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1529 The Siege of Vienna begins when Suleiman I attacks the city.

 

The Siege of Vienna in 1529 was the first attempt by the Ottoman Empire, led by Suleiman the Magnificent, to capture the city of Vienna, Austria. The siege signalled the pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire's power, the maximum extent of Ottoman expansion in central Europe, and was the result of a long-lasting rivalry with European powers.Thereafter, 150 years of bitter military tension and reciprocal attacks ensued, culminating in the Battle of Vienna of 1683, which marked the start of the 15-year long Great Turkish War.

The inability of the Ottomans to capture Vienna in 1529 turned the tide against almost a century of conquest throughout eastern and central Europe, which had previously directly annexed Central Hungary and established a vassal state in Transylvania in the wake of the Battle of Mohács. According to Toynbee, "The failure of the first [siege of Vienna] brought to a standstill the tide of Ottoman conquest which had been flooding up the Danube Valley for a century past."

There is speculation by some historians that Suleiman's main objective in 1529 was actually to assert Ottoman control over the whole of Hungary, the western part of which (known as Royal Hungary) was under Habsburg control. The decision to attack Vienna after such a long interval in Suleiman's European campaign is viewed as an opportunistic manoeuvre after his decisive victory in Hungary. Other scholars theorize that the suppression of Hungary simply marked the prologue to a later, premeditated invasion of Europe.

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Russia may resume gas supply next week if Ukraine pays $2.2 billion: Gazprom

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:17:34 PMGo to full article
Russian Energy Minister Novak shakes hands with Ukraine's Energy Minister Prodan after gas talks at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsBy Denis Pinchuk and Olesya Astakhova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may restart gas supplies to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debts and pre-payments, Alexei Miller, head of state gas monopoly Gazprom, said on Friday. Moscow, Kiev and the European Union clinched a deal on Thursday that would resume supplies of Russian gas to Ukraine over the winter in return for payments funded in part by the Ukrainian government's Western backers. ...
 
 

Putin, Poroshenko, European leaders welcome Ukraine gas deal: Kremlin

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:17:15 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a telephone call, welcomed an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin said. "The leaders welcomed the agreements reached on the conditions of supply and transit of Russian natural gas to Ukraine. This is an important step in the context of ensuring further uninterrupted gas transit to Europe," the Kremlin's press service said in a statement on Friday. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska)
 

Russia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:53:05 PMGo to full article
Pressure gauge is seen at a gas compressor station in Velke KapusanyMOSCOW (AP) — Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.
 
 

Japan stocks soar 5 percent, yen falls on stimulus

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:18:02 PMGo to full article
A man walks past an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average surged 5 percent and the yen slid against the dollar after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economic recovery. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japan's stock benchmark surged 5 percent to the highest level since late 2007 and the yen slid against the dollar Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced new stimulus to boost a flagging economy. Expectations Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund would boost its equity holdings gave a further boost to the market.
 
 

Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:17:28 PMGo to full article
GENEVA (AP) — Prosecutors say three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year.
 

China says nets 180 graft suspects in overseas manhunt

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:32 AMGo to full article
China's President Xi Jinping arrives before the opening session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in BeijingBEIJING (Reuters) - China says it has captured 180 people suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption campaign targeting suspects who have fled abroad, state news agency Xinhua reported. The campaign, dubbed Operation Fox Hunt, included the arrests of 104 suspects, Xinhua said late on Thursday, citing China's Ministry of Public Security. Seventy-six people returned to China to give themselves up, according to Xinhua. ...
 
 

After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's success

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:14:04 AMGo to full article
After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's successTOKYO (AP) — When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.
 
 

Budweiser owner InBev profits up 5.5 percent in Q3

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:59:53 AMGo to full article
AMSTERDAM (AP) — AB InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has reported a 5.5-percent increase in earnings for the third quarter, as higher selling prices more than made up for volume declines in Europe and Asia.
 

Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:20 AMGo to full article
Pro-democracy protesters hold up umbrellas and chant slogans to mark the one-month anniversary of the Occupy civil disobedience movement at Mongkok in Hong KongBy Anne Marie Roantree and Lisa Jucca HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. Laura Cha, who is also a member of Hong Kong's policy-making Executive Council, chairwoman of the city's Financial Services Development Council and a member of China's parliament, was quoted as making the comments at an event in Paris. ...
 
 

Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:59:49 AMGo to full article
Malaysian lawyer Arunan Selvaraj, center, speaks to journalists outside a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago. (AP Photo) MALAYSIA OUTKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian teenage boys on Friday sued Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father on Flight 370, the first lawsuit filed by the family of a passenger of the jetliner that mysteriously disappeared eight months ago.
 
 

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian gas supply

 
‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:34:26 AMGo to full article
EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger, center, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak , left, and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan address the media after they signed an agreement that guarantees Russian gas will continue to flow to Ukraine and, by extension, parts of the EU this winter, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
 
 

Rights groups urge UN, Europe to stop 'illegal' Spain deportations

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:52:38 PMGo to full article
A member of the Spanish Guardia Civil climbs as would-be immigrants stand atop a boarder fence separating Morocco from the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla on October 22, 2014Amnesty International and 12 other human rights groups urged the United Nations and Europe on Thursday to press Spain to stop the "illegal" deportations of migrants who reach its territories in north Africa. Spain's conservative government has said it will pass a legal amendment authorising police to expel migrants who climb over the fences from Morocco into Melilla and Ceuta, two Spanish-governed territories which have Europe's only land borders with Africa.
 
 

Big gain in Visa drives Dow average higher

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:15:22 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a Wall Street address is carved in the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are drifting in early trading Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. A strong gain for Visa pulled the Dow Jones industrial average higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Solid quarterly results from a range of big companies helped send the stock market slightly higher Thursday. The standout was Visa, whose 10 percent jump helped tug the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 200 points.
 
 

Israel pledges to reopen Jerusalem flashpoint

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:20:17 PMGo to full article
Right-wing Israelis demonstrate at the Western wall plaza next to al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem, on October 30, 2014Israel shut the Al-Aqsa mosque compound Thursday then promised to reopen it, after clashes in east Jerusalem where police killed a Palestinian accused of trying to murder a hardline rabbi. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP the shrine would open early Friday "for dawn prayers, after midnight" following its first closure in decades. Israel said its clampdown on the shrine, which is holy to Jews and Muslims alike, was a temporary measure aimed at calming tempers. Thursday's closure brought Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed access, and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned it as an Israeli "declaration of war".
 
