Death toll in Egypt clashes climbs to 235


At least 235 people were killed and 2,000 others injured in clashes across Egypt after security forces forcibly evicted Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi from two sites in Cairo, the Health Ministry said.

Some of the dead had birdshot or bullet wounds, the ministry's first aid chief, Mohammed Sultan, told state-run news agency Mena.

It is not clear if the figure of 235 includes the 43 police officers the Interior Ministry said were killed in Wednesday's disturbances.

Most of the bloodshed in the capital occurred at the camp located near the Rabia al-Adawiyya Mosque, while at least two people died Wednesday in Islamist protests at Cairo's Mustafa Mahmoud Square against the police operation to dismantle the camps.

The Muslim Brotherhood said "Interior Ministry snipers" opened fire on demonstrators.




Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months


Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) was sentenced to 30 months behind bars for misappropriation of funds from his election campaigns, while his wife Sandra was sentenced to 12 months for a related crime.

"I take responsibility for my actions and am very sorry for what I've done," Jackson, 48, said at the sentencing hearing before federal Judge Amy B. Jackson.

The former congressman pleaded guilty in February to having spent some $750,000 of his campaign funds to buy items for his personal use such as a $43,500 Rolex wristwatch and $26,700 worth of Michael Jackson memorabilia.




Spain rebuffs British protest over Gibraltar border checks


The Spanish government gave a "firm and severe" response to Britain's formal protest over the controls on the border with Gibraltar, diplomatic sources in Madrid told Efe.

Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Wednesday expressed its intention to present via the British Embassy in Madrid a formal complaint over the hours-long waits to cross the border at Gibraltar, which it considers to be "unacceptable."

Spain insists the border controls are both legal and necessary because neither Britain nor its Gibraltar colony is part of the Schengen Area, which allows passport-free travel across borders, and because London chose to exclude the Rock from the European Customs Union.




158,000 Evacuated in southern China due to typhoon's arrival


Authorities in several towns and cities in the southern provinces of Canton and Hainan evacuated more than 158,000 people prior to the arrival of Typhoon Utor, China's official Xinhua news agency said.

The majority of the evacuees are from towns on the island of Hainan, while 60,000 more are residents of the Canton city of Maoming, which probably will be the urban area most affected by the storm.

The people who were forced to leave the zone are mainly the elderly and/or people who live on board fishing boats, in improvised shelters or "other unstable structures," Xinhua said.




2 Dead in cargo plane crash in Alabama


The pilot and copilot of an Airbus A300 cargo plane operated by UPS died when their jet crashed on the approach to the Birmingham, Alabama, airport, authorities said.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell said that firefighters had found the bodies of the two pilots in the charred wreckage of the plane, which had taken off earlier Wednesday morning from UPS's air hub in Louisville, Kentucky.




Fidel Castro: Chavez my "best friend" during my politically active career


Fidel Castro said that the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was the "best friend" he had during his 47 years as Cuba's head of state.

"Today I keep a special memory of the best friend I had in my politically active years - who, very humble and poor, forged himself in the Bolivarian Army of Venezuela - Hugo Chavez Frias," said Castro in a lengthy text dated Aug. 13, the former president's 87th birthday.

Castro, who left the Cuban presidency in 2006 due to a serious intestinal illness, praised Chavez as a "man of action and ideas" and added that those who knew him "know the priority he gave to those ideological challenges."




18 Feared dead aboard sunken Indian navy sub


Divers have detected no signs of life aboard the submarine that sank in Mumbai harbor, the Indian navy said.

While many sailors managed to leap into the water, 18 remain trapped aboard the diesel-powered INS Sindhurakshak, which went down in the wee hours after a fire and several explosions.

"We hope for the best, but we are prepared for the worst," the Indian navy commander, Adm. Ravendra Kumar Joshin, said.

"I feel sad for the navy personnel who have lost their lives for the country," Defense Minister A.K. Antony told reporters outside parliament, though he did not offer any casualty figures.