Iraqi Kurds ask Kurdish Workers Party to 'withdraw'BAGHDAD (AP) ? Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government called on the Kurdish Worker's Party to "withdraw" from Iraq's Kurdish territory Saturday to prevent civilian deaths amid a campaign of Turkish airstrikes targeting the group.
UK's Serious Fraud Office investigating oil firm SomaLONDON/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched a criminal investigation into British exploration firm Soma Oil and Gas, which has been searching for oil in Somalia. The SFO did not outline the corruption allegations against the company, whose London headquarters were searched on Wednesday. "The SFO confirmed today that it has opened a criminal investigation into SOMA Oil & Gas ... in relation to allegations of corruption in Somalia," the SFO said in a statement issued on Friday.
Saudi official says bin Ladens killed in England plane crash
LONDON (AP) ? Family members of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were among four people killed in a private jet crash in southern England, a Saudi ambassador said, but did not further identify the dead.
Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lion
The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe has turned up the pressure on Washington to extend legal protection to the African lion by declaring it an endangered species, but some hunting advocates said that would lead to more regulations that could ultimately harm the big cats. The United States has the world's most powerful animal protection law, the Endangered Species Act, which has been extended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to many non-U.S. species including the African elephant and cheetah. Adding the African lion to the U.S. list would not prohibit trophy hunting but it would require a permit from the service to import lions or their body parts to the United States.
Porte quits Sky to pursue Grand Tour dream with BMC
Australian rider Richie Porte, fresh from helping Team Sky's Chris Froome win a second Tour de France, announced on Saturday he will ride for the BMC Racing team next season. Porte, a key domestique in Sky's three Tour successes with Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and then Froome in 2013 and this year, is moving to pursue his dream of a Grand Tour success in his own right. "I want to win again races like Paris-Nice and the Tour of Catalonia," said the 30-year-old who was in the final year of his contract with Sky.
New Taliban leader calls for unity in first audio message
New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor called for unity in the movement in his first audio message released Saturday amid reports of rifts in their ranks following the announcement of the death of former chief Mullah Omar. Mansoor replaced Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar, whose death was confirmed by the militants on Thursday, although the timing of his death is unclear. The audio message from Mansoor also mentioned peace talks with the Afghan government, though it was not clear whether he supported them.
South Sudan: Thousands risk starvation amid Nile blockadeJUBA, South Sudan (AP) ? Aid agencies say thousands of civilians in South Sudan's Upper Nile state face starvation after the government blocked aid groups from using the Nile River to deliver relief food.
Wing part arrives in France for probe into MH370 link
A piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part almost certainly came from missing flight MH370. Paris' Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6:17 am (0417 GMT) from the French island of La Reunion.
PKK should leave Iraqi Kurdistan 'to prevent civilian casualties'
Kurdish rebels of the PKK should move out of Iraqi Kurdistan to prevent Turkish air strikes against them from causing civilian casualties, the region's leadership said on Saturday. "The PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) must keep the battlefield away from the Kurdistan region in order for civilians not to become victims of this war," the office of the region's president Massud Barzani said in a statement. Turkey has carried out hundreds of raids against the Kurdish rebel group's mountain bases on either side of the Iraqi border.
Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral expected to draw large crowds
By Rich McKay ALPHARETTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Scores of onlookers are expected to gather on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston. Brown's funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, a northern suburb of Atlanta of about 60,000 residents, is private and will be closed to the public but that is not expected to deter media and members of the public who have been mourning her death. Brown, 22, died on Sunday at an area hospice, six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home.