New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

Afghan rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani exchange signed agreements for the country's unity government in KabulKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.



Yemen PM quits as Shiite rebels seize government HQ

Shiite Huthi anti-government rebels man a checkpoint on the outskirts of Sanaa on September 21, 2014Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite rebels seized the Yemeni government headquarters Sunday and the premier resigned as violence raged despite a UN announcement of a power-sharing deal to end days of fighting, officials said.



White House boosts security after breach

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)An intruder with a knife scaled a fence and made it all the way inside before he was caught.



Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

Pope Francis signs the guest book as he arrives at the Presidential palace for a meeting with Albania's president Bujar Nishani in Tirana, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Albania on his first European trip, designed to highlight the Balkan nation's path from a brutal communist state where religion was banned to a model of Christian-Muslim coexistence for a world witnessing conflict in God's name. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who "pervert" religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony.



Selling Mitch McConnell: What's love got to do with it?

File picture shows U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talking to reporters in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan PADUCAH Ky (Reuters) - Mitch McConnell is hardly a lovable guy. The Republican leader in the U.S. Senate has a dour public persona and many of his constituents don't view him as a "real Kentuckian," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores what his election campaign already knows - McConnell has an image problem. While other politicians might be deterred by polls showing how unpopular they are in their home state, McConnell has risen to the challenge as he seeks a sixth term in what is perhaps his toughest re-election battle in a 30-year Senate career. ...



Former NFL kicker Bironas dies in Nashville car wreck

This May 30, 2013 file photo shows then Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas. Bironas died Saturday night, Sept. 20, 2014 after a car accident near his Nashville home, according to policeBy Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - Former Tennessee Titans’ kicker Rob Bironas died late Saturday in a single-vehicle car crash in Nashville, police said on Sunday. Bironas, 36, lost control of the SUV he was driving at a high rate of speed around a curve in the road, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a statement. The vehicle veered off the right side of the road, struck a line of trees and stopped upside down in a large culvert, police said. Bironas was taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. ...



Massive New York march aims to focus world's eyes on climate change

People's Climate March 2014: What is the Biggest Climate Change Protest in History All About?By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - World leaders including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were set to join farmers, fishermen, children and others in a massive demonstration on Sunday to demand action on climate change. Organizers are expecting 100,000 to join the People's Climate March in midtown Manhattan ahead of this week's U.N. General Assembly, which brings together 120 world leaders to discuss reducing carbon emissions that threaten the environment. ...



California authorities catch 4 of 5 jail escapees

5 Inmates Escape From Madera County Jail Near Fresno, CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say four of five inmates who escaped from a central California jail have been caught.



White House intruder was armed with knife: officials

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man arrested on Friday for charging at the White House was armed with a knife when he climbed a fence and made it into the executive mansion after President Barack Obama had departed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Saturday. Previously, the U.S. Secret Service had said Omar Gonzalez, 42, had been unarmed. Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon," according to an affidavit released by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Saturday. ...



Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release

UK Muslim Leaders Call For Release Of Briton Held By Islamic StateLondon (AFP) - The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State jihadists implored his captors to release him, saying Saturday she could not see how his death could assist any cause.



Why Secret Service didn’t shoot intruder

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Agents defend their decision to hold their fire after a man scales the White House fence.



Tracing shift from everyday American to jihadis

In this Sept. 10, 2014 photo, Ana and John Conley, parents of defendant Shannon Conley, exit the U.S. Federal courthouse following their daughter's plea hearing, at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, in Denver. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who federal authorities say intended to wage jihad has pleaded guilty under a deal that requires her to give authorities information about others with the same intentions. With foreign fighters from dozens of nations pouring into the Middle East to join the Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations, U.S. officials are putting new energy into trying to understand what radicalizes people far removed from the fight and into prodding countries around the world to do a better job of keeping them from joining up. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)WASHINGTON (AP) — A college dropout from Florida. A nurse's aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.



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