• Brazil's Rousseff closes in on Silva ahead of October vote

    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has clawed back support at the expense of her main opponent in next month's presidential election, a poll showed on Friday, suggesting the runoff that should decide the vote is too close to call. Marina Silva surged in the…

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  • Yamal, Russia's gas megaplan, becomes symbol of sanctions defiance

    By Katya Golubkova and Dmitry Zhdannikov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Dozens of Russian energy ventures are in jeopardy due to Western sanctions on technology and funding. Looming over them all, a giant project the Kremlin is bent on saving no matter what. The Yamal plan, a $27 billion investment to tap vast…

  • North Korea probe on Japan abductees in early stage: Japan government

    TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea has told Japan it can only give a preliminary report on the status of its investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang decades ago and of other missing Japanese, the government spokesman in Tokyo said on Friday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has…

  • Why Ukraine speaks of civilization to Americans

    Ukraine’s crisis is almost a year old, first triggered by its drive for close economic ties with Europe. After a democratic revolution in Kiev, a war that has left thousands dead, and now an uneasy truce, it is more evident why Russian leader Vladimir Putin reacted so harshly.

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  • Why Congress must vote on Obama's war with IS

    Some wars are necessary. Yet war itself is human folly. Reconciling these two seeming truths will long remain a challenge, President Obama stated in a 2009 speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • To save Africans from Ebola, salve their fears

    As the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Liberia is no longer just a country. It is also now a patient, one that is rapidly coming under the care of the world health community.

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  • Ray Rice case: Can NFL leadership weather media firestorm?

    A week after the Ray Rice video surfaced, the National Football League is still scrambling to douse the media firestorm over the league’s handling of domestic violence by its players.  Commissioner Roger Goodell has come in for heavy criticism over his handling of a domestic abuse case involving…

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  • 6 killed, 14 wounded in east Ukraine city

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported Monday — the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect Sept. 5.

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  • Royal and Ancient Golf Club to allow women members

    London (AFP) - The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews on Thursday voted to allow women members for the first time in its 260-year history.

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  • Denmark's Australian swimming coach to resign

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Swimming Federation says Australian-born head coach Shannon Rollason will resign for family reasons.

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  • Russia's Kudrin says government changes, political will key to better business climate

    SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - Russia's investment climate will not improve unless there are changes in the country's leadership and political will for such an improvement, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Friday. Kudrin, who was forced to resign from his post in 2011 after protesting…

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  • Scotland votes 'No' by 55.3%: final result

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland rejected independence from the United Kingdom by 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent, on a record 84.6 percent turnout, final results showed Friday.

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  • Cheers and tears from winners and losers in Scotland referendum

    By Angus MacSwan Edinburgh (Reuters) - As Scotland's regions reported their decisions in a momentous independence referendum to the central counting operation in Edinburgh in the early hours of Friday morning, the "Yes" supporters' mood grew ever more deflated. The votes piled up in favor of…

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  • 84 S.Africans killed in Nigeria church collapse: official

    Johannesburg (AFP) - The number of South Africans known to have died in the collapse of a multi-storey megachurch in Lagos last week has risen to 84, Pretoria's high commissioner to Nigeria said Friday.

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  • Russia says backs U.N. draft resolution on 'terrorist fighters'

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow endorses a draft resolution on combatting foreign "terrorist fighters" proposed by Washington at the U.N. Security Council, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry official on Friday as saying. "On the whole, it is acceptable for us in its current form,"…

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  • Nepal clears Indian firm to build power plant

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government has endorsed plans for Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment, officials said Friday.

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  • Shi'ite rebels shell Yemen state TV, residents flee fighting

    SANAA (Reuters) - Armed Shi'ite rebels shelled Yemen's state television in Sanaa on Friday and hundreds of residents were fleeing the capital fearing an escalation of violence after weeks of fighting and protests, local officials said. Shi'ite Houthi gunmen pushed into the capital Sanaa after…

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