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Texas Gov. Perry assembles high-powered legal team

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he is fighting a criminal indictment with the law on his side — not to mention a team of high-powered attorneys with formidable records in big cases.


US won't reveal records on health website security

WASHINGTON (AP) — After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.


New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a new report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists.

Obama struggles to find his role after Brown death

WASHINGTON (AP) — When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed.


Police mistrust still prevalent years later

WASHINGTON (AP) — For one night, all was well in Ferguson, Missouri. After a change in police command, violent protests decrying the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson suddenly gave way to peaceful demonstrations.


Afghan Sikhs in airless container for 18 hours: translator

The Sikh families found in a shipping container in Britain were fleeing persecution in Afghanistan and had been trapped in darkness without fresh air for 18 hours, their translator said. The group, discovered at Tilbury Docks, east of London, feared they would have all died had they remained inside for a further 20 minutes, Kamaljit Singh Mataharu, a Punjabi-speaking local man called in by the police to translate, said on Monday. One 40-year-old man did die and his children, aged nine and 12, were in the container with him, said Mataharu. The container had crossed the North Sea on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.


Tear gas fired at crowd in US protest

Police fired tear gas Monday to break up a crowd of demonstrators in this Missouri town where a black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer nine days ago. They then let lose with a volley of tear gas just after 11 pm (0400 GMT), sending the crowd -- smaller than the one that clashed with police on Sunday -- scurrying. The standoff occurred near the residential street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a local police officer in this St Louis suburb.


Hollande faces host of headaches on return from holiday

President Francois Hollande faces a mountain of problems when French political life restarts after the long summer holidays. The government on Wednesday will hold its first cabinet meeting of what is known as the political "rentree," or return from holidays, just a week after the finance minister admitted the economy had "broken down," with zero growth over the past six months. Prime Minister Manuel Valls had already warned the autumn months would be "difficult," with France's unemployment at a record high and the European Union increasingly worried about the country's budget deficit. "We have growth that is far too weak, in France and in Europe," complained Valls after a meeting with Hollande to prepare the ground for September.


Getty photographer detained, released in Ferguson

confirmed the arrest of one of its photographers covering the unrest in a Missouri town where a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager. In a caption with a photograph showing the arrest of Scott Olson, the agency said he was being "placed in a paddy wagon after being arrested by police as he covers the demonstration following the shooting death of Michael Brown." did not say why Olson was detained. " condemns Scott's arrest and is committed to ensuring that he and our other photographer colleagues are able to report this important story," said Pancho Bernasconi, Getty's vice president of news.


Texas' Perry to fight indictment, casting shadow on possible 2016 run

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry will vigorously fight a two-count felony indictment returned by a state grand jury last week charging him with abuse of power, his lawyers said on Monday, calling the prosecution "outrageous." The indictment has cast a shadow over Perry's possible bid for the Republican presidential nomination, with experts predicting that legal wrangling in the case is likely to stretch into the 2016 election cycle. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated prominent Texas Republicans.


Ban on low-flying aircraft over Ferguson extended

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has extended a ban on flights operating below 3,000 feet over Ferguson, Missouri, for a week "to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities."

Washington, Damascus at odds in fight against IS

Washington and Damascus are "not on the same page" in the fight against their common enemy the Islamic State, whose militants have declared a "caliphate" straddling swathes of Iraq and Syria, US officials said Monday. The United States has been battling IS insurgents just over the Syrian border in Iraq with a series of air strikes that began on August 8. While acknowledging that Syria and the United States shared a common enemy, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the two have yet to share common ground.


Australia tycoon blasts Chinese government 'mongrels'

Outspoken Australian tycoon Clive Palmer has labelled the Chinese government "mongrels" who "shoot their own people" in a televised tirade that was criticised by Canberra Tuesday as "hugely damaging". The billionaire politician, who was elected to parliament last year as head of the Palmer United Party and is known for rebuilding a replica of the Titanic, also called the Chinese "bastards" who "want to take over this country". The flamboyant mining baron is locked in a long-running dispute over royalties and port operations with Hong Kong-based Citic Pacific over its Sino Iron magnetite project, a partnership with China's state-owned Metallurgical Group Corporation. The mogul denies the allegations and told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's live Q&A current affairs panel discussion late Monday that he was "owed about Aus$500 million by the Communist Chinese government".