 

'Hope waning' for trapped Turkish miners

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:11:44 PMGo to full article
Miners sit outside the Ermenek coal mine as search and rescue continues in Pamuklu on October 30, 2014Hopes are fading of saving 18 miners trapped by a flood in a mine in southern Turkey, the energy minister acknowledged Thursday, blaming negligence for the country's latest mining tragedy. I have to tell you that hope is waning concerning our 18 worker brothers," said Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, who is at the scene of the disaster in the Karaman province. Tuesday's accident was the latest to hit the country's disaster-prone mining industry after 301 workers were killed in a coal mine explosion in Soma in May. Both Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday visited the area in a clear bid to show that the government was on top of the rescue efforts.
 
 

Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:39:03 PMGo to full article
Igor Strelkov, a former chief of pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, holds a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Strelkov predicted that a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine wouldn’t last long and fighting will resume. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The foreign ministers of four Central European countries and Britain have condemned a plan by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine to hold local elections.
 
 

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:24:31 PMGo to full article
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom attends a news conference at the Rosenbad government building in StockholmBy Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs European Union states would follow its lead. The move drew praise from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and criticism from Israel, and has displeased the United States, Israel's principle supporter. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom told reporters her government hoped it would bring a new dynamic to efforts to end decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. ...
 
 

NATO vigilant amid spike in Russian flights

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:19:55 PMGo to full article
Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, left, shakes hands with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Stoltenberg said the alliance is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in airforce activity in eastern Europe by Russia, which he urged to end “destabilizing actions” in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Eurokinissi, Tatiana Bolaris) GREECE OUTATHENS, Greece (AP) — NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.
 
 

EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:06:54 PMGo to full article
Udo Helmbrecht, the director of the European Network and Information Security Agency, speaks to the Associated Press in an interview in Athens on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. The agency coordinated Europe's largest ever cyber-security exercise, based in Athens, on Thursday. (AP Photo/Derek Gatopoulos)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks.
 
 

Jerusalem on edge after police kill Palestinian gunman

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:29:59 PMGo to full article
Masked Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Abu Tor on October 30, 2014Clashes raged in east Jerusalem Thursday after Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian accused of trying to kill a Jewish hardliner, as Al-Aqsa mosque compound was closed for the first time in decades. Israel said its closure of the flashpoint shrine, which is holy to Jews and Muslims alike, was a temporary measure aimed at calming tempers. Wednesday night's shooting incident and the subsequent killing of the suspected gunman sent tensions soaring to a new high, following months of almost daily clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in the occupied eastern sector of the Holy City. Officials from the Islamic Waqf, which administers the esplanade, confirmed it was the first time such a measure had been taken since Israel seized Arab east Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War.
 
 

US stocks are mixed in midday trading

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:21:51 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a Wall Street address is carved in the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are drifting in early trading Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. A strong gain for Visa pulled the Dow Jones industrial average higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks drifted in Thursday trading as a parade of big companies turn in quarterly results. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed more than 100 points, almost entirely thanks to a strong gain for Visa, the Dow's highest-priced stock.
 
 

East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:14:27 PMGo to full article
Zakharchenko, separatist leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's RepublicBy Thomas Grove and Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - On a campaign trip, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic lit candles at a Russian Orthodox Church and kissed icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary before dashing off to meet about 100 voters in a local factory. There, the barrel-chested 38-year-old former mine electrician Alexander Zakharchenko assured voters that he wanted pensions to be "higher than in Poland". The elderly should have enough money to "travel to Australia at least once a year to shoot a dozen kangaroos on Safari", he said. ...
 
 

Jaguar Land Rover opens $800 mn factory in Britain

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:44:32 PMGo to full article
A Jaguar XE car is presented at the Paris Auto Show on October 3, 2014London (AFP) - British luxury car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover on Thursday opened a $800 million engine manufacturing centre in the Midlands, creating 1,400 jobs.
 
 

Abbas hails 'historic' Swedish recognition of Palestinian state

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:04:12 PMGo to full article
Sweden has officially recognised the state of Palestine, Stockholm's foreign minister saysPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday hailed a decision by Sweden to officially recognise the state of Palestine, his spokesman told AFP. "President Abbas welcomes Sweden's decision," Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP, saying the Palestinian leader described the move as "brave and historic". Abu Rudeina claimed the move was linked to months of soaring tensions in occupied east Jerusalem, where Palestinians have clashed almost daily with Israeli police and where Israel has recently pushed ahead with plans to build another 3,600 settler homes, drawing international condemnation. Abbas called for other countries to follow Sweden's lead.
 
 

Shell hurt by oil price drop, names new chairman

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:06:18 AMGo to full article
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Shell, Europe's largest oil company, reported Thursday a small fall in third quarter net profit against a backdrop of sliding oil prices, and named former DuPont Chief Executive Charles Holliday to become chairman of the board in 2015.
 

Euro clubs propose domestic finals after 2022 Cup

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:52:24 AMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — English and Spanish cup competitions could be completed in June 2022, after a World Cup in Qatar, under proposals being presented to FIFA next week by leading European clubs.
 

Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:50:40 AMGo to full article
Russian Energy Minister Novak arrives for gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy. EU-hosted talks were adjourned after running late into the night, Energy Minister Alexander Novak and the head of Russian gas firm Gazprom told Russian news agencies. They would resume later in the day if Ukraine and the EU had a firm financing deal in place, Gazprom head Alexei Miller said. ...
 
 

Romania's taxing problem will still trouble incoming government

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:03:13 AMGo to full article
By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Every morning, hundreds of traders pour into a cheap wholesale market in a northern suburb of Bucharest. But if the tax inspector calls, the bustle stops, shutters are quickly pulled down and the place falls silent. Tax dodging remains rife in Romania, despite demands for improvement from the European Union, which it joined in 2007, and the International Monetary Fund, which provided aid after the financial crisis. ...
 

Ponta poised to win first round of Romania vote

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:03:03 AMGo to full article
Electoral posters advertising Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta are seen in Bucharest October 29, 2014Prime Minister Victor Ponta looks set to win the first round of presidential elections in Romania Sunday amid fears that, if elected, he could reverse advances in the justice system. The 42-year-old centre-left politician has enjoyed a comfortable lead over 13 other candidates and looks set to face 55-year-old liberal Klaus Iohannis, from the German-speaking minority, in a second round on November 16 in the former communist country. The elections are seen as a crucial test for Romania, as well as central Europe, at a time when democracy has suffered setbacks in some neighbouring countries, such as Hungary, and as the Ukraine crisis has shaken relations between the European Union and Russia. Popular centre-right President Traian Basescu, a long-term rival who has accused Ponta of being a former spy, is unable to run for a third term.
 
 

Peshmerga troops cheered by fellow Kurds in Turkey

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:19:30 AMGo to full article
Cheering local people surround a group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrived in Nusaybin, Mardin in southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Peshmergas are on their way to Syria to help Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State group extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani. ( AP Photo) TURKEY OUTSURUC, Turkey (AP) — Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by Islamic State militants.
 
