Tea Party scores wins in Del., N.Y.
By United Press International
Tea Party-backed candidates scored key victories in U.S. primary elections, including one in Delaware that highlighted party in-fighting.
Christine O'Donnell beat U.S. Rep. Mike Castle in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Delaware, returns showed. The Wilmington News Journal reported that with 98 percent of the votes counted, O'Donnell had 53.2 percent to Castle's 46.8 percent.
Chris Coons was unopposed on the Democratic side in the race for the Senate seat formerly held by Vice President Joe Biden and occupied by Ted Kaufmann to complete Biden's unexpired term.
Another Tea Party favorite, Ovide Lamontagne, was locked in a tight battle in the New Hampshire Republican U.S. Senate primary over former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte -- who campaigned with support of the Republican establishment and was endorsed by 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Ayotte trailing Lamontagne 12,328 votes to 15,335 with 58 of 301 precincts reporting, WMUR-TV, Manchester, reported.
Former "Real World" TV personality Sean Duffy won the Republican primary in Wisconsin for the U.S. House seat being vacated by David Obey, results showed.
Duffy, now a county prosecutor, got 67 percent of the vote in the GOP contest and will face state Sen. Julie Lassa, who handily won the Democratic primary with 84 percent, The Hill reported.
In New York, longtime incumbent Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, vying to retain his seat amid accusations of unethical conduct, won over a crowded field of primary challengers, most notably Adam Clayton Powell IV, a state assemblyman whose father preceded Rangel in his House seat, The New York Times reported.
Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino won the New York Republican gubernatorial primary over Republican Party favorite Rick Lazio, returns showed.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley headed for a rematch in November against the man he ousted four years ago, Republican Robert Erlich. O'Malley jumped out to an early lead over challengers J.P. Cusick and Ralph Jaffe in the Democratic primary Tuesday, while Erlich cruised to an easy win over Brian Murphy -- who had been endorsed by 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Providence, R.I., Mayor David Cicilline won the state's Democratic primary to fill the House seat vacated by Patrick Kennedy, returns show. With 172 of 222 precincts reporting, Cicilline had 37 percent of the votes to 21 percent for his closest challenger, consumer rights attorney David Segal, WLNE-TV, Providence, reported.
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank breezed by challenger Rachel Brown in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts, results showed. WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Frank bested the 29-year-old supporter of economist Lyndon LaRouche in the 4th Congressional District Frank first won in 1980. The Boston Globe reported Frank had 82 percent of the vote to 18 percent for Brown with about two-thirds of the votes counted.
In President Barack Obama's back yard, Vincent Gray took the early lead over Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty in the District of Columbia's Democratic primary Tuesday, results showed. Counting began after a judge rejected a request by Gray, the City Council chairman, to keep the polls open longer. Results posted online by The Washington Post gave Gray 57 percent to 42 percent for Fenty with 22 percent of precincts reporting.
Destruction of N. Korean typhoon revealed
PYONGYANG, North Korea, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Typhoon-triggered floods and landslides killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in North Korea, officials said.
A specific death toll from Typhoon Kompasu was not available, but North Korean state-run media said nearly 9,000 buildings were destroyed, and the country's roads, railways and power lines sustained heavy damage, the BBC reported Wednesday.
Kompasu struck the Korean peninsula on Sept. 2.
"Several dozen people have died throughout the country due to torrential rain, strong winds and landslides," the Korean Central News Agency said.
The South Korean government said it would ship rice and humanitarian aid to North Korea within a month.
The aftereffects of Kompasu prompted speculation a ruling party conference was delayed so the government could address the situation, the BBC reported.
Good Friends, a South Korean humanitarian group with contacts in the North, said the meeting was postponed because many delegates were unable to travel.
North Korea had said the meeting would convene for the first time in 30 years in September, but did not give a specific date. Analysts said they expect the meeting would offer an indication of who would succeed North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Singh urges calm in Kashmir, dialogue
NEW DELHI, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for calm Wednesday in violence-wracked Kashmir so discussions on the crisis can occur.
Leaders of India's main political parties discussed whether to ease harsh security laws in Indian-administered Kashmir, looking for a plan to end months of increasingly violent separatist protests in the region, Pakistan's English-language newspaper Dawn reported..
"I was shocked and distressed to see young men and women -- even children -- joining the protests on the streets," Singh said before the debates began.
Under existing law, army personnel can search homes, make arrests without warrants, shoot at suspected separatists and destroy a building or home if they suspect insurgent activities are occurring inside.
Control of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the whole region and have fought two wars over it. During the past three summers, thousands of protesters demonstrated in the streets, stoning troops and demanding independence from India or a merger with Pakistan.
On Monday, 18 protesters were died in street fights aggravated by reports of Koran desecration in the United States. Authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew in the territory, threatening to shoot violators on sight.
"I have said this earlier and I say it again: The only path for lasting peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir is that of dialogue and discussion," he said.
Some Cabinet ministers and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party oppose even a partial easing of the law, saying it would lead to more violence, Dawn said.
"We want peace to return to Kashmir," Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley said. "But it cannot return if separatists have a free hand and the army's hands are tied."
Third Iranian diplomat seeks asylum
OSLO, Norway, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- An Iranian diplomat seeking asylum in Norway, said he would support a violent uprising against the Iranian government.
Farzad Farhangian, a press attache at the Iranian Embassy in Brussels is the third Iranian diplomat to defect this year, al-Arabiya network reported.
Farhangian, 47, told reporters in Oslo Tuesday he would support the use of violence in the struggle against the current administration in Tehran, the network said.
When asked by a reporter if there should be a violent uprising, he said, "Given the recent events, I want it (the government) to be overthrown."
Farhangian said he and his family are seeking political asylum in Norway, the network said.
"I'm apologizing to the Iranian people. During the last 30 years I was of service to the Iranian people, 23 of them in the diplomatic service, but the deviation that the Iranian republic has reached leaves me no choice," the network quoted him saying. "I hope to be a voice of the opposition."
Hossein Alizadeh, the former deputy head of mission for the Iranian Embassy in Finland told reporters he was seeking asylum in Finland.
Alizadeh, who resigned last week, said he had received "unofficial threats" via email and that he was "going to request political asylum from the Finnish government."
The ex-consul general of Iran's embassy in Oslo, Mohamed Reza Heydari, was granted asylum by Norway in February, after he resigned the previous month, the network said.
Farhangian said he had chosen to defect to Norway because of Heydari.
"I'm hoping that in cooperation we will improve the campaign against the present government," he said.
Heydari, who was at Tuesday's press conference, told reporters: "I expect there will be more defections very soon.
Wife of trapped miner gives birth
COPIAPO, Chile, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The wife of a trapped Chilean miner has delivered a girl who was given the Spanish name for hope at the request of her father, relatives say.
Ariel Ticona, one of 33 men trapped after an Aug. 5 mine collapse, asked his wife to name their new daughter Esperanza, the BBC reported Wednesday.
Relatives recorded the delivery and plan to send the video down one of the shafts used to ferry supplies to the trapped miners.
Ticona's wife said she originally planned to name their new daughter, Carolina, but decided to change it to Esperanza which is also the name of the camp at the mine head where families of the trapped men have been living.
Rescue workers said they hope news of Esperanza's birth will cheer up the men.
One of the machines drilling a rescue hole was expected to be back in service Wednesday following repair of a broken part.