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U.S. air drops ammunition to Syria rebels

Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they take positions in the town of Kafr NabudahBy John Davison and Phil Stewart BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces have carried out an air drop of small arms ammunition to Syrian Arab rebels in northern Syria, barely two weeks after Russia raised the stakes by intervening in the war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad. A U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday the air drop of supplies to the opposition fighters on Sunday was part of a revamped U.S. strategy announced last week to help rebels in Syria battling Islamic State militants. Last week, Washington shelved a program to train and equip "moderate" rebels opposed to Assad who would join the fight against Islamic State.

Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing, as protests erupt

Riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators, during a protest against Saturday's bomb blasts in Ankara, in the Kurdish dominated southeastern city of DiyarbakirBy Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's government said on Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect in suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in Ankara, but opponents vented anger at President Tayyip Erdogan at funerals, universities and courthouses. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday's attack, the worst of its kind on Turkish soil, was intended to influence the outcome of November polls Erdogan hopes will restore a majority the ruling AK party lost in June. Two bombs struck seconds apart, targeting a rally of pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups near Ankara's main train station.

UK-born Angus Deaton wins economics Nobel Prize for work on consumption, poverty

British-born economist Angus Deaton of Princeton University speaks in a news conference after winning the 2015 economics Nobel Prize on the Princeton University campus in PrincetonBy Daniel Dickson and Anna Ringstrom STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - British-born economist Angus Deaton has won the 2015 economics Nobel Prize for his work on consumption, poverty and welfare that has helped governments to improve policy through tools such as household surveys and tax changes. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the microeconomist's work had been a major influence on policy making, helping for example to determine how different social groups are affected by specific changes in taxation. "To design economic policy that promotes welfare and reduces poverty, we must first understand individual consumption choices," the award-giving body said in announcing the 8 million Swedish crown ($978,000) prize.

Dutch Safety Board set to say MH17 downed by Russian-made missile, but not point finger

File photo of a pro-Russian separatist standing at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk regionBy Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch Safety Board, issuing long-awaited findings on Tuesday of its investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, is expected to say it was downed by a Russian-made Buk missile but not say who was responsible for firing it. MH17 was shot down over territory held by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people aboard, most of them Dutch citizens. Safety Board director Tjibbe Joustra will present findings on Tuesday first to victims' families, then to journalists at a military base in Gilze-Rijen, where parts of the plane have been brought from the crash site and reconstructed.

Bumpy road ahead for U.N.-proposed Libya peace deal

People carry a banner during a protest against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, in BenghaziBy Patrick Markey and Ahmed Elumami ALGIERS/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - After months of stalled negotiations, the United Nations has handed Libya's warring factions a unity government proposal in what it calls a major step towards ending the crisis, but the applause of Western officials cannot disguise serious obstacles. The proposal is just that, one hinging on the approval of both sides, and hardliners may treat a weak accord as a chance to drag Libya and its oil wealth deeper into war and division. Voices in both camps have criticized a proposal some say the U.N. wants to impose.

Islamic State can draw on veteran jihadists, ex-Iraq army officers for leadership

Still image taken from video of a man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi making what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in MosulBy Michael Georgy and Mariam Karouny CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of the world's most wanted men, is counting on veteran jihadis and former Iraqi army officers who form the core of the militant movement to take over if he is killed. New questions arose over Islamic State's leadership structure and who might succeed Baghdadi after Iraq's military said on Sunday air strikes had hit a convoy carrying him, though Iraqi security officials later denied this. Baghdadi, who rarely appears in public and delivers few audio speeches, makes the vast majority of decisions, including which of the group's enemies should be killed.

Arab killed after stabbing Israeli soldier on Jerusalem bus

Members of an Israeli counter-terrorism unit (L) stand guard following a stabbing attack near the police headquarters in Jerusalem on October 12, 2015Jerusalem (AFP) - An assailant on a Jerusalem bus stabbed an off-duty Israeli soldier and tried to grab his weapon, lightly wounding him, before being shot dead by security forces, police said.

