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  • France seeks international meeting to tackle Islamic State

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Wednesday it wanted to bring together Arab states, Iran and the main world powers to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State insurgents who control large parts of Syria and Iraq. Speaking in an interview with Le Monde French…

    Reuters12 mins ago
  • Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    BERLIN (AP) — Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • FIFA bans Barcelona signing any players in 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
  • Germany, Italy say prepared to send weapons to Iraq's Kurds

    By Sabine Siebold and Roberto Landucci BERLIN/ROME (Reuters) - Germany and Italy joined Britain and France on Wednesday in saying they would arm Iraqi Kurdish security forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, in close coordination with the Baghdad central government. Islamic…

    Reuters33 mins ago
  • Jihadists claim beheading of U.S. journalist

    Jihadist group the Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq. The Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant purportedly beheading the reporter, who has been missing since he was…

    AFP45 mins ago
  • Heineken reports sales, profit drop in first half

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Heineken NV, the Amsterdam-based brewer, has reported first half earnings that show a small drop in both revenues and profits — but says its underlying performance was good.

    Associated Press
  • Some Bank of England board members seek rate hike

    LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England's consensus on maintaining record-low interest rates has crumbled after more than three years, with two members of the central bank's monetary policy committee voting to increase borrowing costs this month.

    Associated Press
  • Austria detains nine suspected of wanting to join militants in Syria

    Nine people suspected of intending to join Islamic militants fighting the government in Syria have been arrested in Austria, Vienna prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Austria Press Agency had reported the nine people were being questioned and a decision on whether to place them in investigative…

  • UN launches aid operation for 500,000 in northern Iraq

    The UN refugee agency said it had launched a huge operation Wednesday to bring desperately needed aid to half a million Iraqis driven from their homes by jihadist rebels. "It's the largest single aid push we have mounted in more than a decade," UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres said in a statement. …

  • AP Analysis: Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza war. Israel's leadership is under domestic pressure not to hand achievements to Hamas after the Islamic militant group fired thousands of rockets…

    Associated Press
  • Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  • UK 'urgently investigates' suspected British executioner in Foley video

    British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is "urgently investigating" the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The video published…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • France urges Israel, Palestinians to talk after ceasefire ends

    French President Francois Hollande called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume truce talks after a Gaza ceasefire collapsed and said the demilitarization of the enclave and a lifting of a blockade should be part of a deal. Israeli air strikes killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza, including the wife…

  • Iceland evacuates area north of rumbling volcano

    Iceland's civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country's Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption. The move came after authorities on Monday warned airlines about increased seismic activity at Iceland's largest volcanic system. Ash from the…

  • Arsenal's Europe hopes intact after Istanbul cauldron

    Arsenal head for the home leg of their Champions League play-off against Besiktas with their hopes intact after surviving the test of a raucous Istanbul crowd and hugely-energised opponents to leave Turkey with a goalless draw. In the first leg of the play-off, Arsenal failed to score the…

  • Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts

    By Sophie Knight SHIZUOKA/OSAKA Japan (Reuters) - Japanese technology firms are applying their expertise in energy-saving and cloud technology to help farmers cope with shifting weather patterns, an onslaught of cheaper imports and a shrinking workforce. Panasonic Corp, Fujitsu Ltd and others,…

  • Iceland evacuates areas close to rumbling volcano

    Iceland on Tuesday began evacuating areas close to its largest volcano after warnings of a possible eruption, four years after millions of air travellers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak. Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga, a huge volcano under Iceland's…