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

An aerial view shows rescue workers searching on the sunken ship at Jianli section of Yangtze RiverBy 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

A rebel fighter takes position behind sandbags in Aleppo's Al-Ezaa neighbourhoodBy 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
Rohingya huddled in Bangladesh camps fear plan to move them on

Rupban, a Rohingya woman, shows her ration card with pictures of her family members at a refugee camp in KutupalongBy Sanjeev Miglani KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - More than 20 years after the first wave of Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar, fear is spreading through the sweltering camps of mud houses where they found shelter in southern Bangladesh that they will soon be on the move again. The refugees worry the Bangladesh government wants them out of sight, perhaps to one of its islands in the Bay of Bengal, as the two countries row over what to do with a stateless minority whose search for security is driving a regional migrant crisis. "This is home for us now, it is peaceful here." said Nur Alam, who crossed the Naf river that separates the two countries in a tiny boat in 1991.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:13:49 -0400
Obama: Netanyahu's Palestine stance erodes 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 JerusalemBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's terms for diplomacy that might lead to a Palestinian state meant Israel had lost international credibility as a potential peacemaker. Obama also suggested that continued U.S. diplomatic defense for Israel at the United Nations over the Palestine dispute may be reviewed, while reaffirming U.S. support for Israeli security in a conflict-riven Middle East. In an interview with Israeli television aired on Tuesday, he offered a bleak outlook for decades of negotiations on Palestinian statehood bearing any fruit during the 18 months he has left in office.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:26:50 -0400
Turkish volunteers flock to monitor knife-edge election

Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu attend an election rally for Turkey's June 7 parliamentary electionBy Dasha Afanasieva ISTANBUL (Reuters) - In a meeting room above an upmarket restaurant in Istanbul's Beyoglu district, some 200 people listen as a young lawyer explains what to watch for when votes are counted in Sunday's pivotal parliamentary election. Tens of thousands of volunteers have signed up to monitor the vote, set to be the closest in more than a decade, in what organizers say is a response an erosion in the rule of law. Oy Ve Otesi ("Vote and Beyond"), was set up the aftermath of anti-government demonstrations two years ago.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:48:12 -0400
Environmentalists sue over Shell plan to drill in Arctic

The logo of Shell is pictured at the 26th World Gas Conference in ParisBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, gave conditional approval in May to Shell's resumption of fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, which was paused after a mishap-filled 2012 season. The Sierra Club and nine other groups sought to overturn the government's decision in a petition with the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:46:56 -0400
U.S. urges African states to deliver message to Burundi on vote

Woman passes by policemen during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in BujumburaThe United States urged east African states to send high-level representatives to Burundi to reiterate their opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term and to press for free and fair elections. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the United States opposed Nkurunziza's decision to run for another term, which was in breach of the Arusha agreement that brought an end to the country's civil war in 2005. "The United States ... encourages high-level visits from Burundi’s neighbors to Burundi to reiterate the importance of upholding the Arusha Agreement and ensuring the conditions necessary for free, fair, and credible elections," Kirby said in a statement.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:44:01 -0400
Brazilian club Cruzeiro hires coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo

In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015 photo, Brazil's Cruzeiro fans cheer prior to a Copa Libertadores quarter finals soccer match against Argentina's River Plate in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SAO PAULO (AP) — Cruzeiro has hired Vanderlei Luxemburgo to replace Marcelo Oliveira, the coach who led the team to the Brazilian league titles for the last two seasons.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:42:04 -0400
Sponsors say Blatter resignation one step in FIFA reform

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a press conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from his position amid corruption scandal. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — For FIFA's top sponsors, the resignation of Sepp Blatter is just the first step in restoring the reputation of soccer's governing body and regaining the fans' trust following a corruption scandal.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:33:42 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 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 18:32:37 -0400
Damage from severe weather in Oklahoma in May could top $150 million
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Damage from tornadoes, floods and severe storms in Oklahoma in May that killed at least six people and damaged hundreds of structures could top $150 million, state Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood said on Tuesday. The severe weather that brought tornadoes at the start of the month and floods at the end caused $13 million in damage on the state’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure, Ashwood told a news conference. Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has asked for a presidential disaster declaration for parts of the state, which would free up federal funds to help rebuild from storms that left paths of destruction.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:27:20 -0400
Hurricane Blanca forms off Mexico, headed for Baja California tourist hub
Hurricane Blanca formed off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday, and is headed toward the tourist resorts at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm was expected to hit the southernmost part of Baja California on Sunday morning, the Miami-based NHC said. Last September, Hurricane Odile battered southern Baja California, wreaking havoc in up-market tourist resorts like Los Cabos and stranding thousands of tourists.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:25:07 -0400
Panathinaikos signs Essien on 2-year contract
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos says it has signed AC Milan midfielder Michael Essien on a two-year contract with the Greek club.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:24:47 -0400
US Congress curbs NSA surveillance, sends bill to Obama

