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Dutch authorities identify highly contagious bird flu strain

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:07:59 PMGo to full article
By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities said on Sunday they had found a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a poultry farm in the central Netherlands and set about destroying 150,000 chickens. The strain, H5N8, has never been detected in humans, but an outbreak in South Korea meant millions of farm birds had to be slaughtered to contain the outbreak. Cases have also been reported in China and Japan, although the strain was first reported in Europe, on a German farm, in early November. ...
 

Putin resists Western offensive as testy G20 closes

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:52:46 PMGo to full article
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin waves goodbye as he leaves the G20 Summit, at the airport in Brisbane, November 16, 2014A weary Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday shrugged off a new barrage of Western fire over Ukraine at a G20 summit where the world's most powerful leaders vowed to heat up the cooling global economy. Host Tony Abbott insisted that everyone including Putin -- who left the Brisbane summit early -- was on board the G20 campaign to enact reforms that could infuse more than two trillion dollars into the world economy. "I'm happy to be on a unity ticket with Vladimir Putin on that subject," the Australian prime minister told a news conference after the two-day talks, during which the two leaders put aside days of sniping to share a photograph with cuddly koalas. Nevertheless, Abbott insisted that he had had "very robust" discussions with Putin in recent days and described the July downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine as "one of the most terrible atrocities of recent times".
 
 

MH17 wreckage removal starts in east Ukraine

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:49:34 PMGo to full article
Members of the Dutch expert team watch as wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is removed and loaded on a truck at the crash site near the east Ukraine village of Grabove, on November 16, 2014Work started Sunday to remove the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, four months after it was shot down, killing 298 passengers and crew. Investigators from the Netherlands heading the probe into what happened to July's doomed flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur said the work could take "several days". "Today the recovery of wreckage from flight MH17 has started. The Dutch Safety Board commissioned the recovery and transportation to the Netherlands of the wreckage as part of the investigation into the cause of the crash of flight MH17," the Dutch experts said in a statement.
 
 

Tusk: European Council meeting to discuss Ukraine

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:36:28 PMGo to full article
Former Polish Prime Minister who will head the European Council starting Dec. 1, Donald Tusk, left, and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz attend ceremonies marking the 96th anniversary of Poland's independence, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Council's president-elect says the Ukraine conflict will be discussed at a meeting next month, referring to it as a war.
 
 

New video of MH17 downing shows alarm in Ukraine

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:21:40 PMGo to full article
Recovery workers in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine load debris from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, in Hrabove, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, four months after the plane was brought down. Sunday's operation is being carried out under the supervision of Dutch investigators and officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The recovered fragments will be loaded onto trains and ferried to the government-controlled eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, and the investigation into the cause of the crash is being conducted there and in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtained video that shows how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes and suggests that residents first assumed it was a Ukrainian military plane that had been struck.
 
 

Pope Francis warns of 'social emergency' after Rome clashes

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:36:36 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis blesses during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the VaticanROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis warned on Sunday of a "social emergency" after violent protests against a migrant reception center in Rome highlighted growing social tensions in disadvantaged areas of the Italian capital. The reception center in the Tor Sapienza area of the city has been the target of several days of angry protests by residents who have accused migrants in the building of drug trafficking, sexual harassment and petty crime. ...
 
 

Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:32:46 PMGo to full article
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Under pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations on Sunday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years. The fanfare, however, was overshadowed by tensions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders. The communique from the Brisbane summit of Group of 20 wealthy and emerging nations revealed that the plan for jumpstarting growth includes investing in infrastructure, increasing trade and the creation of a global infrastructure hub that would help match potential investors with projects.
 

Pope says Italy immigrant tensions a 'social emergency'

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:45:31 PMGo to full article
Italian residents of Rome's Tor Sapienza neighborhood stand near a refugee facility which has at the centre of violence, on November 15, 2014Pope Francis on Sunday described violent attacks on refugees in Rome as symptomatic of a "social emergency" that will only get worse if it is not addressed. "In recent days in Rome there have been quite strong tensions between residents and immigrants," the pontiff said, in a reference to the unrest in the Tor Sapienza district. "I call on the authorities, at every level, to address what now constitutes a social emergency which, if not dealt with soon in an adequate manner, risks degenerating further.
 