 

Spain detains top drug trafficker after cocaine found with bananas

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:32 PMGo to full article
A pile of bananas seen in Tangerang, Indonesia, on March 1, 2013Spanish police said Wednesday they had arrested nine people, including one of the country's biggest drug smugglers, after finding cocaine hidden among a shipment of bananas from Colombia. The authorities said they opened their investigation after police with sniffer dogs uncovered 54 kilos (120 pounds) of high quality cocaine hidden inside boxes of bananas as they were being unloaded at the port of Marin in the northwestern region of Galicia. The detainees included the leader of the drug smuggling ring, identified only as Antonio Manuel B.I., a Spanish national described by police as "one of Spain's top drug dealers". Police said the suspect had been on the run since being sentenced to 17 years in jail in 2006 for drug smuggling and other crimes.
 
 

UN, EU condemn rebel vote in Ukraine amid NATO-Russia tensions

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:58:55 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds his ballot at a polling station in Kiev on October 26, 2014, during parliamentary electionsThe international community on Wednesday condemned Moscow over its plans to recognise separatist polls in Ukraine as NATO warned of "unusual" Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. Overshadowing the talks, both UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the European Union condemned the plans by the rebels to stage elections Sunday in areas of eastern Ukraine under their control. Russia has said it would recognise the results of the elections, stirring further tension with Ukraine and its allies the United States and the European Union.
 
 

NATO reports 'large scale' Russian air activity in European airspace

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:25:35 PMGo to full article
Russian MIG-29 and SU-27 fighter jets fly over Red Square during a Victory Day Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2008NATO said Wednesday it had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days. "These sizeable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace," NATO said. The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft, were detected over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said. NATO allies sent up aircraft to intercept and identify the Russian planes which were continually tracked on the ground as well, it said in a report from its SHAPE military headquarters in Mons, western Belgium.
 
 

Russian minister says France ready to deliver controversial warships

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:53:09 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW/PARIS (Reuters) - Russia says it has received an invitation to take delivery of the first of two French warships, an arms deal that was cast into doubt by tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine that led the United States and Europe to impose sanctions on Moscow. The invitation was sent for Russia to take delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers from France on Nov. 14, RIA news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin as saying on Wednesday. RIA also quoted Rogozin as saying the second vessel would be put afloat the same day. ...
 

Bond yields up, dollar rallies after more upbeat Fed statement

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:49:04 PMGo to full article
An electronic information board is seen at the London Stock Exchange in the City of LondonBy Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were mixed, while the dollar and government bond yields rose on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve announced the end of its stimulus program in a statement that also noted the improvements in the U.S. labor market. The Fed, as expected, said it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, effectively ending a program that at its peak pumped $85 billion a month into the financial system to hold interest rates down and boost the flagging economy. The Fed also expressed confidence in the U.S. ...
 
 

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:39 PMGo to full article
Rescue and mine workers try to free the 20 miners trapped in a coal mine in Karaman, southern Turkey on October 28, 2014Hopes were fading Wednesday of finding alive any of 18 Turkish coal miners trapped when their shaft was engulfed by water, as rescue workers made last-ditch efforts to find survivors. The accident in southern Turkey was the latest to hit the country's disaster-prone mining industry after 301 workers were killed in a coal mine explosion in May. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said divers had entered the flooded mine in the province of Karaman but visibility was poor and they were unable to go more than a few metres deep for their own safety. With every passing minute, our hopes are reduced," he said in comments broadcast by Turkish television.
 
 

Stocks slip as investors await Fed statement

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:22:55 PMGo to full article
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Major stock indexes traded in a tight range in the early going as investors wait for word from the Federal Reserve and mull over a mixed batch of earnings results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — Major U.S. stock indexes slipped in afternoon trading Wednesday as investors waited for word from the Federal Reserve and mulled over a mixed batch of corporate earnings results.
 
 

Canada's plan to defang would-be jihadists at home

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:11:32 PMGo to full article
By Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian law enforcement officials plan to use counseling to help stop would-be jihadists and could even help them find jobs - an effort that has added urgency after Muslim converts killed two soldiers in separate attacks in Canada last week. The effort is being modeled on Britain's de-radicalization program, dubbed Prevent, which was implemented after the 2005 London bombings in which four young Britons killed 52 people. Prevent, however, has been widely criticized as ineffective. ...
 

Amazon opens 3 logistics centers in Poland

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:53:25 PMGo to full article
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ahead of Christmas, popular U.S. online retailer Amazon has opened three logistics centers in western Poland, completing a network that covers the European market.
 

Oil prices rally, OPEC chief plays down recent slide

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:07:46 PMGo to full article
OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri speaks during the Oil and Money conference in London, on October 29, 2014World oil prices rallied on Wednesday, while OPEC secretary-general Abdullah El-Badri said that market conditions did not justify sharp falls for crude futures and signalled that OPEC would maintain output through next year. Addressing the Oil & Money Conference -- a key annual event in the energy sector calendar -- El-Badri said that rising supplies did not justify the extent to which prices have dropped in recent months. Prices rose solidly on Wednesday before the outcome of the US Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy meeting and a weekly report on US energy inventory levels. "We don't see that much of a change in the fundamentals," El-Badri said on Wednesday.
 
 

Chile jails man in killing of Japanese astronomer

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:54 PMGo to full article
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing a Japanese astronomer who helped develop the international ALMA observatory in Chile.
 

UK's Cameron rejects Scottish proposal on EU referendum

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:56 PMGo to full article
By Kylie MacLellan and Alistair Smout LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron rejected on Wednesday a proposal by the Scottish National Party (SNP) that the United Kingdom should only quit the European Union after a future referendum if a majority in each of its four constituent parts vote to do so. Cameron has promised a referendum in 2017 on the UK's continued EU membership if his Conservative Party, which has grown increasingly Eurosceptical, wins a 2015 national election. ...
 

Russian assembly seeks normal ties with Ukraine parliament

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:47:02 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament is ready to cooperate with the new assembly in Ukraine, its chairman said on Wednesday, although it will be dominated by pro-Western forces. Parties that want to move Kiev further away from Moscow's orbit towards mainstream Europe will lead the Verkhovna Rada after an election on Sunday, held despite fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine. ...
 

Hundreds more migrants storm Morocco-Spain border

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:22:00 PMGo to full article
Picture released on October 22, 2014 by humanitarian group Prodein shows golfers playing on a fairway as African migrants sit on a border fence during an attempt to cross into the Spanish north African enclave of MelillaSome 350 African migrants tried to storm a fence from Morocco into Spanish territory on Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a wave of desperate arrivals at Europe's southern border. Just three of the migrants who charged towards the seven-metre (23-foot) fence in separate locations at dawn made it into the territory of Melilla, the Spanish government delegation there said in a statement. Most of them were intercepted on the way by Moroccan security forces and a group of about 50 who got close to the fence were seen off by Spanish police backed by a helicopter. In all, about 14,000 migrants have tried to make the crossing and some 2,000 have made into Melilla.
 
