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  • Defiant Putin eyes pro-Russian statelet in Ukraine: analysts

    Russian strongman Vladimir Putin first used "Novorossiya" -- the loaded Tsarist-era name for what is now southern and eastern Ukraine -- just after annexing Crimea from Ukraine in March, sparking outrage in Kiev. The Kremlin made a reference to the term again on Friday when it released Putin's address to Ukraine's pro-Russian separatists, pointedly calling them defenders of "Novorossiya" (New Russia).

  • Hundreds march in Ferguson to protest police shooting: local media

    (Reuters) - Hundreds of marchers took to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, local media reported, with protesters calling for justice three weeks after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot the 18-year-old Brown on Aug. 9. For days after the shooting, police and demonstrators in Ferguson clashed nightly, with authorities coming under fire for mass arrests and what critics said were the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear.

  • Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home
    Intelligence nightmare: Extremists returning home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials.

  • Court: Man can't build road across neighbor's land

    A state appeals court has ruled against a landowner who wanted to access his landlocked property by building a road through a neighbor's land, the latest decision in a long-running dispute about how the ...

  • Polish president warns Germany of Putin's 'empire' ambitions

    Polish President Bronis law Komorowski said that Vladimir Putin is trying to build a new Russian empire for Moscow and that the region now had to choose whether it wanted "a Cossack Europe or a democratic one". "Russia has carried out an invasion in Ukraine," the Polish head of state told German public radio, according to excerpts of an interview to be broadcast later on Saturday. Komorowski said Putin was quite open about his ambitions to "rebuild the empire". The Polish president, whose post is largely ceremonial but does give him a say in foreign policy, is an ally of Prime Minister Donald Tusk from the centrist Civic Platform (PO).

  • Police officer resigns, another is fired after Ferguson incidents
    Police officer resigns, another is fired after Ferguson incidents

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A police officer has resigned after pointing a rifle at protesters during racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and another has been fired for inappropriate social media posts stemming from the two weeks of civil unrest, officials said on Friday. Violent protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson after white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed black 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, drawing global attention to the state of race relations in the United States. Police and demonstrators in Ferguson clashed nightly for days after the shooting, with authorities coming under fire for mass arrests and the what critics said were the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear. At a protest on Aug. 19, Ray Albers, a police officer in the neighboring community of St. Ann, pointed his rifle at a Ferguson protester during a heated verbal exchange, an episode that was captured on video and widely circulated on social media.

  • What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble
    What dispute? India and China ignore land squabble

    NEW DELHI (AP) — For more than 50 years, it has pitted India against China — a smoldering dispute over who should control a swath of land larger than Austria. Two militaries have skirmished. A brief, bloody war has been fought. And today, thousands of soldiers from both countries sit deployed along their shared frontier, doing little but watching each other.

  • Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
    Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

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