• Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

    By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance. The…

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  • Russia's Putin says sanctions violate principles of WTO

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Western sanctions against Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to combat them was to develop the domestic market. At a meeting with senior officials, Putin said Russia had no intention of…

  • Israel believes Syria kept 'significant' chemical munitions

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday. Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates…

  • 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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  • Hollande says France doesn't pay ransoms for hostages

    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed on Thursday that Paris did not pay ransoms or exchange prisoners for the release of its citizens that are held hostage overseas. When asked why France had been able to secure from Islamic State the release of four of its nationals in…

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  • Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent jihadists entering his country and traveling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants. Thousands of foreign fighters from countries including Turkey,…

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  • Britain to face US in 1st round of Davis Cup again

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Britain will host the United States in a first-round rematch in next year's Davis Cup.

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  • Stocks creep higher on encouraging news

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market headed higher Thursday as investors received more encouraging news on the economy. The slight gains come a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it's in no rush to raise interest rates.

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  • Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting

    LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) — Federal police on Thursday vowed to crack down on lawlessness and restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.

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  • Nigeria police have special 'torture officers': Amnesty

    LAGOS (Reuters) - Torture is so common in Nigeria's police force that many police stations have a designated officer to carry out atrocities such as pulling teeth, choking, raping and delivering electric shocks to detainees, Amnesty International said on Thursday. In a report entitled "Welcome to…

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  • Leading Bahrain activist released from jail

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry said Thursday that police have released human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, who was being held for questioning after her arrest on arrival in the Gulf Arab country last month.

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  • UEFA lifts ban on Israeli teams hosting matches

    NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has lifted the ban on Israeli teams playing European matches at home that was imposed during the recent Israel-Hamas conflict.

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  • Gazans dead in shipwreck driven out by poverty, war

    Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Unemployed and shattered by 50 days of war in Gaza, Yasser decided to seek a better life elsewhere, boarding a boat to Europe that sank off Malta last week.

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  • France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

    PARIS (Reuters) - France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday. "I have decided to respond positively to the Iraqi authorities to provide…

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