 

Authorities say Dutch bird flu is H5N8 strain found in Germany

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:31:40 PMGo to full article
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities said on Sunday the bird flu identified at a poultry farm in the country was the highly contagious H5N8 strain first detected in Europe less than two weeks ago. The strain, which was found at a farm in northeastern Germany on Nov. 4, hit Asia severely, where it led to massive culling of animals in the countries affected. Though the strain has never been detected in humans, a spokesman for the Dutch government said the variant was lethal to birds and could infect humans who came into very close contact with them. ...
 

Pope decries tensions over immigrants in Europe

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:22:56 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer from his studio's window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says sharp tensions in European cities over immigrants could get worse unless authorities, citizens and the newcomers sit down and discuss their prejudices.
 
 

G-20 leaders agree on $2 trillion boost to growth

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:14:42 PMGo to full article
British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott hold a joint press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Mr Cameron addressed a joint sitting of the Australian parliament ahead of the G-20 summit in Brisbane later today. (AP Photo/Alan Porritt,Pool)BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Under pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations on Sunday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years. The fanfare, however, was overshadowed by tensions between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders.
 
 

On anniversary of toppling Moscow's rule, Czechs fear back-sliding

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:09:05 PMGo to full article
By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs who helped bring about the "Velvet Revolution" that overthrew Kremlin-backed Communist rule are marking the 25th anniversary this week by accusing the country's present-day leaders of once again cosying up to Russia. The focus of their anger is President Milos Zeman, who has taken a pro-Russian line on economic sanctions and described Pussy Riot, the punk group jailed for blasting out a song denouncing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral, as hooligans who should not have been treated as political prisoners. ...
 

G20 commits to higher growth, fight climate change; Russia isolated over Ukraine

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:42:01 AMGo to full article
By Lincoln Feast and Alexei Anishchuk BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible "frozen conflict" in Europe. ...
 

Britain's Cameron warns Russia of isolation, further sanctions over Ukraine

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:53:23 AMGo to full article
BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday that Europe and the United States had sent a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country will be isolated from the world community if the crisis in Ukraine is not resolved. "I think that Russia needs to know that there is a real unity of purpose between America and the European Union in making sure we don't have some sort of permanent frozen conflict on the continent of Europe," Cameron told reporters at the G20 summit in Brisbane. ...
 

Romania's Ponta closes in on presidency

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:45:36 AMGo to full article
Romania's PM Ponta gestures during a proposed presidential TV debate in BucharestBy Radu-Sorin Marinas and Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Victor Ponta looks set to become Romania's youngest president in a runoff vote on Sunday, a result that could make one of Europe's poorest nations more stable as it looks to exit an IMF-led aid deal. Backed by a well-oiled party machine, Ponta has led opinion polls and comfortably beat his nearest challenger, ethnic German mayor Klaus Iohannis, in the first round election on Nov 2. The former Communist state of 20 million is emerging from painful budget cuts imposed during the global slowdown. ...
 
 

U.S., EU override Australia to put climate change on G20 agenda

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:51:53 AMGo to full article
G20 handout photo shows participants posing for the G20 Leaders' Summit family photo in BrisbaneBy Lincoln Feast and Jane Wardell BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia's attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda. Much of the meeting of world leaders in Australia has been overshadowed by the crisis in Ukraine, with Western leaders warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels. ...
 
 

G20 communique to include climate change, anti-corruption plan: EU sources

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:17:10 AMGo to full article
BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change and an endorsement of an anti-corruption plan, European Union officials said on Sunday. "The most difficult discussion was on climate change," an EU official said on condition of anonymity. "This was really trench warfare, this was really step by step by step. In the end we have references to most of the things we wanted. ...
 

