• Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching open border crossings, the United Nations said. Syrians desperate to…

  • Pakistan leader distances himself from army as crisis drags on

    By Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he did not turn to the military for help to defuse the…

  • U.N. tries to locate Fijian peacekeepers seized on Golan Heights

    By Luke Baker QUNEITRA Golan Heights (Reuters) - U.N. officials shuttled along the rocky frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, trying to establish the whereabouts of 43 United Nations peacekeepers seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants inside Syria. Israeli forces…

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  • Confessions of a Washington tan suit wearer

    President Obama wore a tan suit on Thursday during his press conference on the situations in Syria and Ukraine. It’s tough to be president of the United States. Ronald Reagan had a suit that appeared to be made of a purple check tablecloth. First lady Nancy Reagan enlisted presidential aide…

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  • What about Ukraine and Russia's other conflict – over gas?

    Although the military conflict in Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russia rebels is worsening, there's another battlefront in the conflict between Kiev and Moscow: the economic war over gas. European officials are scrambling to bring Russia and Ukraine to the bargaining table to negotiate…

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  • Why Japan's Abe and India's Modi are Asia's new best friends

    The blossoming economic and diplomatic ties between Tokyo and New Delhi were evident even before India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, leaves Saturday for his first major diplomatic debut: a five-day state visit to Tokyo that will include talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and an audience with…

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  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • Mourinho ready for life without Torres

    Jose Mourinho insisted Friday he wanted to keep Fernando Torres at Chelsea, but admitted he would allow the striker to leave Stamford Bridge if the right deal can be done. Torres has been linked with a move to AC Milan during this month's transfer window after finding himself third choice striker…

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  • Brazilian club promises to punish racist fans

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish the fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game.

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  • US steps up sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

    Washington (AFP) - The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

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  • 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…

  • Poland bars overflight by Russian defense minister's plane: Russian agency

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Poland refused permission for a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to fly through its airspace while attempting to return from a visit to Slovakia, RIA news agency said on Friday. RIA said the minister's plane turned around and landed back in the Slovak capital…

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  • Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says

    By Alexei Anishchuk LAKE SELIGER Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia's armed forces, backed by its nuclear arsenal, were ready to meet any aggression, declaring at a pro-Kremlin youth camp that foreign states should understand: "It's best not to mess with us." Putin…

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  • Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

    By Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have routed its troops on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. …

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  • EU ministers discuss new response to Russia over Ukraine

    By Francesca Landini and Lisa Jucca MILAN (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers met in Italy on Friday to find what a diplomatic source said would be a clear message on sanctions for EU heads of states to make to Russia over its actions in Ukraine. The five-month conflict in Ukraine…

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  • No respite for South Sudan: cholera down but malaria, parasitic disease up: MSF

    By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - South Sudan's cholera crisis is waning but humanitarian workers are now battling increased cases of malaria and the parasitic disease kala azar, with children most affected. At least 10,000 people have been killed since the fighting erupted in…

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  • Iraqi town holds out against militant juggernaut

    BAGHDAD (AP) — As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight.

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  • De Marchi wins 7th Vuelta stage, Valverde leads

    ALCAUDETE, Spain (AP) — Alessandro de Marchi of Italy pulled away from a small breakaway group to win an accident-filled seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, while Alejandro Valverde maintained the overall lead.

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