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An Iraqi policeman inspects the scene of a car-bomb attack in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, Iraq on Friday.
An Iraqi policeman inspects the scene of a car-bomb attack in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad, Iraq on Friday.
Posted: September 08, 2012

Storm is expected to skirt Bermuda

HAMILTON, Bermuda - People in Bermuda braced Friday for a weekend of rough weather from Tropical Storm Leslie as forecasters said the system would likely regain strength and become a hurricane again while passing to the east of this Atlantic Ocean island.

The Bermuda Weather Service said the storm was on track to pass about 200 miles east-southeast of the island late Sunday afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane. Some businesses were closing early, and people crowded into shops to stock up on emergency supplies. At least one cruise ship canceled a stop in Bermuda, and the airport was expected to close.

"It appears that Bermuda will be spared a direct impact," said Wayne Perinchief, the national security minister for the British territory. "However, I urge the public to remain cautious as there is the potential for the storm to re-intensify and change track, and we could experience heavy rain and winds in shower bands."

- AP

Colombian rebel upbeat on talks

HAVANA - A spokesman for Colombia's main leftist guerrilla army said Friday that President Juan Manuel Santos' rejection of a proposed cease-fire will not derail next month's peace talks on ending a half-century of armed struggle.

There is plenty of mistrust and bad blood to overcome but the cease-fire issue is not insurmountable, said Marco Leon Calarca of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Nor, he said, is the seeming improbability of a guerrilla imprisoned in the United States being freed to take part in the talks, as the rebels want. "These obstacles are nothing compared with all that has accumulated from . . . 50 years of violence, which we are trying to solve through dialogue," Calarca said in an exclusive interview. "In that sense, looking at things optimistically, we think there is no problem we can't solve." - AP

U.S. isn't sharing radar intelligence

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The United States has suspended sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras because the Central American nation's air force shot down two suspected drug planes in violation of agreements with Washington, the State Department and U.S. military confirmed Friday.

The decision came after two separate incidents in July, when civilian aircraft were shot down off the coast of northern Honduras, said William Ostick, spokesman for the State Department's Western Hemispheric Affairs Office. The U.S. agreement with Honduras for information sharing specifically prohibits shooting down civilian aircraft.

A State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the radar intelligence was blocked starting in mid-August. - AP

Elsewhere:

Three bomb attacks against Shiite mosques in a volatile northern Iraqi city killed eight civilians on Friday and injured 70 others. Kirkuk police commander Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir said the blasts took place as worshipers were leaving mosques.

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