Wednesday, August 31, 2011

World News Briefs -- August 31, 2011 (Evening Edition)

Gaddafi Sons Differ Over Libya Conflict -- Al Jazeera

Saif al-Islam vows to fight on in new message while brother Saadi says he is seeking negotiations to end bloodshed.

Toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam has vowed to continue resistance, while his brother Saadi Gaddafi has offered to surrender, Reuters news agency reported.

"We would like to tell our people that we are well and good. The leader [Muammar Gaddafi] is fine. We have more than 20,000 armed youths and we are ready to fight. I tell our men to strike back against the rats," Saif is quoted as saying on the pro-Gaddafi al-Rai television station.

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Syrian security forces shoot dead protesters at start of Eid. Syrian activists say troops raid central city.

Sarkozy: Iranian nuclear bid could provoke attack.

EU reaches deal to expand Syria sanctions.

Yemen Defense Minister escapes blast: Military.

Iran invites Libya rebel chief to Tehran.

Khamenei warns of security risk for Iran elections.

Israel trains settlers to confront Palestinian protest.


Australian court rules out refugee exchange deal.

China says attacks thwarted as Pakistan President visits Xinjiang.

Afghan Taliban victory predicted in letter. August deadliest for U.S. troops in Afghan War.

Filipino militant warns of post-Ramadan attacks.

Australia condemns 'irresponsible' Wikileaks cable leak.


UN shelves Libya military observer plan.

Libyan leader's son vows no surrender to rebels. Son denies rebels’ claim that Qaddafi is cornered. Informants and phone taps seen key in hunt for Gaddafi. Qaddafi loyalists reject rebel ultimatum. Qaddafi regime rejects Libyan rebels' ultimatum to surrender. Rebels say time running out for Gadhafi as crisis mounts in Tripoli. Rebels: End is near for Gadhafi regime.

African leaders refuse to recognize the rebel authority in Libya.

Black farmers in South Africa selling farms back to whites in failure of land reform.

Violence at Malema hearing shows divide within South Africa's ANC.

Sudan still waging war in Nuba amid accusations of war crimes. Catastrophe looms in Southern Kordofan, rights groups say.


Analysis: Exxon deal sets stage for Putin return to Kremlin.

Germany rules out nuclear for backup power.

Ukraine general claims ex-president Kuchma 'ordered reporter's murder'.

At least seven killed in Chechnya suicide attacks. Police say three bombers behind Chechnya attack.

EU police launch operation in Kosovo's tense north.

UK plunges into debt danger zone after Labour's 10-year borrowing binge, says finance watchdog.


After Irene, a US political storm brews over aid.

Irene floods in North Carolina and New York 'disaster'. Hurricane Irene by the numbers: state by state damage reports.

Security on rise nationwide for 9/11 anniversary.

One in five US Muslims knows of extremist support in community.

Ex-military chiefs convicted for Bolivia crackdown.

Guatemala's murder rate down, despite talk of 'failed state'.

ATF chief removed over border gun scandal.


Osama bin Laden raid: last minute intelligence check raised doubts.

Family of dying Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi beg Scotland to send medication.

Drones kill another irreplaceable’ al-Qaida leader.

German Islamist terrorist confesses and blames fake jihad rape video for inspiring his crime.

Inside the spy unit that NYPD says doesn't exist.


China telecom may be next up for Apple iPhone.

Exxon Mobil clinches Arctic oil deal with Rosneft.

Office raid deals new blow to BP in Russia.

Some U.S. firms paid more to CEOs than taxes: study.

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