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Pakistani protesters, police clash as demonstrators try to push into government complex

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:40
by  Associated Press Pakistani police, protesters clash anew in capital Associated Press - 1 September 2014 02:40-04:00

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex in the country's capital in an effort to try to reach the prime minister's official residence.

Pakistani television showed images of the protesters and police clashing on Monday in Islamabad. The protesters could be seen hurling rocks at policemen.

The protesters, who have camped for over two weeks near the complex, made it to a gate that surrounds the prime minister's residence where they were met by paramilitary Rangers and army troops.

The TV reported that the protesters also attacked its building. Its transmission went off the air shortly afterward.

Anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan have been leading protests since Aug. 14 calling on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

News Topics: General news, Protests and demonstrations, Government and politics, Political and civil unrest

People, Places and Companies: Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan, Islamabad, South Asia, Asia

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Aide to Germany's Merkel seeks to downplay anti-euro party's success in state election

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:38
by  Associated Press Merkel aide downplays anti-euro party's success Associated Press - 1 September 2014 02:38-04:00

BERLIN (AP) — A top aide to German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying a new anti-euro party's strong showing in a state election, arguing that it's too early to say its long-term success is assured.

Alternative for Germany won 9.7 percent support in Sunday's election in the eastern state of Saxony, taking its first seats in a state legislature. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won, but need a new coalition partner to run the region.

Merkel's party so far has tried to ignore Alternative for Germany, which is shaping up as a threat to its right.

Parliamentary caucus leader Volker Kauder pointed Monday to very low turnout in Saxony and told ZDF television: "They won't be able to do much in a state parliament with being against the euro and against this and that."

News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, State elections, Euro, Currency markets, Political parties, Elections, Financial markets, Political organizations

People, Places and Companies: Angela Merkel, Germany, Western Europe, Europe

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NYC's West Indian Day Parade set to step off Monday, with costumes, cheer and candidates

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:34
by  Associated Press NYC's huge West Indian Day Parade set to step off Associated Press - 1 September 2014 02:34-04:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Caribbean culture will get its annual spotlight in New York City, where the West Indian Day Parade is one of the year's biggest outdoor events — and political see-and-be-seen spots.

The annual parade is set for Monday in Brooklyn. It echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities and features dancers wearing elaborate, often feathered costumes.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is this year's grand marshal, but expect plenty of other political faces in the lineup. The parade is a prime place for officeholders and candidates to greet the public the week before Primary Day.

For all the festivity, the parade weekend also has been scarred in recent years by violence nearby. Police have said they're taking steps to keep the event safe, such as keeping tabs on any gang activity.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Government and politics, Elections, Parades, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle

People, Places and Companies: Caribbean, New York City, New York, Brooklyn, Latin America and Caribbean, United States, North America

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Australia ratchets up sanctions against Russia; warns country risks becoming 'pariah'

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:32
by  Associated Press Australia ratchets up sanctions against Russia Associated Press - 1 September 2014 02:32-04:00

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has ratcheted up sanctions against Russia in line with the United States and European Union in response to Russian soldiers openly violating Ukraine sovereignty.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday accused Russia of "brazenly" trying to break eastern Ukraine away from the rest of the country.

He told Parliament that Russia "risks becoming an international pariah."

The new sanctions expand upon financial sanctions and travel bans introduced by Australia in March. They ban any new arms trade with Russia, prohibit Russian state-owned banks from accessing Australian capital markets, and ban trade in Russia's oil and gas industry and in Crimea.

Targeted financial sanctions and travel bans now apply to an additional 63 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 21 entities, raising the total numbers to 113 individuals and 32 entities.

News Topics: General news, Trade regulation, Travel laws and regulations, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Business, Government and politics, Government regulations

People, Places and Companies: Tony Abbott, Australia, Russia, Crimea, Oceania, Eastern Europe, Europe, Ukraine

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Miner Found Alive After 17 Years Underground

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:30
by  NEOnline

A group of coal miners from the western province of Xinjiang, had an unbelievable surprise when the gallery they were excavating opened up on a section of an old mine, that was abandoned 17 years ago after an earthquake that caused some large sections of the tunnels to collapse. While they were exploring the galleries, they stumbled upon Cheung Wai, a 59-year old survivor from the 1997 accident, obviously in a rather bad shape. He was immediately taken to the hospital where a complete evaluation of his physical and mental states will be done over the next weeks.

