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South Africa remembers Mandela with day of prayers|
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 04:13:19 -0500
By Ed Cropley and Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - With hymns and eulogies, South Africans of all colours and creeds remembered Nelson Mandela in a day of prayers on Sunday, holding him up as an example to build a better nation and world. Mandela, South Africa's first black president who steered his nation out of apartheid and into multi-race democracy, died late on Thursday at the age of 95 after months of illness. Since then, Africa's economic powerhouse has been gripped by an outpouring of emotion unrivalled since Mandela's release from 27 years of prison in 1990. At the cavernous Regina Mundi church in Soweto, South Africa's largest Catholic Church, hundreds of mourners, young and old, gathered to pray for Mandela and the nation's future.
Sleet, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 04:02:37 -0500
WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful storm system that spread hazardous snow, sleet and freezing rain widely across the nation's midsection rumbled toward the densely populated Eastern seaboard on Sunday, promising more of the same.
South Africans hold day of prayer for Mandela
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 04:00:57 -0500
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans flocked to houses of worship for a national day of prayer and reflection to honor former President Nelson Mandela, starting planned events that will culminate in what is expected to be one of the biggest funerals in modern times.
Survivors recall Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:53:13 -0500
SKorea announces expanded air defense zone
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:42:35 -0500
US vet Merrill Newman, 85, home from North Korea
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:42:31 -0500
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A tired but smiling 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to pillars outside his home and the warm embrace of his family.
No. 24 Fresno St beats Utah St 24-17 for MW title
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:38:25 -0500
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — All the records and accolades Derek Carr earned became secondary in a sea of red at Bulldog Stadium when fans poured out of the stands to celebrate a long-awaited conference championship.
Activists say US trying to railroad Pacific trade pact
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:36:01 -0500
Activists accused the United States on Sunday of trying to railroad a new Pacific trade pact with 11 partners as their trade ministers entered a second day of secretive talks. The meetings, due to end Tuesday, are a last-gasp attempt to meet a year-end US deadline to forge a deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would cover 40 percent of the world's economy even though it currently excludes China. International activists opposed to the TPP -- and corporate lobbyists including those supporting the pact -- have also descended on Singapore to try to push their cases. "The TPP, which is being negotiated behind closed doors by trade bureaucrats and nearly 600 corporate lobbyists, has provoked political uproar because its text has been kept secret from lawmakers in the countries it covers," global advocacy group Avaaz said in a statement.
Indian heartland votes give BJP boon over Congress
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:32:05 -0500
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's main Hindu nationalist party appeared to make strong political gains in four heartland states Sunday, as preliminary results showed the ruling Congress party sidelined in a race seen as a test before next year's general election.
S. Korea declares expanded air defence zone in disputed area
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:23:47 -0500
South Korea Sunday declared an expanded air defence zone that overlaps with one announced by China and covers a submerged rock disputed by the two countries, as tensions rise over competing territorial claims. The defence ministry said its new zone, which will take effect on December 15, would cover Ieodo -- a rock in waters off its south coast which China calls Suyan. The airspace above the Seoul-controlled rock -- long a source of tension between South Korea and China -- is also covered by Chinese and Japanese air defence zones. China heightened tensions last month when it unilaterally declared an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, in which foreign planes are supposed to file flight plans with Beijing.
England heading for defeat in second Test
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:07:32 -0500
Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Beleaguered England survived their first full day of resistance Sunday but the prospect of another heavy defeat loomed large heading into the final day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. At the close, England were fighting hard at 247 for six with Matt Prior on 31 and Stuart Broad not out 22. They trailed Australia by 284 runs. England had a minor triumph when they passed 200 for the first time in four innings in the series, but defeat looked inevitable after losing the first Gabba Test by 381 runs.
FSU rolls, OSU upset, Auburn heads to title game
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 03:06:36 -0500
South Africa unites in prayer and song for Mandela
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:46:45 -0500
South Africans crowded into churches, mosques, temples and synagogues on Sunday to remember Nelson Mandela, encouraged by their president to celebrate a life that transcended race and religion. The nationwide day of prayer marked the formal start of a week-long state funeral for the man who forged a new multi-racial South Africa from the discredited remnants of the apartheid era he helped to dismantle. In the Regina Mundi Catholic church in the once blacks-only township of Soweto, parish priest Sebastian Rossouw called Mandela "a light in the darkness" and praised his capacity for "humility and forgiveness". "He fought for us then, now he needs to rest," said Olga Mbeke, 60, who was born in Soweto.
Ukraine opposition hopes for million-strong protest
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:43:02 -0500
Ukraine's opposition hoped Sunday to muster a million-strong rally in a new push to wring concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych in a bitter confrontation over a rejected EU pact. Yanukovych's decision to drop political and free trade agreements with the EU in favour of tighter Russian ties and a crackdown on an opposition rally plunged the ex-Soviet nation into its worst political crisis in a decade. The president incensed the opposition and its supporters further by discussing the signing of a strategic partnership treaty with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday. Opposition leaders said Saturday that they would not sit down for talks with Yanukovych unless he dismissed the government, released arrested protesters and punished riot police officers for crushing an opposition rally last week.
