Monday, September 30, 2013

World News Briefs -- September 30, 2013 (Evening Edition)

Obama Blames House GOP For Imminent Shutdown -- USA Today

President Obama blamed an imminent government shutdown on House Republicans Monday, and said his health care plan is "moving forward" despite GOP efforts to de-fund it.

"You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job," Obama said.

Obama said Congress has two responsibilities: Passing a budget and -- in a reference to the upcoming battle over the debt ceiling -- pay the government's bills, and the Republicans are shirking both.

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Syria at U.N. compares militant onslaught to 9/11 attacks.

U.N. chemical weapons inspectors leave Syria.

More rebel groups reject Syrian opposition coalition - statement.

Syria conflict: Neighbours plead for international help. With Syria’s neighbours ‘stretched to the limit,’ UN refugee chief urges greater support.

Iranian President Rohani orders study of possible Iran-US flights.

Car bombs kill 54 in Shi'ite districts of Baghdad.

Militants seize army base in Yemen, kill three soldiers.

Netanyahu to Obama - Tighten sanctions if Iran defies West.

Iran nuclear deal could be reached in months: Kerry.

Bahrain unrest: 50 Shia Muslims sentenced to up to 15 years.

Turkish PM unveils reforms after summer of protests.

Turkey frustrated over stalled EU membership bid.


4 killed in U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan.

Powerful typhoon hits Vietnam.

Muslims in hiding in Myanmar after sectarian strife flares.

US Defense Chief: North Korea watching world deal with Syria.

India, Pakistan leaders say they want better ties but reach no concrete agreements. Pakistan-India talks in New York get muted response back home.

Japan PM open to talks - not concessions - with China.

Pakistan condemns latest drone strike in North Waziristan.

Philippines says Zamboanga crisis 'over'.

Australian PM says "united" with Indonesia on migrants.


Smash 'n grab: Big looting during Kenya mall siege.

Kenyan anti-tank rocket ended Westgate siege: soldiers.

Kenya's Westgate siege: Number of missing reduced to 39.

Egyptian jihadist group claims shooting attacks on 'apostates' and 'criminals'.

Mali: 'MNLA rebels' attack soldiers in Kidal. Suicide bombers target northern Mali military camp. Mali soldiers fight Tuareg separatists.

France seeks permanent victory in Mali.

Faced with protests, Sudan's al-Bashir digs in against calls for reform. Sudan protesters call for president Omar al-Bashir to step down.


Exclusive: Vatican Bank likely to close embassy accounts after Iran, Iraq red flags.

Paris prosecutor's office opens investigation into fortune of Syrian president's uncle.

Europe’s record jobless rate seen resisting recovery.

Eurozone inflation falls to lowest rate in three years.

German coalition talks could last into January.

Austria election: 'Grand coalition' can rule again.

Silvio Berlusconi calls for fresh Italian elections 'as soon as possible'.

Russia accuses Greenpeace activists of posing a threat to platform personnel. Russian court orders all Greenpeace activists to stay in jail.

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to become saints.

Spaniard apologises over Gibraltar 'invasion' video.


10 things affected by the US shutdown.

US government shutdown looms as Congress fights over spending bill – live.

Senate set to defeat Obamacare delay as government shutdown looms.

Danger to US economy worries experts weighing potential government shutdown, default.

Rising Peronist ready to challenge Fernández.

Venezuela says it expelling three U.S. diplomats for 'stirring violence'.

Venezuela's Sabaneta jail search yields weapons arsenal.

Canadians on hunger strike in Egyptian jail claim they were beaten.

US police obtaining military vehicles to aid hunt for criminals.

Report: Homegrown terrorist plots have surged since 2009.

Cuba athletes 'to keep foreign cash'.


Competition between Islamist militants may fuel big attacks.

Africa desert helps breed radicals, from Al Shabab to Boko Haram to Mr. Marlboro.

Terrorists used new tactic to spare some Muslims.

Qaeda plot leak has undermined U.S. intelligence.


Apple unseats Coca-Cola as World's No. 1 brand of 2013.

Google UK paid £11.2m in corporate tax.

Analysis: New trial for Boeing as Norwegian demands 787 repairs.

US shares hit by the threat of a shutdown.

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