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) answers questions with Senator John Cornyn at the US Capitol on June 2, 2015 in Washington, DCThe US Senate passed landmark legislation Tuesday that ends the government's bulk telephone data dragnet, significantly reversing American policy by reining in the most controversial surveillance program since 9/11. The House of Representatives has already passed the measure, which also reauthorizes key national security programs that had lapsed early this week, and it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. "Glad the Senate finally passed the USA Freedom Act.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:24:45 -0400
Activists: Decline of elephants in Tanzania is catastrophic

FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, African elephants interact in Tarangire National Park on the outskirts of Arusha, northern Tanzania. The sharp decline of the elephant population in Tanzania, most likely due to poaching, is catastrophic, a wildlife conservation group said Tuesday, June 2, 2015. The Tanzanian government on Monday estimated that 65,721 elephants have died in the country in the last five years. The report showed the number of Tanzanian elephants plummeting from an estimated 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The sharp decline of the elephant population in Tanzania, most likely due to poaching, is catastrophic, a wildlife conservation group said Tuesday.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:20:10 -0400
Blatter's 17-year rule in soccer marked by growth, scandal

FILE - In this Thursday, May 31, 2007 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter receives a globe after being re-elected as President during the 57th FIFA congress in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and promised Tuesday to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Photo/Steffen Schmidt, Keystone via AP, File)GENEVA (AP) — Sepp Blatter governed the biggest sport on Earth for nearly two decades, for years untouched personally by allegations of corruption, but never sharing the game's popularity.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:17:14 -0400
Report: Schools for Canada First Nations 'cultural genocide'

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair attend the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. A long-awaited report released Tuesday into Canada's decades-long government policy requiring Canadian First Nation children to attend state-funded church schools called it "nothing less than cultural genocide." (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITTORONTO (AP) — A long-awaited report released Tuesday into Canada's decades-long government policy requiring Canadian First Nation children to attend state-funded church schools called it "nothing less than cultural genocide."

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:17:04 -0400
Bashir vows 'new page' for Sudan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (centre) takes part in his swearing in ceremony for another term of five years at the parliament in Khartoum, on June 2, 2015Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir vowed Tuesday at his swearing in for another five-year term to open a "new page", saying he would bring peace and mend relations with the West. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, won elections in April with more than 94 percent of the vote amid low turnout and an opposition boycott. "Our programme for the next five years will look to the future, and we will open a new page," Bashir said after taking the oath at the national assembly in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:14:38 -0400
Global reaction to Sepp Blatter's decision to resign

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 file photo FIFA President Sepp Blatter pauses during a press conference following a meeting of the Executive Committee in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA President Sepp Blatter will resign from soccer's governing body amid a widening corruption scandal and promised Tuesday to call for fresh elections to choose a successor. (Photo/Steffen Schmidt, Keystone via AP, File)Reaction from around the globe to Sepp Blatter's sudden announcement Tuesday that he will step down as FIFA president amid a corruption scandal:

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:14:06 -0400
German ex-chancellor Kohl 'doing well' after two operations

German former chancellor Helmut Kohl is doing "well under the circumstances" his office saysFormer German chancellor Helmut Kohl is doing "well under the circumstances" after undergoing two operations, his office said Tuesday, in response to alarming media reports about the health of the man who oversaw reunification. Kohl, 85, had a hip operation in early May, which went well, and subsequently needed a further operation which prolonged his stay in hospital, a statement said, without specifying what the second operation concerned. "Under the circumstances Dr Helmut Kohl is doing well," it added.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:09:35 -0400
Protests flare in Burundi as UN seeks end to violence

A protestor runs away from a policeman during a demonstration opposing the Burundian president's bid for a third term in the Cibitoke neighborhood of Bujumbura on June 2, 2015Protesters in Burundi clashed with police Tuesday just three days before parliamentary elections as the United Nations pushed for action to halt the violence that has left dozens dead. Police fired live rounds and tear gas to break up groups of demonstrators trying to gather in the three hotspot neighbourhoods of Cibitoke, Musaga and Nyakabiga in the capital Bujumbura. Parliamentary elections are set for Friday ahead of a presidential vote on June 26 that will see President Pierre Nkurunziza stand for a third term, despite opposition calls for him to cede power.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:06:45 -0400
Blatter quits as FIFA corruption storm grows

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 resigned as president of FIFA in a stunning capitulation to critics as the weight of corruption scandals threatened world football's governing body. "I don't feel I have a mandate from the entire world of football," Blatter, 79, calmly told a press conference at FIFA headquarters just four days after winning a fifth term. Some opponents said the world should "celebrate" Blatter's departure.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:04:24 -0400
Stocks drop as energy gains are offset by utilities slump

Trader Richard Cohen, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening lower as investors fret over Greece's shaky finances. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market remains stuck in a rut.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 18:03:34 -0400
Netherlands king, queen visit Michigan as part of US tour

