World News Briefs -- August 13, 2011

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Saturday, August 13, 2011





Berlin Marks 50th Anniversary of Rise of Berlin Wall -- Voice of America



Germans on Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the rise of the Berlin Wall, which divided Berlin and came to define the Cold War.



The city observed a minute of silence at noon in memory of those who died trying to escape.



Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit told a ceremony that the construction of the wall 50 years ago must be a constant reminder to maintain freedom and democracy.



German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended the ceremony.



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MIDDLE EAST



Syrian tanks deploy in coastal city amid shooting. Syrian army sweeps into coastal city, shooting heard. Syrian forces kill 19 as protests erupt nationwide.



Iraqi leader backs Syria, with a nudge From Iran.



Yemen's president confers with party officials amid pressure to depart.



Hamas in Gaza announces compromise on US aid.



Israel army plants new mines along Syria border.



Israel braces for social justice rallies. Protest culture thrives in steamy Israeli summer.



ASIA



China sends anti-terrorism unit to restive west.



Pakistani soldier sentenced to death over fatal shooting of teen.



Oxfam flood aid to Pakistan embezzled, report finds.



Human rights group accuses Kyrgyz police of abuses against ethnic Uzbeks.



American man abducted in eastern Pakistan.



AFRICA



Isolation, air strikes take toll in Gaddafi's Libya.



Africa famine: UN warns Somalia facing cholera epidemic as crisis deepens. U.N. far short of dollars to deal with Africa famine.



Somalia militants vow guerrilla strategy.



Somali pirates jailed by Dutch court for Seychelles attack.



EUROPE



Britain's suspected rioters face courts as order restored. Rights groups uneasy over Cameron's riot crackdown.



Germany marks construction of the Berlin Wall.



French economy stagnates as consumers cut spending.



Italy delivers tough austerity measures.



Ukrainian appeals court turns down Tymoshenko appeal.



AMERICAS



Cuba marks Fidel Castro’s 85th birthday with musical bash in Havana.



SF transit blocks cellphones to hinder protest.



Gunmen kill Brazil judge who jailed corrupt cops.



Chile draws hard line on education protests.



TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR



Qaeda trying to harness toxin for bombs, U.S. officials fear.



Egypt targets al-Qaida-linked militants.



Judge won't order Gitmo doc probe.



Officials: Egypt to target al Qaeda cells said to be training in Sinai.



ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS



Stocks end higher, but down over 1% for week.



S&P faces inquiry over US downgrade. Standard & Poor's faces investigation over 'possible insider trading' over downgrade of U.S. debt.



'Golden Eye' diamond expected to sell for millions at auction.



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