 

Ukraine, Russia try again to forge gas deal at Brussels talks

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:39:31 PMGo to full article
Ukraine's Energy Minister Prodan arrives for gas talks between the EU, Russia and Ukraine in BrusselsBy Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukraine and Russia begin new gas crisis talks on Wednesday, but wrangling over Ukraine's upfront cash payments threatens to push a deal out of reach, even as temperatures have fallen below zero in Kiev. Russian state utility Gazprom halted supplies to Kiev in June because of Ukraine's unpaid gas bill, which Moscow says is around $4.5 billion. For months, the cut-off has had little impact. ...
 
 

Report: China's ports fail to regulate pollution

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:04:08 PMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — China's busy ports fail to regulate heavy emissions of sulfur oxide and other pollutants mostly from cargo ships although they're the biggest source of air pollution in port cities such as Hong Kong, according to a new report.
 

Russia offers US space station help after rocket explodes

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:15:27 AMGo to full article
A NASA video image shows an Orbital Sciences Corporation unmanned spacecraft exploding on October 28, 2014 at Wallops Island, Virginia, six seconds after launchRussia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off. "If a request is made for the urgent delivery of any American supplies to the ISS with the help of our vessels then we will fulfill the request," Russian space agency official Alexei Krasnov told state-run RIA Novosti news agency, adding that NASA had not yet asked for assistance. An unmanned rocket owned by private firm Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after a launch from Wallops Island, Virginia on what was to be a resupply mission.
 
 

Deutsche Bank loses $116M in Q3, replaces CFO

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:45 AMGo to full article
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank lost 92 million euros ($116 million) in the third quarter as the bank faced ongoing financial burdens from lawsuits, new regulations and its effort to shed risky past investments.
 

French minister says won't resign over death of protester

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:10:05 AMGo to full article
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in ParisPARIS (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a close political ally of President Francois Hollande, dismissed on Wednesday calls for his resignation after the death of a young ecology protester during clashes with police. Remi Fraisse, 21, was killed during a violent stand-off over the weekend between police and ecology protesters seeking to prevent construction of a dam in the Testet wetlands area of southern France. Supporters, including local farmers, say the project will help with irrigation of the zone. ...
 
 

Love hits the road and gets some tips

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:27:58 AMGo to full article
Davis Love III watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in St. Simons Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)KUALA LUMPUR (AP) — At age 50, Davis Love III doesn't need much advice on how to approach golf tournaments. The tropical heat of Malaysia this week, and the expansion of the PGA Tour, will at least give him some new experiences and challenges.
 
 

Volkswagen to launch over 20 green vehicle models in China by 2018

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:15:26 AMGo to full article
A security guard stand next to a Volkswagen logo at the stage of the company prior to the opening of the 15th Shanghai International Automobile Industry ExhibitionBy Samuel Shen and Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG, Europe's biggest carmaker, plans to launch more than 20 models of battery-driven cars in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution. By 2020 there could be "some hundred thousand" pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China under Volkswagen Group, most of which would be locally made, Jochem Heizmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, said on Tuesday. ...
 
 

Rose targets career-high ranking at BMW Masters golf

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:07:22 AMGo to full article
England's Justin Rose during a press conference at the BMW Shanghai Masters golf tournament at Lake Malaren on October 29, 2014Justin Rose has set his sights on a career-high ranking of world number two over the final events of the year as he headlines a weakened field at the BMW Masters from Thursday. The Englishman can further his claims in Shanghai after fifth-ranked Henrik Stenson pulled out, joining world number one Rory McIlroy on the sidelines. "I'm not sure I can catch Rory, I haven't really done the maths 100 percent," Rose told AFP at Lake Malaren Golf Club on Wednesday.
 
 

Ukraine tensions spike as Russia backs rebel vote

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:30:16 AMGo to full article
Pro-Russian separatists ride on top of a tank near the town of Krasnyi Luch in Lugansk region, eastern Ukraine, on October 28, 2014Moscow and Kiev are set to crunch hold talks over a gas dispute Wednesday, a day after Russia ratcheted up tensions by saying it will recognise separatist polls in east Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Izvestia newspaper on Tuesday that the rebel elections, due to take place this weekend, should "go ahead as agreed" and Russia will "recognise the results". The remarks were seen as one of Moscow's most overt acts of support to date for the separatists in east Ukraine and came as the European Union decided to maintain its punishing sanctions on Russia.
 
 

China shipping delivers toxic pollution cocktail-report

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:51 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is waging war on pollution, closing factories and targeting dirty coal-fired power plants, but its ports are pumping out pollution virtually unchecked, according to a report by a U.S. environmental group. The thousands of ships that ply China's waterways are delivering a toxic cocktail of pollution, with just one ship capable of emitting the same pollution as half a million trucks each day, the report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said. ...
 

Correction: Vietnam-US-Human Rights story

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:32:19 AMGo to full article
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In a story Oct. 26 about Vietnam's human rights situation, The Associated Press used an incorrect word in a quote by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski. He had said "demonstrable," not "multiple." The story also dropped two words, "what" and "is," in a subsequent quote.
 

Reality TV show 'Big Brother' to debut in China

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:55:47 AMGo to full article
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese online video site says it is bringing the "Big Brother" reality TV show to China.
 

Rubio confident as contract deadline nears

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:49:09 AMGo to full article
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It can be easy to forget the electricity that crackled through Target Center every time Ricky Rubio walked to the scorer's table to check in during his rookie season with Minnesota.
 

Top Asian News at 9:30 p.m. GMT

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:32:34 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world. The National Intelligence Service told legislators that a foreign doctor operated on Kim in September or October to remove a cyst from his right ankle, according to Park Byeong-seok, an aide for opposition lawmaker Shin Kyung-min. The aide said the spy agency also told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing that the cyst could recur because of Kim's obesity, smoking and heavy public schedule.
 

Thousands in Hungary march against Internet tax

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:24:11 PMGo to full article
Thousands of demonstrators light up their mobile phones as they march through Elizabeth Bridge across River Danube as they protest against an internet tax planned to be introduced by the Hungarian government for the second time in two days in front of the Ministry of National Economy in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015. (AP Photo/MTI, Laszlo Beliczay)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015.
 
