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U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.


Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:44 am

U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has moved 11 new prisoners out of a military prison near the Afghan capital, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, as the Obama administration seeks to shut down a controversial detainee program in Afghanistan ahead of its troop withdrawal.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 10:18 pm

Syria chemical arms team to disband September 30, probe to go on: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A joint mission of the United Nations and the global anti-chemical arms watchdog that has overseen the destruction of Syria’s toxic gas stocks will shut down on Sept. 30 though a successor unit will continue investigating, the U.N. chief said.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 10:11 pm

Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday’s talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 10:05 pm

U.S., Blackwater defense clash on jury summary of shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. prosecutor and a lawyer for a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard on Wednesday presented a jury with starkly different summaries of a 2007 shooting at a Baghdad traffic circle that sparked international outrage and charges of murder or manslaughter for four guards.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 9:30 pm

New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil’s October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers’ Party rule.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 9:14 pm

India’s Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan’s concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 9:11 pm

Shambolic election campaign leaves Indonesia’s president-elect much to prove

JAKARTA (Reuters) – When he was nominated in March as a candidate for Indonesia’s presidential election, polls showed Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had a 30-point lead over the man who would become his main challenger, former army general Prabowo Subianto. 








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 9:08 pm

Lebanese army shells militant positions in Syria border zone

(Reuters) – BEIRUT, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The Lebanese army shelled militant positions in the border zone with Syria on Wednesday near a town that was seized by Islamist insurgents earlier this month, a security source said.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 9:06 pm

Brazil’s Silva winning over investors in presidential race

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil’s presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 8:42 pm

Saudi Arabia jails 23 more men for militancy in security crackdown

RIYADH (Reuters) – A Saudi Arabian court sentenced 23 men to jail terms of up to 22 years for their role in militant attacks, state media said on Wednesday, part of a security crackdown in which scores of people have been imprisoned over the past week.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 8:40 pm

Gaza truce holding but Israel’s Netanyahu under fire at home

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 8:38 pm

Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 8:26 pm

Saudi princes visit Qatar as Gulf states try to end rift

DUBAI (Reuters) – Three Saudi princes including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal visited Qatar on Wednesday, state media said, amid efforts to repair a rift within the U.S.-allied Gulf Cooperation Council.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 8:23 pm

French PM, on charm offensive with business, says to speed up reforms

JOUY-EN-JOSAS France (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls launched a charm offensive on the corporate world on Wednesday, promising to speed reforms aimed at freeing up the economy and to make tens of billions of euros in tax cuts.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 8:06 pm

Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Germany will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State insurgents, with Chancellor Angela Merkel arguing Berlin had to act because hundreds of Germans had joined the insurgents.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 7:15 pm

Libya warns United Nations of possible slide into civil war

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.








Posted on 27 August 2014 | 5:43 pm

Cameroon says kills 27 Boko Haram militants in border clashes

YAOUNDE/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – Cameroon’s army has killed 27 members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram near a northern town, state radio said on Wednesday, in a sign of the growing cross-border threat the militants pose.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 5:42 pm

EU to launch mission to help Italy cope with boat migrants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Wednesday it would launch an EU version of Italy’s sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly called for.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 5:39 pm

Islamic State commits war crimes, Syrian govt using poison gas: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents on Wednesday of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children, and said it believed Damascus had used chlorine gas in combating its enemies.


Posted on 27 August 2014 | 5:14 pm

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:50 am

Uruguay begins registering marijuana growers

A man cuts flowers of a cannabis plant at the back-yard of his house in Montevideo, on April 25, 2014Just a handful of people had registered by midday Wednesday to be private growers of marijuana in Uruguay, the first country to fully legalize the production, sale and distribution of the drug. On the first day of registration for private growers, 10 people had signed up in the morning — three in the capital Montevideo and seven in the South American country's interior, according to the newly created Institute for the Regulation and Control of Cannabis (IRCCA). The first to register in Montevideo was Juan Vaz, spokesman for the Uruguay Association for Cannabis Studies (AECU). AECU estimates there are currently 30,000 to 40,000 cannabis growers in Uruguay.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:46 am

U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet

Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa provinceBy Lesley Wroughton and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. Britain and Australia are potential candidates, U.S. Germany said on Wednesday it was in talks with the United States and other international partners about possible military action against Islamic State but made clear it would not participate.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:44 am

Arsenal manager Wenger backs Sanchez to fill Giroud’s shoes

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (R) shoots on goal during their UEFA Champions League qualifying round play-off second-leg match against Besiktas, in London, on August 27, 2014Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backed Alexis Sanchez to prove an able deputy for the injured Olivier Giroud after the Chilean forward fired his new club into the Champions League. Sanchez scored the only goal of the game against Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win that propelled them into the Champions League group phase for the 17th season in succession. With Wenger revealing afterwards that Giroud could be out for up to four months after undergoing surgery on a broken tibia, it was the ideal moment for Sanchez to showcase his ability to lead the line. Asked if Sanchez could play at centre-forward during the period of Giroud's absence, Wenger replied: "For three or four months?