The poor man had remained trapped underground with the bodies of 78 of his dead coworkers, after an earthquake of a magnitude of 7,8 hit the region and caused the wooden support structure of the mine to crumble and collapse. Somehow lucky in his misfortune, Mr. Cheung was saved by the fact that some ventilation duct still connected his underground prison to the surface, allowing him access to air that was  sufficiently pure to keep him alive.

He managed to survive thanks to an emergency stash of rice and water, stored in an underground depot, conceived especially for this kind of case. The man complemented his diet by catching and eating the countless rats that pullulate in the mine, as well as collecting large quantities of some sort of phosphorescent moss, which constituted his only source of vitamins. Even though he was suffering from great physical and mental stress, he managed to give proper burials to all of his comrades, spending almost a year in this great selfless act.

Mining accidents remain common in China despite growing measures by the government to reduce the problem, which killed more than 4000 miners a year at the beginning of the millenium. Over the last years, the authorities have been cracking down on many unregulated mining operations, which account for almost 80 percent of the country’s 16,000 mines. The closure of about 1,000 dangerous small mines last year helped to cut in half the average number of miners killed, to about six a day, in the first months of this year, according to governmental statistics.

The case of Mr. Cheung remains unique however, and constitutes a world record, according to  the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement, Guinness. The former record for surviving underground was of 142 days and was held by a british man named Geoff Smith. He had been voluntarily buried in the backyard of the Railway Inn, his favorite pub, with the intention of breaking the record.

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Alibaba IPO comes with unusual business structure that is price of admittance to China growth

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:29
by  Associated Press Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure by JOE McDONALD, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 02:29-04:00

BEIJING (AP) — Foreigners who want to buy Alibaba Group shares in the Chinese e-commerce giant's U.S. public offering will need to get comfortable with an unusual business structure.

Alibaba's online and mobile commerce businesses will be controlled by a "variable interest entity," an arrangement meant to allow investors to buy into Internet and other businesses in which Beijing bans or limits foreign ownership.

Used since the 1990s by Internet operators such as Baidu Inc. and Sina Corp., VIEs are based on contracts that say an offshore entity in the Cayman Islands or another corporate haven will control a Chinese company. Foreign shareholders get a stake in that offshore vehicle and profits but no ownership of the Chinese company.

"The VIE structure is the only way at present to play this game," said Paul Gillis, a professor at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management. "So if you want to invest in restricted sectors of China's economy, you have to get comfortable with the VIE structure."

Chinese regulators have left the status of VIEs ambiguous. Most operate uneventfully, but courts have rejected contracts if they were deemed to be an attempt to evade ownership curbs.

Regulators could shut down VIEs, but "that would be too disruptive," said Gillis. "They don't mind the ambiguity because it puts them in a position of strength over the companies to make sure that they comply with government policy."

Such uncertainty is one of a number of risks investors have accepted to gain a stake in China's economy. Even after a steep deceleration in growth, it is forecast to expand by about 7 percent annually in coming years.

And Alibaba, based in founder Jack Ma's hometown of Hangzhou, southwest of Shanghai, represents an especially appealing industry.

Its Taobao, TMall and other platforms account for some 80 percent of Chinese online commerce. Online spending by Chinese shoppers is forecast to triple from its 2011 size by 2015. And Alibaba is expanding into online banking, entertainment and other services.

Analysts believe demand for shares will be so strong that Alibaba could surpass the $16 billion raised by Facebook Inc. in 2012. That would value Alibaba at $150 billion to $200 billion, making it one of the most valuable U.S.-traded companies.

In a filing with U.S. regulators, Alibaba says licenses for its online and mobile commerce businesses are held by Chinese citizens to comply with legal restrictions but VIE contracts will give shareholders "effective control." Still, it warns regulators "may not agree" they are legal.

