World News Jul 15: More Massacres in Syria, Islamic Parties Lose in Libya, Poles Honor Reagan

By: AP
By: AP
UN: Assault in Syria village hit opposition homes...US role in post-Mubarak Egypt still unclear...Clinton to Egypt

This image made from amateur video from Hama Revolution 2011 and accessed by AP video Friday, July 13, 2012 purports to show bodies of victims killed by violence that, according to anti-regime activists, was carried out by government forces in Tremseh, Syria, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) northwest of the central city of Hama. Anti-regime activists in Syria said Friday that government gunners rained shells on a poor, farming village before armed thugs moved in, leaving scores of people dead in what rebels claim is one of the worst single days of bloodshed in the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime. (AP Photo/ Hama Revolution 2011 via AP video)

BEIRUT (AP) -- U.N. observers investigating Syria's latest reported mass killing say they found signs of a heavy assault that targeted specific homes of regime opponents.
The observers' statement Saturday was the first outsiders' look in the village of Tremseh, where activists say dozens were killed this week by government troops. The team says it could not yet confirm the toll.
The observer team says that it found pools of blood and blood splatters in several homes in Tremseh, along with bullet casings.
It says the attack "appeared targeted at specific groups and houses, mainly of army defectors and activists."
It says it confirmed an attack took place Thursday using artillery, mortars and small arms. The mission head had said Friday that observers stationed nearby witnessed government tanks and helicopters attacking Tremseh.

CAIRO (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets Sunday with the head of Egypt's army as the U.S. seeks to have the nation's military and new civilian government work together.
Clinton's demand to the military will be simple: Cooperate with Egypt's new Islamist leaders on a full transition to civilian rule.
Still, it remains unclear what leverage the Obama administration has as it seeks to stabilize Egypt and build a new relationship with America's once ironclad Arab ally.
Egypt's military is locked in a political standoff with the Muslim Brotherhood after curtailing the powers of its victorious President Mohamed Morsi on the eve of his inauguration last month. No one is quite sure who is in control and where Egypt is headed.

CAIRO (AP) -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has used her first meeting with Egypt's new Islamist president to press him to start a dialogue with military leaders as a way of preserving the country's transition to democracy.
Mohammed Morsi took office on June 30, but remains in a political standoff with the generals who have ruled Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year. Right before his inauguration, the generals stripped him of many powers and kept them for themselves.
Clinton said resolving the impasse "requires dialogue and compromise." She said the United States is doing all it can to "support the democratically elected government and to help make it a success in delivering results for the people of Egypt."
The meeting at the presidential palace kicked off a series of high-level sessions aimed at stabilizing Egypt's fledgling democracy and its increasingly shaky alliance with the United States.
A large crowd massed outside Clinton's hotel, chanting and carrying anti-American signs.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's Election Commission says it is recounting votes from parts of the eastern city of Benghazi and tallying ballots from abroad a week after citizens went to the polls to elect a parliament.
It says it is also reviewing appeals lodged by candidates following the release of partial results over the past week.
The commission's statement comes in response to expectations that on Saturday it would release the final results from Libya's first free nationwide vote since the ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
Election Commission chief Nouri al-Abbar says the full official results may be announced Monday.
Partial results show that a coalition of liberals led by former rebel Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, who was the international face of the anti-Gadhafi revolt, beat out Islamic parties.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A Russian Soyuz craft has launched into the morning skies over Kazakhstan carrying three astronauts on their way to the international space station.
NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Russian cosmonaut Yury Malenchenko and Japan's Akihito Hoshide will travel two days before reaching their three colleagues already at the permanent space outpost.
Family members and colleagues watched Sunday's launch from an observation platform in the Russian-leased cosmodrome in the dry southern steppes of this sprawling Central Asian nation.
The space station, which orbits up to 410 kilometers (255 miles) above the earth, is bracing to handle an unprecedented level of traffic.
Japan's HTV3 cargo ship will dock with the space station next week and will be the first of nine craft making contact with the orbiting satellite over a 17-day span.

GDANSK, Poland (AP) --
Polish officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and John Paul II, honoring two men whom many Poles credit with helping to topple communism.
The statue was unveiled Saturday in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement. In attendance were about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organizing or taking part in strikes against the communist regime.
The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger than life rendering of the two late leaders. It is based on an Associated Press photograph taken in 1987 on John Paul's second pontifical visit to the U.S.

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuba's Health Ministry on Saturday reported 158 cases of cholera, nearly three times as many as previously disclosed, but said there were no new deaths and the outbreak appears to have been contained and on the wane.
The ministry said Intensive efforts to quarantine those infected, hand out chlorine tablets and educate the population has meant a drop in cases transmitted by water, and there is no evidence of the disease spreading through the food supply.
Virtually all of the cases have come from the city of Manzanillo, in eastern Granma province some 430 miles (700 kilometers) east of the capital, or from people who recently traveled from the area.
"We have diagnosed isolated cases in other regions of people that were infected in Manzanillo, all of whom were treated and studied quickly," the ministry said. "There has been no spread of the outbreak."
Cuba announced July 3 that three elderly people had died from the tropical disease and 53 people sickened in the first incidence of cholera on the island in decades. Until Saturday's report, authorities had said little more, prompting rumors of more deaths and a wider problem. Still, even in the infected area, hotel workers and residents said there was no panic.
Cuba has a well-organized civil defense system capable of rapidly mobilizing government agencies and citizens groups, as it does for tropical storms and hurricanes. Brigades of workers go door to door, eliminating standing water where mosquitos bearing another tropical disease, dengue, could breed.
The country also has thousands of well-trained doctors and nurses, many of whom played a key role in fighting a much deadlier cholera outbreak in nearby Haiti after that country's devastating earthquake.
A rise in cases of diarrhea and tropical diseases are normal in Cuba in the summer, due to the intense heat and heavy rains. In its communique on Saturday, the Health Ministry urged people to wash their hands, boil water and pay better attention to their personal hygiene.

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian police say at least 1 million evangelical Christians are taking part in Saturday's annual "March for Jesus" in Sao Paulo.
The event is organized by the Reborn in Christ Church and draws faithful from hundreds of Protestant churches in Brazil, which is the world's largest Roman Catholic country.
Police Capt. Luis Fernando Otaviano says that "the number of people participating is extremely high -- at least 1 million."
Organizers have described the march as the "largest Christian event in the world," saying they expected at least 5 million people to rally behind 15 sound trucks and attend religious music shows likely to last well into the night.

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Marine biologists and veterinarians say the bodies of more than 500 penguins have washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the past week.
They tell the G1 online news site that the Center of Coastal and Marine Studies is investigating what caused the deaths of the 512 penguins found on beaches of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. The cause of death should be known in about 30 days.
Calls to the center on Saturday went unanswered.
Biologists at the center told G1 the penguins were migrating north from Argentina in search of food in warmer waters. They say the birds appeared well-fed, unhurt and without oil stains.

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