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  • Ukraine ratifies landmark EU pact, offers self-rule in east
    Ukraine ratifies landmark EU pact, offers self-rule in east

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday ratified a landmark EU pact and adopted laws granting self-rule to the east in crucial votes that will shape the future of the splintered former Soviet state.

  • Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?
    Next title: Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II can keep her magnificent Scottish castle at Balmoral should Scots vote for independence — and chances are she will be able to keep her role as well.

  • WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up
    WestJet to charge some customers for first checked bag, stock up

    By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd said on Monday it will start charging some economy passengers for their first checked bag, sending its stock, as well as the shares of rival Air Canada , up more than 6 percent. BMO Capital Markets analyst Fadi Chamoun said the change is likely to boost WestJet's earnings, and that Air Canada is likely to follow suit with a similar fee, strengthening its own results. ...

  • Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane: monitor group
    Islamic State shoots down Syrian war plane: monitor group

    Islamic State fighters shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said. The plane came down outside Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa city, 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus, during air strikes on territory controlled by the group, a resident said. ...

  • Turkish reluctance hurts U.S. plans for coalition against Islamic State

    By Jonny Hogg and Nick Tattersall ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - When Washington takes its bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters into Syria, the most it can probably hope for from one of its closest allies in the region will be grudging consent. Turkey, a NATO member with a big U.S. air base and long borders with both Iraq and Syria, has made clear that it is still unconvinced by U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to bomb Islamic State fighters in two of its neighbors. ...

  • Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine
    Russia to send troops to Crimea as NATO holds exercises in Ukraine

    By Thomas Grove MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia threatened to send more troops to its newly-annexed territory of Crimea on Tuesday, after NATO began exercises in western Ukraine while Kiev's forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the escalation of tensions in Ukraine and the presence of foreign military near Russia's borders made the deployment of troops a top priority in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. ...

  • Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show
    Scientists' colossal squid exam a kraken good show

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

  • Did Sears get gouged by its own CEO?
    Did Sears get gouged by its own CEO?

    Jeff Macke on the sweet deal Eddie Lampert received when lending $400 million to Sears

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