An Alibaba spokeswoman, Florence Shih, declined to comment, citing the "quiet period" required by U.S. securities rules ahead of an IPO.

Investors can find a VIE gives them less control than they expect, according to a March report by Tom Pugh, a lawyer for the firm Mayer Brown JSM in Hong Kong. He cited the case of shareholders who lost control of a Chinese company when its founder blocked them from firing him by seizing the seals used to sign corporate documents.

In a dispute, foreign shareholders have to work through the Chinese legal system, which "may not be adequate or effective," Pugh wrote.

In 2012, China's Supreme People's Court threw out contracts used by a Hong Kong businesswoman to invest in China Minsheng Bank. The ruling said agreements that "conceal illegal intentions" were invalid. A year earlier, an arbitration panel rejected a VIE contract involving Singapore-based GigaMedia Ltd. and a Chinese online gaming business.

Alibaba appears to have done its best to avoid problems by keeping the amount of business done through VIEs to a minimum, said Peking University's Gillis.

Only 11.8 percent of Alibaba's revenue last year was generated by VIEs, according to its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The rest went to entities that can be directly owned by foreign shareholders.

"They have one of the better VIE structures among Internet companies," said Gillis.

The ruling Communist Party promised last year to open online commerce to foreign competitors as part of efforts to make China's state-dominated economy more productive. That has raised hopes they might lift the ownership ban.

"There is some hope that China will fix this problem," said Gillis, "and that will be a good thing for investors."

News Topics: Business, General news, Technology, Corporate legal affairs, Online media, Initial public offerings, Economy, Government regulations, Corporate news, Media, Stock offerings, Corporate stock, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Baidu Inc, Sina Corp, Facebook Inc, China, Hong Kong, Beijing, Greater China, East Asia, Asia

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Barroso speaks with Putin

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:23
by  KG/EUROPA

President Barroso spoke with Russian President Putin on 29 August. In a very frank exchange of views, the President of the Commission expressed his deep concern with the current events and the situation on the ground in Ukraine. These are in complete contradiction with the efforts made by the European Union to bring about diplomatic and pragmatic solutions to issues such as the implementation of the AA/DCFTA (Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement) and energy relations between Russia and Ukraine.

The President of the Commission conveyed to President Putin his firm condemnation of the evidence of significant incursions into and operations on Ukrainian soil by Russian military units.

President Barroso urged President Putin to revert the current path, stressing that it is difficult to continue to argue for engagement when confronted with the recurrent escalation of the conflict.

The EU has already made clear that further destabilisation of Ukraine and the region will carry high costs.

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EEAS condemns the detention of UNDOF peacekeepers in Golan Heights

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:17
by  KG/EUROPA

Spokesperson of the European External Action Service (EEAS) announced that the EU condemns the detention of 43 UNDOF peacekeepers in the Golan Heights by armed militants. On 29 August, EEAS spokesperson said:

"We condemn the detention of forty three members from Fiji and the Philippines of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) at the hands of armed militants.

We urge them to release the peacekeepers immediately and unconditionally.

The UN mission in the Golan Heights is making a crucial contribution to stability in the region and it must be allowed to continue its work without restriction or intimidation.

We will continue to stand by the United Nations in their efforts to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers and restore the conditions to allow the continuation of the mission, including full freedom of movement."

According to Reuters, the United Nations and Manila said on Sunday that all 72 Philippine troops trapped by Islamists in a different area of the frontier were now safe, but it is still not known where the 43 Fijians are being held.

"At this time, no additional information on their status or location has been established. The United Nations continues to actively seek their immediate and unconditional release," the UN spokesperson said in a statement.

 

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Arab satire tries to puncture mystique of Islamic State group as it marches across Syria, Iraq

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 07:16
by  Associated Press Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire by VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 02:16-04:00

BAGHDAD (AP) — The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.

The "Looney Tunes"-style cartoon targeting the Islamic State group comes after its militants have swept across large swaths of Syria and Iraq, declaring their own self-styled caliphate while conducting mass shootings of their prisoners. The group cheers its advances and beheadings in slickly produced Internet videos.

