• Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

    By Richard Balmforth and Adrian Croft KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. Ukrainian…

  • Polls say Scotland will spurn independence, but are they right?

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Opinion polls, financial markets and bookmakers are unanimous - Scotland will reject independence in a historic referendum next month and the United Kingdom will endure. "Pollsters are particularly nervous given the disparity between them," John Curtice, a…

  • Car bomber, gunmen attack security site in Somali capital: police

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber rammed a national-intelligence facility in Somalia's capital on Sunday and gunmen then attacked the building, which is used to hold suspected militants a senior police officer said. "A suicide car bomb and armed militants entered the national security…

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  • Why anti-gun Moms target Kroger stores for next firearms ban

    Ten days into a campaign to get the nation's largest supermarket chain to ban guns, Kroger is walking a tightrope. The gun-control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is calling on shoppers to boycott the Cincinnati-based grocery chain unless the store supports their position of…

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  • No Islamic State strategy? Obama gets lots of unsought advice

    As the Obama administration works out its strategy for confronting the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria, President Obama is getting lots of urgent advice. Obama, of course, left himself open to unsolicited suggestions and criticisms earlier this week when he said, “We don’t have a…

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  • Tony Stewart back to racing: Did NASCAR handle Kevin Ward’s death right?

    Did NASCAR make the right decision in allowing one of its best stock-car racers, No. 14 Tony Stewart, to return to racing this weekend at Atlanta despite an ongoing criminal investigation into his role in the death of sprint car racer Kevin Ward, on Aug. 9? Mr. Stewart, whose sprint car struck and…

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  • Bob McDonnell: Is once popular Virginia governor headed for prison?

    The long and downward-spiraling tale of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell – worthy of a Shakespeare or more likely the script writer for an afternoon soap – is headed for its pathetic legal conclusion. The 25-day federal corruption trial of Mr. McDonnell and his wife Maureen, their adult children…

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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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  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader, saying it would create a "chaotic society" in a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub.

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  • Iceland raises volcano aviation alert again

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area.

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  • Iceland issues red alert after new eruption near volcano

    Reykjavik (AFP) - Iceland on Sunday raised the alert level near its largest volcano to red, the maximum value, after a new eruption in an adjacent lava field, meaning an air traffic ban around the Bardarbunga peak.

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  • Australia to join multinational weapons drop into Iraq

    Australia will drop military equipment and aid to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq in response to a request from the United States, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday. Australia will join Canada, Italy, France, Britain and the United States in providing arms…

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  • China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote

    By Michael Martina and James Pomfret BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city's Central business district by disappointed…

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  • Frankfurt striker Valdez out for several months

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez has been ruled out for several months with a cruciate ligament rupture sustained in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

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  • Large explosion, gunfire at Somalia's intelligence HQ

    Mogadishu (AFP) - Suspected Shebab militants attacked Somalia's intelligence headquarters in central Mogadishu on Sunday, setting off a bomb and opening fire on the complex, police and witnesses said.

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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops still in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked…

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  • New fissure eruption at Iceland volcano prompts highest aviation warning

    A new fissure eruption in an ice-free area of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise their warning level for the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level of red on Sunday. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by…

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  • Sydney beats Brisbane to win gay rugby tournament

    SYDNEY (AP) — The Sydney Convicts beat the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0 Sunday to win the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament that attracted 24 teams from 15 countries and 1,000 players and supporters to Sydney.

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