Global climate pledges not enough but good start: European Commission

EU Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Canete addresses a news conference in BrusselsBy Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT (Reuters) - National pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions, even if fully implemented, would cap global warming at 3 degrees Celsius rather than the 2 degrees targeted to avoid dangerous consequences, the European Commission said on Monday. European Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said 149 countries had submitted pledges known in U.N. language as INDCs, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, ahead of pivotal climate change talks in Paris in December. "...If we do not do something, if we do business as usual, the increase of temperatures will be between 3.8 and 4.7 degrees." The 149 states that have submitted promises is up from 62 to have done so a few months ago and they cover 90 percent of global emissions, Canete told reporters on the sidelines of a pre-Paris preparatory meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

Guinea opposition demands presidential vote be annulled

Voters queue to cast their ballots for the presidential elections at a polling station set up at a gas station in Conakry on October 11, 2015Guinea's opposition on Monday called for a re-run of this weekend's first-round presidential vote, condemning the ballot as fraudulent even before the results were in and pledging to take to the streets in protest. Despite clashes between Conde and Diallo supporters in the final days of the campaign that left a dozen people dead, voting was peaceful though the opposition complained about logistical problems. "It was a masquerade, a massive fraud throughout the day," said Diallo.

Scottish duo cited, risk missing quarter-final

Scotland's hooker Ross Ford, pictured on September 25, 2015, and Jonny Gray have been cited for a lifting tackle during Scotland's thrilling 36-33 win over SamoaLondon (AFP) - Ross Ford and Jonny Gray are in danger of missing Scotland's World Cup quarter-final against Australia after both were cited on Monday.

Puerto Rico relaxes school uniform rules for gay students

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's education secretary says public school students can for the first time choose to wear pants or skirts as part of their uniform regardless of their gender without being punished.

Ngauamo banned for 3 weeks, Pocock avoids World Cup citing

Ireland's Sean O'Brien, right, runs with the ball during the Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — Tonga hooker Paula Ngauamo has been banned for three weeks for a dangerous tip tackle on Daniel Carter in the 47-9 loss to New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup.

EU agrees to suspend Belarus sanctions after Lukashenko re-election

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko speaks with journalists during presidential elections at a polling station in Minsk on October 11, 2015The European Union agreed Monday to suspend sanctions against the regime of Belarussian strongman Alexander Lukashenko after he won a fifth term as president, even though observers said the poll was flawed. Once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by Washington, Lukashenko, 61, won a fifth consecutive term on Sunday, picking up 83.5 percent of the vote, according to official figures. "We have taken the decision to suspend the sanctions for the next four months but they can be reinstated immediately if that is required," minister Harlem Desir told reporters, adding that the situation would be reviewed after that.

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BEIJING (AP) — Two senior Chinese officials — one who earlier led the country's biggest petroleum company and the other a deputy party chief in populous Sichuan province— were convicted of corruption Monday and sentenced to 16 and 13 years in prison, respectively, Chinese authorities said. Hanjiang Intermediate People's Court in central China said Jiang Jiemin, former chairman of the state-run China National Petroleum Corp., accepted 14 million yuan ($2.3 million) in bribes and failed to explain the source of another 15 million yuan. Jiang also violated regulations by providing assistance to others, resulting in losses to the state, the court said. It sentenced him to 16 years in prison.

Tenants in 'bizarre' video of Pistorius crime house

Oscar Pistorius was found guilty last year of culpable homicide over the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013Two South African men who rent the house where Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend have appeared in a video showing the bathroom where the crime took place and boasting of the property's potential as a party venue. David Scott, 33, and Kagiso Mokoape, 23, gave a local television news crew a tour of the house in Pretoria where Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp in 2013. Oscar built this house to entertain," Scott said on the video while clutching a tin of beer.

Iraqi Kurdish PM fires four ministers after violent unrest: spokesman

Iraq's Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaks to the media after voting in ArbilThe prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan region has removed four members of his cabinet, a spokesman said on Monday, in an escalating political crisis that threatens to destabilize the relatively peaceful region. Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani is also vice president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which accuses the Gorran party of provoking violent unrest that recently left five people dead. The ministers of Religious Affairs, Finance, Trade and Peshmerga forces, all of whom are from Gorran, met on Monday with Nechirvan Barzani.

