• China tells U.S. to reduce or halt 'close surveillance' patrols

    China on Thursday urged the United States to cut back on, or even stop, its close surveillance of the Asian giant using patrol aircraft, if it seriously seeks to repair damaged bilateral ties. Ties between the world's two largest economies have been strained by competing territorial claims between…

  • Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

    By Gulsen Solaker and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's 12th president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in what his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian rule. Reading the oath of office in a…

  • Pakistan's Khan looks isolated as crisis reaches crossroads

    By Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan appeared isolated in his struggle to bring down the prime minister on Thursday after a fellow protest leader announced he was ready to allow thousands of anti-government demonstrators to go…

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion as rebels mount new offensive

    Declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held an emergency security session today as pro-Russia rebels launched a powerful new offensive in the east. The new front comes amid increasing accusations – and evidence – of Russian military forces being…

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  • Is Obama dragging Democratic Party down?

    Is that an ominous sign for Democrats heading into the 2014 midterm elections? The short answer to that question is "yes." The longer answer is “yes, but Mr. Obama’s relative unpopularity is not the only rock dragging down Democratic chances of holding their Senate majority." First, the…

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  • Syria attacks militants near Golan Heights border crossing

    Syrian government warplanes targeted rebels near the country's frontier with Israel in the Golan Heights on Thursday, a day after opposition fighters captured a border crossing point in the region. The Syrian airstrikes hit several areas near the border in Quneitra province, including the village…

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  • Deforestation: Brazil is a success story for conservation

    Climate scientists link about 10 percent of annual global carbon increase to the effects of deforestation. In the 1990s, tropical deforestation claimed 40 million acres each year, according to a report released in June by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Trees grow by absorbing carbon…

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  • Lebanese army, gunmen clash at Syrian border: source

    Gunmen killed at least one Lebanese soldier on Thursday when they attacked an army post at the border with Syria on Thursday near a town seized by Islamist insurgents earlier this month, a security source said. Three soldiers were wounded in the clash in the mountainous border zone just outside…

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  • Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by…

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  • Ukraine's OSCE envoy says Russian forces seized city

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said on Thursday that regular Russian forces had seized the southeastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border. Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative…

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  • France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

    PARIS (AP) — France's president is calling on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel.

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  • Romania, Moldova, Georgia "alarmed" about Ukraine

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The top diplomats of Romania, Moldova and Georgia say they are alarmed by developments in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have captured a strategic town in a new offensive.

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  • Germany readies volcano outbreak measures

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany has put a specialized aircraft and a network of laser measuring stations on stand-by in case Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupts.

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  • Israelis search Jerusalem forest for missing American student

    Israeli police and volunteers searched a forest on the southern edge of Jerusalem on Thursday for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week while out for a hike. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on Friday while walking in woods not far from Israel's…

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  • UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

    GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

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  • Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials.

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  • More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO military officer

    NATO believes well over 1,000 Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine, a NATO military officer said on Thursday. "We assess well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine," he said at NATO's military headquarters in southern Belgium. "They are supporting separatists (and)…

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  • Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed dozens of government soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base this week.

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