In response, television networks across the Middle East have begun airing cartoons and comedy programs using satire to criticize the group and its claims of representing Islam. And while not directly confronting the group's battlefield gains, the shows challenge the legitimacy of its claims and chip away at the fear some have that the Islamic militants are unstoppable.

"These people are not a true representation of Islam and so by mocking them, it is a way to show that we are against them," said Nabil Assaf, one of the producers and writers of Lebanon's "Ktir Salbe Show," which has challenged the group. "Of course it's a sensitive issue, but this is one way to reject extremism and make it so the people are not afraid."

Satire has long been a force in Arab culture, beginning first with its ancient poetry. Indirect criticism once cloaked in self-censorship exploded out into the open during Arab Spring revolts. Even in the midst of Syria's bloody civil war, the country's renowned black, satirical humor has continued.

The Islamic State group, born out the Syrian war, now finds itself challenged in a cultural war after its gains. The top Islamic authority in Egypt recently began an online campaign asking journalists not to call the group an "Islamic State." Comedians have followed suit.

In one skit produced by the "Ktir Salbe Show," a taxi driver picks up a jihadi who rejects listening to radio because it didn't exist in the earliest days of Islam, a knock on the Islamic State group's literal take on the Quran. The driver offers to turn on the air conditioning, but that too is rejected. The jihadi finally criticizes him for answering a mobile phone.

Fed up, the driver asks: "Were there taxi cabs in the earliest days?"

"No, 1,000 times no!" the passenger answers. The driver responds by kicking out the jihadi and telling him to wait for a camel instead.

In Syria, comedic news programs also target the Islamic State group, with its presenters disguising themselves out of fears of retaliation. In Iraq, an animated program on state television depicted a slew of characters on the run from the Iraqi military, including young Islamic State militants and old Saddam Hussein-era officials.

"We are all against these terrorist organizations," said Alaa al-Majedi of the state-run al-Iraqiya channel. "Comedy is one way to raise awareness."

But among those depicted in the cartoon is Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, an accusation that the Sunni kingdom supports the Sunni Islamic State militants, something Saudi officials have denied. Saudi Arabia backs the rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Even the dark videos of mass shootings conducted by the Islamic State group have become comedic fodder. Palestinian television channel al-Falastiniya aired a skit showing two militants shoot Muslim civilians for their lack of knowledge on the number of times to kneel during prayers, all the while reminiscing over the beautiful women and best party neighborhoods they'd visited in Beirut.

When a Jordanian Christian approaches, the two militants begin fighting each other over who gets to shoot him — each wanting the "blessing" for himself. Terrified, the man suffers a fatal heart attack, leaving the militants devastated.

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Follow Vivian Salama on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vmsalama .

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Television programs, Entertainment, Government programs, Civil wars, Animated television, Television, Animation and comics, Government and politics, War and unrest, Media

People, Places and Companies: Saddam Hussein, Bashar Assad, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Middle East

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India Prime Minister Modi wins pledges of support from Japan government, industry

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 06:48
by  Associated Press Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan Associated Press - 1 September 2014 01:48-04:00

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government and business leaders are pledging support for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's effort to modernize his country's economy.

Modi and a delegation of more than a dozen Indian tycoons are visiting Japan, seeking to take ties between the countries to a "new level."

The Indian leader was to meet later Monday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders, who appear to have very cordial relations, dined together in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto during the weekend.

India is keen to gain more support for ambitious construction and energy projects. In a speech to Japanese business leaders Modi promised to set up a team to facilitate such efforts.

The two sides are also beefing up cooperation on security, with an eye toward China's growing assertiveness in the region.

News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics

People, Places and Companies: Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe, Japan, India, East Asia, Asia, South Asia

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Federer to play Brisbane International in Australian Open buildup

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 06:47
by  Associated Press Federer to play Brisbane International in January Associated Press - 1 September 2014 01:47-04:00

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer has confirmed he will return to the Brisbane International in January to kick off his preparation for the Australian Open.