Sitting no worse for health than standing: UK study

"Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing," said Melvyn Hillsdon from Exeter's sport and health sciences departmentSitting down is no worse for you than standing up as long as you take regular exercise, a British study said Monday, casting doubt on the health benefits of sit-stand work stations. Exeter University and University College London researchers followed more than 5,000 people over a 16-year period and their findings were published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. "Any stationary posture where energy expenditure is low may be detrimental to health, be it sitting or standing," said Melvyn Hillsdon from Exeter's sport and health sciences department.

Lackluster campaign augurs ill for Haiti presidential vote

The record number of candidates to lead the poorest country in the Americas in and of itself is a tell-tale sign of the weakness of the Haitian political fabricPort-au-Prince (AFP) - The legitimacy of the future Haitian president is already compromised two weeks before the vote gets underway, with a lackluster electoral campaign and a very low expected turnout. The record number of candidates to lead the poorest country in the Americas in and of itself is a tell-tale sign of the weakness of the Haitian political fabric. "The political parties only exist when it's time for elections, and the candidates are not mobilizing voters the way they should," a foreign diplomat said, requesting anonymity in order to speak freely on the issue.

Qatar coach cautious as team seeks fifth win

Qatar's manager Jose Daniel Carreno, pictured on May 31, 2015, warns against complacency ahead of his team's 2018 World Cup qualifier against the MaldivesQatar's coach Jose Daniel Carreno warned on Monday against complacency ahead of his team's 2018 World Cup qualifier against the minnows of Maldives. Qatar go into Tuesday's match with four wins from four and sit on top of AFC Group C, five points ahead of their nearest rivals, Hong Kong and China. Having just beaten China last week, a confident Qatar are fully expected to extend their 100 percent record against the Maldives.

Arrests over Air France violence angers unions, left

A man holds a sign reading "No to layoffs, no to subcontracting, no to subsidiarisation, yes to the maintenance of Air France jobs" as employees protest on October 12, 2015, in solidarity with the six detained by policeSix Air France employees were arrested Monday for their role in a violent protest that forced an executive for the struggling airline to flee an angry mob after his shirt was ripped off. The arrests sparked anger from union representatives and leftist politicians. A police source said some of them are union representatives.

Poverty expert Angus Deaton wins Nobel Economics Prize

Goeran K Hansson, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (C) announces Angus Deaton of Britain as the winner of the 2015 Nobel Economics Prize in Stockholm on October 12, 2015US-British microeconomist Angus Deaton won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for groundbreaking work using household surveys to show how consumers, particularly the poor, decide what to buy and how policymakers can help them. "By emphasising the links between individual consumption decisions and outcomes for the whole economy, his work has helped transform modern microeconomics, macroeconomics and development economics," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. More than anyone else, Angus Deaton has enhanced this understanding," it said.

Cameron's EU referendum unsettles some British expatriates in the Spanish sun

British migrants show petanque balls as they play boules at The British Society in Benalmadena, near Malaga, southern SpainBy Sarah Young FUENGIROLA, Spain (Reuters) - For some sun-seeking Britons, a cloud has formed over the whitewashed villages, beach bars and golf courses of Spain - the risk that Britain will drop out of the European Union. Over the last three decades, hundreds of thousands of Britons have used the EU's right to free movement to settle in Spain, drawn by warmer weather, cheaper property and a new life. "It's very scary, I've been here 31 years," said Valerie Luber, 75, a retired British nanny, at a coffee morning held by British-run Age Care in Calahonda on Spain's southern Costa del Sol.

Mozambique plans to turn old ammo depot into nature reserve

In this photo taken Wednesday Oct. 7, 2015 a rat sniffs for explosives while being watched by its handler at the former military depot at Malhazine, a densely populated neighborhood in the Mozambican capital of Maputo. A non-governmental group called APOPO Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development has trained rats to use their powerful sense of smell to detect TNT. The rats were used to help in demining operations in Mozambique and are now searching for old ammunition left over from accidental explosions at Malhazine that killed more than 100 people in 2007. (AP Photo/Ilec Vilanculo)MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Craters lie where concrete bunkers once stood, testament to the powerful explosions that occurred when a Mozambican ammunition depot accidentally blew up in 2007, killing more than 100 people.