As wine fakers get sharper, industry fights back
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:41:50 -0500
SAINT-EMILION, France (AP) — An FBI agent recently showed Arnaud de Laforcade a file with several labels supposedly from 1947 bottles of Chateau Cheval Blanc, one of France's finest wines. To the Saint-Emilion vineyard's CFO, they were clearly fakes — too new looking, not on the right kind of paper.
Thai PM proposes referendum on her future as protesters prepare big push
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:11:49 -0500
By Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra proposed a referendum on her future on Sunday and promised to resign if that was what the people wanted, as anti-government protesters prepared for a final push to force her from power. Protesters have been on the streets of the capital for weeks, clashing with police and vowing to oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of her self-exiled brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The leader of the anti-government protesters, Suthep Thaugsuban, a former deputy prime minister of the pro-establishment Democrat Party, has called for a final demonstration on Monday to force Yingluck out. Yingluck said in a televised statement her government was searching for ways to end the conflict.
Al Qaeda thrives in Yemen amid weak security, stalled dialogue
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:03:42 -0500
By Yara Bayoumy MANAMA (Reuters) - Brazen al Qaeda attacks on top government targets in Yemen are unlikely to abate while security services remain divided, ill-equipped and infiltrated by militants, and efforts to repair the country's fractured political life remain stalled. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), an offshoot of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is among the most active arms of the global jihadi network and wants to topple the government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law. "This demonstrates the seriousness of ... terrorist attacks, it demonstrates that al Qaeda obviously has planners, and executors and capabilities," Yemen's Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi told Reuters on the sidelines of a security conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Islamist insurgents took advantage of the chaos of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's overthrow after months of mass protests in 2011 to seize several southern cities, but were driven out in a government offensive a year later aided by U.S. drone strikes.
No. 10 Michigan St. shocks No. 2 Ohio St. 34-24
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:50:51 -0500
1 month on, progress in Philippine typhoon zone
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:35:59 -0500
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The government is back at work, and markets are laden with fruits, pork, fish and bread. Shredded trees are sprouting new leaves. Above all, the sounds of a city getting back on its feet fill the air: the roar of trucks hauling debris, the scrape of shovel along pavement, the ping of hammer on nails.
Sporting capture second MLS Cup title|
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:34:21 -0500
Aurelien Collin scored the eventual winner as Sporting Kansas City beat Real Salt Lake 7-6 in a shootout to capture their second Major League Soccer Cup in franchise history. The clubs remained even into the decisive 10th round of the shootout when Collin, who scored the 1-1 equalizer in the 76th minute of regulation, scored to give the hosts the lead in front of a crowd of 21,650 at Sporting Park. Substitute Lovel Palmer stepped to the spot for Real Salt Lake needing to score to keep his club alive. Real Salt Lake had the better of the play to open the second half and took the lead in the 52nd minute.
French troops pour into Central Africa after deadly clashes
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:27:48 -0500
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - French troops deployed in the strife-torn Central African Republic on Saturday, while the African Union said it would nearly double its force to try to stamp out deadly sectarian violence. Cheering residents honked horns, danced and banged on saucepans as some 200 French troops rolled into the mainly Christian town of Bouar in the west of the country. The communal violence, which has terrorised rural towns for months, flared in the capital Bangui on Thursday, leaving at least 300 dead in a wave of attacks, the Red Cross said. Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia declared a three-day period of mourning from Sunday for the victims.
China exports power ahead on demand from US, Europe
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:13:32 -0500
China's exports grew much more strongly than expected in November, official figures showed Sunday, as a rebound in overseas shipments gained strength on demand from the United States and Europe. Exports increased 12.7 percent to $202.2 billion from November last year, the General Administration of Customs said -- compared with a forecast of seven percent in a poll of 11 economists by the Wall Street Journal reported by Dow Jones Newswires. Imports were up 5.3 percent year-on-year to $168.4 billion, with China's November trade surplus expanding to $33.8 billion from $31.1 billion in October. The surprisingly strong exports data came after overseas shipments expanded 5.6 percent in October following a decline of 0.3 percent in September.
Winston leads No. 1 FSU over No. 20 Duke 45-7
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:11:58 -0500
Snow, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:30:56 -0500
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.
Few heirs apparent to Mandela's symbol of freedom
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:30:54 -0500
The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression — and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela's iconic power.
Mason, No. 3 Auburn beat No. 5 Missouri 59-42
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:18:53 -0500
Venezuelan president faces first electoral test
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:14:01 -0500
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro faces his first electoral test since being elected nearly eight months ago, as Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday to judge his government's response to their nation's mounting economic troubles.