 

Probe into cause of French protester's death veers towards police

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:35:10 PMGo to full article
Members of the Confederation Paysanne, a farmer labour union, stand beneath a banner reading ''The state kills! Remi died for his convictions, no forgetfulness nor forgiveness'' on October 28, 2014A probe into the cause of a French eco-protester's death in violent clashes with security forces veered towards riot police Tuesday, in a new development to a case that has shocked the country. Remi Fraisse, 21, was killed in the early hours of Sunday as people protesting against a controversial dam project in the southwestern Tarn region fought with security forces. After an initial autopsy revealed Fraisse likely died from an explosion, forensic tests carried out on skin samples, remnants of Fraisse's rucksack and debris on the Sivens site found traces of TNT on his clothes. "TNT is part of the composition of the (explosive) charges of tear gas or concussion grenades used by gendarmes," Claude Derens, the prosecutor in charge of the case, told reporters.
 
 

Merkel among dignitaries remembering WWI battle

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:10:32 PMGo to full article
An opera singer wearing a dress decorated with poppies and depicting a poppy held by helpers as she sings during a ceremony at the King Albert I Monument at the Northsea town of Nieuwpoort, Belgium, on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The ceremony commemorates the WWI 100th anniversary of the First Battle of Ypres, focusing on the themes of the refusal to surrender and the flooding of the Yser plain. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)YPRES, Belgium (AP) — Leaders and dignitaries from former World War I enemies united Tuesday to mark the centenary of the first big battle on the infamous Flanders Fields which helped set the stage for four years of bloodletting by hundreds of thousands on the Western Front.
 
 

EU clears French, Italian budgets after changes

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:58:25 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande shakes hands in a cafe after a visit at the "Maison de la Poesie" (Poetry House) in Paris, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, Pool)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's head office said Tuesday it is giving the 2015 French and Italian budgets a provisional green light, saying last-minute commitments to keep deficits down kept them within limits.
 
 

Flood traps 18 in Turkey coal mine

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:35:20 PMGo to full article
Rescue workers pump water out of a coal mine in Karaman, southern Turkey on October 28, 2014 as they try to free 20 trapped minersEmergency workers were battling on Tuesday to save 18 Turkish miners trapped deep underground after a coal mine collapsed, letting in a deluge of water. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz warned that time was running out in the rescue operation at the mine in the district of Ermenek in Turkey's southern province of Karaman, with the water level rising all the time. The accident was the latest disaster to hit the Turkish mining industry after 301 workers were killed in May in an explosion at a mine in Soma in the west of the country. "The gallery they were working in was flooded by water," regional governor Murat Koca told Turkish television rejecting earlier reports that the accident was caused by an explosion.
 
 

Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:32:32 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's spy agency said Tuesday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 6-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world. The National Intelligence Service told legislators that a foreign doctor operated on Kim in September or October to remove a cyst from his right ankle, according to Park Byeong-seok, an aide for opposition lawmaker Shin Kyung-min. The aide said the spy agency also told lawmakers in a closed-door briefing that the cyst could recur because of Kim's obesity, smoking and heavy public schedule.
 

Some eligible immigrants say no to US citizenship

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:56 PMGo to full article
In this, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 photo, Lena Dyring, a representative for the Norwegian Seafarer’s labor union, poses for a photo at PortMiami in Miami. Dyring, who came to the U.S. in 2005 with her husband, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Colombia, has no plans of becoming an American citizen. More than an estimated 8.5 million immigrants living in the United States were eligible for citizenship in 2012. Yet fewer than 800,000 became citizens, according to the latest Department of Homeland Security numbers. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI (AP) — More than an estimated 8.5 million immigrants living in the U.S. were eligible for citizenship in 2012. Yet fewer than 800,000 took the leap, according to the latest Department of Homeland Security numbers.
 
 

European Commission proposes new catch limits to tackle overfishing

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:23 PMGo to full article
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission has proposed a reduction in catch limits for some types of Atlantic herring to zero to fight overfishing while increasing limits for horse mackerel. Tuesday's proposal sets the limits on the total amount of fish that can be caught by European Union fishermen in the Atlantic and North Sea in 2015 to enable Europe's depleted fish stocks to recover from decades of overfishing. ...
 

Nicely preserved mammoth carcass shown in Moscow

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:40:28 PMGo to full article
The body of baby mammoth is on display in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. The 39,000-year-old baby mammoth is named Yuka, derived from the Yukagir coastline where she was found. Yuka was found four years ago in the Siberian permafrost and was between six and eleven years old when she died. Scientists call Yuka the best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 40,000 years old and in surprisingly good shape, the carcass of a woolly mammoth has gone on display in Moscow.
 
 

Ukraine's parliament to remain a rowdy place

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:25:30 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks the media following the parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Exit polls seem to indicate Ukrainians have overwhelmingly voted for several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Anti-corruption crusaders, paramilitary commanders, radical ultranationalists, remnants of the disgraced former president's entourage.
 
 

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures from Europe and Africa

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:48:33 PMGo to full article
In this Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 file photo, thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. (AP Photo, Lefteris Pitarakis, File)The U.S.-led coalition kept up its airstrikes last week on the northern Syrian town of Kobani, trying to make sure it does not fall to militants from the Islamic State group. One elderly Syrian refugee from Kobani cried at the damage to his hometown.
 
 

Volkswagen to launch over 20 green vehicle models in China by 2018

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:24:06 PMGo to full article
A man holds an umbrella as he walks past a company logo of FAW-Volkswagen at an automobile exhibition in FuyangBy Samuel Shen and Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG , Europe's biggest carmaker, plans to launch more than 20 models of battery-driven cars in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution. By 2020 there could be "some hundred thousand" pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China under Volkswagen Group, most of which would be locally made, Jochem Heizmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, said on Tuesday. ...
 
 

UN warns Spain against migrant deportations

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:52 PMGo to full article
Would-be immigrants stand atop a boarder fence separating Morocco from the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla on October 22, 2014The UN on Tuesday warned Spain over plans to instantly deport migrants who clamber over the border fence into its north African territories, saying Madrid could end up breaking international law. "UNHCR is concerned over a proposal by Spain to legalise automatic returns of people trying to cross border fences into its enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla," said the UN refugee agency's spokesman William Spindler. Spindler told reporters that UNHCR understood the "complexity" of border management in the two enclaves, which are tucked into Morocco's Mediterranean coast. "UNHCR stresses the importance of permitting access to territory to seek international protection," he said.
 
 

Warsaw museum sheds light on 1,000-year history of Poland's Jews

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:35 PMGo to full article
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski (L) and his Isreali counterpart Reuven Rivlin review a military guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at presidential palace on October 28, 2013 in WarsawThe Israeli and Polish presidents on Tuesday hailed a landmark Warsaw museum chronicling the vibrant 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish community, devastated during the Holocaust, as an investment in future ties between their countries. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews was "symbolic of our looking to the future", speaking in the Polish capital amid a heavy security presence on his first trip abroad since having taken office in July. "When you're a Jew, even if you were not born in Poland, the very name 'Poland' stirs up trembling and longing in your heart. "Although Jews were torn away from Poland, it is difficult, or even impossible to tear Poland away from Jews.
 