Migrant surge across Med continues as Italy rescues 900

 
‎16 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:02:19 AMGo to full article
A ship carries out a search and rescue operation on the Bosphorus Strait off Istanbul on November 3, 2014, after a boat carrying illegal migrants sankItalian authorities said Saturday that more than 900 people had been rescued at sea in 24 hours, in a blow to hopes that the approach of winter would stem the flow of migrants attempting perilous crossings of the Mediterranean. Most of the rescued were picked up from boats in the channel between Libya and Sicily, a narrow but treacherous strait in which thousands have drowned in recent years trying to reach Europe. A total of 477 migrants were delivered to Porto Empedocle on Sicily's southern coast by Panamanian tanker the Gaz Concord. The coastguard also intercepted a yacht with 80 would-be migrants on board off the port of Crotone on the southeastern "heel" of the Italian mainland.
 
 

Greenpeace: 4 activists hurt off Canary Islands

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:57:30 PMGo to full article
MADRID (AP) — Spain's navy rammed into a Greenpeace dinghy during a protest in the Atlantic Ocean against oil exploration near the Canary Islands on Saturday, injuring four of its activists, one of them seriously, the environmental organization said.
 

UAE lists over 80 Muslim 'terrorist' groups

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:22:36 PMGo to full article
Alleged Islamic State militants stand next to an IS flag atop a hill in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, on October 6, 2014The United Arab Emirates, which belongs to a US-led coalition fighting jihadists, on Saturday issued a list of 83 Islamist groups which it classified as "terrorist organisations". It blacklists Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS), as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and Yemen's Shiite Huthi militia. The UAE has jailed dozens of Emiratis and Egyptians for forming cells of the Brotherhood, outlawed in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which accuses the movement of seeking to overthrow the Gulf monarchies. On Saturday, the UAE named the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars which is headed by the Brotherhood's spiritual guide Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi on its terror list.
 
 

Accused war criminal Seselj draws thousands at Serbia rally

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:31:38 PMGo to full article
A supporter of Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj holds a sign during an anti-government rally in Belgrade on November 15, 2014Some 10,000 supporters of the Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, released by a UN war crimes court for cancer therapy, joined him Saturday at a rally in protest at his country's shift towards Europe. The gathering was seen as a test of Seselj's influence at home, where he returned this week after almost 12 years in detention at the court in The Hague, yet to issue a verdict in his trial for crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. "Serbia has to decide should it go towards the East (Russia) or towards the West, where all its enemies are," the 60-year-old firebrand told a euphoric crowd in downtown Belgrade. Already next year we will have elections that the Serb Radical Party (SRS) will win," Seselj vowed from the stage.
 
 

Pablo Iglesias elected to head Spain's leftist Podemos party

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:08:45 PMGo to full article
Newly confirmed as the leader of Podemos, Pablo Igesias waves on arrival to a party meeting in Madrid on November 15, 2014Podemos, a fast-growing Spanish far-left party set up in January, on Saturday formally elected its 36-year-old founder Pablo Iglesias as secretary general. "The real difficulties start now ... and when we win the (general) elections in November" 2015, Iglesias said. The maverick party has shaken up the two-party system that has held sway in Spain since it emerged from dictatorship in the 1970s.
 
 

Federal ban sought for animal testing on cosmetics

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:59:39 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2014 file photo, Rep.-elect, Don Beyer, D-Va. celebrates during an election party in Arlington, Va. Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the US. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress. Beyer plans to take the lead when the new Congress takes office next January. He is succeeding retiring Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., who has introduced legislation that would prohibit testing cosmetic products on animals, as well as the sale of any new cosmetics if the final product or any component was developed using animal testing. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress.
 
