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  • Iceland raises volcano alert to red after eruption

    Iceland raised its aviation alert over the nation's largest volcano to red on Friday, after the Bardarbunga peak began erupting overnight. A ban on air traffic around the country's largest volcanic system was also put in place, but the authorities said there were no signs of spewing ash. A major…

    AFP14 mins ago
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.

    Associated Press55 mins ago
  • Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no volcanic ash detected

    A small eruption has occurred north of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after nearly two weeks of earthquakes in the region but no volcanic ash has been detected, authorities said on Friday. The estimated 1-km fissure eruption in the Holuhraun area prompted the Icelandic Met Office to raise the…

    Reuters
  • Volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea causes flight diversions

    A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths. Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory…

    Reuters
  • Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group

    Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after the New York-based group, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country. Restis…

    Reuters
  • Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

    Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master. US President Barack Obama led a chorus of growing international condemnation over…

    AFP
  • U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

    By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States openly accused Russia on Thursday of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow's intensified support for separatist forces an…

    Reuters
  • Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

    Associated Press
  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition storms out

    Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new…

    AFP
  • Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in an American-led strategy that has yet to convince Moscow to…

    Associated Press
  • A look at US, European sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia with Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine.

    Associated Press
  • Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

    NEW YORK (AP) — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's reigning royal couple, have tied the knot.

    Associated Press
  • Molinari, Wiesberger share lead at Italian Open

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Home favorite Francesco Molinari and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger both shot 66 to share the first round lead at the Italian Open on Thursday, while Stephen Gallacher's bid to earn a late spot on Europe's Ryder Cup team ran into trouble.

    Associated Press
  • Michel Platini won't run against Sepp Blatter

    MONACO (AP) — Michel Platini won't fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will.

    Associated Press
  • Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

    JERUSALEM (AP) — European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power.

    Associated Press
  • U.S. discussing options in response to Russian involvement in Ukraine

    The United States accused Russia on Thursday of actively fighting in eastern Ukraine in support of separatist forces and said it was considering a range of possible responses including increased sanctions. "It is clear that Russia has not only stepped up its presence in eastern Ukraine and…

    Reuters
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Europe award

    MONACO (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League.

    Associated Press