Thursday, November 23, 2017
News Roundup

Congolese rebels, army clash at edge of key city

RECOMMENDED READING


congo

rebels, army clash at edge of city

Heavy shelling and gunfire Monday broke a tense standoff between rebels on the outskirts of the eastern Congolese city of Goma and government soldiers backed by U.N. troops who were hunkered down inside.

The Congolese government rejected an ultimatum made by rebels Sunday night to withdraw from Goma and accused Rwanda, which a U.N. panel has said has links to the March 23 rebels, of sending two battalions over the border into Congo to fight on their behalf.

Rwanda has called the accusations "absolutely false" and said it was "exercising restraint as of now," according to a military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Joseph Nzabamwita.

The capture of one of the largest cities in eastern Congo could drag the giant Central African nation back into war.

Colombia

Cease-fire statement by rebels is ignored

Colombia's main rebel group announced a unilateral cease-fire on Monday as it began peace talks, but the Bogota government responded that it would continue military operations.

Top rebel negotiator Ivan Marquez said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia would halt all acts of sabotage and attacks against government and private property through Jan. 20. He made the announcement as negotiators for both sides began the peace talks in Havana.

INDIANAPOLIS

Home explosion now homicide investigation

Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed two people and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

Indianapolis Homeland Security director Gary Coons made the announcement after meeting with residents affected by the Nov. 10 blast and just hours after a funeral for the husband and wife who were killed.

Authorities did not indicate if investigators had any suspects.

China

Another Tibetan sets self on fire in protest

A Tibetan died after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule, a rights group said Monday.

The Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet said a 24-year-old man set fire to himself Saturday in front of a government building in Zeku county in western China's Qinghai province.

Dozens of ethnic Tibetans have self-immolated since March 2011. Activists say a recent increase in protests is apparently aimed at sending a message to China's new communist leadership, named last week.

Elsewhere

SEATTLE: Rain and wind pounded Washington state and Oregon on Monday, snarling the commute and causing road closures and power outages. One person killed by a falling tree.

Chile: The remains of Salvador Allende's vice president, Jose Toha, were reburied Monday in Santiago after an official autopsy that found he was murdered and did not commit suicide nearly four decades ago. He was taken prisoner during the Sept. 11, 1973, coup that toppled Allende.

Times wires

Comments
Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

Bucs players, coaches say they cherish getting game balls for special feats

TAMPA — In the jubilant moments after a Bucs win, Dirk Koetter will sometimes ask for a game-used ball from his equipment staff, hold it high in the locker room and present it to the player who was most crucial to the victory.NFL players can ask for ...
Updated: 9 minutes ago

 
Updated: 28 minutes ago

Updated: 29 minutes ago
Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

Woman killed in Largo motorcycle crash could ‘out-game any dude’

LARGO — Sydney Pender, 27, loved riding her motorcycle, even though she knew the dangers. Three years ago, her friend said, a delivery truck hit her. But she kept riding. On Thanksgiving, it was a crash with a taxi cab that killed her.Pender, a St. P...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Jon Mott wins record fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

By BOB PUTNAMCLEARWATER — The Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot has long been a fixture on Jon Mott’s sporting calendar. Not even a 103-degree fever Tuesday could keep him away from the event, in its 39th year. Mott, a record four-time 10k champion, added ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Valrico intersection closed after car-sized hole opens in road

VALRICO — A hole the size of a vehicle opened up beneath the intersection of Nature’s Way Boulevard and Elm Grove Lane, Hillsborough officials said.The cause of the depression is unclear, but the intersection was blocked off to traffic.Hillsborough C...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

Days after a high fever, Jon Mott wins his fifth Times Turkey Trot 10K

CLEARWATER — On Tuesday, Jon Mott had a 103-degree fever. That was not enough to keep him from maintaining his dominance Thursday at the 39th Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot.The former Northeast standout added to his record with his fifth title in the ev...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Update: Mother, toddler hit by car in critical condition at TGH

TAMPA — A mother and one of her two small children who were hit by a car while trying to cross Dale Mabry Highway on Wednesday were still in the hospital on Thanksgiving, according to Tampa General Hospital.Cassandra Marie Spicola, 29, and 18-month-o...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Pasco County put under immediate tornado warning

The National Weather Service has put out a tornado warning for Pasco County. Thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado and strong winds are expected over Jasmine Estates, New Port Richey and Hudson until 1:15 p.m., according to the NWS warning. Ba...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

Thanksgiving forecast: Rain today, but sunny skies this weekend

It’s going to be a wet Thanksgiving across Tampa Bay, but sunny skies are coming during the long weekend, according to WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Ric Kearbey. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10...
Updated: 12 hours ago