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:36 am

Top Asian News at 12:30 a.m. GMT

BANGKOK (AP) — Century-old shop houses, twisting alleyways and temples scented with incense still pulsate with the pursuit of old trades and time-honored rituals of families who have lived in Bangkok’s Chinatown for generations. But probably not for much longer. Jackhammers and cranes are closing in on one of the last historic quarters of Thailand’s capital as developers and city authorities pursue plans to build subways and high-rises — with little thought to preserving heritage.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:32 am

Qantas Airways posts $2.6 billion loss for year

SYDNEY (AP) — Qantas Airways Ltd. on Thursday posted a record 2.8 billion Australian dollar ($2.6 billion) statutory loss for the last fiscal year reflecting a profit-draining battle with its smaller rival Virgin Australia and aircraft write downs.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:31 am

Hurricane Cristobal seen to become extratropical cyclone late Friday: NHC

Hurricane Cristobal is seen moving up the east coast of the United States in an image taken from NOAA's Goes-East satellite(Reuters) – Cristobal, the third hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season, is expected to become a powerful extratropical cyclone over the north Atlantic Friday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its advisory on Wednesday evening. The hurricane, located about 350 miles (560 km) west-northwest of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kmph), was currently passing between Bermuda and Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. "The center of Cristobal will pass well to the northwest of Bermuda on Thursday, the NHC said.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:25 am

Cubs’ Jorge Soler homers in first at-bat

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler homered in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday off Cincinnati’s Mat Latos, a noteworthy debut for the Cubs’ 22-year-old prospect.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:16 am

Chile sailor publicly discloses his homosexuality

ADDS MONTH - Mauricio Ruiz, 24, sailor of the Chilean Navy, right, comes out publicly as gay during a press conference in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014. Ruiz who was accompanied by Rolando Jimenez, left, president of the Homosexual Liberation and Integration Movement, is the first member of the Chilean armed forces ever to come out publicly as gay with the approval of the High Command of the Chilean navy. (AP Photo/Eva Vergara)SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, a rare public declaration in the socially conservative South American nation.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:16 am

Girls in Colombian town struck by mystery illness

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer.

Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:09 am

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Russian armor attacking Ukrainian towns on new front, Kiev says – Los Angeles Times


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Russian armor attacking Ukrainian towns on new front, Kiev says
Los Angeles Times
A Ukrainian armored column parks on the roadside Wednesday while preparing to reinforce Mariupol, a vital Ukrainian port on the Sea of Azov where Russian forces appear to have opened a new front in the separatist war against Kiev. A Ukrainian armored …
Ukraine crisis: Russia pressed over fresh fightingBBC News
Russia has opened new war front, says UkraineTimes of India
Russian Soldiers in Ukraine Put Pressure on PutinTIME
Irish Times -Sydney Morning Herald -Businessweek
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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:52 am

Rebels in Syria Capture Border Crossing With Israel – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Rebels in Syria Capture Border Crossing With Israel
Wall Street Journal
Smoke rises at the Israeli side of the Syrian-Israeli border amid fighting between the Syrian army and rebels over the control of the border crossing of Quneitra. European Pressphoto Agency. Rebel factions in Syria, including an al Qaeda affiliate, captured a …
Syrian Islamists seize Golan Heights border crossingCNN
How the Islamic State pushed Al-Qaida to Israel's doorstepHaaretz
Syrian rebels capture sole border crossing between Israel and Syria in Golan Washington Post
euronews -Reuters -The Independent
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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:44 am

