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  • Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

    HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

    Associated Press29 mins ago
  • British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt

    By Kate Holton and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Muslim leaders urged people to contact police if they knew the identity of the man with an English accent who appeared in a video showing the beheading of an American journalist. The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim umbrella…

    Reuters53 mins ago
  • Mento performer Joseph 'Powda' Bennett dies at 76

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican folk musician Joseph Bennett, who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, has died in his Caribbean homeland. He was 76.

    Associated Press54 mins ago
  • A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

    A look at how the United States and various European nations have dealt with hostage-taking and ransom demands for their citizens in recent years:

    Associated Press
  • 'Ambiguous warfare' providing NATO with new challenge

    By Peter Apps WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, NATO has been publicly refocusing on its old Cold War foe Moscow. The threats it now believes it faces, however, are distinctly different to those of the latter half of the 20th century.     The West then was…

    Reuters
  • British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

    By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called on Thursday for action to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. In Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. Justice Department had…

    Reuters
  • Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

    PARIS (AP) — The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop them.

    Associated Press
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko says will urge rebel withdrawal at meeting with Putin

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action for pro-Russian separatists to be withdrawn from Ukraine when the two men meet next week, his website said. Poroshenko is scheduled to see Putin in the Belarussian capital Minsk…

    Reuters
  • Ukraine's Poroshenko says he could dissolve parliament on Sunday

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he might announce the dissolution of parliament as early as Sunday - a move that will set up a parliamentary election in Ukraine in late October. "The decision will be made when there is a constitutional basis for it and that moment, as…

    Reuters
  • Syria sees Islamist threat bringing detente with West, but not soon

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria is wagering that Islamic State's push to reshape the Middle East will eventually force a hostile West to deal with President Bashar al-Assad as the only way to tackle the threat. While Assad's forces escalate their fight with Islamic State militants in the…

    Reuters
  • 5 free things to do in Stockholm

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — There's no shortage of ways to spend your money in Stockholm, one of Europe's most expensive cities.

    Associated Press
  • European soccer clubs opening US academies

    MIAMI (AP) — As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.

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  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin.

    Associated Press
  • Gazprom says Ukraine's unpaid gas bill tops $5 billion

    Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom said on Thursday that Ukraine's outstanding debt for gas supplies stood at $5.3 billion as of Aug. 1 and called on Kiev to ensure that gas continues to transit without disruption to Europe. "Gazprom counts on Naftogaz of Ukraine to stick to its obligations on…

    Reuters
  • Reformist journalist freed on bail in Iran

    An Iranian journalist who covered parliament for pro-reform media has been released on bail almost three months after being detained, her lawyer said on Thursday. Saba Azarpeyk was freed late Wednesday on bail of two billion rials ($65,000), set by prosecutors overseeing crimes related to media…

    AFP
  • Isner cruises in 3rd-round match

    WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner made short work of his third-round match Wednesday in the Winston-Salem Open, beating Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).

    Associated Press
  • West Africa must confront political weaknesses to curb drugs trade: Obasanjo

    West Africa must openly confront its political and governance weaknesses to curb the growing drug trade in the region, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Wednesday. "West Africa is no longer only a transit zone of drugs but an attractive destination where pushers take advantage of…

    Reuters