 

Ukraine denounces Russian stance on rebel vote in east Ukraine

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:41:09 PMGo to full article
Lavrov attends a meeting with entrepreneurs and members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in MoscowBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine on Tuesday condemned as "destructive and provocative" Russia's stance towards elections organized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine next Sunday, saying Moscow's recognition of the vote could wreck chances of bringing peace. The Nov. 2 vote would be being held in defiance of Ukrainian national elections last Sunday in which pro-Western parties, dedicated to holding the former Soviet republic together and negotiating a settlement to the conflict, triumphed. ...
 
 

Sweden's key interest rate cut to 0

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:15:56 PMGo to full article
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Swedish central bank on Tuesday cut its key interest rate to a record low 0 percent and said it is unlikely to rise again before the middle of 2016 as inflation is too low.
 

Ukraine unlikely to receive IMF loan tranche this year: finance minister

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:12:00 PMGo to full article
Poroshenko speaks during a ceremony for the Day of the State Flag in KievBy Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine is unlikely to receive a second tranche of a $17-billion loan program from the International Monetary Fund this year as expected, Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said on Tuesday, in the latest economic blow to the debt-ridden country. Ukraine, which has been fighting pro-Russian separatists in its east and struggling to resolve a months-long gas pricing dispute with Moscow, badly needs cash to support its budget, pay off debts and prop up its faltering hryvnia currency. Kiev had expected that a second tranche, worth $2. ...
 
 

Syria's neighbors risk 'host-country fatigue', conference hears

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:49:23 PMGo to full article
By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Syria's neighbors are approaching "host-country fatigue" because of huge demand from refugees for housing, schools, jobs and healthcare and scant resources like water, Jordan's foreign minister said on Tuesday. Lebanon and Turkey echoed that message at an international conference in Berlin on what U.N. refugee chief Antonio Guterres called "the most dramatic humanitarian crisis the world has faced in a very long time". ...
 

Turkey wants anti-Assad rebels to control Kobane: PM

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:16:50 PMGo to full article
People watch as smokes rises from the town of Kobane on October 26, 2014, at the Turkish border near the southeastern village of MursitpinarTurkey wants the anti-Damascus Free Syrian Army (FSA) to control the Syrian border town of Kobane if Islamist jihadists are defeated, and not the forces of separatist Kurds or President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. In an interview with the BBC broadcast on Tuesday, Davutoglu called for an "integrated strategy" with the United States to equip and train the FSA and oust Assad from power. He indicated that Turkey would only offer its air bases and other facilities for the international coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) if such a strategy were pursued.
 
 

EU on track so far with green energy goals, 2030 a challenge

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:03:04 PMGo to full article
By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU nations have work to do to meet new green energy goals agreed last week, as increased fossil fuel burning last year drove up pollution in some countries, although the bloc is on track to meet its earlier targets, official data showed on Tuesday. The figures from the European Environment Agency (EEA) showed the European Union's overall emissions fell by 1.8 percent in 2013 versus 2012, meaning it has already met a 2020 goal to cut pollution by 20 percent versus 1990. ...
 

Boat migrants in EU's hands as Italy weighs future of rescues

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:40:03 AMGo to full article
Migrants wait to disembark on October 20, 2014 from the "Fiorillo" coast guard boat in the Italian port of PalermoThe EU will launch a patrol mission in the Mediterranean on Saturday amid warnings the number of boat migrant deaths could rise with Italy mulling pulling the plug on its own rescue mission. To complicate matters further, Britain said Tuesday it won't support the planned EU search and rescue operation, arguing it will create an unintended "pull factor" for more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossings, "Mare Nostrum is being wound up. There will be a formal decision during one of the next cabinet meetings," Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said recently.
 
 

No British support for Mediterranean migrant rescues

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:14:05 AMGo to full article
Picture released by the Italian Navy on August 4, 2014 shows migrants on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea after being rescuedLondon (AFP) - Britain will not support planned EU search and rescue operations to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea as they try to reach Europe, the foreign office said on Tuesday.
 
 

Honda profit rises on weak yen, lowers forecast

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:47:57 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Friday, April 25, 2014 file photo, a man is reflected on a Honda model on display at Honda Motor Co. headquarters in Tokyo. Honda's net profit for the July-September quarter surged nearly 18 percent but the Japanese automaker lowered its earnings forecast for the full year, pointing to difficulties in its home Japan market. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO (AP) — Honda's net profit for the July-September quarter surged nearly 18 percent but the Japanese automaker lowered its earnings forecast for the full year Tuesday, pointing to difficulties in China and its home Japan market.
 
 

Asian stocks muted after US, Europe declines

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:50:56 AMGo to full article
A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday after largely positive results from the European Central Bank's stress tests of financial institutions. Investors also looked ahead to earnings and a meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were muted Tuesday after declines in Wall Street and Europe as investors looked ahead to this week's meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
 
 

Ukraine's pro-West parties in coalition talks

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:03:00 AMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds his ballot at a polling station in Kiev, on October 26, 2014Coalition talks intensify Tuesday between the pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll, while attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in the east highlight the obstacles to their promises of peace and deeper EU ties. The day after pro-West and moderate nationalist forces backing President Petro Poroshenko scored a big win in Sunday's election, the hard work of forming a ruling coalition began. With 67 percent of precincts reporting, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front and the Petro Poroshenko Bloc were neck and neck, winning about 22 percent of the votes each. Russia welcomed the outcome of the election as backing for "a peaceful resolution" of the separatist war being waged by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.
 
 

Brazil market slides after Rousseff re-elected

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:41:00 AMGo to full article
A man looks at Brazilian newspapers reporting on the re-election of leftist President Dilma Rousseff in Rio de Janeiro on October 27, 2014Brazilian markets delivered a harsh verdict Monday after left-wing President Dilma Rousseff narrowly won re-election, despite her pledge to unite a divided nation and reboot a stagnant economy. The Sao Paulo stock market plunged six percent in opening trade and the currency, the real, fell four percent against the dollar after Rousseff -- the first woman to lead the world's seventh-largest economy -- defeated business world favorite Aecio Neves in a run-off. State-owned oil giant Petrobras, which was thrust into the campaign spotlight by a multi-billion-dollar kickback scandal implicating politicians linked to Rousseff, closed down 12.33 percent.
 
