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Indonesia’s energy minister named suspect in graft case

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s powerful anti-corruption agency on Wednesday named the energy and mineral resources minister as a suspect in a graft case involving the extortion of state funds.


Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:45 am

Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow’s role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war’s tide last week.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:44 am

Hong Kong activists say China ‘brutally strangled’ democracy

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong activists threatening to blockade the financial district in protest against China’s curbs on democracy said Beijing had “brutally strangled” their hopes but that they would persevere with the struggle.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:41 am

Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:37 am

Israel lobbies U.S. anew as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is lobbying world powers anew against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technologies, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for the international diplomacy loomed.


Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:26 am

Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages, reliance on contractors

IWAKI Japan (Reuters) – A group of Fukushima workers on Wednesday sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility and its reliance on contractors to shut down a nuclear plant destroyed by the industry’s worst accident since Chernobyl.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:25 am

Ramirez removed as PDVSA head, oil minister in Venezuela shake-up

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday pushed Rafael Ramirez from his twin posts as oil minister and a chief of state oil firm PDVSA in a cabinet shake-up that opposition critics said fell short of the overhaul needed to reverse the OPEC nation’s economic decline.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 4:31 am

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

DUBAI (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 4:30 am

Crew of doomed South Korea ferry drank beer while awaiting rescue: media

SEOUL (Reuters) – Some crew of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 44 years drank beer while waiting for rescue, one of them told a court, in an admission likely to fuel anger at their conduct during the final moments of the mishap.


Posted on 3 September 2014 | 3:28 am

Ukraine steelmen hold their ground as frontline marches towards port

MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – The war is being fought just over the hills. Civilians have started to flee the city. But the men of the vast Ilyich iron and steel works in the Ukrainain port of Mariupol are still in place, pouring molten steel, running the rolling mill and pledging to defend their factory and town from an onslaught by pro-Russian rebels.


Posted on 3 September 2014 | 3:11 am

Macau poll reveals democracy urges amid Hong Kong row with China

HONG KONG Sep 3(Reuters) – An unofficial referendum on democracy in the southern Chinese gambling hub of Macau showed 89 percent of nearly 9,000 people who took part don’t trust their leader, who was re-elected on Sunday as the sole candidate.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 3:06 am

Syrian forces escalate assault on rebel-held Damascus district

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups.








Posted on 3 September 2014 | 2:25 am

U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A U.S. military airstrike in Somalia has targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Somali and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but they added it may take time to determine whether Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed.


Posted on 3 September 2014 | 12:51 am

Judge orders immediate release from Spanish jail of ill British boy’s parents

MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish judge has ordered the immediate release from custody of two British parents detained in Madrid for taking their seriously ill child out of hospital, a court source said on Tuesday, speeding a reunion with their five-year-old son.


Posted on 3 September 2014 | 12:00 am

Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow’s role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war’s tide last week.








Posted on 2 September 2014 | 10:45 pm

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

DUBAI (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq.








Posted on 2 September 2014 | 10:31 pm

U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A U.S. military airstrike in Somalia has targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Somali and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but they added it may take time to determine whether Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed.








Posted on 2 September 2014 | 9:39 pm

Canada, China quietly hold top-level meeting on strained ties

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Senior officials from Canada and China met quietly in Ottawa last week to discuss relations that have deteriorated so badly that they could threaten Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s planned visit to China in November.


Posted on 2 September 2014 | 8:58 pm

U.S. military may move Niger drone base to Sahara desert city

WASHINGTON/NIAMEY (Reuters) – The United States is preparing a possible redeployment of its drones in Niger to set up a forward base in the Sahara closer to Islamist militants blamed for attacks across the region, U.S. military and Defense Department officials said.








Posted on 2 September 2014 | 7:47 pm

Dutchman praised for MH17 crash handling in race for top EU job

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Frans Timmermans, the Netherlands’ nominee to join the European Commission, is an experienced Brussels hand who represents his country’s last best hope of securing a top job in the European Union’s executive.


Posted on 2 September 2014 | 7:39 pm

World News Headlines – Yahoo News

Japanese PM keeps core members in cabinet reshuffle

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brought in a rival and appointed women to nearly a third of the posts in a revamped cabinet unveiled on Wednesday, but kept key ministers in a reshuffle aimed at unifying his party and polishing his image. Core members such as Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, 65, Finance Minister Taro Aso, 73, Economics Minister Akira Amari, 65, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, 57, retained their posts, signaling policy continuity.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:29 am

