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- No sign of quick end to Ukraine conflict
- Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war
- What If We Got Rid of Textbooks?
- Ukraine crisis forces European defense spending rethink
By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine may achieve what successive U.S. The Ukraine crisis has been a reality check for NATO countries that believed they no longer faced a pressing military threat following the collapse of the Soviet Union. After years of sharp defense cuts, partly forced on them by the financial crisis, there are signs that some NATO countries, particularly in central and eastern Europe, are ready to increase defense spending, or at least stop the slide. Some, alarmed by Russia's actions in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, are bringing forward purchases of weaponry.
- Ebola has 'upper hand' says US health official
- Iraq forces ready bid to break jihadist siege of Shiite town
Iraq was massing forces Wednesday for an operation to break a two-month jihadist siege of a Shiite Turkmen town north of Baghdad, amid growing fears for residents short of supplies. The planned counter-offensive around the Salaheddin province town of Amerli comes amid reports that US President Barack Obama is weighing a decision to authorise air strikes and aid drops in the area to help thousands of trapped civilians. According to a civilian volunteer commander, thousands of Shiite militiamen from groups including Asaib Ahl al-Haq and the Badr Organisation are gathering in the Tuz Khurmatu area, north of Amerli, in preparation for a battle to break the siege. There is "no possibility of evacuating them so far", and only limited humanitarian assistance is reaching the town, said Eliana Nabaa, spokeswoman for the UN mission in Iraq.
- Mom pleads for release of captive U.S. journalist
- Big Windows 9 leak reveals ‘awesome’ upgrade pricing for XP and Windows 8 users
As Microsoft is readying the public release of its Windows 9 Technical Preview, Myce reports that Russian hacker group WZOR has released more details about the upcoming operating system. FROM EARLIER: More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak According to the group, Microsoft is still toying with the idea of making Windows 9 a free upgrade for existing users who have purchased a retail or OEM version of Windows 8. The company is also toying with the idea of selling the upgrade to Windows 9 for just $20. Similarly, an “awesome” upgrade offer is apparently in the works for Windows XP users, whom Microsoft is desperately trying to move to a newer Windows versions. Specific details about