19 September 2014

From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

19 September 2014

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

Pro-Union supporters celebrate as Scottish referendum polling results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London.


19 September 2014

China insists wealthy countries should improve emission targets

A man crosses a road on a polluted day in Beijing on July 3, 21014Beijing (AFP) - Wealthy countries should increase their emission commitments if a global pact on climate change is to be reached next year, China's top UN climate negotiator said Friday.


19 September 2014

Scotland referendum: Live Report

Pro-Union supporters celebrate a 'No' vote in the indepednce referendum following the announcement of results during a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow on September 19, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - 07:55 GMT - 'Dust ourselves off' - In a drizzly Edinburgh, people who have been up all night watching the referendum are walking home as others go to work or walking their dogs (including one lady with a greyhound wearing a 'Saltire' dog coat), reports AFP correspondent Katherine Haddon.


19 September 2014

US treasury chief urges more effort to spur faster growth

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, pictured in Washington on August 5, has urged greater efforts to spur global growthCairns (Australia) (AFP) - US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday urged greater efforts to spur global growth as the head of the World Bank bemoaned a disappointing year and warned of downside risks ahead.


19 September 2014

Options for protection come with flu season

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. "Vaccination is the single most important step everyone 6 months of age and older can take to protect themselves and their families against influenza," said Frieden. Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter, and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.


19 September 2014

GOP holds Hagan to standard she used in 2008

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama is greeted by Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., left, as he arrives at North Carolina Air National Guard Base in Charlotte, N.C. Obama was in Charlotte to address the American Legion’s 96th National Convention. At right is Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. Republicans are asking voters to judge Hagan as too closely aligned with the president. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Six years ago, little-known North Carolina state legislator Kay Hagan upset Sen. Elizabeth Dole after Hagan and her Democratic allies drilled in voters' minds the idea that Dole was too closely aligned to an unpopular president.


19 September 2014

Salmond concedes defeat but highlights strong vote to leave UK

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond gives a speech to supporters in Perth, north of Edinburgh, Scotland on September 17, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Friday conceded defeat in his party's campaign for independence, while insisting there was "substantial" support for breaking away from the United Kingdom.


19 September 2014

Glossary of extremists in Mideast and Africa

FILE- This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. President Barack Obama presses ahead with his campaign to diminish and defeat Islamic State group extremists in Iraq and Syria, but the list of radical Islamic elements the United States and many of its coalition allies are fighting does not stop there. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center- File)President Barack Obama presses ahead with his campaign to diminish and eventually defeat Islamic State group extremists in Iraq and Syria, but the list of radical Islamic elements the United States and many of its coalition allies are fighting does not stop there. Violent radicals inspired by al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden pepper the map from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.


19 September 2014

China troops withdraw from India border as Xi visit ends

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a Guard of Honour during a reception in New Delhi on September 18, 2014New Delhi (AFP) - Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said Friday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare summit in New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier.


19 September 2014

Australia terror crackdown sees armed police in parliament

Australian Federal Police officers detain a suspect in Sydney during the country's largest ever counter-terrorism raid on September 18, 2014Sydney (AFP) - Australia deployed armed police inside parliament on Friday in the face of extremist threats, ramping up an anti-terror crackdown after foiling a plot by Islamic State jihadists to carry out gruesome "demonstration executions" in the country.


19 September 2014

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama pauses during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.


19 September 2014

Cameron vows new powers for all of UK after Scotland vote

Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media outside 10 Downing Street, on September 19, 2014London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday promised to grant new powers to all parts of the United Kingdom after separatists in Scotland won 1.5 million votes in an independence referendum but were beaten by pro-unity supporters.


18 September 2014

S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

North Korea's west coast is seen from the South Korea-controlled island of Yeonpyeong near the disputed Yellow Sea border on April 14, 2013Seoul (AFP) - The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry said.


18 September 2014

Filipino 'warrior peacekeepers' guarding the world's war zones

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines cross the Israeli army crossing of Quneitra between Syria to the Israeli annexed Golan Heights, on June 12, 2013Capas (Philippines) (AFP) - After nearly two decades on the frontlines against Muslim insurgents in the Philippines' violence-plagued south, Army Captain Teodoro Nicor is looking forward to guarding a war zone abroad.


18 September 2014

Scotland's next step? No independence but more powers

A girl holding a saltire flag, watches the entertainment outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain which could amount to effective home rule -- though experts warn that agreeing these could be messy.


18 September 2014

Court ruling won't end Kansas Senate dispute

FILE - In this combination of Sept. 2014 photos are: Republican Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, top left; Chad Taylor, top right, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate; Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, bottom left, and Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman. Taylor's petition to remove his name from the Kansas Senate ballot has been disputed by Kobach who backs Roberts. Taylor's withdrawal from the race potentially improves the chances of Orman defeating Roberts. (AP Photo/AP and Topeka Capital Journal, File)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic leaders in Kansas face another legal battle aimed at forcing them to pick a new U.S. Senate candidate, after the state Supreme Court removed their nominee from the ballot in a move that could hurt three-term incumbent Pat Roberts and Republican hopes for a Senate majority.


18 September 2014

In shift, U.S. officials fight release on bond of migrants: lawyers

U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center in Arlington VirginiaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is routinely arguing against the release on bond of Central American women and children at a New Mexico detention center in a policy shift meant to discourage others like them from entering the United States, say lawyers for the detainees. The lawyers, representing women and children being held at the detention center in Artesia, 170 miles (275 km) from El Paso, Texas, say the government has for the last two months routinely argued against granting bond. ...


18 September 2014

It’s a good time to run for office in Iowa: meet Queen Joni

By Gabriel Debenedetti IOWA CITY Iowa (Reuters) - Most Republicans running in tight U.S. Senate races in November's midterm elections can rely on campaign endorsements from a few national figures. But most Republicans are not Joni Ernst. More importantly, most Republican Senate candidates are not running in Iowa, the influential swing state that kicks off the presidential nominating race. Potential 2016 contenders have flocked to Iowa for months, looking to exert as much influence - and gather as many favors - as possible. ...

18 September 2014

Scotland votes against independence: BBC forecast

Postal votes are sorted in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland has voted against independence in a historic referendum, the BBC forecast on Friday after preliminary results showed 54.3 percent voting "No" and 45.7 percent voting "Yes".