KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's opposition, preparing for what it hopes will be a gigantic protest rally on Sunday, says it will negotiate with President Viktor Yanukovych only if he fires the government and appoints a new one committed to deepening European integration.
Australian world number one Neil Robertson survived a stirring comeback from England's Stuart Bingham on Friday to reach the final of the UK Championship for the first time. Robertson, 31, led 8-3 at the Barbican Centre in the northern English city of York, putting him within one frame of victory, only for Bingham to launch a superb fightback and level the match. However, Robertson emerged victorious from a tense final frame to complete a gripping 9-8 victory. He will now face the winner of Saturday's second semi-final between defending champion Mark Selby and Ricky Walden.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela, though with the ceremonies only days away officials acknowledged Saturday they couldn't offer any specifics yet.
Turkish police on Saturday used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest on the sidelines of the funeral of two Kurds shot dead during clashes a day earlier, an AFP photographer reported. Hundreds of protesters set up barricades of burning tyres on a road in the Yuksekova district of Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey and pelted officers with stones. The clashes come after two protesters, aged 34 and 32, were shot dead Friday in a violent confrontation with police, sparked by claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed. The local governor's office has denied the destruction of these cemeteries, where fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are buried.
By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's military, widely regarded as enjoying impunity, partially complied with a Supreme Court ruling on Saturday by producing some of the hundreds of prisoners it has been holding in secret without charge. The courts have increasingly challenged both the civilian government and the powerful military since Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry led street protests that toppled army leader Pervez Musharraf in 2008. Security agencies complain that Pakistan's criminal courts, which have an overall conviction rate of between five and ten percent, simply release militant suspects. This latest case was brought to the Supreme Court by relatives of 35 prisoners who have not heard from them since they were handed over to the army by the head of Malakand jail in 2012.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — France unexpectedly raised its troop deployment in Central African Republic by hundreds of soldiers on Saturday, as Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from Muslim former rebels who control the country in wake of massacres in the capital. At least 280 people have been killed in recent days — the worst violence in the lawless country in months.
Dundee United moved up to third place in the Scottish Premiership with a 4-1 win over bottom of the table Hearts on Saturday. Gary MacKay-Stevens set up Stuart Armstrong to put United ahead at Tannadice before Jamie Hamill's penalty levelled the scores four minutes later after Mark Wilson had tripped Jamie Walker. Brian Graham restored United's lead in the 49th when he headed home from a corner before MacKay-Stevens curling shot made it 3-1 in the 85th minute. John Rankin's deflected shot made it 4-1 with the last kick of the match as United won their third straight league match and heaped pressure on the Jambos, who have now conceded 11 in their past two matches.
Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israeli troops shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian during a Saturday night clash in Jelazoun refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, a Palestinian medical source told AFP. The Israeli military could not immediately confirm or deny the reports. The camp is close to the Israeli settlement of Beit El and is the scene of frequent clashes between young Palestinian stone-throwers and soldiers. Saturday's death brought to 26 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of this year, the great majority in the West Bank, according to an AFP tally.
Dozens of people have died in northern Kenya in a week of fierce clashes between rival ethnic groups, aid sources and reports said Saturday. The unrest, centred around the town of Moyale in Marsabit county on the frontier with Ethiopia, has seen villages burned down and many families forced to flee over the border. According to the Standard newspaper, at least 27 people have been killed and thousands more displaced over the past week. Kenyan peace and anti-tribalism campaigner Jaffer Isaak said he believed the toll was somewhere between 70 and 120 dead, while an independent international aid source, who asked not to be identified, said "many dozens" had been killed.
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - French troops received a triumphant welcome as they deployed in strife-torn Central African Republic on Saturday, with thousands cheering their arrival as part of a bid to stamp out deadly sectarian violence. French President Francois Hollande said reinforcements to a UN-mandated force would reach 1,600 troops -- 400 more than previously envisaged -- by Saturday evening and had been told to "disarm all the militias and armed groups terrorising the population". Sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian communities, that has swept the nation since a March coup, has left at least 300 dead in a wave of massacres and reprisal attacks since Thursday, the Red Cross said. French troops patrolled the capital in a visible show of strength on Saturday and a fighter jet flew low over the city, where bodies still lay abandoned outside the parliament building.
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An 85-year-old Korean War veteran held by North Korea for more than a month as a war criminal arrived in San Francisco on Saturday to be reunited with his family. North Korea detained Merrill E. Newman for crimes it accused him of committing during the conflict six decades ago as a member of the U.S. special forces. His United Airlines airlines flight landed at about 9 a.m. (1700 GMT). "I'm tired but I'm ready to be with my family." He was visiting North Korea, one of the world's most isolated and unpredictable states, as a tourist when he was pulled off an Air Koryo flight in Pyongyang minutes before it was due to depart for Beijing on October 26.
The largest Islamist rebel force in Syria seized arms depots belonging to the mainstream Western-backed Free Syrian Army on Saturday, a watchdog said, highlighting tensions among rebel groups. "After combat that lasted all night, fighters from the Islamic Front captured (FSA) general staff positions near the Bab el-Hawa border crossing (with Turkey) and seized their arms depots," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said the arms had been brought across the border from Turkey and that five fighters were killed, but it did not say from what side. The seizure comes four days after the Islamic Front announced that it rejected the authority of the FSA command.
Egyptian appeals courts ordered the release Saturday of 21 women and girls jailed over an Islamist opposition protest, after reducing harsh sentences that had sparked outrage. The initial sentences shocked even supporters of the military-installed government when they were handed down last month, and images of the white-clad defendants also galvanised the Islamist opposition. All 21 were convicted of taking part in a violent protest demanding Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's reinstatement following his overthrow by the army in July. Judge Sharif Hafiz found the 14 women guilty of three counts relating to violence during the protest, but reduced their sentence to one year and suspended it.
By David Alexander KABUL (Reuters) - A NATO meeting in February could become a new deadline for a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan, whose president has been reluctant to sign the deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on visit to Kabul. Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday to visit troops and senior Afghan officials but, unusually, did not plan to meet President Hamid Karzai, who has resisted signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) which would govern the U.S. military presence after most NATO forces leave by the end of next year. "Some answers are going to be required at that NATO ministerial." Hagel met the Afghan defense minister, the deputy interior minister and the commanding general of the Afghan National Army, but said the purpose of his trip was to greet troops during the holiday season and that he had never intended to see Karzai.