Federer was beaten in last year's final by local favorite Lleyton Hewitt at the Queensland Tennis Centre and said he expected to be in top form for January's tournament.

The world No. 3 said conditions in Brisbane are similar to Melbourne, where the first Grand Slam of the season will be played from Jan. 19 to Feb. 1. Federer will be bidding for his 18th Grand Slam title.

He said the Jan. 4-11 Brisbane International, is "an ideal preparation (for the Australian Open). It's an important tournament on my calendar. When I sign up for a tournament it's because I'm going to try to win it."

News Topics: Sports, Men's sports, Men's tennis, Tennis

People, Places and Companies: Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Australia, Oceania

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Famed tenor Placido Domingo is the closing act at this year's iTunes Festival

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 06:06
by  Associated Press Placido Domingo taking bow for iTunes by HILARY FOX, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 01:06-04:00

LONDON (AP) — Placido Domingo will be taking the final bow at this year's iTunes Festival.

The famed Spanish tenor will perform at London's Roundhouse on Tuesday, Sept. 30 — the last act of a month-long, starry line-up, festival organizers announced.

Deadmau5 kicks off the concerts on Monday night, followed by headline sets from pop names like Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Calvin Harris, The Script and Ed Sheeran.

Kylie Minogue, Kasabian, Mary J. Blige, Blondie, Maroon 5 and Robert Plant are also playing the festival.

The organizers quoted Domingo as saying he was thrilled to appear and for "the recognition that this brings to the unique and magnificent world of opera and of classical music."

Tickets are for competition winners, but gigs can be streamed live in over 100 countries or watched on-demand.

News Topics: General news, Latin music, Music festivals, Fairs and festivals, Music, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle

People, Places and Companies: Placido Domingo, Deadmau5, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Kylie Minogue, Mary J. Blige, Robert Plant, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe

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BC-AP Americas Digest

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 06:03
by  Associated Press BC-AP Americas Digest Associated Press - 1 September 2014 01:03-04:00

TOP STORIES:

UNITED STATES-IRAQ

WASHINGTON — Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, two U.S. lawmakers are warning. By Philip Elliott.

AP Photos.

ABORTION-LAWSUIT

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure. By Janet McConnaughey.

CUBA-MULES

HAVANA — Hundreds of thousands of Cubans and Cuban-Americans fly to and from the island each year thanks to the liberalization of U.S. and Cuban travel rules over the last five years. Their Cuba-bound checked baggage has become a continuous airlift that hauls nearly $2 billion a year worth of car tires, flat-screen televisions, blue jeans, underwear and shampoo to an island where consumer goods are frequently shoddy, scarce and expensive. But that could change on Monday, when the Cuban government enacts new rules meant to take a big bite of that traffic. By Michael Weissenstein.

AP photos.

HAITI-SAVING HISTORY

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The canons have been stolen from the 18th-century seaside fort in the city where Haiti declared its independence and the stones imported from France are commonly targeted by thieves. But Haitian authorities and international experts hope to reverse the loss of such cultural heritage from the ruins of Fort Liberte and elsewhere, which they blame on lax supervision and weak laws to prosecute those pillaging Haiti's historic sites. By Danica Coto.

MEXICO-BORDER EXPLOSION

MEXICO CITY — Police in Piedras Negras say that an apparently accidental explosion in a customs building on Mexico's border with the U.S. has killed one woman and injured five other people.

BUSINESS:

TESLA-GIANT FACTORY

LOS ANGELES — From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars. By Justin Pritchard.

AP Photos.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

MADE IN AMERICA-LA

LOS ANGELES — The second day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival sizzled as more than 34,000 concertgoers grooved to an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and electronic music under the blazing sun.

AP Photos.

MUSIC FESTIVAL-ELECTRIC ZOO

NEW YORK — The Electric Zoo music festival was shut down in the face of powerful thunderstorms, forcing thousands of people to leave its island setting and marking its second cancellation in as many years. By Jennifer Peltz.