Ada Christian School teacher Nancy Van Noord greets Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima after their arrival at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Plans call for a luncheon with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and visits with local leaders. The king and queen leave Tuesday afternoon for Chicago. The king and his wife are on a multi-day trip to the U.S. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) ALL LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION INTERNET OUTGRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) — The king of the Netherlands and his wife helped plant a tree and paid tribute to western Michigan's Dutch heritage during a visit to the state Tuesday as part of a multi-day U.S. trip.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:55:05 -0400
Aide: Yemen's president willing to meet rebels in UN talks
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has agreed to travel to Geneva for peace talks with Shiite rebels who have taken over large swaths of his country, an aide to the embattled leader said Tuesday. A U.N. official said it is hoped the talks will begin by June 10.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:49:15 -0400
Tropical Storm Blanca becomes hurricane in eastern Pacific
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Blanca has become the second hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, but poses no threat to land.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:48:24 -0400
Most Brits want to stay in EU: poll

An European flag and a British flag stand next to each others outside the European Commission building, in Brussels, on May 8, 2015An overwhelming majority of young Brits want to remain within the EU, a new poll showed Tuesday, adding that as the euro crisis fades support for European integration is rebounding. After reaching a low point two years ago in the wake of the economic crisis, the popularity of the European Union is growing again despite the rise of Euroskeptic parties, the Pew Research Center said. Based on interviews of 6,028 people in six key EU countries -- Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain -- the survey found that an average 61 percent of people remained in favor of the 28-nation club.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:46:25 -0400
Hurricane Blanca forms, heads toward Mexico resorts

This NOAA satellite image was taken by GOES West on June 2, 2015Hurricane Blanca formed off Mexico's Pacific coast on Tuesday and was on track to strike the Los Cabos resorts during weekend elections, a year after major storm damage, forecasters said. The tropical storm grew into a category one hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, said public safety coordinator Luis Felipe Puente. Blanca was located some 605 kilometers (375 miles) southwest of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero state.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:45:09 -0400
Greece submits draft bailout plan, creditors say not enough

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at the office of the Education Minister in Athens, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Tsipras says Greece has submitted a proposal for an agreement with its creditors, as Athens seeks a deal that will to unlock desperately needed rescue money. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss his radical left-led government's proposal to secure a vital, long-overdue agreement with the country's bailout lenders.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:34:21 -0400
Blatter says he will resign as FIFA president

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks during a press conference at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 2, 2015. FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he will resign from his position amid corruption scandal. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)ZURICH (AP) — The end for Sepp Blatter came suddenly, just days after he had seemingly solidified his hold on FIFA.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:26:36 -0400
El Salvador records post-war high of 635 homicides in May
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador recorded a grisly milestone with 635 homicides in May, believed to be the most violent deaths for a single month since the Central American nation's civil war ended in 1992.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:23:04 -0400
Cavs coach Blatt takes shots, battles his way to NBA Finals

FILE - In this May 24, 2015, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt yells at his team as LeBron James (23) looks on during overtime of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks in Cleveland. Blatt was handed a star-studded team expected to win an NBA title, but not a handbook on how to get the Cavaliers to the top. For Blatt, who left his family in Israel to pursue his dream, the journey has been difficult with speculation about his future partly undermining his success. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)CLEVELAND (AP) — For any NBA rookie, the first year is challenging. There's the adjustment to travel, the pressure to perform and all that comes with being a professional.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:19:00 -0400
American Pharoah owner paved path of bold bets

FILE - In this May 16, 2015, file photo, American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat, left, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan hold a replica of the Woodlawn Vase after American Pharoah won the 140th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah will try for a Triple Crown Saturday, June 6, in the Belmont Stakes horse race. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Ahmed Zayat spends big money buying and betting on horses, and brags about how successful he's been at everything he's set out to accomplish.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:18:29 -0400
PlanetiQ tests sensor for commercial weather satellites
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - PlanetiQ, a privately owned company, is beginning a key test intended to pave the way for the first commercial weather satellites. The Bethesda, Maryland-based company is among a handful of startups designing commercial weather satellite networks, similar to what companies like DigitalGlobe, Planet Labs and Google Inc’s Skybox Imaging are undertaking in the sister commercial satellite industry of remote sensing. “I think weather is the next big market,” PlanetiQ's chief executive and president, Anne Hale Miglarese, said.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:10:47 -0400
New survey finds Britons have more favorable view of Europe
LONDON (AP) — An extensive new survey finds British attitudes toward the European Union are improving ahead of a decisive referendum on whether to remain in the EU that must be held by the end of 2017.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:08:04 -0400
NFL looking for more international games in Mexico, Germany

FILE - In this November, 2014, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, center, greets fans as he arrives during the NFL Fan Rally outside Wembley Stadium in London, before a football game against the Dallas Cowboys. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is interested in adding more international games in Germany, Mexico and Brazil. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell casually mentioned last month the NFL's interest in adding more international games. He mentioned potential contests in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:02:06 -0400
How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Tuesday
U.S. stocks edged lower Tuesday as a slump in utilities offset a gain in energy stocks. Utilities dropped as bond yields climbed following a report that showed global inflation was rising from a low level. Energy stocks gained as the price of oil rose with a weakening dollar.
Date Posted : Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:56:52 -0400
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