• Putin warns Ukraine against implementing EU deal -letter

    By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Moscow will curtail Ukraine's access to vital Russian markets if Kiev implements any part of a trade agreement with the European Union, President Vladimir Putin warned in a letter, toughening his stance on a deal at the center of East-West tensions. In a letter…

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  • Iraq PM Abadi retires two top generals after Islamic State conquests

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi retired two senior generals on Tuesday as part of an overhaul of armed forces that collapsed this summer in the face of Islamic State insurgents who seized wide areas of northern and western Iraq. The two commanders had been close allies of…

  • Russian MPs back initial proposal to curb foreign media ownership

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers gave initial backing on Tuesday to a draft law limiting foreign ownership of Russian media to 20 percent from the existing ceiling of 50 percent, a move critics say will reinforce the dominance of outlets loyal to the Kremlin. With only one…

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  • Pixel by pixel, Taiwan maps out claims to contested South China Sea

    Wang Cheng-gi laughs nervously as he discusses the detailed new maps of the disputed South China Sea being drawn in his corner office at Taiwan’s Department of Land Administration. 

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  • Israel kills kidnapping suspects: Does that close book on saga, or reopen it?

    Israel’s kidnapping saga is finally over. Or is it?

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  • Adam Green puts wind in the sails of inner-city students

    Adam Green has taken arts and crafts education to a whole new level.

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  • French hostage in Algeria highlights growing reach of Islamic State

    A French mountaineer in Algeria is the first Western hostage to have been seized by an Islamic State affiliate outside of Syria, underlining a chilling acceleration of threats by the terrorist organization and raising new concerns about the breadth of its reach. 

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  • Chad considering anti-gay legislation, says group

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Amnesty International says a draft anti-gay bill in Chad represents a backward step for human rights in the country.

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  • Yemen leader warns of civil war, rebels cry 'victory'

    Sanaa (AFP) - President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi warned Tuesday of "civil war" in Sunni-majority Yemen and vowed to restore state authority as Shiite rebels in apparent near-total control of Sanaa hailed their "victory".

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  • US clampdown on tax maneuver leaves its mark

    NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of companies pursuing overseas deals that could lower their tax rates are under pressure after the U.S. unveiled rules that would make those deals less lucrative.

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  • Three killed, including shooter, at UPS facility in Alabama

    (Reuters) - Three people were killed, including the gunman, in a shooting on Tuesday at a United Parcel Service Inc facility in Alabama, police said. The shooting occurred at a company facility in the Inglenook neighborhood of Birmingham, said Birmingham Police Captain Jerry Wiley. (Reporting by…

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  • UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth.

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  • Iran says nuclear suspicions are 'fabricated ambiguities'

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran dismissed on Tuesday as "fabricated ambiguities" suspicions that it has carried out nuclear arms research, a day after it came under renewed Western pressure to help clear up U.N. watchdog concerns about its atomic energy program. Addressing an annual meeting…

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  • US warns Ebola could infect 1.4 million by 2015

    Washington (AFP) - The number of Ebola infections in Liberia and Sierra Leone could skyrocket to 1.4 million by January 2015, according to a worst-case scenario released by US health authorities Tuesday.

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  • Pentagon says Khorasan group was nearing attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say.

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  • Salmond warns of 'delay and confusion' on Scotland autonomy

    London (AFP) - Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond warned on Tuesday that promised new powers for Scotland that may have tipped its referendum on independence were threatened by "delay and confusion" in London.

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  • French jihadis linked to 2012 Toulouse gunman arrested after return from Syria

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - Three Frenchmen, including the brother-in-law of a Toulouse-based al Qaeda-inspired gunman who killed seven people in 2012, were arrested on Tuesday at a Paris airport suspected of having joined Islamic militants in Syria, a French official said. Around 150 militants…

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  • Azerbaijan nabs 26 alleged militants

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Authorities in Azerbaijan have arrested 26 citizens of the former Soviet nation accused of joining militant groups in Syria, including the Islamic State one.

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