Saturday, August 23, 2014

International

Foley case shines light on wrenching debate over whether gov’ts should pay ransom for hostages

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens.

No good option for US to protect hostage as it confronts Islamic State after revenge killing

WASHINGTON — Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley in an act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.

Experts determine looted Liebermann painting found in German trove belongs to Jewish family

BERLIN — Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner.

Police, protesters collide in Ferguson, a day after National Guard arrives in St. Louis suburb

FERGUSON, Mo. — The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Poaching slaughter: Study estimates 100,000 elephants killed across Africa from 2010-2012

NAIROBI, Kenya — Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.

Tensions ease as Russia lets Ukraine inspect aid convoy, Red Cross hand out aid in rebel city

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia — Russia let Ukrainian officials inspect an aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk, easing tensions and dispelling Ukrainian fears that the aid operation is a ruse to get military help to separatist rebels.

Ebola treatment centres fill faster than they can be opened; WHO warns outbreak underestimated

DAKAR, Senegal — Beds in Ebola treatment centres are filling up faster than they can be provided, evidence that an outbreak in West Africa is far more severe than the numbers show, an official with the World Health Organization said Friday.

Panama marks canal’s 100th birthday amid rising concerns over waterway’s delayed expansion

PANAMA CITY — It was supposed to be a grand celebration of the engineering triumph that forged a nation.
Instead, the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal’s opening Friday is being marred by doubts about the country’s ability to harness the full benefits of a multibillion-dollar expansion beset by cost overruns, strikes and the threat of competition from rival projects.

Ukrainian security spokesman: Russian humanitarian convoy will not be allowed across border

MOSCOW — A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, but Ukraine said it wouldn’t let the mission in because it isn’t being co-ordinated by the international Red Cross and could be a covert military operation.

Spanish priest dies of Ebola; UN says it’s ethical to try untested Ebola drugs

MADRID, Spain — A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide ethical debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments.

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