Sunday, September 29, 2013

World News Briefs -- September 29, 2013

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves before boarding a plane at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv (file photo).

Iran To Top Agenda During Netanyahu US Visit -- Voice of America

JERUSALEM — Israel’s leader is coming to the United States, hoping to counter media and diplomatic appearances by Iran’s new president that seemed to improve ties with the West.

Iran will top the agenda for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits the White House on Monday and addresses the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. His visit follows what many commentators called a "charm offensive" in the United States last week by Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani, who is hailed by some in the West as a moderate.

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Syrian air strike targets high school, at least 12 killed.

Syrian violence spills to Lebanese city – Mayor.

Netanyahu to rebut Iran ‘sweet-talk’ in speech to UN.

Deadly suicide bombings hit Iraq. Suicide bomber kills 40 at Iraq mosque.

Rare bombs in Iraqi Kurdistan trigger deadly gun battle.

Egypt proposes Mideast free of destructive weapons.


India PM Singh in 'terror' warning to Pakistan ahead of talks. India, Pakistan PMs seek end to Kashmir tension.

Afghans say Taliban take district HQ in North.

Blast kills dozens in Pakistan's Peshawar. At least 37 killed in Pakistan blast.

Indian FM says Pakistan's military undermines diplomacy.

China hopes U.S., N. Korea to hold direct talks on nuclear standoff.

China opens new trade zone in Shanghai, reform plans unveiled.

60 dead in India building collapse as search ends.


Kenya terror attack: the infighting and chaos that allowed deadly siege to drag on.

Kenya government faces questions over siege. Kenya cabinet was 'warned of Westgate style attack'. Kenya 'At War' with al-Shabab, faces security questions.

Gunmen kill students as they sleep in Nigerian college. Gunmen kill 42 in attack on Nigerian school.

Egypt's Foreign Minister says transitional government phase to end by spring.

Polls close in Guinea's first post-coup parliamentary vote.

Tunisia's ruling Islamists agree to stand down.


Russian court jails 8 more Greenpeace activists.

Portugal govt keeps austerity, despite elections.

Austria's 'grand coalition' projected to win election.

Greece arrests neo-Nazi party leader. Golden Dawn deputy Christos Pappas arrested in Greece.

Italian president hopes to solve political crisis without new vote.

Hundreds rally in Spain protesting the monarchy.

Former German foreign minister latest to face plagiarism charge.

Olympic flame lit ahead of Sochi Winter Games.


House pushes U.S. to the edge of a shutdown.

U.S. spy agency used some Americans' data to map their behavior: NYT.

Mexican president’s agenda enters a decisive phase in push to remake institutions.

Colombia leader rejects Jesse Jackson help in release of U.S. hostage.

Argentina says Iran committed to probing 1994 bombing.

paceX Falcon 9 blasts off from California.


Sinai jihadists release video of recent attacks on Egyptian forces.

Pentagon taking a fresh look at stopping insider attacks.

Shabaab plot to attack London planned to be 'similar to ... Mumbai'.

'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite spied on embassies in South Africa.


France threatens Google over data protection breaches.

Miami's high-end cigar rollers create niche industry for top smokes.

Bill Gates: Ctrl-Alt-Delete was a ‘mistake’.

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