Guinea opposition alleges fraud, calls to cancel election

Electoral officials sort out ballot papers at the end of presidential elections in Conakry, Guinea, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Guinea's president and main opposition candidate called for calm Sunday when they voted in the country's presidential election, after days of electoral clashes. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's opposition candidates said Monday they will not recognize provisional results for the country's presidential election, citing fraud, a move the government criticized as systematic.

EU criticizes Russia's military moves in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Saudi's Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud pose for the media after the Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union nations on Monday criticized Russia's military intervention in Syria, with the bloc's top diplomat calling it a worrying "game changer." But EU countries maintained Moscow's efforts wouldn't keep President Bashar Assad in power.

Pope's sex abuse commission taking advice on the road

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' sex abuse commission has begun an important new phase of its work: Bringing the expertise of its members to the developing world where bishops' conferences have lagged behind their English-speaking counterparts in crafting guidelines to prevent abuse and care for survivors.

Saudi king reaffirms commitment to hajj after Iran criticism

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman said Monday that "irresponsible comments" and criticism of the kingdom's management of the hajj will not affect his country's oversight of the annual Islamic pilgrimage.

Swedish police find black flags and beards equal good deeds

HELSINKI (AP) — Alerted by a passer-by that bearded men with a black flag were acting suspiciously at a castle ruins in southern Sweden, police found to their relief that it wasn't a group of Islamic State sympathizers but a meeting of hirsute do-gooders.

AP Interview: EU climate boss says emissions cuts not enough

European Union Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete gestures during an interview with the Associated Press at the Sofitel Hotel in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Europe's climate chief has acknowledged for the first time that climate pledges made by national governments ahead of a major U.N. conference fall short of meeting the goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Europe's climate chief has acknowledged for the first time that climate pledges made by national governments ahead of a major U.N. conference fall short of meeting the international goal of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Rebel cardinals accuse pope of stacking synod cards

Pope Francis waves to worshippers at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, on October 7, 2015Conservative cardinals have accused Pope Francis of stacking the cards against them in an ongoing battle over issues including the Church's approach to gays and to divorced and remarried believers, it emerged Monday. The ostensibly private (but quickly leaked) letter was delivered to the pope by Australian Cardinal George Pell and reportedly signed by peers including the archbishops of Toronto and New York, Thomas Collins and Timothy Dolan, and arch-Vatican conservative Carlo Caffarra, the archbishop of Bologna. A day later, without making any reference to the letter, Francis made an unscheduled intervention in the synod discussions to warn participants not to be taken in by "spiritually unhelpful" conspiracy theories.

U.N. says pushing Russia, U.S. for urgent agreement on Syria

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country. The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides into talks, Staffan de Mistura said, though their differences seem so deep Moscow and Washington may not be able to establish a cohesive steering group of countries with peacemaking clout. De Mistura said intensifying fighting coinciding with Russia's military intervention in Syria made it more urgent to get Syrian government and opposition groups talking.

U.S. forces air drop ammunition to Syrian Arabs: military official

U.S. forces carried out an air drop of small arms ammunition on Sunday to Syrian Arabs in northern Syria, a U.S. military official said on Monday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the air drop of supplies to the opposition fighters was part of a revamped U.S. strategy announced last week to help rebels in Syria battling Islamic State militants.

EU's refugee relocation scheme 'not enough': UN

The head of the UN refugee agency Antonio Guterres (R) meets with people on a road shortly after they arrived with other migrants and refugees by boat on the Greek island of Lesbos on October 11, 2015The European Union's current relocation scheme for refugees is "not enough" to address the scope of the problem, the head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said the current EU scheme to share out 160,000 refugees from Italy and Greece over the next two years had to be broadened and "more legal opportunities" had to be provided to exiles. "You cannot have a technocratic approach to relocation," he told a news conference in Athens.

