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13 rescued two days after Indonesia tourist boat sinks

Thirteen people, including eight foreigners, have been rescued two days after a tourist boat sank off the coast of eastern Indonesia.

The rescued individuals were found in the early hours of Monday some 100 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of Sumbawa Island.

“They were all found together, some in a lifeboat and some floating with their life jackets on around 60 miles off Sape,” on the east of Sumbawa, said rescue official Budiawan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Ten people had been rescued initially, but two foreign tourists are still missing.

The boat, which was carrying 18 foreign tourists from New Zealand, Britain, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy, sank Saturday as it headed from Lombok Island to Komodo Island.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/18/375716/13-rescued-in-indonesia-boat-accident/
 
South Korea launches military drill with US

Annual drill simulating response to a nuclear attack goes ahead despite threats from Pyongyang.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/south-korea-launches-military-drill-with-us-20148181134646515.html
 
Many dead in Nepal and India floods

At least 160 people are reported to have been killed in floods and landslides following days of torrential rain in Nepal and northern India.

In Nepal, officials said at least 101 people were known to have died after rescuers found four more bodies. More than 130 people are still missing.

In northern Indian states severe flooding after rainfall left at least 60 dead and entire villages marooned.

The worst of the rain is now thought to be over.

Landslides and flooding devastated rural communities and cut off roads throughout the region. In Nepal, officials voiced fears about a possible cholera outbreak.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28832474
 
Five Red Cross aid workers kidnapped in Afghanistan


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan says five of its aid workers have been kidnapped in the country’s western province of Herat.

Marek Resich, an ICRC spokesman, said on Saturday that the workers were traveling on the road when they were abducted by a local armed group.

“The ICRC is currently in contact at various levels to secure the safe release of its team,” he said.

Raouf Ahmadi, a police spokesman in Herat Province, said the armed men stopped an ICRC vehicle as the aid workers were delivering sheep to local villages, adding that the attackers took both workers and the sheep that could indicate that the kidnapping was part of a robbery and not a militant attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the abduction, but local authorities usually blame Taliban militants for carrying out such moves as well as bomb attacks in Afghanistan.

Taliban militants use roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to target Afghan forces, foreign troops and civilians.
The group has vowed to escalate its attacks before US-led troops leave the country in a planned 2014 withdrawal.
 
Pakistan protest leaders insist PM should go

Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri threaten to keep protests alive in Islamabad until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-protest-leaders-insist-pm-should-go-201481615334557188.html
 
US-led airstrike kills 3 policemen in north Afghanistan

At least three Afghan policemen have been killed when US-led foreign forces launched an airstrike in Afghanistan’s northern province of Parwan.

Afghan authorities said the airborne attack took place in the Ghorband district of the province, situated about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the capital, Kabul, on Friday and targeted local police forces. A fourth police officer was wounded in the raid.

The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has launched an investigation into the incident.

The US-led forces have recently increased their air raids against civilian areas of Afghanistan.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/16/375517/usled-strike-kills-3-afghan-policemen/
 
Taliban hangs five in Afghanistan’s Helmand as fighting rages

The Taliban executed five people in a busy opium market in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province and left their bodies hanging overnight after accusing them of kidnapping a businessman, officials told Reuters.

The militant group has stepped up its fight for control of the southern region since June, launching a string of attacks on government buildings, seizing territory and imposing its brand of Islamic justice.

Thursday’s public hanging, in the largely Taliban-controlled Kajaki district, was the second group execution reported in Helmand since the offensive began.

“Five kidnappers ... were hanged to death by an order from the Islamic Emirate’s prosecution authorities,” a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said in a text message.

“We hanged them in order to teach others a lesson.”
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/08/16/Taliban-hangs-five-in-Afghanistan-s-Helmand-as-fighting-rages.html
 
Kurdish rivals unite to fight Islamic State

PKK forces have joined the fighting in Iraq, a move some say could boost tension between Turkey and Iraqi Kurds.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/iraq-turkey-kurds-fight-islamic-state-201481581133776796.html
 
Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq

Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say.

Senior Kurdish official Hoshyar Zebari said the men were killed in two groups after a column of Islamic State (IS) vehicles arrived in Kawju on Friday.

A US drone strike later destroyed two vehicles from the convoy, he said.

Reports say US warplanes have struck IS positions near the Mosul dam, captured last week.

Residents near the dam told AP news agency that the air strikes hit on Saturday afternoon, killing some militants.

Kurdish regional Rudaw TV earlier said several surrounding towns were also struck.

An official from US Central Command would not confirm or deny the reports.

"For the safety and security of our personnel, we will not discuss or speculate on reports of ongoing or future operations," the official told the BBC.

The dam controls the water and power supply to a large area of northern Iraq.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28814633
 
Americans charged in death of woman found in suitcase in Indonesia

Two Americans have been charged with murder in the death of a Chicago woman whose bloody body was found this week in a suitcase outside an Indonesian hotel, police in the Indonesian province of Bali said Friday.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/15/world/asia/indonesia-american-woman-killed/index.html?hpt=ias_c1