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  • Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.

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  • Air strikes not enough to destroy Islamic State: U.S. general

    By Adrian Croft WIESBADEN Germany (Reuters) - Air strikes alone will not be enough to destroy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and Baghdad will need training to rebuild ground forces capable of “going after them and rooting them out,” the U.S. Army Chief of Staff said on Wednesday. Three…

    Reuters17 mins ago
  • Rise in extremists recruiting French women, girls

    PARIS (AP) — Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday.

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  • Egypt blames organised crime after migrant shipwreck deaths

    Cairo (AFP) - Egypt on Wednesday blamed organised criminal gangs of people traffickers operating on its territory after a boat carrying 500 illegal migrants was intentionally capsized off Malta.

    AFP40 mins ago
  • Spanish PM Rajoy warns independence votes 'torpedo' Europe

    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fired a last-minute broadside on Wednesday against Scotland's independence referendum, warning that such events "torpedo" the foundations of Europe and wreak economic recessions. Rajoy's center-right government has been trying to quell calls…

    Reuters43 mins ago
  • Brown appeals to Scots' patriotism for vote against split

    Glasgow (AFP) - Former British prime minister Gordon Brown appealed to wartime patriotism at a rally in Glasgow on Wednesday, calling on Scots to reject independence in a momentous referendum less than a day away.

    AFP54 mins ago
  • World holds its breath, mostly hoping Scots vote 'No'

    By Paul Taylor PARIS (Reuters) - The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote "No" to independence from Britain in Thursday's referendum. For reasons of self-interest and geopolitics, major powers from Beijing to Washington and Moscow to New Delhi are quietly praying the…

    Reuters
  • Scotland campaigns race for votes on referendum eve

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Campaigners for and against Scottish independence scrambled for votes on Wednesday on the eve of a knife-edge referendum that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers with greater autonomy.

    AFP
  • France's Hollande heads for showdown over job deregulation drive

    By Nicholas Vinocur and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande has angered everyone from medics to taxi drivers enough to drive them onto the streets in recent months but there is one profession few expected to see on the march: France's well-heeled "notaires". Roughly the…

    Reuters
  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have…

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  • Bank of England remains split on rates

    LONDON (AP) — Bank of England policymakers remain divided on whether to raise interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting in favor of keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent.

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  • Ignored and fed up, UK regions call for Scottish-style devolution

    By Paul Sandle and Sarah Young CAERNARFON/YORK (Reuters) - Scotland's chance to vote for independence has lit hopes in other regions of Britain that a reworking of political ties might boost their chances of self-rule too. London-based parliamentarians have been wrong-footed by a late surge of…

    Reuters
  • Bayern Munich host familiar foes Manchester City

    Munich (Germany) (AFP) - For the fifth time in four years, European giants Bayern Munich and Manchester City will play each other in the Champions League group stages.

    AFP
  • Brazil election may change diplomatic direction

    SAO PAULO (AP) — More than a decade of Workers Party rule has seen Brazil prioritize ties with its leftist regional neighbors, from helping muscle socialist Venezuela into the Mercosur trade bloc to financing a billion-dollar transformation of an industrial port in Cuba.

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  • Deadly gunbattles in east Ukraine despite autonomy offer

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Fierce gunbattles erupted around the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Wednesday, with two civilians killed just a day after lawmakers in Kiev held out an offer of self-rule to the pro-Russian separatists.

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  • How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?

    Brussels (AFP) - Russia could go even further in Ukraine with the "frozen conflict" strategy it has tried and tested in other countries, and may even end up annexing around half of Ukrainian territory, analysts say.

    AFP
  • Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists.

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