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Arab states lag in media war against extremists

This Screen grab from the U.S. Department of State's Twitter page "Think Again Turn Away," taken Sept. 20, 2014, criticizes the Islamic State group as part of a broad social media campaign. As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal. The U.S. State Department launched a “Think Again Turn Away” campaign on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, with Arabic and English videos similar in style to those of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, but none have gained the traction of the Islamic State’s videos. (AP Photo)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal.


Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown

A health worker volunteer marks a home with chalk to identify that it has been visited, as they distribute bars of soap and information about Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.


US general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

NASA's Mars spacecraft to begin orbit of Red Planet

Scientists hope the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) probe will uncover clues as to how Mars became a dry, barren planetWashington (AFP) - A NASA spacecraft that aims to study the upper atmosphere of Mars and reveal how its climate changed over time is poised to begin orbiting the Red Planet on Sunday.


Yemen state media: Prime minister resigns

Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the violence. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's prime minister resigned Sunday, the state news agency reported, following days of violence that left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee their homes.


Yemen PM quits as Shiite rebels seize government HQ

Shiite Huthi anti-government rebels man a checkpoint on the outskirts of Sanaa on September 21, 2014Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.


Hamilton wins Singapore GP as Rosberg limps out

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on September 21, 2014Singapore (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton regained the Formula One drivers’ world championship lead on Sunday when he claimed victory in the Singapore Grand Prix after his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg limped out with electronic problems.


Yemeni PM submits resignation amid reports of rebel advances

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's prime minister submitted his resignation to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday amid chaos over reported advances by Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels on some military buildings and government offices in the capital. The move by Mohammed Salem Basindwa added to confusion in Sanaa, where Houthi rebels were due to sign a deal brokered by U.N. special envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, intended to end the fighting and pave the way for a new government within two weeks. ...

France charges 5 in Islamic State recruiting ring

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have filed preliminary charges against five people, including a sister and brother, suspected of belonging to a ring specialized in recruiting young female fighters for the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Singapore Grand Prix: Live Report

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit on September 21, 2014Singapore (AFP) - Next stop Japan - WE ARE NOW CLOSING AFP's LIVE REPORT on the Singapore Grand Prix. What a day for Lewis Hamilton who has overtaken his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the table with a three point advantage. Sebastien Vettel finished second and Daniel Ricciardo was third.


U.S. says other countries willing to launch air strikes in Syria

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has indications other countries are willing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, its U.N. ambassador said on Sunday, predicting "we will not do the air strikes alone." Washington is trying to build an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the radical Sunni Muslim group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. U.S. ...

Nationalist leader says Scots tricked out of independence

Scottish Government handout photo shows Scotland's First Minister Salmond speaking during a news conference in EdinburghBy Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan MANCHESTER England (Reuters) - Defeated Scottish nationalist chief Alex Salmond accused Britain's political leaders on Sunday of tricking Scots out of independence after a dispute about how and when to give them more powers. Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) after failing to persuade Scots to leave the United Kingdom, accused Britain's three main political parties of winning last Thursday's referendum by 55-45 percent by making a false promise of new powers. ...


Russia's Lavrov tells U.S. counterpart: respect Syrian sovereignty

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told his U.S. counterpart John Kerry that Washington should respect Syrian sovereignty in its fight against Islamic State militants, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Lavrov stressed "the necessity to strictly comply with the United Nations statute, norms of international law and unconditional respect of Syrian sovereignty during the fulfillment of plans by the U.S.-led coalition, which includes the use of force," the ministry said. President Barack Obama authorized U.S. ...

Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond speaks during a press conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/PA, Danny Lawson) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVELONDON (AP) — Scotland's independence leader has accused Britain's politicians of reneging on their promises to give more powers to Scots, as the main political parties bickered over how to take political reform forward.


Spain to repatriate from Sierra Leone priest diagnosed with Ebola

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain on Sunday sent a military plane to Sierra Leone to repatriate a Spanish Catholic priest working in the African country who has tested positive for the Ebola virus, the government said. Spain's health ministry said in a statement that Manuel Garcia Viejo, a member of the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios, worked in the Western city of Lunsar. He is the second Spanish priest to be diagnosed with Ebola after Miguel Pajares, also a member of San Juan de Dios, who died last month after being brought back to Spain from Liberia. ...

Kenya to stay course in quest to stabilise Somalia - President

Kenya's President Kenyatta stands for Kenya's national anthem before the Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in NairobiBy George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan troops will keep fighting Islamist militants in Somalia until peace and stability is restored to the region, President Uhuru Kenyatta said, one year after gunmen stormed a shopping mall in his country's capital. Militants belonging to Somalia's al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab attacked Nairobi's upmarket Westgate shopping mall on Sept. 21, 2013, killing at least 67 people in an attack that evolved into a four-day siege. Al Shabaab, which is fighting Kenyan and other African soldiers who are part of a U.N. ...


Salmond says Scots 'tricked' out of independence

Scottish Government handout photo shows Scotland's First Minister Salmond speaking during a news conference in EdinburghMANCHESTER England (Reuters) - Alex Salmond, the defeated leader of Scotland's nationalists, on Sunday accused Prime Minister David Cameron and other London politicians of tricking Scottish voters out of independence by making a false "vow" about granting them new powers. Salmond, who is stepping down as leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) after spearheading a failed campaign for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom, said Britain's three main political parties had won last Thursday's referendum vote by 55-45 percent by deception. ...


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