention to reconciliation with Sunni.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:15:34 -0400
Turkey's Erdogan wants editor jailed for espionage in video row: newspaper

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an opening ceremony in Istanbul, TurkeyLawyers for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan have accused a newspaper editor of espionage and want him jailed for life, the paper said on Tuesday, the latest salvo in a bitter dispute that has alarmed defenders of media freedom in Turkey. In the countdown to a June 7 parliamentary election, the Cumhuriyet newspaper infuriated Erdogan last Friday by publishing video footage it said showed the MIT state intelligence agency helping to send weapons to Syria. In an article posted on its website, Cumhuriyet - long critical of Erdogan and of Turkey's ruling AK Party - said its editor Can Dundar was now facing charges that included "crimes against the government" and "providing information concerning national security" over the video footage.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:35:01 -0400
Obama: Netanyahu stance on Palestine endangers Israel's credibility

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a meeting of his new cabinet, in honor of Jerusalem day, at the Israeli Museum in JerusalemIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conditions for diplomacy that might lead to Palestinian statehood put Israel's credibility in question, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday. In an interview with Israel's Channel Two television, Obama said Netanyahu's position "has so many caveats, so many conditions that it is not realistic to think that those conditions would be met at any time in the near future".


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:37:32 -0400
Sudan's Bashir says wants dialogue with West as new term starts

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir gestures as he leads victory celebrations after the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) defeated the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) rebels in Gouz DangoBy Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan is open to dialogue with Western nations, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Tuesday in an unusually conciliatory message from a leader wanted on genocide charges whose country suffers under economic sanctions. Speaking at the start of a new presidential term that extends his quarter century in power, Bashir, 71, also appealed for national unity as he grapples with rebellions and dwindling oil revenues following South Sudan's 2011 secession. Sudan has long labored under a raft of U.N. and bilateral sanctions, including from the United States.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:03:40 -0400
Chevron pays record fine in Pennsylvania blast, regulator says

A Chevron gas station sign is shown at one of their retain gas stations in Cardiff, CaliforniaBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Oil and natural gas producer Chevron Corp paid a $939,553 fine for a fatal 2014 explosion at one its Pennsylvania gas wells that state officials on Tuesday said may be the largest amount paid for a single incident. The fine reflected the state Department of Environmental Protection's assessment that the No. 2 U.S. oil company's management of the well failed to meet state standards, said agency spokesman John Poister. "There was just a feeling that Chevron needed to establish more direct control over their properties," he said.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:11:49 -0400
Blatter quits as FIFA corruption pressure mounts

FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves after a press conference at the headquarters of the world's football governing body in Zurich on June 2, 2015Sepp Blatter on Tuesday resigned as president of FIFA in a stunning capitulation to critics as a mounting corruption scandal engulfed world football's governing body. "I don't feel I have a mandate from the entire world of football," Blatter, who defiantly rejected calls to quit for several months, calmly told a press conference at FIFA's Zurich headquarters. The 79-year-old Swiss official, FIFA president for 17 years and only reelected on Friday, said he would remain in charge until a special congress can choose a new leader.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:10:47 -0400
2008 champion Ivanovic back in semifinals at French Open

La serbia Ana Ivanovic festeja un punto contra Elina Svitolina en los cuartos de final del Abierto de Francia el martes, 2 de junio de 2015, en París. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) — Ana Ivanovic lost her opening match to a 78th-ranked Russian qualifier in her final warm-up tournament before the French Open, so she had low expectations when she packed her bags for Paris.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:09:23 -0400
Friendly fire likely hurt cop in battle with Boston bombers

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in Woburn, Mass. A report on a gun battle with the Boston Marathon bombers that took place in Watertown, Mass., in April 2013, said it is "high likely" transit police officer Richard Donohue was critically injured by friendly fire during the gun battle. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — It's "highly likely" that a police officer who was critically injured in a dramatic gun battle with the Boston Marathon bombers was struck by friendly fire, a district attorney said Tuesday.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:09:06 -0400
Latvia to vote for president amid Russia tensions
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The Ukraine crisis will be top of the agenda as Latvia's Parliament votes for a new president on Wednesday.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:05:05 -0400
Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT
JIANLI, China (AP) — As the Eastern Star cruise ship listed heavily amid pounding rain on the Yangtze River, tour guide Zhang Hui told a colleague, "Looks like we are in trouble." The vessel capsized in the storm Monday night with 458 people aboard, touching off a frantic rescue effort. At least 15 people were brought to safety, including three pulled from the overturned hull Tuesday, and five people were confirmed dead, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:02:36 -0400
Visiting vintage Havana involves some old-school hassles