 

Colombia leader seeks Europe's help for 'last chance' peace

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:12:47 AMGo to full article
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos smiles during an interview with AFP at Narino Palace in Bogota on October 24, 2014Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he hopes Europe can provide funds to help him strike a "last chance" deal with leftist guerrillas after half a century of conflict. During a lightning tour of six countries in five days next week, Santos will lobby for the creation of a European fund for the post-conflict period, should his government clinch a historic deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). "It's the oldest conflict in the Western world," Santos told AFP in an interview at the presidential palace in Bogota -- his first with an international news agency since his re-election in June. "If we manage to secure peace, it will have an impact far beyond Colombia's borders."
 
 

Poroshenko faces hurdles despite big Ukraine vote win

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:34:41 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to media at a polling station during Ukraine's parliamentary elections in Kiev on October 26, 2014Grad rockets roaring from the pro-Russian rebel bastion of Donetsk the day after Ukrainian voters backed President Petro Poroshenko's high-stake talks with Moscow underscored the deadly obstacles facing his search for peace in the separatist east. A visibly-upbeat Poroshenko called the strong showing by moderates in Sunday's parliamentary election a sign that war-weary Ukrainians favour "those political forces that support the president's peace plan". Voters turned their backs on hawkish parties that demand a military triumph and oppose Poroshenko's offer of limited self-rule for the insurgents in return for an end to six months of bloodshed in which 3,700 have died. The 49-year-old chocolate baron added that the drubbing handed to pro-Russian parties demonstrated "strong and irreversible backing to Ukraine's path to Europe."
 
 

France hosts talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:32:57 PMGo to full article
Armenian President Serge Sarkisian, second right, and Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev right, stand in the lobby after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. French President Francois Hollande is holding a joint meeting in Paris Monday with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia in an attempt to ease tensions, following the escalation of violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of the southern Caucasus. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) — The leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia restarted a dialogue Monday during a three-way meeting in Paris with French president Francois Hollande, in an effort to ease tensions in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of the southern Caucasus.
 
 

Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:02:47 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl died two days after a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman who killed himself as a teacher tried to stop him. Authorities scheduled a Monday afternoon news briefing, while the community wondered why a popular homecoming prince would open fire Friday in Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria.
 

Top Asian News at 8:30 p.m. GMT

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:32:24 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl died two days after a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman who killed himself as a teacher tried to stop him. Authorities scheduled a Monday afternoon news briefing, while the community wondered why a popular homecoming prince would open fire Friday in Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria.
 

Austrian drones fly high, over Ukraine and beyond

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:05:06 PMGo to full article
CEO Hannes Hecher is pictured at the Schiebel camcopter factory on October 23, 2014 in Wiener Neustadt, some 50 kilometers south of ViennaIn the middle of the Austrian countryside, a few sleek, high-tech drones sit in a bright production hall, ready for missions over Ukraine, the Mediterranean or the Middle East. Schiebel, a small company originally specialised in landmine detection, has been manufacturing Camcopters -- a 3.5-metre (11.5-foot) long mini-helicopter equipped with cameras, radars and other sensors -- for close to 10 years. "Schiebel is actually the leading unmanned VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) supplier at present," according to Oliver Shorvon of London-based IHS Jane's Aerospace and Defence Consulting. Costing a few million euros, with over eight hours' endurance and weighing a mere 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds), the Camcopter -- which Schiebel insists is only for observation and not armed -- managed to impose itself over a dozen other drones, even those produced by top defence companies like Sweden's SAAB and Airbus.
 
 

Top Asian News at 8:00 p.m. GMT

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:02:33 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl died two days after a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman who killed himself as a teacher tried to stop him. Authorities scheduled a Monday afternoon news briefing, while the community wondered why a popular homecoming prince would open fire Friday in Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria.
 

Toyota at top in global vehicle sales over VW, GM

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:01:01 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 file photo, a Toyota Motor Corp.,'s model is on display at the automaker's Tokyo head office in Tokyo. Toyota kept its lead over rivals against rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first three quarters of the year. The Japanese automaker said Monday that it had sold 7.615 million vehicles around the world, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)TOKYO (AP) — Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.
 
 

Ukraine looks to reform with an eye on Europe

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:50:39 PMGo to full article
A woman sells cigarettes on a street near Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Two pro-European parties that campaigned for tough reforms to battle corruption shared the lead Monday after Ukraine's parliamentary election, according to partial results. With more than half the votes counted, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Popular Front was leading with 21.6 percent of the vote while President Petro Poroshenko's party had captured 21.5 percent. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As Ukraine's most ardently pro-European parties pocketed a resounding collective election triumph Monday, thoughts turned to a reform agenda that promises pain and progress in equal doses.
 
 

Italian banks hit hard by European test results

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:42:17 PMGo to full article
A view of a "Monte Dei Paschi di Siena" bank branch in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct.26, 2014. The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe's 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) to cushion themselves against any future crises. ECB officials said Sunday the test had been tougher than similar reviews in 2011 and 2010, which gave a pass to banks that later needed bailouts. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's far-reaching review of banks set off sharp drops in the shares of Italian lenders on Monday after several of them failed the year-long exercise's test of financial strength.
 
 

Museum unveils rich story of Jewish life in Poland

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:37:59 PMGo to full article
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, a person walks outside the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland. The museum, which opened in 2013 for temporary exhibitions and cultural programs, is holding the grand opening Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, for its core exhibition, the heart of the museum. The exhibition tells the 1,000 year history of Jews in Poland, from the Middle Ages until today. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In the two millennia between ancient Israel and its modern rebirth, Jews never enjoyed as much political autonomy as they did in Poland, a land that centuries later would become intrinsically linked to the Holocaust.
 
 

Suicide bomber kills 27 militiamen south of Iraqi capital

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:03:19 PMGo to full article
By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 27 Shi'ite militiamen outside the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar on Monday after security forces pushed Islamic State militants out of the area over the weekend, army and police sources said. The attacker, driving a Humvee vehicle packed with explosives and likely stolen from defeated government troops, also wounded 60 Shi'ite Muslim militiamen, who had helped government forces retake the town just south of the capital. ...
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:02:24 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl died two days after a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman who killed himself as a teacher tried to stop him. Authorities scheduled a Monday afternoon news briefing, while the community wondered why a popular homecoming prince would open fire Friday in Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria.
 

Floating gas terminal anchored in Lithuania

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:44:47 PMGo to full article
People take photographs as "Independence", a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage vessel is maneuvered by tugboats through the sea gate port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The floating natural gas terminal arrived in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, in a move by the Baltic country to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. (AP Photo/Kestutis Vanagas)TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A giant floating natural gas terminal arrived Monday in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda as the Baltic country tries to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia.
 
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:32:23 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl died two days after a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman who killed himself as a teacher tried to stop him. Authorities scheduled a Monday afternoon news briefing, while the community wondered why a popular homecoming prince would open fire Friday in Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria.
 