 

Canadian charged over 1980 Paris synagogue bombing

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:31:38 PMGo to full article
A picture taken on October 3, 1980 shows fire fighters standing by the wreckage of a car and motocycle after a bomb attack at a Paris synagogue that killed four peopleA Canadian academic was charged on Saturday over the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue after losing his six-year legal battle against extradition over the notorious attack. Hassan Diab, a Canadian of Lebanese descent, appeared before a French anti-terror judge just hours after arriving in Paris from Montreal. He was charged for suspected involvement in "murders", "attempted murders" and the "destruction of property with an explosive or incendiary substance, committed by an organised gang", Diab's French lawyer Stephane Bonifassi told AFP. The October 3, 1980, bombing of a synagogue on rue Copernic in Paris killed four people and left around 40 others injured.
 
 

Putin, Cameron discuss repairing Russia-West ties: Kremlin

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:41:35 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, pictured the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15, 2014Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday discussed how to repair Russia-West ties that have hit post-Cold War lows over the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin said after the leaders' closed-door meeting in Brisbane.
 
 

Accused war criminal Seselj draws thousands at Serbia rally

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:11 PMGo to full article
Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj addresses supporters during an anti-government rally in Belgrade, on November 15, 2014Some 10,000 supporters of the Serb ultranationalist Vojislav Seselj, released by a UN war crimes court for cancer therapy, joined him Saturday at a rally in protest at his country's shift towards Europe. The gathering was seen as a test of Seselj's influence at home, where he returned this week after almost 12 years in detention at the court in The Hague, yet to issue a verdict in his trial for crimes during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. "Serbia has to decide should it go towards the East (Russia) or towards the West, where all its enemies are," the 60-year-old firebrand told a euphoric crowd in downtown Belgrade. Already next year we will have elections that the Serb Radical Party (SRS) will win," Seselj vowed from the stage.
 
 

Putin: Western sanctions could backfire

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:19:52 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks over at the French president during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Alain Jocard, Pool)MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Western sanctions against his country could backfire.
 
 

Algeria's Bouteflika leaves French hospital, flies home: police

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:28:43 PMGo to full article
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika gestures during a swearing-in ceremony in AlgiersALGIERS/PARIS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has left a French hospital and is on a plane flying home, a French police source said on Saturday. A source close to the Algerian presidency said earlier Bouteflika was expected to return to Algiers on Saturday after undergoing a medical checkup in France. Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, was hospitalized in Grenoble in France on Thursday, French police and French government sources said on Friday. ...
 
 

Putin to leave G20 summit early: Russian delegate 

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:57:49 PMGo to full article
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Brisbane, on November 15, 2014Vladimir Putin intends to cut short his attendance at the Group of 20 summit in Brisbane on Sunday, a Russian source said as the strongman faces intense pressure from the West over Ukraine. "The programme of the second day (for Putin) is changing, it's being cut short," a source in the Russian delegation told AFP on condition of anonymity. The source denied that Putin was bowing out under pressure from top Western leaders, who accused him of "bullying" ex-Soviet Ukraine. He denied that pressure from Western leaders, who have threatened Russia with more sanctions if fighting in eastern Ukraine intensifies, forced Putin to change plans.
 
 

Putin plans to leave G20 early after West blasts Russia over Ukraine

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:08:35 PMGo to full article
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, with other world leaders gather during the G20 Summit family photo in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. With Obama are from left to right, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister David Cameron, President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Myanmar's President Thein Sein, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,Pool)By Alexei Anishchuk and Jane Wardell BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early, a member of his delegation said, after Western leaders blasted Moscow on Saturday for the crisis in Ukraine and threatened more sanctions. The Russian official told Reuters that Putin planned to skip a working session on Sunday at the two-day summit in Brisbane and bring forward his departure because he needed to attend meetings in Moscow. ...
 