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2015 photo, the driver of a collective taxi steers his classic American car through Havana, Cuba. Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage without ATMs, credit cards, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, seat belts or toilet paper. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)HAVANA (AP) — Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage without ATMs, credit cards, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, seat belts or toilet paper. Here are eight tips for visiting Havana.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:02:07 -0400
Minnesota captures five invasive bighead carp in area river
Five bighead carp have been captured in the past week in a river in Minnesota, a worrisome sign that the invasive fish species is making inroads in northern waterways, the state's Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday. Silver and bighead carp are two of four species of invasive carp, known as Asian carp, that are threatening the Mississippi River and other native ecosystems, the department said. Asian carp were introduced in the United States in the 1970s to control weed and parasite growth in aquatic farms.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:01:56 -0400
Some Jamaica police officers walk off job in wage dispute
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A number of rank-and-file police officers in Jamaica walked off the job in a wage dispute with the government, prompting the increased use of military personnel in crime-fighting patrols on Tuesday.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:59:44 -0400
No information on capsized Chinese boat, angry relatives say
By Sue-Lin Wong and Engen Tham SHANGHAI/NANJING (Reuters) - Family members of some of the hundreds of passengers aboard a capsized Chinese cruise boat scuffled with officials in Shanghai on Tuesday, angry that they were not being told what happened to the vessel and their loved ones. "It's 4:30 p.m. now and we haven't heard anything from anyone except the news.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:59:12 -0400
Libya blocks UN action on EU migrant plan

Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa at a detention center on May 17, 2015 in Tripoli, after they were arrested in TajouraLibya's ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that his government is refusing to give its consent for UN action aimed at endorsing Europe's military plan to fight migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told AFP that as long as European governments were discussing the plan with Libyan militias that control coastal territory, there would be no green light for a UN resolution. "The position of Libya is clear: as long as the European Union and some other countries are not dealing with the legitimate government as the sole representative of the Libyan people, they will not get any consent on our part," Dabbashi said in an interview.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:58:41 -0400
Indifference, weariness as Burundi approaches uncertain vote

A woman sorts through cards ready to be collected by registered voters in Bujumbura on June 2, 2015In a small school in Musaga, a district in Burundi's capital that has been at the heart of violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term bid, electoral officials get few takers of voting cards they try to hand out. The officials stand around, half-idle and half-nervous, a mirror image of the atmosphere on the streets outside, where the prospect of elections generate little enthusiasm and much trepidation.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:51:58 -0400
Dick O'Regan, longtime AP reporter and executive, dies at 95

FILE- In this 1948 file photo, Herbert Scmitt, AP German service, left, Jim Devlin, AP correspondent at centre, and AP news editor Richard O'Reagen, study an edition of a Frankfurt newspaper in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1948. O’Regan, the former head of Associated Press operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, who covered some of the biggest stories of the Cold War in a 39-year career as reporter and executive for The Associated Press, has died in a Geneva, Switzerland, hospital, aged 95, it is announced by his son Kevin on Tuesday June 2, 2015. (AP Photo, FILE)BERLIN (AP) — Richard A. "Dick" O'Regan, who covered some of the biggest stories of the Cold War in a 39-year career as a reporter and executive for The Associated Press, has died. He was 95.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:51:26 -0400
Former Maryland man held at Guantanamo alleges CIA torture

This Sept. 2009 photo, courtesy of the Center for Constitutional Rights, shows Majid Khan while imprisoned at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Khan, a former Maryland resident, was subjected to more incidents of mistreatment while in CIA custody than previously disclosed, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York legal organization that represents him and other prisoners. The center says he was twice subjected to the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding, sexually assaulted, hung on a wooden beam and kept in darkness for a year in secret CIA captivity overseas. (Center for Constitutional Rights via AP)MIAMI (AP) — A legal organization that represents a former Maryland man imprisoned at Guantanamo has released new allegations of torture it says its client suffered at the hands of the CIA.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:50:58 -0400
Blatter resignation "great for football": FA chief Dyke

English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said he thought Sepp Blatter realised the mounting corruption scandal that has engulfed world football's governing body 'was getting close to him'Sepp Blatter's shock resignation as FIFA president on Tuesday was hailed as "great for football" by one of his chief critics, English FA chief Greg Dyke, who said he suspected a "smoking gun". Dyke, who told BBC World he lost faith in Blatter last year, said he thought the 79-year-old Swiss realised the mounting corruption scandal that has engulfed world football's governing body "was getting close to him". "It is a good afternoon! I think it's brilliant for world football.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:48:50 -0400
Over 400 still missing from capsized cruise ship in China

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers save a survivor, center, from the overturned passenger ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei Province Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Rescuers pulled several survivors to safety after hearing cries for help Tuesday from inside a capsized cruise ship that went down overnight in a storm on China's Yangtze River, state broadcaster CCTV said. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP) NO SALESJIANLI, China (AP) — As the Eastern Star cruise ship listed heavily amid pounding rain on the Yangtze River, tour guide Zhang Hui told a colleague, "Looks like we are in trouble."