Coat of many colors: US Jewish leaders divided on Gaza truce – Jerusalem Post


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Coat of many colors: US Jewish leaders divided on Gaza truce
Jerusalem Post
J Street roundly supports the truce, while the Zionist Organization of America says Israel should not have halted the operation. Morton Klein Photo: SAM SOKOL. NEW YORK – Response to the Gaza cease-fire that began on Tuesday evening by American- …
Enthusiastic reception for Hamas leader as Gazans rally to celebrate ceasefireIrish Times
Tel Aviv Diary: How Soon Before Islamic State Attacks Israel?Newsweek
UN, aid groups prepare to prevent disaster in Gaza in wake of warHaaretz
Press TV -Businessweek -TIME
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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:34 am

Girl, 9, Accidentally Kills Instructor With Uzi in Arizona – Voice of America


Voice of America

Girl, 9, Accidentally Kills Instructor With Uzi in Arizona
Voice of America
A 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi submachine gun accidentally shot her instructor in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona. Instructor Charles Vacca was standing next to the girl Monday at a shooting range in Mohave County, south of Las Vegas, …
US gun range accident: Girl, nine, kills instructorBBC News
9-yr-old with Uzi accidentally kills instructorWCVB Boston
Drugs seized in Forrest CityKAIT
Press of Atlantic City -abc7news.com -Concord Monitor
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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:33 am

US seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet – Reuters


Reuters

US seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet
Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on …
Syria Airstrikes No Instant Fix Against Islamic StateBusinessweek
Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of baseChron.com
Mother of US Reporter in Syria Begs for His LifeABC News
TIME -New York Times
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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:30 am

NATO Not Looking for War With Russia – CSIS – RIA Novosti


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NATO Not Looking for War With Russia – CSIS
RIA Novosti
WASHINGTON, August 28 (RIA Novosti) – NATO is not looking for ways to set off a war with Russia, despite the alliance's commitment to build up rapid response forces close to Russia's border, a representative of the Center for Strategic and International …
Afghanistan Looms Large on NATO AgendaVoice of America
Ukraine crisis forces European defence spending rethinkReuters
​Red alert: NATO mission creep advancing to Russian borderRT

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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:23 am

Police commissioner under pressure to quit over Rotherham report – Irish Times


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Police commissioner under pressure to quit over Rotherham report
Irish Times
An inqury report released 26 August claims that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Roterham between 1997 and 2013. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA. Topics: News · World · UK · Alexis Jay · Shaun Wright · Labour · South Yorkshire Police · South …
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Victims to sue UK council over abuse failuresAljazeera.com
Rotherham child sex abuse could be tip of an iceberg, say campaignersThe Guardian
Belfast Telegraph -Telegraph.co.uk -The Independent
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Posted on 28 August 2014 | 12:00 am

Storms Marie, Cristobal Kick Up Heavy Surf Along Coasts – NBCNews.com


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Storms Marie, Cristobal Kick Up Heavy Surf Along Coasts
NBCNews.com
Powerful storms in the Atlantic and the Pacific were steering away from land but were kicking up dangerous surfs and rip currents, closing beaches and ports — and drawing hundreds of surfers who ignored warnings to stay out of the churning cascades of …
Hurricane Cristobal seen to become extratropical cyclone late Friday: NHCReuters UK
Marie and Cristobal: Two Storms and Lots of QuestionsABC News
Cristobal gains strength as it heads toward BermudaFox News
Washington Post (blog) -Jamaica Observer -Bernews
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Posted on 27 August 2014 | 11:36 pm

Incoming PM says EU membership strategic target for Turkey – Xinhua


Voice of America

Incoming PM says EU membership strategic target for Turkey
Xinhua
ANKARA, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Turkey's upcoming Prime Minister, incumbent Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, on Wednesday vowed to pursue decisively for European Union (EU) membership and it's "a strategic target for Turkey." Davutoglu was elected as …
President-elect Erdogan heralds “new Turkey” in last party speecheuronews
Turkey's Davutoglu elected leader of ruling AK PartyJerusalem Post
Turkey's Erdogan Says New Cabinet to be Announced FridayVoice of America
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Posted on 27 August 2014 | 11:27 pm

Merkel Urges France Reforms Suggesting Lower Deficit Will Follow – Businessweek


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Merkel Urges France Reforms Suggesting Lower Deficit Will Follow
Businessweek
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged French President Francois Hollande to press ahead with economic reforms, while hinting he has flexibility in the pace of deficit reduction. The German chancellor cited the risk to market confidence when governments “always” …
French PM, on charm offensive with business, says to speed up reformseuronews
French unemployment hits new highThe Australian
French jobless total rises again to new record in JulyThe Globe and Mail
Financial Times -FRANCE 24
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Posted on 27 August 2014 | 7:08 pm