Exclusive: Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N.
23 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. The proposal to sanction Bozize, in particular, was due to his "engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of CAR," according to an eight-page letter to the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee on Central African Republic, which was obtained by Reuters. The sanctioning of Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, and two other individuals was to have taken effect on Tuesday, but first Russia and then China raised last-minute objections, diplomats said.
Pentagon dossier to detail secretive U.S. Afghan detainee policy
23 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Several have been linked to al Qaeda. As the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan winds down, the White House will soon provide Congress a dossier on about 50 non-Afghan detainees in a U.S. military prison north of Kabul. Their uncertain fate presents sensitive security and legal problems for the Obama administration in an echo of Guantanamo Bay.
Soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq
23 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But then-Staff Sgt. Michael Barbera took a knee, leveled his rifle and killed them — from nearly 200 yards away, a former fellow soldier said Wednesday at a preliminary hearing in the case.
US soldier accused of killing teens in Iraq
23 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington (AP) — Two unarmed Iraqi brothers posed no threat as they herded cattle in a palm grove where a U.S. Army reconnaissance team was hidden one day seven years ago. But a sergeant kneeled, leveled his rifle and killed them anyway — from nearly 200 yards(meters) away, a former fellow soldier said Wednesday as a preliminary hearing opened in the case.
'1,000 days of summer': An ex-stock broker travels around the world on $10 a day
23 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name
23 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
Encircled and alone, Lebanese village braces for Syrian assault
23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
Residents of a tiny, isolated village in eastern Lebanon are bracing for a feared incursion by Syrian troops and Hezbollah, with nowhere to flee because their only escape route has been sealed off. An estimated 5,000 Syrian refugees and suspected rebel fighters have fled to Tfail from the adjacent Qalamoun region of Syria, which the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recently wrested from rebel control. Surrounded to the north, east, and south by Syrian territory and to the west by mountains under the control of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Tfail's Sunni residents nervously await the future. Hezbollah closed all routes into Tfail in the past year, and a week ago the village was shelled by the Syrian Army, wounding several people and damaging houses.
US man charged with violating Iran export ban
23 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with U.S. prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm.
U.S. soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case granted name change
23 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning's name is legally changed to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning, according to the decision handed down by Leavenworth County District Judge David King. Manning will be issued a new birth certificate to reflect the name change.
First lady announces one-stop job site for vets
23 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine.
Defense Logistics Agency completes mission in Iraq
23 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
FORT BELVOIR, Va., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American forces left Iraq more than two years ago, but the Defense Logistics Agency's job there is just now ending. On May 15, the agency will stop providing supplies to the State Department officials who assumed responsibility for U.S. operations in Iraq on Dec. 31, 2011. DLA agreed to supply food, fuel and disposal services until the State Department established its own contract, which was awarded in July 2013. "The new vendor has come on board in phases, and DLA has been gradually transferring logistics support to the new vendor since early this year," said Navy Capt. Jim Liberko, who served six months as commander of the DLA support team in Kuwait, which supports everything in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility except Afghanistan.
Man United's brand strength softens blow of slump
23 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
Older Army Recruits Signal Weak Youth Labor Market
23 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
Army recruits are getting older, with fewer going straight from high school to boot camp. Since the early 1990s, the percentage of Army recruits signing on the dotted line immediately after receiving their high school diplomas has declined from 65 percent to 44 percent, according to a report today from the RAND Corporation. About one-third of RAND’s 5,373 survey respondents who delayed enlisting in the Army said no jobs were available to them in the civilian world, while almost 50 percent said their employment situations offered little in terms of career advancement. “For these older recruits, the Army provided a second chance,” said Bernard Rostker, the report’s lead author.
Saudi announces 11 new MERS infections
23 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced 11 new cases of MERS, including a 13-year-old child, as its acting health minister vowed to keep the public better informed about the coronavirus. The new cases bring to 272 the total number of MERS infections, including 81 deaths, registered across the kingdom -- worst hit by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which was first detected in eastern Saudi Arabia in September 2012. Most of the latest cases are in Riyadh and the commercial hub Jeddah, with one case in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, visited each year by millions of pilgrims from around the world. Three of the new infections were of health workers, while a 13-year-old Saudi girl is among cases recorded in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.
Iran prison chief replaced after alleged beatings
23 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
Iran said on Wednesday it had replaced the country's prisons chief amid an uproar over alleged beating of political prisoners last week in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison Families of the dozens of political prisoners held there have been protesting outside parliament and the presidential complex and the issue came up in the legislature on Wednesday. The prison incident last Thursday drew attention to human rights in the Islamic republic at a time the new reformist President Hassan Rouhani struggles to show a gentler face for his country and dispel suspicions about its nuclear program. The semi-official Fars news agency carried an official announcement that prison chief Gholam-Hossein Esmaeeli had been switched to another job in the judiciary. Under Iran's constitution, the president's authority does not extend over the prison system and past efforts to influence decisions in the conservative-dominated judiciary have failed.
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