Venezuelans vote in local polls that test Chavez legacy
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:10:44 -0500
By Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans vote in municipal elections on Sunday that are the biggest political test yet for President Nicolas Maduro as he tries to halt an economic slide and preserve the radical socialist legacy of his late mentor Hugo Chavez. The outcome of the ballots to choose 337 mayors and 2,523 councilors will be seen as a sign of Maduro's strength, nine months after Chavez died from cancer and he narrowly beat opposition leader Henrique Capriles to win the presidency.
US rescuers to suspend search for stranded whales
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:10:25 -0500
Rescuers involved in the search for 40 pilot whales still stranded in Florida said they will suspend their operations Sunday after failing to spot the animals via air and sea. The mysterious mass stranding in a remote area off the US state of Florida's Everglades National Park was first reported on Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which led the search, said Saturday it could no longer see the whales, whose fate has been unknown since Friday. "We are standing down operations tomorrow (Sunday)," NOAA Fisheries said on its Twitter account.
Today in History
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:01:28 -0500
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year.
Cardinal beat ASU 38-14 in Pac-12 title game
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:55:57 -0500
Chara scores winner as Bruins beat Pens 3-2
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:25:09 -0500
Greek lawmakers approve tough budget for 2014
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:50:13 -0500
Greece's parliament approved a tough budget for next year, aimed at ending the country's deep recession, despite continued differences on fiscal policy with the country's international creditors. The coalition government, which enjoys a narrow majority in the 300-seat chamber, scraped through with 153 deputies backing the 2014 budget in a late evening vote. The budget measures included a further 3.1 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in spending cuts from an economy already suffering from successive austerity measures. The move came as Greece's troika of international creditors -- the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund -- announced they had delayed until January their next trip to Athens.
New consoles, online games to keep market soaring to 2017
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:49:37 -0500
The global video gaming market is set to grow 11.1 percent a year until 2017, boosted by a new generation of consoles and the increasing popularity of online games, according to IDATE digital research and consultancy firm. Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft, which are jostling for control of the gaming market, have each released the latest versions of their consoles ahead of the Christmas shopping season. The wave of new devices is expected to keep the market buoyant until 2017, IDATE said. Home consoles like Sony's PlayStation or Microsoft's Xbox, which make up 31 percent of the market today, are expected to have a 40 percent share of the total market in 2017.
Mexico energy reform eyes big opening for private capital
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:17:48 -0500
Approval of the bill presented in the Senate would mark the end of the decades-long oil and gas monopoly held by state-run giant Pemex, which is struggling to reverse a sharp slide in oil output due to years of chronic under-investment. The bill, which would keep ownership of oil in state hands, is at the center of a package of economic reforms that President Enrique Pena Nieto hopes will re-energize Latin America's second-largest economy after years of lagging its peers. Furthermore, companies will not be allowed to book oil reserves on their balance sheets. It also goes well beyond the proposal made by Pena Nieto in August, which was limited to profit-sharing contracts.
Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 21:58:38 -0500
Scottish singer Susan Boyle revealed on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Boyle, a 52-year-old church volunteer who became a global singing sensation, told Britain's Observer newspaper she had been diagnosed a year ago and spoke of her relief after years of bullying for her learning difficulties.
The right stuff: What makes a hero?
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 21:49:33 -0500
For US President Barack Obama and millions of people around the world, Nelson Mandela was a hero. But what are heroes? And will there be another Mandela, or is he the last of a breed? In more modern times, the term came to describe mere mortals credited with exceptional qualities, such as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill or Martin Luther King.
Greek parliament approves 2014 budget plan
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:40:34 -0500
By Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a budget plan on Saturday filled with over 3 billion euros of austerity cuts that sees the debt-laden country emerging from a six-year recession next year. "This is a historic day," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told lawmakers, calling the 2014 plan a budget of recovery and hope. "People's sacrifices bore fruit and changed the course of the country." Outside parliament, an anti-austerity rally called by the country's largest labour unions drew only a few hundred people, a shadow of former demonstrations where tens of thousands took to the streets of Athens to protest the belt-tightening. A total of 153 lawmakers voted in favour of the 2014 budget plan in the 300-seat house.
Sporting KC tops Real Salt Lake for MLS Cup
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:40:01 -0500
Woods maintains two-shot World Challenge lead
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 20:38:09 -0500
Thousand Oaks (United States) (AFP) - Tiger Woods's even-par 72 was enough to give the tournament host the third-round lead on a blustery day at the $3.5 million World Challenge. A day after the 14-time major champion hit every green in regulation en route to a majestic 10-under par 62 that equaled his own Sherwood Country Club course record, Woods found the going tougher on a day that started in cold rain and ended with the sun shining and a chilly, unpredictable wind whipping. Bubba Watson was alone in third after a 69 for 209.