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Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:07
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani. The no-confidence vote against Science, Research and Technology Minister Reza Faraji Dana was a sharp rebuke of Rouhani, who was elected last year on promises of greater openness and diplomatic engagement with the West.
Disaster hits Hiroshima, 36 dead
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:07
By Toru Hanai HIROSHIMA (Reuters) - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said. Seven people were missing after a month's worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks. "There was rain and thunder all night, beating…
Stunning sight above Moscow angers Kremlin
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:07
Moscow (AFP) - A Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper within sight of the Kremlin on Wednesday, officials said, as fighting in eastern Ukraine has frayed bilateral ties. The Soviet star crowning the Stalin-era skyscraper, located just a kilometre (half a mile) from the Kremlin, was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag. "The flag was attached by unidentified criminals to the top of the…
Journalist killed by ISIS remembered
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:07
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Journalist James Foley had worked in a number of conflict zones in the Middle East, but the danger didn't stop him from doing the job he loved. Captured and held for six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, he knew the risks when he went to Syria two years ago to cover the escalating violence there. Foley was snatched again in Syria in November 2012 when the car he was…
Asian shares edge higher ahead of US Fed chief's speech
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 06:13
Asian shares mostly edged higher Wednesday following a positive lead from Wall Street, where stocks picked up on encouraging US economic data before a keynote speech this week by the Federal Reserve chief. The dollar hit multi-month highs against the euro and yen after a surge in US housing construction boosted optimism over the state of the world's number top economy. Tokyo ended flat, edging up 4.66 points to 15,454.45 after data showed a rebound…
Tea party loses again, in Alaska GOP Senate primary
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 06:11
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Republicans see the Alaska race as a key contest in their attempt to capture the Senate majority from Democrats. Sullivan entered the primary the presumed front-runner, with the backing of national GOP powerbrokers and…
Eric Holder heads to Ferguson with a clear message
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 05:18
When Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement on Monday regarding the developments in Ferguson, Missouri, he gave a clear signal of how seriously he is taking the matter. PlayVideoCBS Evening News Ferguson pleads with residents to stay indoors The city of Ferguson is pleading with residents to stay home or avoid the four-block area that has been the center of unrest since the shooting d.
Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 05:05
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead. The last-minute scramble ahead of Tuesday's primary election in Alaska had a little bit of everything as three Republican challengers waged a contentious campaign to be the candidate to…
U.S. suspects in Bali suitcase murder on suicide watch - police
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 04:04
DENPASAR Indonesia (Reuters) - A pregnant U.S. teenager and her boyfriend were on suicide watch on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Wednesday, police said, after being held as suspects in the murder of the woman's mother whose battered body was found in a suitcase. No charges have been brought in connection with the death of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, 62, whose body was found in the bloodied case in a taxi outside the luxury…
Ferguson protests smaller, more subdued
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 04:04
Hampton Roads' police departments could lose military gear after Ferguson riots 2:06 PORTSMOUTH -- After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.Some police departments in Hampton Roads say losing the military gear would be detrimental.“It would crush us,” Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson said.<a href="http://www.wvec.com/news/Looting-tear-gas-shatter-period-of-calm-in-Ferguson-271522311.html">Gov. declares state of emergency, issues curfew in Ferguson </a>The riots in…
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