Pakistan's capital on edge after Khan threat

Islamabad braced for possible clashes on Tuesday after opposition politician Imran Khan pledged to lead his supporters in a march on the Pakistani capital's heavily guarded government district, in a high-stakes bid to depose the prime minister. Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, says last year's general election was rigged and has demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign. Thousands of Khan's followers have protested in Islamabad over the past five days to demand Sharif quit, piling pressure on the government little more than a year since its landslide victory. The protests come as Pakistan's armed forces wage an offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest and as the government tries to boost a flagging economy.


Abbas to meet Qatar emir, Hamas's Meshaal in Doha

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will travel to Doha on Wednesday and hold talks the next day with the emir of Qatar and Hamas exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, the Palestinian ambassador in Qatar said. Abbas's visit to Qatar was initially announced for Monday by Palestinian officials who are in Cairo for indirect talks with Israel on a lasting truce in Gaza. Abbas will on Thursday discuss separately with Meshaal and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani latest developments in the negotiations in Cairo and "aid and reconstruction" in Gaza, Palestinian ambassador Monir Ghannam told AFP.


FAA bans US airlines from flying over Syria

The US aviation regulator Monday ordered airlines based in the United States to stop flying over Syria, citing a "serious potential threat" to civil planes, including armed groups with anti-aircraft weapons. "Based on an updated assessment of the risk associated with such operations and the lack of any requests from operators wishing to fly in this airspace, we believe it prudent to prohibit US operators from flying into, out of and over Syria," the US Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The FAA's previous so-called Notice to Airmen had strongly advised US operators against flying over Syria. "The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation," the new notice said.


Obama to people of Ferguson: Let's seek to heal each other

Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, President Obama announced Monday.   Mr. Obama, back in Washington for two days of meetings in the middle of his vacation, spoke directly to the people of Ferguson in remarks to reporters in the White House briefing room. “So to a community in Ferguson that is rightly hurting and looking for answers, let me call once again for us to seek some understanding rather than simply holler at each other,” Obama said.  “Let’s seek to heal rather than to wound each other.” The president also sought to put some perspective on the dramatic footage coming out of Ferguson, a majority-black St. Louis suburb of 21,000 residents.

Israel, Palestinians extend Gaza truce by 24 hours

A new 24-hour ceasefire came into effect in the Gaza Strip Tuesday after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to extend a five-day truce, minutes before a midnight deadline, to allow for further talks on a long-term deal. News of the last-minute extension came from Cairo late Monday where Egyptian mediators have been pushing both sides to put a decisive end to weeks of bloodshed in Gaza, which has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side. Israel also confirmed accepting the extension to allow talks on a longer-term deal to continue for another 24 hours. "In response to an Egyptian request, Israel agreed to extend the truce for 24 hours in order to continue the negotiations" for a more durable ceasefire, a government official said.


Silva could win Brazil vote after running mate's death: poll

Environmentalist Marina Silva could unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's October presidential vote, a poll found Monday, a stunning political twist after Silva's running mate was killed in a plane crash. Silva, a 56-year-old former environment minister, has moved into second place ahead of the October 5 first-round vote and would defeat Rousseff in an October 26 runoff, the survey by Datafolha found. It was the first poll taken after Socialist Party candidate Eduardo Campos's death in the August 13 plane crash. Silva was Campos's vice presidential running mate, and is widely expected to be chosen to replace him at the top of the ticket when party leaders announce their decision Wednesday in Brasilia.


The National Guard, America's citizen soldiers

The National Guard is a centuries-old militia network that has served crucial roles in several US security operations, testing its mettle in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as on riot-plagued streets back home. Whether rushing to help the hurricane-battered US Gulf Coast in 2005, conducting counter-terrorism or peacekeeping operations abroad, or facing off with deadly consequences against unarmed anti-war demonstrators in 1970, the National Guard has served important but often controversial roles. In 1933 Congress brought them under a nationalized system that formed the basis of a US military reserve force. Today's US Army and Air Force National Guard is 460,000 strong, mostly reservists -- teachers, farmers, engineers and the like who commit to serving "one weekend a month and two weeks a year."


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