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  • Pakistan PM's chairs joint parliament session as crisis deepens
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/doubts-over-pakistan-pms-appearance-parliament-crisis-deepens-070150522.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/cY9LnJaxVOAfDn7xwxsc_A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-09-02T070150Z_1007000001_LYNXMPEA8107O_RTROPTP_2_CNEWS-US-PAKISTAN-CRISIS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Anti-government protesters pull a rope to remove container barricade during the Revolution March in Islamabad" align="left" title="Anti-government protesters pull a rope to remove container barricade during the Revolution March in Islamabad" border="0" /></a>By Sheree Sardar and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over mass protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. Sharif had called the session and he had been expected to address it on Tuesday but as members of parliament streamed into the assembly, his office clarified that the proceedings would last all week. Pakistan has been in turmoil since mid-August when tens of thousands of protesters led by Imran Khan, a former hero cricket player, and outspoken cleric Tahir ul-Qadri gathered in the capital Islamabad refusing to leave unless Sharif resigns.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Lesotho PM calls for regional peace force after "coup": aide
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/lesotho-pm-calls-regional-peace-force-coup-aide-070526176.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/LRSsX75CWgUKRHoNm8JeCA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_ZA/News/Reuters/2014-09-01T124135Z_1007970001_LYNXMPEA80132_RTROPTP_2_OZATP-UK-LESOTHO-COUP.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Lesotho&#039;s PM Thabane attends an EU-Africa summit in Brussels" align="left" title="Lesotho&#039;s PM Thabane attends an EU-Africa summit in Brussels" border="0" /></a>By Marafaele Mohloboli MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho&#039;s prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore order after an apparent coup over the weekend, his aide said on Monday. Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa, whose territory surrounds Lesotho, early on Saturday, hours before the army surrounded his residence and overran police stations in the capital, Maseru, in what the prime minister called a coup. Lesotho&#039;s army said it had not tried to oust Thabane but had moved against police suspected of planning to arm a political faction. The unrest stems from a power struggle between Thabane, who is supported by the police, and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who has the loyalty of the army, diplomats said.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Ebola threatens food security in West Africa - FAO
    The world's worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday, warning the problem would intensify in coming months. The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which has killed around 1,550 people since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March. Restrictions on people's movements and the establishment of quarantine zones to contain the spread of the hemorrhagic fever has led to panic buying, food shortages and price hikes in countries ill-prepared to absorb the shock. "Even prior to the Ebola outbreak, households in some of the most affected areas were spending up to 80 percent of their incomes on food," said Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar which is coordinating the agency's response.
  • Nigeria records another Ebola case in oil city, 17 cases total
    Nigeria has a third confirmed case of Ebola in the oil hub of Port Harcourt, bringing the country's total confirmed infections to 17, with 271 people under surveillance, the health minister said on Monday. A doctor in Port Harcourt died last week after treating someone who came in contact of the Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, the first case, came from Liberia, and then collapsed at Lagos airport on July 20. The shift to Port Harcourt shows how easily containment efforts can be undermined.
  • Your Top Plays for Today
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/top-plays-today-070045541--spt.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/mr27mvK01ShMLxIGSFs1ag--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/188a153860207b225e0f6a706700dde5.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, signs autographs for fans after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" align="left" title="Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, signs autographs for fans after defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)" border="0" /></a>Your Top Plays for Today: AP&#039;s Sports Guide</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Kremlin adviser says military strategy to reflect Ukraine crisis, NATO expansion: RIA
    A top Kremlin security adviser said threats to Russia from the situation in Ukraine and NATO enlargement in eastern Europe would be key factors as Moscow reviews its military strategy. "The fact that the military infrastructure of NATO member states is getting closer to our borders, including via enlargement, will preserve its place as one of the external threats for the Russian Federation," Mikhail Popov, the deputy head of the Kremlin advisory security council, said in an interview with RIA.
  • Poor response to Ebola causing needless deaths: World Bank head
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/poor-response-ebola-causing-needless-deaths-world-bank-064852094.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/8HzAbi2JsHFzEnHyRz5GQQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_ZA/News/Reuters/2014-09-02T064852Z_1007970001_LYNXMPEA81072_RTROPTP_2_OZATP-UK-HEALTH-EBOLA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="World Bank President Jim Yong Kim addresses the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington" align="left" title="World Bank President Jim Yong Kim addresses the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington" border="0" /></a>By Daniel Flynn and Tim Cocks DAKAR/LAGOS (Reuters) - The world&#039;s &quot;disastrously inadequate response&quot; to West Africa&#039;s Ebola outbreak means many people are dying needlessly, the head of the World Bank said on Monday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the virus. In a newspaper editorial, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Western healthcare facilities would easily be able to contain the disease, and urged wealthy nations to share the knowledge and resources to help African countries tackle it. &quot;Many are dying needlessly,&quot; read the editorial, co-written by Harvard University professor Paul Farmer, with whom Kim founded Partners In Health, a charity that works for better healthcare in poorer countries. In a vivid sign of the danger posed by inadequate health provision, a man escaped from an Ebola quarantine centre in Monrovia on Monday and sent people fleeing in fear as he walked through a market in search of food, a Reuters witness said.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • US military targets extremists in Somalia
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said.
  • Gunmen in Tunisia attempt to kill politician
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities say a parliamentarian narrowly escaped assassination by masked men in Kasserine, a city near the Algerian border.
  • U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. No further details about the operation in the African country were immediately available. Al Shabaab is an Islamist group affiliated with al Qaeda that wants to impose its own strict version of Islam in Somalia. ...

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