• Iraqi and Kurdish forces bid to break Islamic State siege of town

    By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters on Saturday in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said. Two officers said Iraqi troops, militia and Kurdish peshmerga were advancing from four…

  • Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.

    By Louis Charbonneau and Avi Ohayon UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Thirty-two Philippine U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamists who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, U.N. officials said, while militants…

  • EU wields Russia sanctions threat but timing vague

    By Alastair Macdonald and Andreas Rinke BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain. After a lengthy…

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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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  • U.S. conducts air strikes on militants near besieged Iraqi town

    The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and dropped humanitarian supplies to civilians in the area, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the operation to prevent an Islamic State…

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  • US OPEN SCENE: Djokovic gives singer the spotlight

    NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic used some of his spotlight as the world's top tennis player to let another light shine.

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  • US airstrikes and aid for Iraqi town under siege

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An international airdrop of food and water supported by U.S. airstrikes sought to bring relief to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night.

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  • Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Hundreds of people were injured as Pakistani police battled throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with tear gas, batons and rubber bullets outside the prime minister's official residence and the adjacent parliament building.

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  • Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday.

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  • Bouchard reaches US Open's 4th round for 1st time

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard pulled out a suddenly tight match Saturday night, edging 30th-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to reach the U.S. Open's fourth round for the first time.

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  • Isner loses to Kohlschreiber in US Open 3rd round

    NEW YORK (AP) — Once again, John Isner's trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.

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  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military chief says more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said Sunday in the Philippine capital, Manila, that the Filipino peacekeepers…

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  • Suzann Pettersen tied for Portland Classic lead

    PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Defending champion Suzann Pettersen shot her second straight 5-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic.

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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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