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  • Iceland Met Office downgrades volcano alert level

    Iceland's Meteorological Office on Friday downgraded its volcano alert level to orange from red and said a small eruption that started during the night is not a threat to aviation. "A 3 nautical mile radius and 5,000 foot altitude immediate safety restricted flight area around the volcanic…

  • Britain raises terror threat level on Iraq, Syria fears

    British Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday the country's terror threat risk level was being raised to "severe" due to fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria. "The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against…

    AFP22 mins ago
  • Russia ready for gas talks with Ukraine, warns of disruptions

    By Katya Golubkova and Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready for talks on resuming gas supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, warning of disruption to flows to Europe this winter if a row over pricing and debts was not resolved. Novak said Moscow was ready…

    Reuters25 mins ago
  • Ukraine seeks NATO membership in response to Russia joining war

    By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Friday it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine's eastern provinces. Formal Ukrainian membership in the Western military…

    Reuters26 mins ago
  • Britain raises terror threat level

    LONDON (AP) — Britain raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely.

    Associated Press28 mins ago
  • Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

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

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  • Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system.

    Associated Press
  • New Turkish cabinet spells little policy shift, Erdogan stays dominant

    By Gulsen Solaker and Nick Tattersall ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kept key members of Turkey's economic management team in place and named Ankara's point man on Europe as foreign minister in a new cabinet on Friday, moves signalling President Tayyip Erdogan's continued…

  • Canadian, Russian diplomats trade jibes over Ukraine dispute

    Canadian and Russian diplomats in Brussels have traded online jibes after the Canadian mission to NATO posted a tongue-in-cheek guide for Russian soldiers unclear about the Russia-Ukraine border. The Canadians' post on Twitter featured a map of the region, with Russia labeled and colored red and…

  • EU energy chief expects gas talks with Russia, Ukraine by mid-September

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Reuters on Friday he expects the trilateral talks between Russia and Ukraine, brokered by the EU, to resume by mid-September. Oettinger has been in Moscow where he met Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak. Russia stopped…

  • Turkey unveils new cabinet of Erdogan allies

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies just a day after he moved from premier to head of state, with former Europe minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promoted to foreign minister. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who took over Erdogan's former job on…

  • Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.

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  • New Turkish cabinet keeps key economic team in place

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new cabinet on Friday, keeping key members of the country's economic management team in place and appointing the man who has managed its affairs with Europe as foreign minister. Outgoing EU Affairs Minister and career diplomat…

  • Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no ash detected

    By Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland raised its alert warning level to maximum on Friday after what it called a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system but said there was no sign of ash that could affect air travel in Europe. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.

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