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:45:51 -0400
Sikorsky to cut 1,400 jobs, citing falling oil production
STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. says it's cutting 1,400 jobs in the coming year as the helicopter manufacturer faces declining demand for shuttling workers to offshore oil platforms.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:45:29 -0400
Morocco arrests, expels 2 French topless activists
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities on Tuesday arrested and then expelled two French activists for appearing topless at a historic site in the capital protesting the treatment of gays.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:44:50 -0400
U.S. floats conservation measures for threatened bull trout
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed actions on Tuesday to bolster the bull trout, a native fish found in pristine, cold-water streams and some lakes in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The proposals divide bull trout in the mainland United States into six areas targeted for recovery and seek to tailor conservation efforts to the specific threats facing the fish in waters from east-central Idaho to southern Oregon. It is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the mainland United States.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:44:20 -0400
Relatives of Americans in Iran press for their release

Sarah Hekmati, right, whose brother Amir Hekmati has been detained in Iran, is overcome as she speaks about her brother and the recent illness of her father, accompanied by Naghmeh Abedini, left, wife of U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini, who is also being held in Iran, listens during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with families of U.S. citizens detained in Iran, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of four Americans missing or detained in Iran told Congress on Tuesday of milestones missed — weddings, graduations, birth of grandchildren — and asked U.S. officials to push for their release in negotiations with Tehran on a nuclear deal.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:43:32 -0400
Education urged to redress Canada native 'cultural genocide'

Indigenous people march through the streets of Toronto on June 24, 2010A commission called Tuesday for increased funding for education of Canada's aboriginal population, to repair the damage caused during the last century by Christian-run boarding schools for Indians, Inuits and mixed-race children. Beginning in 1874, 150,000 Indian, Inuit and Metis children in Canada were forcibly enrolled in 132 boarding schools run by Christian churches on behalf of the federal government in an effort to integrate them into society.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:42:42 -0400
Federer loses to pal Wawrinka in 3 sets at French Open

Switzerland's Roger Federer gets up after slipping in the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS (AP) — Stumbling on his way to the net, Roger Federer dropped his racket and fell to his knees on the red clay. Hardly the sort of grace and precision the world has come to expect from the 17-time Grand Slam champion.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:40:21 -0400
US-led coalition doubles down on IS group strategy

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius arrive to pose for a group photo with Foreign Affairs ministers and members of the anti-Islamic State coalition after a meeting in Paris, France, to discuss strategy in fighting the jihadist militant group, who have made key battlefield advances in recent weeks in Iraq and Syria, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Iraq’s prime minister and international allies are gathering in Paris to re-examine their strategy against Islamic State extremists, after the group’s recent gains. The coalition, which includes the United States and France but not Russia, Iran or Syria, is meeting Tuesday after extremists conquered both the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the historic Syrian city of Palmyra. (Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP)PARIS (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State is doubling down on its strategy to fight the extremists, insisting on staying the course it set last year despite the radical group's recent conquests on both sides of the border between Iraq and Syria.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:40:04 -0400
US lawmakers urge Iran to free detained Americans

L-R: Ali Rezaian, brother of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Nagameh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini, Sarah Hekmati, sister of Amir Hekmati, and Daniel Levinson, son of Robert Levinson, testify on Capitol Hill June 2, 2015 in Washington, DCUS lawmakers Tuesday called on Tehran to immediately free four Americans held or missing in Iran after poignant testimony from relatives who described "living a nightmare" with little news and fading hope. There should be "no agreement period, until Iran releases the hostages," he added, as others worried that once a nuclear deal is signed Washington will have less leverage to win the men's freedom. Saeed Abedini, a pastor, was sentenced to eight years in jail for gathering a group of people to study the Bible, charged with threatening national security.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:37:38 -0400
Indian president's motorcade involved in accident in Sweden

Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee arrives for a visit at the Uppsala University, in Uppsala some 70 kms north of Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday June 2, 2015. The president gave a speech at the university ahead of his departure after a three-day official visit to Sweden. (Janerik Henriksson/TT via AP) SWEDEN OUTSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police say the motorcade of visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee was involved in a traffic accident that left nine people with minor injuries.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:37:30 -0400
American freed in Yemen as Oman hosts 'secret' US talks

