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Record number of migrant deaths at sea, in deserts this year - IOM

Rescued migrants sit on the ground at the Armed Forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett HarbourBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A record 4,077 migrants have died already this year crossing deserts and seas worldwide, three-quarters of them in perilous journeys across the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, an aid agency said on Monday. They include an estimated 500 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East feared drowned in a shipwreck off Malta in mid-September after smugglers deliberately rammed their boat, the International Organisation for Migration said. ...


British PM Cameron says deeply concerned about Hong Kong clashes

BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he was deeply concerned about clashes in Hong Kong between riot police and thousands of pro-democracy protesters. When asked whether he had an obligation to speak out about events in Hong Kong, Cameron told Sky News: "Of course. I feel a deep obligation." China rules Hong Kong under a "one country, two systems" formula that accords the former British colony a degree of autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, with universal suffrage set as an eventual goal. ...

Cameron says deeply concerned about Hong Kong clashes

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for the House of Commons, in central LondonBIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday he was deeply concerned about clashes in Hong Kong between riot police and thousands of pro-democracy protesters. When asked whether he had an obligation to speak out about events in Hong Kong, Cameron told Sky News: "Of course. I feel a deep obligation." China rules Hong Kong under a "one country, two systems" formula that accords the former British colony a degree of autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China, with universal suffrage set as an eventual goal. ...


Rains complicate delivery of Ebola supplies in West Africa

US ambassador to India Nancy addresses media before she presented EOD 9 suits, Helmets and Disruptors to Mumbai Police at a function in the U.S. embassy in New DelhiBy Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rainy season in West Africa is compounding difficulties in getting supplies delivered and new treatment centres built as donors rush to isolate people infected with the deadly Ebola virus and stop its rapid spread, U.S. officials said. Nancy Powell, newly appointed as the U.S. State Department's envoy to coordinate its Ebola response, said the top priority is to isolate as many people as quickly as possible. But that faces significant logistical hurdles. ...


Brown says he's likely to sign plastic bag ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.

Chiefs offense hums in 41-14 rout of Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, right, brushes himself off as teammates Alex Smith, left, and Eric Fisher watch after scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Perhaps the Kansas City Chiefs gave their neighbors across the parking lot a little bit of inspiration with their impassioned performance against New England.


Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen answer a reporter's question during a media conference following a training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, England, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. The Raiders will play the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday Sept. 28.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Dennis Allen arrived in Oakland as the fresh-faced, defensive mastermind who was supposed to be completely different than the parade of coaches during late owner Al Davis' final years running the Raiders.


Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington. Paul is working to improve the Republican Party’s image among young voters as he visits South Carolina. The first-term Republican senator is to appear at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston on Tuesday before addressing the Horry County GOP. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar.


Michigan AD apologizes for mistakes with QB injury

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, right, reacts on the sideline next to defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, left, in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon says a "serious lack of communication" led to wobbly quarterback Shane Morris playing Saturday against Minnesota when he should have been pulled for his own safety.


Hong Kong protests: Live Report

Pro-democracy demonstrators rest during a protest in Hong Kong on TuesdayHong Kong (AFP) - 05:59 GMT - Occupy Central leaders have rejected Leung's demands for an end to the protests and renewed their calls for him to step down.


Records, photos of famed US WWII bombers go online

In this Sept. 18, 2014 photo, World War II veterans, from left, Earl McGuire, Jack Palmer and Tom Pelle talk about their service with the 307th Bombardment Group during a reunion in Santa Fe, N.M. Pelle and the few other remaining members of the 13th Air Force's famous 307th Bombardment Group, their family members and Ancestry.com’s military records site Fold3 are working to keep alive the group’s memory by collecting and digitizing thousands of photographs, military orders and other memorabilia. The records are being posted online as part of a searchable database. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of feet above the Pacific Ocean, the bullets were coming fast and the flak was flying. Japanese fighter planes whizzed around like bees as the American forces in their lumbering B-24 bombers tried everything to reach their targets, save fuel and stay airborne for the long trip home.


Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down

Student activists sleep on a road near the government headquarters where pro-democracy activists have gathered and made camp, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in Hong Kong. Students and activists, many of whom have been camped out since late Friday, spent a peaceful night singing as they blocked streets in Hong Kong in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience to push demands for genuine democratic reforms. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong set a Wednesday deadline for a response from the government to meet their demands for reforms after spending another night blocking streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.


Democracy protestors ignore HK leader's call to end demo

Pro-democracy demonstrators rest on September 30, 2014, as Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying called on protest leaders to "immediately" withdraw their followers from the streetsHong Kong (AFP) - Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed the city, but protesters refused to move until Beijing grants the financial hub genuine democracy.


U.S.-led air strikes pose problem for Assad's moderate foes

Men inspect a damaged plastics factory following U.S.-led air strikes at the Islamic State's stronghold of RaqqaBy Tom Perry REYHANLI Turkey (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes against al Qaeda-inspired militants in Syria pose a problem for moderate rebel opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Western-backed rebels say they face a backlash from Syrians angered by the offensive, even though they have been kept in the dark about the air strikes against their enemies in Islamic State. This could complicate Washington's plan to turn disparate rebel groups into a ground force to combat the militants. The rebels say civilian casualties from the week-old air campaign and suspicion of U.S. ...


Beheading suspect's conversion surprised family

CORRECTS TO VAUGHAN FOODS Employees wait in the parking lot as police investigate a shooting at Vaughan Foods on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 in Moore, Okla. Police said Friday a man who had been fired from the food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order.


Morningstar strips Pimco Total Return Fund of its gold rating

(Reuters) - Morningstar downgraded its analyst rating on the Pimco Total Return Fund to "bronze" from "gold", citing uncertainty about outflows and the reshuffling of management responsibilities after the exit of co-founder Bill Gross.     Gross, the bond market's most renowned investor, quit Pimco for distant rival Janus Capital Group Inc on Friday, a day before he was expected to be fired from the huge investment firm he helped found more than 40 years ago.     Dan Ivascyn, one of Pimco's deputy chief investment officers, was named Group Chief Investment Officer to replace Gross. ...

Convicted priest says El Salvador backed gang work

In this Sept. 9, 2014 photo, Father Antonio Rodriguez poses for a photograph in Madrid, Spain. The Roman Catholic priest Rodriguez was detained in July and found guilty on Sept. 4 of delivering prohibited cellphones and SIM cards to gang members behind bars, asking prison authorities to lower the intensity of cell-phone jamming technology and lobbying for inmates to receive special privileges. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for introducing illicit objects and influence trafficking. Rodriguez said he did so as an emissary of the government in a bid to preserve a shaky gang truce that at least temporarily lowered sky-high murder rates in this Central American nation. Thanks to a plea bargain with prosecutors, he was released after 37 days behind bars and returned to his native Spain. ( Photo/Andres Kudacki)MADRID (AP) — Those who love Antonio Rodriguez know him affectionately as "Father Tony," the Roman Catholic priest who spent 15 years working in El Salvador's roughest neighborhoods to get vulnerable young men out of a gang lifestyle that often ends in death.


Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen answer a reporter's question during a media conference following a training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, England, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. The Raiders will play the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday Sept. 28.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have fired coach Dennis Allen four games into his third season.


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