Israel lobbies U.S. anew as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

A security official stands in front of the Bushehr nuclear reactorIsrael is lobbying world powers anew against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technologies, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for the international diplomacy loomed. Negotiators hope for a comprehensive agreement by Nov. 24 under which Iran, which denies seeking nuclear weaponry, would curb its disputed activities in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions crippling its economy. The next round of talks between six world powers and Iran is expected to be held later this month in New York, possibly on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly. Yuval Steinitz, Israeli minister for strategic affairs, said in a radio interview he would head a government delegation to Washington next week to press the Jewish state's demand that the Islamic republic be stripped of all nuclear capacity – something Tehran rules out and many Western diplomats deem unfeasible.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:26 am

UK team unlocking secrets of North Korea volcano

In this Wednesday, June 18, 2014 photo, clouds float over the peak of Mt. Paektu in North Korea's Ryanggang province. More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have - until recently - been unable to conduct on-site studies. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than a thousand years ago, a huge volcano straddling the border between North Korea and China was the site of one of the biggest eruptions in human history, blanketing eastern Asia in its ash. But unlike other major volcanos around the world, the remote and politically sensitive Mount Paektu remains almost a complete mystery to foreign scientists who have — until recently — been unable to conduct on-site studies.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:24 am

Obama aims to show solidarity with Baltics

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet, left, and Estonia's Chief of Protocol Toomas Kahur, center, as he arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, for a one day visit where he will meet with Baltic State leaders before heading to the NATO Summit in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — President Barack Obama will stand shoulder to shoulder with Baltic leaders Wednesday in a show of solidarity with NATO allies who fear they could be the next target of Russia's aggression.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:20 am

Putin, Poroshenko discuss Ukraine crisis, find common ground: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko by telephone and the two leaders largely agreed on what needs to be done to resolve the Ukraine crisis, Interfax news agency quoted Putin’s spokesman as saying on Wednesday. “The viewpoints of the presidents of the two countries largely coincide on possible ways out of the grave crisis situation,” Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying. (Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; editing by Elizabeth Piper)

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:19 am

Russian photojournalist killed in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency says one of its photojournalists has died in eastern Ukraine.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:17 am

Asian stock markets rise as dollar gains

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008 file photo, a Wall St. sign hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks wavered in morning trading Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, as investors looked ahead to major economic reports out this week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Wednesday, lifted by new signs of strength in the U.S. economy and expectations that Europe's central bank will provide more support to the flagging region. A report showing solid growth in China's services industries also bolstered sentiment.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:16 am

Pakistan: 910 militants killed since June

Supporters of Pakistan's fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri chant slogans during a protest near Prime Minister's home in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators led by opposition politician Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri converged on the capital in mid-August, demanding Sharif's ouster over alleged fraud in last year's election. Their protests turned violent this past weekend, when clashes between demonstrators and security forces killed many and wounded hundreds. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday it has killed 910 suspected militants and lost 82 soldiers in a major offensive launched in June in a restive tribal region near Afghanistan.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:15 am

At NATO, goal is to curb Russia but not provoke it

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Estonia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet, left, and Estonia's Chief of Protocol Toomas Kahur, center, as he arrives in Tallinn, Estonia, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, for a one day visit where he will meet with Baltic State leaders before heading to the NATO Summit in Wales. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — The heady "we won the Cold War" days are over. When President Obama and other NATO leaders assemble here Thursday for a key summit meeting, their No. 1 goal will be an old and familiar one: protecting vulnerable alliance members from Russia, without goading the Kremlin into military action.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:13 am

China’s top leaders remember victory over Japan

In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, balloons are released into the air during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of China's victory over Japan at the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, in Beijing Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. China commemorated Japan’s World War II surrender as part of Beijing’s campaign to remind the world of Tokyo’s historical aggression amid worsening relations between the two countries. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Ye) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping tended to huge bouquets and gunners fired salutes Wednesday as China commemorated Japan's World War II surrender in a campaign to remind the world of Tokyo's historical aggression amid tense ties between the countries.

Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:11 am

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US and Europe Are Struggling With Response to a Bold Russia – New York Times


New York Times

US and Europe Are Struggling With Response to a Bold Russia
New York Times
Pieces of a Ukrainian tank littered a road after recent clashes in the strategic town of Ilovaysk, a transportation hub about 28 miles east of Donetsk, Ukraine. Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading the …
U.S., Europe struggle with response to Russia over UkraineDallas Morning News
I can take Kiev in two weeks: PutinTehran Times
Decision to invite Russian president Vladimir Putin to G20 summit some way off Economic Times
The Moscow Times -The Globe and Mail
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:37 am

ISIS Says It Killed Steven Sotloff After US Strikes in Northern Iraq – New York Times