A handout picture released by the Oman News Agency on June 1, 2015, shows paramedics pushing a stretcher carrying an American, believed to have been held by Iran-backed Huthis, upon his arrival in OmanAn American among several believed held by Huthis in Yemen was freed and receiving treatment Tuesday in neighbouring Oman, which has been hosting talks between Washington and the Iran-backed Shiite rebels. A diplomat in Muscat said the talks between the Americans and the Huthis were aimed at promoting a proposed peace conference in Geneva, which the United Nations has so far failed to persuade the warring parties to attend. News of the release of American journalist Casey Coombs came as Omani state media reported that a Singaporean had also arrived in the sultanate on his way home.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:37:18 -0400
Spanish royals in Paris for visit; honor crash workers

Spain’s King Felipe VI reviews an honor guard upon his arrival at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, before attending a wreath laying ceremony, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Spanish flags line Paris avenues as the French capital is hosting Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, on a state visit that was delayed because of a deadly plane crash in March involving dozens of Spanish victims. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool)PARIS (AP) — Spanish flags are lining Paris avenues as the French capital hosts King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia for a state visit that was delayed because of a deadly plane crash in March involving dozens of Spanish victims.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:35:10 -0400
Israel's central bank says too many Arabs, Orthodox jobless

An undated picture released by the Bank of Israel on October 20, 2013, shows newly appointed Bank of Israel governor Karnit Flug posing for a photograph in JerusalemIsrael's central bank warned Tuesday of the "negative impact" on economic growth caused by a rising number in the population of Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews, who are under-represented in the workplace. Karnit Flug, governor of the Bank of Israel, said low employment rates among Arab and Orthodox Jewish communities, who make up 17.5 percent and 10 percent respectively, of the population, was hampering the economy. Israeli Arabs complain of discrimination in the workplace and a lack of vocational opportunities, often limiting them to unskilled jobs.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:32:53 -0400
Sturgeon warns of new Scots independence vote after 'Brexit'

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses a speech on "Scotland's commitment to Europe" at an European Policy Centre (EPC) event in Brussels, on June 2, 2015British would face a "clamour" for a new Scottish independence referendum if it votes to leave the EU, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Tuesday. In a speech in Brussels, Sturgeon insisted European Union nations would not meet all of Prime Minister David Cameron's reform demands just to keep Britain in the 28-nation club. "It would provoke a strong backlash amongst many voters in Scotland" if Britain voted to leave the EU in the in-out membership referendum that Cameron has promised by 2017, Sturgeon told the European Policy Centre think-tank.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:32:23 -0400
The Latest: Tsonga tells fans he loves them after close win

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates winning in the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Japan's Kei Nishikori in five sets 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open:


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:31:43 -0400
Palestinian NGO denies Hamas ties, threatens Israel with lawsuit
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The British-based Palestinian Return Center on Tuesday threatened Israel's U.N. mission with legal action after the Jewish state accused it of having ties to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, an allegation the group said was false. The Israeli accusations came after a United Nations committee that oversees non-governmental organizations voted to approve U.N accreditation for the PRC, which Israel's mission said was not only linked to Hamas but promoted "anti-Israel propaganda in Europe." "We announce that PRC is considering legal action against the Israeli delegation at the U.N.," the group said in a statement circulated to the 19-member U.N. Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:30:14 -0400
Nigeria's Boko Haram releases new video as suicide blast kills 13

A grab taken from a video posted on YouTube on June 2, 2015 by Boko Haram shows an alleged Boko Haram member delivering a speech at an undisclosed locationBoko Haram released a new video on Tuesday rejecting claims they have been routed in a four-nation offensive, while a suicide bomber killed 13 people in the Islamists' northeast stronghold. The video published online and the bombing in the Borno state capital Maiduguri came as Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari met security chiefs in Abuja after vowing to crush the uprising. The 10-minute message released on YouTube was the first video from the Islamist militants since February and did not show leader Abubakar Shekau.


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:28:14 -0400
UK says future of Northern Ireland power-sharing 'grim'

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, center, and party members Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds MP, speak to the media at Stormont, Northern Ireland, Tuesday June 2, 2015. The British and Irish governments convened Northern Ireland's quarreling parties in a bid to save their Catholic-Protestant coalition. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — The British minister responsible for Northern Ireland says negotiations to sustain the region's Catholic-Protestant government amid a budgetary deadlock are looking "increasingly grim."


Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:27:55 -0400
 

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