• Australian PM says police raids follow threat of beheading

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Intelligence showed that militants connected with Islamic State were planning to behead a member of the public in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday after hundreds of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation. Abbott said…

  • Nuclear deal elusive as Iran, six powers resume talks in New York

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A diplomatic breakthrough is unlikely on a nuclear deal to end sanctions against Iran when talks resume in New York this week between Tehran and six world powers deadlocked after a year of negotiations. The talks between Iran and the United States,…

  • Japan minister denies ties to hate speech group, government says

    TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese cabinet minister did not know that people with whom she was photographed years ago belonged to a right-wing group now known for "hate speech" demos, a government spokesman said on Thursday, the third recent case of politically embarrassing snapshots of Prime Minister…

  • 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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  • Income inequality: States struggle to balance budgets as rich-poor gap widens

    A widening gap in incomes between the rich and the middle class may be hitting US states where it hurts – making it harder for them to raise the tax revenue they need for balancing their budgets. In most states, tax revenue growth has not kept pace with growth of the overall economy since the…

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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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  • Yemen's Shiite rebels fighting in Sanaa suburb

    Sanaa, Yemen (AP) — Security officials say Shiite rebels have reached a suburb of Yemen's capital where they are fighting Sunni militias and besieging a university run by one of the nation's best known Sunni radicals.

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    SYDNEY (AP) — Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday. The raids involving 800 federal and state police officers — the largest in…

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  • Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group by detaining 15 people and raiding more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday.

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  • Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland began voting Thursday on whether to become independent, in a referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest country since the collapse of Yugoslavia.

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  • UK 'raises concern' over bikini remarks by Thai junta chief

    Bangkok (AFP) - Britain on Thursday raised concerns after Thailand's junta leader suggested tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, as DNA tests failed to yield a breakthrough in the hunt for the killers of two British holidaymakers.

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  • Royal and Ancient golf club set for historic vote on women members

    London (AFP) - The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that prominent figures from women's golf will be allowed to join if it votes to accept female members Thursday.

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  • Alkmaar says Alex Pastoor won't become head coach

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — AZ Alkmaar says Alex Pastoor has rejected an offer to become the club's new head coach in the wake of Marco van Basten's decision to step down from the job.

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  • Breivik's father feels guilt over son's dark path

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The father of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik says he grapples with guilt for not being closer to his son when he was growing up.

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  • EU court OKs airlines' right to charge for luggage

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court says airlines are allowed to charge passengers an extra fee for checking in luggage.

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  • Murray signals backing for Scottish independence

    LONDON (AP) — After years of carefully avoiding taking a side on the issue, former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has signaled his support for Scottish independence.

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