Netanyahu accuses Arabs of incitement in wave of stabbings

Palestinians run from tear gas during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Recent days have seen a series of stabbing attacks in Israel and the West Bank that have wounded several Israelis. Past weeks have also seen violent demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, and at least 16 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians carried out three stabbings Monday in Jerusalem, leaving a teenage Israeli boy in critical condition, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily accused the country's Arab leaders of helping incite weeks of violence. Two of the attackers, both teenage boys, were killed.

Wash Post slams Iran conviction of reporter, says will appeal

Ali Rezaian looks at a picture of his brother, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, after a news conference at the National Press Club on July 22, 2015 in Washington, DCThe Washington Post on Monday slammed the conviction of its reporter Jason Rezaian in Iran as an "outrageous injustice" and said it was working with his family and lawyer to prepare a quick appeal. A spokesman for Iran's judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie, said the verdict that had been issued could be appealed. "The guilty verdict announced by Iran in the trial of The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian represents an outrageous injustice," the paper's executive editor Martin Baron said in a statement.

'Fiercest clashes' as Syria regime advances with Russian support

Syrian forces celebrate after capturing Atshan village as part of a major ground offensive in central Hama province, on October 11, 2015Syrian troops aided by Russian air strikes fought their fiercest clashes with rebels in weeks on Monday, as Europe's top diplomats demanded that Moscow stop targeting non-jihadist rebels. Meeting in Luxembourg, European Union foreign ministers also said lasting peace in Syria was impossible without a transition from President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Baghdad, meanwhile, said it was trying to confirm reports that Islamic State jihadist group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been wounded in an Iraqi strike on his convoy.

Smartphones lend new dynamic to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Surrounded by Israeli police, Israa Abed holds a knife in one hand and a cellphone in the other before shots ring out and she falls to the ground. The incident, filmed by passersby on their smartphones, has been viewed thousands of times since it was posted online last Friday, one of dozens of such videos encapsulating a new dynamic in what looks like a third Palestinian uprising, or intifada. Four Israelis and 25 Palestinians have died in 12 days of bloodshed partly fueled by Muslim agitation over high-profile Jewish visits to a contested holy site in Jerusalem.

EU on course to lift Belarus sanctions despite vote concerns

By Andrei Makhovsky and Robin Emmott MINSK/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Belarus's election fell short of democratic standards, monitors said on Monday after President Alexander Lukashenko won a fifth term, but Europe still looked set to ease sanctions as France and Germany welcomed a lack of political repression. Moves by Lukashenko, including the pardoning of six opposition figures before the election, suggest Lukashenko could be seeking to improve his image abroad to rely less on his ally Russia, which is under Western sanctions due to the Ukraine conflict. "It is clear that Belarus still has a long way to go towards fulfilling its democratic commitments," said Kent Hasted, head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's observer mission for the election, in a statement.

Israel 'wants third intifida': Palestinian foreign minister

A Palestinian young man burns cardboard during clashes with Israeli security forces who search for the suspected Palestinian killers of a Jewish settler couple on October 6, 2015 in the West Bank city of NablusPalestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki on Monday accused Israel of seeking to spark "a third intifada", as violence again flared in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. "(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu wants to instigate a third intifada. Malki said Netanyahu had committed a "grave mistake" by "violating the status quo" of East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa compound, one of Islam's holiest sites and the holiest site in Judaism.

Resurgent Taliban threaten to overrun another Afghan city

Afghan security forces take position near the main prison building after an attack in Ghazni on September 14, 2015Fighting flared in eastern Afghanistan Monday as Taliban insurgents threatened to storm another provincial capital, two weeks after their lightning capture of northern Kunduz city which marked their biggest military victory in 14 years. The attempt to seize Ghazni city was repelled by Afghan forces but it raised security alarm bells as the resurgent militant group pushes to expand beyond its rural strongholds in the south of the country. The violence, which prompted local shops and schools to close, follows the Taliban's three-day occupation of Kunduz and an attempt by the militants to capture the capital of northern Faryab province.

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