News Topics: General news, Music festivals, Music, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment

People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Haiti, Cuba, United States, Mexico, Louisiana, Caribbean, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, Central America

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South Korea: North Korea fires short-range projectile into sea

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:57
by  Associated Press S. Korea: N. Korea fires projectile into sea by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 00:57-04:00

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korea has fired another short-range projectile into the sea, the latest in a slew of weapons tests the North has been conducting this year.

A Defense Ministry official says the projectile flew about 220 kilometers (135 miles) before landing in waters off the North's east coast on Monday morning. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.

North Korea has test-launched an unusually large number of missiles and rockets this year, but the latest firing came three days after it said it won't send a cheering squad to the upcoming Asian Games in South Korea.

The North blamed what it called South Korea's hostility for cancelling its decision to send cheerleaders.

The North has said it still plans to send athletes to the Asian Games.

News Topics: General news

People, Places and Companies: South Korea, North Korea, East Asia, Asia

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Inaugural Made in America music festival turns downtown Los Angeles into city's party central

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:51
by  Associated Press California Made in America show sizzles on day 2 Associated Press - 1 September 2014 00:51-04:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival sizzled as more than 34,000 concertgoers grooved to an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and electronic music under the blazing sun.

Police said the Budweiser Made in America concert in Grand Park went off Sunday with few problems.

By 5 p.m. authorities made five arrests — two of them for drug-related felonies — and cited more than a dozen others for alcohol-related offenses and other misdemeanors, Lt. Andy Neiman, a police spokesman, said. Eleven people were treated for alcohol-related problems and released, and two others were taken to a hospital for treatment, he added.

On Saturday, 29 people were arrested and seven were taken to nearby hospitals for unknown reasons.

The multi-stage show near City Hall was headlined by Rita Ora, John Mayer, Cypress Hill, Juanes and Weezer, and Kanye West.

Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and announced its West Coast expansion this spring.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti championed the Made in America event, fast-tracking it through city approvals.

It's the first time Grand Park, which opened two years ago, is being used for a large, ticketed event. The festival transformed Civic Center — usually quiet on a weekend — into the city's party central, drawing food trucks, revelers and heavy car traffic.

Concert promoter Live Nation paid the city $500,000 to cover setup and security costs, Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said. It also promised to pay for cleanup and any property damage, he said.

Officials anticipate the festival to be an economic boon for the city, Robb said, citing a reported $10 million infusion in Philadelphia during past Made in America events.

News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Music, Entertainment, Concerts, Arrests, Hip hop and rap, Music festivals, Law and order, General news, Crime

People, Places and Companies: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West, Los Angeles, California, United States, North America

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American League Standings

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:42
by  Associated Press American League Standings by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 00:42-04:00 East Division W L Pct GB Baltimore 79 56 .585 — New York 70 65 .519 9 Toronto 69 67 .507 10½ Tampa Bay 66 71 .482 14 Boston 60 76 .441 19½ Central Division W L Pct GB Kansas City 74 61 .548 — Detroit 74 62 .544 ½ Cleveland 70 64 .522 3½ Chicago 62 75 .453 13 Minnesota 59 77 .434 15½ West Division W L Pct GB Los Angeles 83 53 .610 — Oakland 78 58 .574 5 Seattle 73 62 .541 9½ Houston 59 79 .428 25 Texas 53 83 .390 30

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Saturday's Games

Toronto 2, N.Y. Yankees 0

Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 3, 1st game

Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2

Tampa Bay 7, Boston 0

Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2, 11 innings

Detroit 8, Chicago White Sox 4, 2nd game

Houston 2, Texas 0

L.A. Angels 2, Oakland 0

Washington 3, Seattle 1

Sunday's Games

Toronto 4, N.Y. Yankees 3

Baltimore 12, Minnesota 8

Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0

Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 2

Houston 3, Texas 2

L.A. Angels 8, Oakland 1

Seattle 5, Washington 3

CLeveland 4, Kansas City 2, 10th innings, susp., rain

Monday's Games

Boston (R.De La Rosa 4-5) at Tampa Bay (Smyly 9-10)

Minnesota (P.Hughes 14-9) at Baltimore (Gausman 7-6)

