22 October 2014

The Clintons, the Democrats' 2014 super surrogates

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country to help Democrats.

21 October 2014

Little hope for Tunisia election in jihadist-hit Kasserine

An elderly Tunisian beggar sits on the street on October 15, 2014 in KasserineKasserine (Tunisia) (AFP) - When Hisham Missaoui was seriously wounded tracking suspected Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists near Kasserine, his family blocked the road to the restive Tunisian city with burning tyres and rubble.


21 October 2014

Hong Kong netizens lampoon government negotiators

Democracy protesters block a street in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 21, 2014. Their celebrity backers may face sanctions from ChinaHong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong government negotiators who sat down to crunch talks with student leaders have become figures of online derision with netizens mocking them as empty vases, garbage bins and Teletubbies.


21 October 2014

US Marine accused of murder moved to Philippine military HQ

Relatives and supporters of murdered Filipino transgender known as Jenny hold placards calling for justice. A US Marine is accused of the murderManila (AFP) - A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman was moved to the Philippines' military headquarters Wednesday, authorities said, following huge public pressure for him to be moved off an American warship.


21 October 2014

APEC finance chiefs meet amid global worries

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (L) speaks during the opening ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers's Meeting in Beijing on October 22, 2014Beijing (AFP) - The global economic recovery is beset by "downside risks", China's vice-premier told Asia-Pacific finance ministers Wednesday, a day after growth in the world's second-largest economy hit a five-year low.


21 October 2014

Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

21 October 2014

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014. There are 70 days left in the year.

21 October 2014

Falling oil prices stretch Venezuela's books to limit

A drilling rig in the Orinoco Oil Belt in Venezuela, which is suffering from sliding global oil pricesCaracas (AFP) - Sliding oil prices are deepening the budget crisis facing the Venezuelan government, which is already struggling to fund its lavish subsidies and rigid exchange-rate controls, analysts say.


21 October 2014

Canada raises 'terrorism' alert after soldier killed

A suspected jihadist struck two soldiers with his car in a Quebec parking lot -- a scenario which had been depicted only last month in IS propagandaOttawa (AFP) - Canada has raised its national "terrorism" alert, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital.


21 October 2014

Grandstanding, outsourcing raised in Senate debate

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, right, greets Republican challenger Scott Brown before a live televised debate hosted by New England Cable News, the Concord Monitor, and the University of New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Tuesday Oct. 21, 2014 in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Concord Monitor, Elizabeth Frantz, Pool)CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen accused Republican challenger Scott Brown of grandstanding and fear mongering while he accused her of "outsourcing" her independence as they met for their second debate two weeks before Election Day.


21 October 2014

Hillary Clinton, called to party duty ahead of 2016

Hillary Clinton attends a campaign rally for Colorado Democratic candidates in Aurora, Colorado, on October 21, 2014Denver (AFP) - Hillary Clinton is used to being introduced as the "next" US president. But lacking any pre-2016 announcement, the Democratic icon is busy putting her popularity to work for others in the party.


21 October 2014

Syria Kurds weather IS assault and await reinforcements

Smoke and flames rise following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane, as seen from the southeastern Turkish border village of Mursitpinar, on October 20, 2014Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - Kurdish defenders of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane awaited reinforcements Wednesday after weathering another onslaught by Islamic State jihadists.


21 October 2014

Freed Vietnamese dissident travels to US: official

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2008 file photo from video frame grab from a TV screen set up in a media room in courthouse, Vietnamese journalist Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre is seen during his trial in Hanoi,Vietnam. The State Department says a prominent Vietnamese dissident has been freed and will arrive Tuesday in the US. Spokeswoman Marie Harf welcomed the release of Nguyen Van Hai, a blogger who had been serving a 12-year prison term for conducting "propaganda against the state." (AP Photo/Vu Tien Hong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department welcomed Tuesday the release of one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, as the U.S. urges the authoritarian government in Hanoi to improve its human rights record and smooth the way for stronger relations.


21 October 2014

Florida candidates stake out political differences in third debate

Democratic challenger, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist (L) and Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, shake hands after participating in their second debate in DavieBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist traded barbs on Tuesday over the minimum wage, the death penalty and racism in the Republican Party in the third and final debate of a close, bitterly contested race for governor. Polls show the two in an expensive, neck-and-neck race for the country's largest swing state, saturated in recent weeks by tens of millions of dollars of negative TV advertising. ...


21 October 2014

Cuban response to Ebola outbreak helps thaw relations with US

The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers unload boxes of medicine and medical material from a plane upon their arrival at Freetown's airport to help the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, on October 2, 2014Havana (AFP) - Cuba's contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy the United States.


21 October 2014

North Korea frees detained American, two still held

This handout photo obtained on June 10, 2014, courtesy of The City of Moraine, Ohio, shows Jeffrey Fowle, the US tourist who was released in North Korea on October 21, 2014Washington (AFP) - North Korea has freed one of three Americans detained in the isolated country, and in a surprise move allowed a Pentagon plane to land in Pyongyang on Tuesday to fly him home.


21 October 2014

Corruption charges against Alabama House speaker 'gutter politics': Congressman

By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A prominent supporter of Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican indicted on 23 felony counts of corruption, condemned the charges against him on Tuesday as "Chicago-style gutter politics." Hubbard, a powerful figure in Alabama politics who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the state legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. U.S. ...

21 October 2014

The Ben Bradlee Mystique

Usually, when Hollywood makes a movie about an historical figure, the actor who plays the character is better looking, more charismatic and sexier than the real person. Not in the case of Ben Bradlee. In All the President’s Men, the iconic movie story of how a few salty newspapermen brought down President Richard Nixon by exposing the Watergate scandal, the part of Bradlee, executive editor of the Washington Post, is played by Jason Robards, no slouch in the charm department—but no match for the real thing.

21 October 2014

Bae family eye 'sign of hope' in N.Korea detainee release

This undated handout photo recieved from FreeKenNow.com on October 12, 2013 shows US citizen Kenneth Bae, a US citizen jailed in North Korea, posing for a photo at an undisclosed locationLos Angeles (AFP) - The release of US citizen Jeffrey Fowle by North Korea could be a "sign of hope" for Kenneth Bae, another American detained in the reclusive state, Bae's sister said Tuesday.


21 October 2014

Iraq's Yazidis facing 'attempted genocide'

A young Iraqi Yazidi refugee sits next to a tent at the Newroz camp in Hasaka province, Syria, on August 14, 2014, after fleeing advances by Islamic State jihadists in IraqUnited Nations (United States) (AFP) - Iraq's Yazidi minority is facing what may amount to an "attempted genocide" at the hands of Islamist fighters, a senior UN rights official said Tuesday after visiting northern Iraq.