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  • Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of embattled Ukraine to the White House, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

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  • Tight EU borders fuel deadly smuggling business: Amnesty

    Brussels (AFP) - Tight EU border controls are fuelling the business of smugglers who allegedly sank a boat in the Mediterranean last week, killing 500 migrants on board, Amnesty International said Thursday.

    AFP
  • Boyfriend jeans a hit on the Milan runway

    MILAN (AP) — Hey girlfriend, baggy boyfriend jeans are all the rage on the Milan runway this season.

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  • US welcomes Poroshenko for symbolic visit

    Washington (AFP) - The United States welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday on a visit ringing with symbolism, which nevertheless underlined the limits of Western support for Kiev in its showdown with Russia.

    AFP
  • Ukraine president secures U.S. military aid but not weapons

    By Patricia Zengerle and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists. Images of Poroshenko…

    Reuters
  • 3-minute concussion breaks in European matches

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Referees have been given the power to stop matches in European competitions for three minutes to fully assess head injuries.

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  • Luiten leads Wales Open by 1 after 1st round

    NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Joost Luiten birdied seven of his last 10 holes to grab a one-shot lead in the first round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Thursday.

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  • Ukraine calls on football bodies to suspend Russia

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine's football federation called on FIFA and UEFA on Thursday to suspend 2018 World Cup host Russia from international football over the Crimea crisis.

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  • European nations sign treaty to fight match-fixing

    MACOLIN, Switzerland (AP) — Fifteen European countries have signed a treaty pledging better prevention and prosecution of match-fixing and corruption in sports.

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  • Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent jihadists entering his country and traveling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants. Thousands of foreign fighters from countries including Turkey,…

    Reuters
  • France ready for greater EU integration with Germany: Hollande

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he was ready to go further on European Union integration with Germany and wanted to move towards a "two-speed" Europe. "France is ready for new initiatives, not to undo the treaties, but to go further with Germany in terms of…

    Reuters
  • Last month was hottest August since 1880: US

    Washington (AFP) - Last month was the hottest August on record for global average temperatures over land and ocean surfaces, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

    AFP
  • Ukraine leader warns of Russia threat, seeks US support

    Washington (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called for greater political and military support from Washington and tighter sanctions on Russia as he told US lawmakers that Kremlin aggression represented a threat to global security.

    AFP
  • Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

    By Karolin Schaps and Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor…

    Reuters
  • Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland voted on Thursday in an epic independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state since the collapse of Yugoslavia.

    AFP
  • French group develops mass electric car charging stations

    By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge. A typical charging station of the popular…

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  • Ukraine reports sporadic violations of cease-fire

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's cease-fire appears largely to be holding, with one killing reported in the last two days in Donetsk, one of the hardest-hit cities in the conflict, officials said Thursday.

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