Reuters

ISIS Says It Killed Steven Sotloff After US Strikes in Northern Iraq
New York Times
WASHINGTON — An Islamic militant group released a video on Tuesday showing the second beheading of an American hostage in two weeks and blamed President Obama for the killing. The video raised the pressure on the president to order military strikes …
American journalist Steven Sotloff beheaded by ISIS militants in shocking videoNew York Daily News
Lawmakers tell Obama 'we must go after ISIS' after new video surfacesFox News
More troops ordered to Iraq as 2nd US journalist apparently beheadedLos Angeles Times
Telegraph.co.uk -BBC News -ABC News
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:37 am

Waging Desperate Campaign, Iraqi Town Held Off Militants – New York Times


New York Times

Waging Desperate Campaign, Iraqi Town Held Off Militants
New York Times
Residents of Amerli, a town of Shiite Turkmens, celebrated this week after a nearly three-month siege by Sunni militants ended. Credit Andrea Bruce for The New York Times. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading the main story. Continue reading …
AI accuses IS of ethnic cleansing in IraqThe News International
Brutal Efficiency: The Secret to Islamic State's SuccessWall Street Journal
'Chinese Islamic State fighter' captured in Iraq, military claimsSouth China Morning Post (subscription)
NDTV -Times of India -The Nation
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:37 am

Japan Cabinet Reshuffle: Abe Unveils New Ministers – Wall Street Journal


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Japan Cabinet Reshuffle: Abe Unveils New Ministers
Wall Street Journal
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Bloomberg News. TOKYO—Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe overhauled the top ranks of his government Wednesday, rolling out a …
UPDATE 2-Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key postsReuters
Japan PM Shinzo Abe boosts women in cabinetBBC News
Japan PM selects 5 women in new CabinetWashington Post
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:30 am

The fight against Islamic State belongs to the Sunni Arab states – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

The fight against Islamic State belongs to the Sunni Arab states
Sydney Morning Herald
It's entirely sensible, but is it too much to ask for the Arab and Muslim worlds to speak loudly and clearly, and to act, as they should against the obscene acts of violence being perpetrated in the names of 75 per cent or more of the world's Muslims? The news …
Saudi Arabia Arrests 88 Terrorism SuspectsWall Street Journal
Middle East Time Bomb: The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as Huffington Post
Gov't executes four people for drug smugglingJamaica Gleaner
Fox News Latino -Daily Times -New York Daily News
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:29 am

Barack Obama sending 350 more troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad – Sydney Morning Herald


Sydney Morning Herald

Barack Obama sending 350 more troops to protect US Embassy in Baghdad
Sydney Morning Herald
Washington: US President Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the …
Obama Orders Additional Troops To IraqRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Obama to send approximately 350 additional military personnel to IraqFox News
Obama sends 350 more troops to BaghdadNews24
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:19 am

Ukraine, ISIS loom large as Obama starts Europe trip – CBS News


CBS News

Ukraine, ISIS loom large as Obama starts Europe trip
CBS News
TALLINN, Estonia — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security …
At NATO, Goal Is to Curb Russia but Not Provoke ItABC News
Obama Visits Estonia Ahead of NATO MeetingBloomberg
Ukraine crisis: Nato will defend Baltic members from RussiaBBC News
The Independent -RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:16 am

Tropical Storm Dolly moves ashore off Mexico Gulf – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

Tropical Storm Dolly moves ashore off Mexico Gulf
USA TODAY
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Dolly threatened flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas as it moved in from Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities had readied shelters and suspended school classes on Wednesday. The U.S. …
Tropical storm Dolly makes landfall in MexicoCBC.ca
Tropical Storm Dolly moves ashore in MexicoFox News

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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 6:10 am

Israel to take over West Bank land – Jagran Josh


Reuters

Israel to take over West Bank land
Jagran Josh
Israel on 31 August 2014 announced to take over West Bank land. The area will be named as Gevaot. The land portion is located south of Bethlehem. The seizure of the land is said to be the largest seizure by Israel in last 30 years. Israel will expropriate 4 sq …
Abbas right to seek redress through UNBoston Globe
US, EU urge Israel to reverse land grab planPress TV
Kerry criticizes Netanyahu over W. Bank land grabi24news
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 5:30 am

Half a million displaced by Ukraine conflict – The Nation


The Nation

Half a million displaced by Ukraine conflict
The Nation
GENEVA – Fighting in Ukraine has driven over half a million people from their homes, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday, warning that the real number could be double that, in a crisis threatening the entire region. At least 260,000 have been displaced …
More than a million Ukrainians have been displaced, UN saysThe Globe and Mail
Over 1 Million Ukrainians Have Fled Their HomesteleSUR English
More than 1 million people displaced in Ukraine after crisis: U.N.GlobalPost
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Posted on 3 September 2014 | 2:49 am