• Russia needs government investment to avoid recession, says former finance minister

    By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia risks slipping into recession because the government is not investing enough in the economy to weather Western sanctions, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday, criticizing the strategy so far. A strong advocate of liberal reforms, Kudrin has…

  • Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Afghan capital

    By Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. troops and a Polish soldier in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months.…

  • Brazil's Neves: An insider in an election about change

    By Caroline Stauffer and Brian Winter BELO HORIZONTE/SAO PAULO Brazil (Reuters) - The handsome, accomplished grandson of one of Brazil's most beloved politicians, Aecio Neves has been preparing his whole life to be president, friends say. "Aecio grew up in a political cradle," said one of his…

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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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  • Islamic State: Obama plan to cut pipeline for US terrorist recruits

    As terrorist organizations step up their efforts to recruit new fighters from the West, the Obama administration announced Monday it would begin partnering with community and religious leaders across the nation to help identify home-grown threats. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the US…

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  • New Hampshire Senate: Are Scott Brown and Jeanne Shaheen really tied?

    Is Republican Scott Brown tied with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire? It’s got the Granite State Senate race all locked up, 48 percent to 48 percent, with the election only seven weeks away. Understandably, that’s made the Republican Party leadership pretty excited. Mr. Brown…

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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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  • Belfast officer who oversaw Adams arrest promoted

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Rival factions in Northern Ireland's unity government are accusing each other of bias after a policeman who oversaw the arrest of Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams was promoted to the force's second-highest post.

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  • U.S. strikes in Syria won't be 'shock and awe', top general says

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday. "We will be prepared to strike ISIL targets in Syria that degrade ISIL's capabilities,"…

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  • Ebola fight will cost $1.0bn, 20,000 cases on horizon: UN

    Geneva (AFP) - Nearly $1.0 billion dollars is needed to fight the Ebola outbreak raging in west Africa, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that 20,000 could be infected by year end.

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  • U.S. Congress poised to approve aid to moderate Syrian rebels

    By Emily Stephenson and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants. The House of…

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  • Dempsey: If campaign fails, ground troops possible

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

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  • Edouard becomes first major hurricane of 2014 Atlantic season: NHC

    (Reuters) - Edouard strengthened into the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season on Tuesday but posed no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Edouard, a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, had top sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km/hr) by 11…

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  • Russian economy minister says aid for sanctions-hit firms better than retaliation: RIA news agency

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia should focus on aiding sanctions-hit companies rather than on devising retaliatory measures that could potentially hurt domestic manufacturers, RIA news agency cited Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev as saying on Tuesday. "We have to think ... how to help companies that…

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  • Top Asian News at 3:00 p.m. GMT

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of Fijians are awaiting their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. Yet plenty of questions remain about how far military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama has…

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  • Hunger is falling, but climate and conflict threaten progress: report

    By Chris Arsenault LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land redistribution in Brazil, community gardens in Indonesia, and rising incomes across much of the developing world have helped end hunger for 100 million people in the last decade, new research shows. Globally, an estimated 209 million…

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  • Russia still has around 1,000 troops in Ukraine - NATO

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO believes Russia still has around 1,000 soldiers inside Ukraine despite some cuts in troop numbers since a ceasefire began there on Sept. 5, a NATO military officer said on Tuesday. "Since the ceasefire we have seen reductions, but we still assess that around 1,000 Russian…

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