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  • NATO sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: Rasmussen
    NATO sees alarming build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine: Rasmussen

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday the alliance had observed an alarming build-up of Russian ground and air forces in the vicinity of Ukraine. "We have also seen transfers of large quantities of advanced weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery to separatist groups in eastern Ukraine," Rasmussen said in a statement. Rasmussen said Russia continued to escalate the crisis in eastern Ukraine and that this could lead to further isolation of Moscow. (Reporting by Martin Santa and Julia Fioretti; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

  • New theory on how Americans were infected with Ebola in Liberia?
    New theory on how Americans were infected with Ebola in Liberia?

    As the West African nation sealed off a slum in its capital, there is a new thinking as to how two Americans came down with the disease

  • New Samsung promo teases the one Galaxy Note 4 feature you’ll never see on any iPhone
    New Samsung promo teases the one Galaxy Note 4 feature you’ll never see on any iPhone

    Samsung is getting ready to announce the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014 in Germany early next month, and the company on Friday released a teaser video that highlights one of the iconic features of the Galaxy Note series and its advantages – the S Pen stylus. FROM EARLIER: Samsung sees an ALS charity campaign as the perfect opportunity to troll Apple again Each Galaxy Note phablet model to date has come with its own built-in stylus, a characteristic not shared by any other Samsung flagship phone. The short 75-second teaser ad focuses on the Galaxy Note’s stylus as a device that offers a unique ability to take handwritten notes on your smartphone. “Handwriting is extremely important,” Samsung wrote on YouTube. “However,

  • Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept
    Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace — the fourth such incident since March.

  • Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State
    Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

    From the rescue plane which took them on a one-way journey to France, two Iraqi refugees revealed tales of rape and fear at the hands of Islamic State that forced them to flee their homeland with nothing. Rene, who did not want to give his last name, said the Islamic extremists currently rampaging through Syria and Iraq were as terrifying as they were sophisticated in their communication methods. He was one of 40 refugees who landed Thursday in Paris after being flown out of Arbil along with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who indicated that France was prepared to take in more people in "extreme cases."

  • Pope Francis calls Foley family: priest
    Pope Francis calls Foley family: priest

    Pope Francis called the family of slain US journalist James Foley on Thursday to offer his condolences, a Catholic priest close to the family said. The gruesome video of Foley's beheading, released Tuesday by the Islamic State, a jihadist group operating in Iraq and Syria, has caused worldwide revulsion and outrage. "Pope Francis phoned the family of #JamesFoley this afternoon at their residence in New Hampshire.

  • Fears and rumours of Ebola stalk Freetown-Paris flight

    Chinese people fleeing Ebola, angry Africans, understaffed flight crew, rumours and fears: the Air France flight from Freetown to Paris seemed to encapsulate the global panic in the face of the Ebola outbreak. The crew is short-staffed because employees are not exactly beating down the door of the Airbus A330 to fly to or from Ebola-hit West Africa. Air France is one of the few airlines still flying to affected countries, as nations close their borders for fear of the outbreak that has claimed around 1,350 lives. No one wore masks on the 20-minute hop between Freetown and Conakry (180 kilometres, 110 miles), nor the long-haul flight to Paris that landed early Thursday morning.

  • U.S. protests intercept of Navy jet by Chinese warplane

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States charged on Friday that a Chinese fighter pilot conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a Navy patrol plane in international air space this week, flying a few yards (meters) from the U.S. Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the United States lodged a formal diplomatic protest with Beijing over the incident, which took place on Tuesday 135 miles (215 km) east of Hainan Island, site of a sensitive Chinese submarine base. Kirby said the Chinese fighter jet made several passes at the P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane, crossing over and under it. "And it is certainly not in keeping with the kind of military-to-military ... relations that we'd like to have with China." In April 2001, a similar aggressive intercept of U.S.

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