U.S. unveils coalition to fight Islamic state in cyberspace

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:28:32 PMGo to full article
By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT (Reuters) - The United States on Monday unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to combat efforts by Islamic State to recruit online and stoke sectarian hatred through a "cult of violence". U.S. officials told delegates from European and Arab countries at a meeting in Kuwait that this should complement parallel campaigns against the armed group on the battlefield and in the world of finance. ...
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:09:33 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman. Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.
 

British PM vows to fight EU payment despite fines warning

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:01:32 PMGo to full article
Prime Minister David Cameron gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the end of a European Union Summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on October 24, 2014London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday brushed off an EU payment demand despite the European Commission's warning that Britain faces fines if it does not pay up by December 1.
 
 

UK's Cameron escalates row over EU bill, press rails at Brussels

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:58:11 PMGo to full article
Britain's Prime Minister Cameron arrives at the European Council headquarters ahead of a EU summit in BrusselsBy Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would not pay "anything like" the 2.1 billion euros the European Union wants from London after Eurosceptic media praised him for taking what they called a noble stand against money-grabbing "Eurocrats". An angry Cameron on Friday refused to pay the bill by a Dec. 1 deadline, accusing the EU executive of ambushing him with an unacceptable demand in an appalling way. On Monday, he went further saying he had no intention of paying the bill in its current form, suggesting he wanted it sharply reduced. ...
 
 

London stocks end lower as German confidence nears new low

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:34:36 PMGo to full article
A large computerised display of the British FTSE 100 index is pictured in London, on September 8, 2008. The benchmark index settled 25.27 points, or 0.40 percent, lower at 6,363.46 on Monday October 27, 2014London (AFP) - London's benchmark share index ended the day lower on Monday, in line with Europe's other main stock markets after disappointing German business data.
 
 

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MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman. Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.
 

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MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman. Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:32:23 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman. Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:02:22 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman. Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:22 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman. Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.
 

Beale given Australia hope for tour of Europe

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:23:56 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this June 7, 2014 file photo, Australian replacement Kurtley Beale slides in for a try during their rugby test match against France in Brisbane, Australia. Wallabies star Beale says he feels vindicated by the disciplinary process which saw him fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($40,000) for sending a lewd text message to an Australian team official. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard, File)LONDON (AP) — Days after fearing his international career might be over, Kurtley Beale was given encouragement on Monday that he could pull on an Australia jersey during the team's tour of Europe next month.
 
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:02:22 PMGo to full article
MARYSVILLE, Washington (AP) — A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three, including the gunman. Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:32:20 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said. Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests. He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.
 

Ukraine leader wins pro-West mandate but wary of Russia

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:07:17 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro PoroshenkoBy Richard Balmforth and Timothy Heritage KIEV (Reuters) - Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia's orbit into Europe's mainstream. Poroshenko held preliminary power-sharing talks with Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Monday after their political groups led other pro-Western forces committed to democratic reforms in sweeping pro-Russian forces out of parliament. ...
 
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:26 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said. Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests. He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:32:21 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said. Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests. He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.
 

Russia must probe deaths and abductions in Crimea: rights group

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:07:02 PMGo to full article
By Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia must investigate the deaths and abductions of activists in Crimea who have opposed Moscow's annexation of the peninsula and ensure the rights of minorities and media are respected, a leading European human rights watchdog said on Monday. In a 16-page report, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks highlighted the cases of three missing civil society activists and the deaths of local residents, including a teenager, since Russia took over Crimea. ...
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:02:23 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said. Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests. He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.
 

OSCE observers give Ukraine election a clean bill of health

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:56:03 PMGo to full article
KIEV (Reuters) - OSCE election observers gave Sunday's parliamentary election in Ukraine a clean bill of health on Monday, saying it had offered real choice and largely upheld democratic commitments. "The elections marked an important step in Ukraine’s aspirations to consolidate democratic elections in line with its international commitments," said Kent Harstedt, Special Coordinator for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a security and rights watchdog. ...
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:32:28 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said. Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests. He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.
 

Czech secret service sees 'extremely high' number of Russian spies

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:30:51 PMGo to full article
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Russia deployed an "extremely high" number of intelligence officers at its Czech embassy last year, the NATO member country's secret service said in an annual report released on Monday. The reported increase in spying comes as relations between Russia and the West have worsened, culminating in the Ukraine crisis that began a year ago with street demonstrations against pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich. ...
 

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‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:32:20 PMGo to full article
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said. Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests. He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.
 

Cheers, chants for 'Fergie Time' the stage show

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:16:53 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, Manchester United former manager Alex Ferguson applauds supporters before the team's English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England. Ninety minutes after the return of “Fergie Time” at Old Trafford, the man himself returned to the limelight - in an interview on a London stage. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)LONDON (AP) — Ninety minutes after the return of "Fergie Time" at Old Trafford, the man himself returned to the limelight — in an interview on a London stage.
 

 

 
 
 
 

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Death of Discernment Intro - Ron Matsen

In this segment, Ron Matsen discusses signs of the end times. This segment comes from the "Death of Deiscernment" briefing pack published by Koinon...

Of all the end-time themes discussed in the Bible—such as global disasters (Mt 24), the rise of the global super-state, the identity of the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the Magog invasion (Ezek 38-39)—“deception and apostasy in the church” is listed more times than any other end-time “sign of the times.”

Are we currently living in the Age of Apostasy? Ron Matsen explores the evidence and causes of apostasy and provides an antidote for apostasy in this timely study
 

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Are we now IN the Age of Apostasy?
 
Indicators of Decline
• Church Attendance: Church attendance in Eng­land as a percentage of the population (both Protestant and Catholics are included in these figures):
1970 13.3%
1980 11.1%
1990 9.4%
2000 7.2%
2010 5.3%
• Decline in Biblical Literacy: In England, The Portsmouth News, 13 April 2001, asked 50 members of church clergy about their congregation’s beliefs: 48% “Did not believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus” and 60% “believed that the spirit of Easter had been lost in favour of bunnies and Easter eggs.”
Cause for this Decline?
We will examine three causes—all three have an ex­ample in the history of Israel.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:4

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Dr. Chuck Missler, an internationally known business executive, outlines our current economic predicament and defensive steps you can take to lessen the impact of the impending economic crisis. As a Bible teacher for over 30 years with a ministry reaching over 40 countries, Chuck shares some key strategies to prepare yourself spiritually and practically.

Is the World facing another major economic upheaval?

What is the best strategy to protect your family in times of economic uncertainty?

The Church has enjoyed a relatively peaceful existence in the West for a few centuries but the with the coming persecution, how do we go about organizing home study and home-church?

Soul Survival – Keeping your “lamp full” during the hard times ahead.

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"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.

 

 

 

 

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