Detroit (Price 12-10) at Cleveland (Kluber 13-8)

Seattle (C.Young 12-6) at Oakland (Hammel 1-5)

Texas (Lewis 9-11) at Kansas City (Ventura 10-9)

News Topics: MLB baseball, Professional baseball, Sports, Baseball, Men's sports

People, Places and Companies: Seattle, Houston, Oakland, Los Angeles, Texas, Toronto, Washington, New York City, United States, North America, California, Ontario, Canada, New York

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Federal judge blocks enforcement of restrictive Louisiana abortion law

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:19
by  Associated Press US judge blocks enforcement of new abortion law by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 00:19-04:00

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles wrote that authorities cannot enforce the law until he holds a hearing on whether an order to block it is needed while the case remains in court.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles (48 kilometers) of their clinics. The lawsuit claims doctors haven't had enough time to obtain the privileges and the law likely would close all five clinics.

"Today's ruling ensures Louisiana women are safe from an underhanded law that seeks to strip them of their health and rights," Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights, one of the groups representing two northwest Louisiana clinics, one in suburban New Orleans, and doctors at those clinics, said in a news release.

But Kyle Duncan, representing state Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert, said in emails that it covers only the plaintiffs — not clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge or the doctors who work at those clinics.

DeGravelles' order states that "any enforcement" of the law is forbidden until a hearing. However, his next sentences state that the law will go into effect but plaintiffs cannot be penalized for practicing without admitting privileges during this period while their applications are still pending.

The judge said he will call a status conference within 30 days to check on the progress of the plaintiffs' applications and to schedule a hearing to consider a request for an order blocking the law while the case is in court.

For now, the doctors' risk of $4,000 fines and losing their licenses outweighs any possible injury to the state from keeping the status quo, he wrote. That's especially true, he wrote, because Louisiana's health secretary has said she doesn't plan to enforce the law any doctors who don't yet have a final decision on their hospital applications.

However, deGravelles noted, neither Kliebert nor the head of the Board of Medical Examiners promised that they would never prosecute those doctors later for violations that occurred starting Monday.

On that point, he wrote, the case is very similar to one in Mississippi, where a federal appeals court overturned a similar law.

However, he said, clinics' lawyers have not proven that enforcing the law would shut down most, if not all, of Louisiana's clinics, eliminating access to legal abortions in Louisiana. Because the doctors' applications haven't all been acted on and the attorneys don't represent two clinics, that's speculative, he said.

"How many patients do these other two facilities treat? How many doctors practice there? How many of these doctors have applied for admitting privileges and what is the status of their applications?" he wrote. He said he needs answers to those and other questions, including how far patients would have to travel for care if the other two clinics stayed open.

Admitting privileges laws have passed across the South.

A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Louisiana, upheld a similar Texas law. But in July, a different panel of the 5th Circuit voted to overturn Mississippi's law, which would have shuttered the state's only abortion clinic, saying every state must guarantee the right to an abortion.

News Topics: General news, Abortion controversy, Abortion, Healthcare industry regulation, National courts, Reproductive rights, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Women's health, Health, Industry regulation, Government business and finance, Business, Government and politics, Government regulations, National governments, Courts, Judiciary

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AP PHOTOS: A selection of our favorite images from Latin America and the Caribbean

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:16
by  Associated Press AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America by The Associated Press, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 00:16-04:00

When Cubans go to the beach to cool off during the summer, they use any kind of transportation they can find: bus, horse drawn carriage, classic cars from the 1950s.

A different kind of transportation has been in the spotlight in southern Mexico, where police cracked down on Central American migrants as they traveled on foot, bus or the infamous freight train known as the "La Bestia" on their way north to the United States.

 Argentines took to the streets once again to demand higher wages and lower taxes in a 36-hour strike led by an umbrella group of unions. Meanwhile, new champions were named in the final of the Tango World Championship stage category.

 Brazil's presidential candidates were in full swing, pressing the flesh and meeting the voters. President Dilma Rousseff, who is running for a second term, got an earful from an elderly voter while having a bite to eat.

