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New $9.15B Airport for Mexico City to Quadruple Passenger Capacity

1 hour 58 min ago
Mexico plans a new $9.15 billion international airport which will eventually handle 120 million passengers a year, quadrupling the congested current hub's capacity, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Tuesday. In his annual state-of-the-nation address, Pena Nieto said the new Mexico City airport would have six runways, as Reuters reported in June, up from the two the current airport has. It could eventually surpass the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, Georgia, which handled...

Kyiv: Russian Troops Spotted at 10 Sites Inside Ukraine

2 hours 6 min ago
Ukraine says Russian troops have been spotted at 10 locations in Ukrainian territory, including two major cities controlled by pro-Russian rebels seeking autonomy from Ukrainian rule. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Russia is continuing to concentrate soldiers and military hardware in six areas in the Donetsk region, including Donetsk city and Luhansk. Lysenko - speaking Tuesday - also said 15 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fighting in the east since early...

Pentagon: Attack Targeted Al-Shabab Leader

2 hours 10 min ago
U.S. defense officials confirm reports that leader of the terrorist group al-Shabab was the target of recent attack in Somalia. Carla Babb has more.

Venezuelan Socialist Party Swaps God for Chavez in New Prayer

2 hours 46 min ago
A member of Venezuela's Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the classic Christian "Lord's Prayer" to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism. "Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates," red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress. "Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere....

Tropical Storms Bear Down on Mexico From Both Coasts

3 hours 5 min ago
Two separate tropical storms closed in on Mexico from both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on Tuesday, risking a double hit on the country a year after a pair of storms converged to cause major flooding that killed over 100 people. Tropical Storm Dolly, which formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico early Tuesday, is likely to strengthen slightly in the next 24 hours until it reaches the mainland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The severe weather has already forced the...

Obama Seeks to Reassure NATO Allies on Ukraine

3 hours 33 min ago
U.S. President Barack Obama has left Washington on a four-day European trip aimed at reassuring NATO allies of active U.S. support, as regional tensions over Russia's role in Ukraine continue to rise. Obama will hold a full day of talks Wednesday in the Estonian capital with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The meetings in Tallinn, 200 kilometers from the Russian border, come in response to mounting concerns about Russian military involvement in Ukraine and possible...

C.A.R. Elections Likely to Be Delayed by Turmoil

3 hours 48 min ago
Elections set for February in Central African Republic to consummate a democratic transition after a March 2013 coup will probably be delayed because of persisting insecurity, the deputy head of the interim parliament said on Tuesday. The northern half of the country is occupied by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance, which briefly seized power last year. The Seleka withdrew from the capital and the rest of the south early this year in the face of attacks by Christian...

US: More Israeli Settlements Would Send Troubling Message

4 hours 6 min ago
The United States is urging Israel to reverse its decision to declare a large part of the West Bank "state land" for more possible settlements, saying it would send a very troubling message. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday more Jewish settlements in territory Palestinians want for a future state are contrary to Israel's stated goal of a peace deal with the Palestinians. Psaki said the United States stresses to both sides its strong opposition to any...

White House Looks to Stem Corporate Tax 'Inversions'

4 hours 17 min ago
The White House says it has no timeline for executive action on so-called corporate inversion deals in which companies are essentially renouncing their U.S. headquarters to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. However, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday that if Congress refuses to act, the Obama administration is looking at possible options to respond to the problem of "corporate deserters." Some American companies are buying foreign companies to...

US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

4 hours 45 min ago
Hong Kong citizens living in New York are calling on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory. At a press conference in New York late Monday, participants said they want to draw attention to what they say is a fight for true universal suffrage in Hong Kong. Anna Yeung-Cheung, associate biology professor at Manhattanville College, said a number of Chinese living in North America have sent an open letter to the governments in Washington...

Large Chinese Lanterns Make California Appearance

4 hours 56 min ago
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in new styles at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California.    When the sun sets, and visitors step through the red gates lit with light, they enter a world of illumination, satin and steel.  The lantern exhibit at the county fair is called Luminasia.  Many visitors who expected to see traditional lanterns were caught off guard by creations of fish, frogs and even the Statue of Liberty.  Event...

Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

5 hours 7 min ago
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.

AU Leaders Seek Fund to Fight Militants

5 hours 28 min ago
African leaders proposed on Tuesday creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria. African Union (AU) states announced the idea after Nairobi talks on a problem highlighted on Tuesday by capture of a town in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants. Fighting killed scores of people, according to security forces, and sent at least 5,000 fleeing. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, where al-Shabab gunmen last September killed 67...

Experts: Rise of Islamic State Significant Development in Jihadism

5 hours 43 min ago
The Islamic State’s rise seems sudden. It caught the U.S. by suprise this summer when it captured large portions of northern Iraq and spread its wings in neighboring Syria. But many analysts contend that the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years.  Even before U.S. forces left Iraq in 2011, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) was forging a professional military force, stoking Sunni unrest, mounting brutal bombing campaigns - and barbaric...

African Union Warns Lesotho Over Political Crisis

5 hours 45 min ago
The African Union (AU) warned leaders in Lesotho’s coalition administration that the organization has zero tolerance for the forceful removal of governments on the continent. Lesotho's prime minister asked that peacekeepers be sent to his country following an apparent coup attempt over the weekend. AU Deputy Chairman Erastus Mwencha said the organization is monitoring the ongoing peace negotiations between rival groups in the Lesotho government, currently being mediated by South...

Yemen's Houthis Reject Government Move to Quell Protests

5 hours 45 min ago
Yemen's president dismissed his government on Tuesday, proposed a national unity administration and suggested reinstating fuel subsidies, government sources said, in moves to quell weeks of unrest by a rebel movement. But the Houthis, a Shi'ite Muslim group that had massed tens of thousands of supporters in the capital Sana'a with camps set up near the Interior Ministry, rejected the compromise proposals by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The impasse raises fears of...

Israel Concerned Over Syrian Rebels in Golan

6 hours 46 min ago
Israeli officials are following with concern the recent fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces near the contested Golan Heights. Forty-four U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been seized by Syrian Islamist rebels and the clashes occasionally have spilled into Israel. Tensions in the Golan Heights have been heightened by the advances of Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.   The seizure of U.N. peacekeepers by the Islamist...

New Sickle Cell Test Could Be Lifesaver in Developing World

6 hours 51 min ago
A new low-cost, rapid blood test for sickle cell anemia could someday save the lives of thousands children in developing countries. An estimated 300,000 children are born with the genetic blood disorder each year in Africa alone. It causes affected red cells to form into a sickle shape, clogging blood vessels. Researchers say more than 50 percent of children under age five die of complications of sickle cell disease while awaiting diagnosis and treatment. Writing in the journal...

WFP Reports Record Aid Deliveries to Syria

7 hours 20 min ago
The World Food Program says it distributed U.N. humanitarian food aid to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria in August due to improved access. The deliveries follow the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution allowing WFP aid to enter opposition-held areas without the approval of the Syrian government. Earlier Tuesday, Fiji's military commander said al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria have made a set of demands they want fulfilled before they released a group of 45 Fijian...

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