 The Mexican Soccer league saw Queretaro's Mario Martinez fight for the ball with Cruz Azul's Hugo Pavone during a rain-soaked match.

 In Ecuador, the Tungurahua volcano spewed ash once more is it continues an eruptive phase that started back in 1999.

 Rescuers struggled to rescue gold miners who had been trapped by a landslide in the Nicaraguan town of Bonanza, while anguished family members waited for news of their loved ones. They finally succeeded in freeing at least 20 men, while efforts to find several more reported missing continued over the weekend.

And in Brazil, teenage girls from Rio's Santa Marta "favela" slum were treated to a debutante ball organized by officers in the Pacifying Police Unit in their neighborhood.

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This gallery was curated by photo editor Tomas Stargardter in Mexico City.

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Beijing official faces rare show of defiance in Hong Kong on decision to limit vote reform

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:13
by  Associated Press Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong on vote reform Associated Press - 1 September 2014 00:13-04:00

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators have disrupted a Beijing official's speech as he sought to explain a decision to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub.

They chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of "breaking its promise" to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader.

The noisy demonstration at the start of Li Fei's address was a rare occasion on which a Beijing official faced open defiance.

Li is a deputy secretary general of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, or legislature. He continued his speech after security officers hustled the lawmakers out of the auditorium.

On Sunday Beijing inflamed political tension by ruling out open nominations of candidates running for Hong Kong's top job in inaugural elections in 2017.

News Topics: General news, Government and politics

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Islamic State fighters eyeing attacks beyond Iraq and inside US, 2 lawmakers warn

New Europe News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 05:09
by  Associated Press Lawmakers: Islamic State group wants to hit US by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press - 1 September 2014 00:09-04:00

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, two U.S. lawmakers are warning.

Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions on how to confront them, the leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees on Sunday prodded the White House to work to prevent the Islamic State extremists from launching attacks on U.S. soil. The bipartisan pair of lawmakers shared a dire warning against the Islamic State group, which now has control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq, has killed civilians from that region and beheaded American journalist James Foley

"This is a group of people who are extraordinarily dangerous," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Senate intelligence panel. "And they'll kill with abandon."

In a separate TV interview, the leader of the House Intelligence Committee warned the leaders of the Islamic State, sometimes called ISIL or ISIS, are looking for a spectacular attack that would help them raise money and recruit more fighters.

"ISIL would like to have a Western-style attack to continue this notion that they are the leading jihadist group in the world," said Republican Rep. Mike Rogers.

The pair of lawmakers, who have access to some of the nation's most sensitive secrets and receive regular detailed briefings from the nation's spy agencies, offered dire predictions of an attack on the United States or its European allies if the militants are not confronted.

"They have announced that they don't intend to stop," Feinstein said. "They have announced that they will come after us if they can, that they will, quote, 'spill our blood.'"

The threat, Rogers said, could include Americans who have trained with Islamic State fighters. He said there are hundreds of Islamic State-trained Americans who can return to the U.S. with their American passports.

"I'm very concerned because we don't know every single person that has an American passport that has gone and trained and learned how to fight," Rogers said.

Rogers said U.S. intelligence agencies were tracking the Americans who are known to have traveled to the region. If they helped Islamic State fighters, he said, they should be charged under laws that prohibit Americans from aiding terrorists.

The top Democrat on Roger's intelligence panel, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, was more skeptical. He said more needs to be known before judging whether Islamic State extremists plan to commit terrorist acts in the U.S. any time soon. The group's priority now seems to be to hold on to territory it has gained rather than export violence.

"It is extremely urgent, but you don't just rush in," he said.

It was a view shared by Rep. Adam Smith, a Washington state Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee: "We can't simply bomb first and ask questions later."

Feinstein spoke to NBC's "Meet the Press." Rogers appeared on "Fox News Sunday." Ruppersberger was on CNN's "State of the Union." Smith was interviewed on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Terrorism, Legislature, War and unrest

People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, James Foley, Dianne Feinstein, C.A. Ruppersberger, Adam Smith, United States, Europe, Iraq, North America, Middle East

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