 

Comet probe sends back science treasure in final hours

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:36:29 PMGo to full article
A photo released on November 13, 2014 by the European Space Agency, and captured on November 12 by the CIVA-P imaging system, shows a 360º view of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during Philae's descentEurope's science probe Philae sent home a treasure trove of data from a comet heading towards the Sun before falling silent as its power ran out, mission control said Saturday. "Rosetta’s lander has completed its primary science mission," the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
 
 

Canadian accused of 1980 Paris synagogue bombing lands in France

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:27:09 PMGo to full article
File picture taken on October 3, 1980 shows fire fighters standing by the wreckage of a car and motocycle after a bomb attack at a Paris synagogue which killed four peopleA Canadian academic accused of the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue arrived in France on Saturday after losing his six-year legal battle against extradition to face charges for the notorious attack. University professor Hassan Diab, a Canadian of Lebanese descent, was due to face an anti-terror judge later on Saturday in Paris after arriving in the French capital from Montreal. The October 3, 1980, bombing of a synagogue on rue Copernic in Paris killed four people and marked the first fatal attack against the French Jewish community since the Nazi occupation in World War II. The 60-year-old sociologist had been fighting his extradition to avoid what he said would be an unfair prosecution in France for a crime he insists he did not commit.
 
 

All Blacks' Carter overcomes doubts ahead of Scotland start

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:38:01 AMGo to full article
New Zealand's flanker Ritchie McCaw (R) congratulates fly-half Dan Carter on his 100th cap after winning their int'l rugby union Test match against England, at Twickenham stadium in southwest London, on November 16, 2013Edinburgh (AFP) - All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter said he had conquered his own doubts to regain his place in the New Zealand starting line-up for the world champions' match against Scotland at Edinburgh's Murrayfield on Saturday.
 
 

China's economy experiencing 'period of pain': vice minister

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:36:47 AMGo to full article
By Jane Wardell BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - China's economy is going through a "period of pain" as authorities try to shift it toward slower, more sustainable growth, with the rapid expansion of its shadow banking sector a major problem, the vice finance minister said on Saturday. "We do have problems that have been accumulating over time," Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao told reporters at the G20 Leaders Summit in Australia. ...
 

Historic photos of dead Che Guevara resurface in Spain

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:32:27 AMGo to full article
Imanol Arteaga, nephew of Spanish missionary Luis Cuartero, shows photos taken on October 10, 1967 by former AFP journalist Marc Hutten, showing the corpse of Argentine Marxist revolutionary, Ernesto "Che" GuevaraLost for half a century, historic photographs of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara shortly after his execution taken by an AFP photographer have come to light in a small Spanish town. The photographs belong to Imanol Arteaga, a local councillor in the northern Spanish town of Ricla. He inherited them from his uncle Luis Cuartero, a missionary in Bolivia in the 1960s. "He brought back the photographs when he came for my parents' wedding in November 1967," said Arteaga, 45.
 
 

'Cold War' fears over Ukraine overblown, say experts

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:38 AMGo to full article
Pro-Russian gunmen patrol the centre of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on November 12, 2014Secret "Russian subs" off Sweden, tit-for-tat sanctions, NATO fighters scrambling to intercept Russian warplanes: relations between the West and Moscow over Ukraine have sparked incidents reminiscent of the Cold War that terrified the world for decades. "Saying that we're in a Cold War is to misunderstand the situation," says Vladimir Evseev, director of the Moscow-based think-tank NCO Public Political Studies Center.
 
 

Europe steps up pressure on Russia over Ukraine at G20 meeting

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:42:19 AMGo to full article
BRISBANE Australia (Reuters) - Europe's foreign ministers will meet on Monday to assess the situation in Ukraine and whether further steps including additional sanctions were needed against Russia, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said on Saturday. Speaking at the meeting of G20 leaders in Brisbane, which Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending, Van Rompuy said Ukraine would be high on the agenda when EU leaders meet with U.S. President Barack Obama. ...
 

Pussy Riot thank Amnesty campaigners for support

 
‎15 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:56:27 AMGo to full article
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L) and Maria Alekhina, members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot, pose for photographs at Amnesty International UK headquarters in East London on November 14, 2014Campaigners from Amnesty International on Friday honoured two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot who served 22 months in prison for staging a shock performance in a Moscow cathedral in 2012. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina thanked their supporters during their week-long visit to Britain, their first time in the country, in which they will also speak at the Cambridge Union and to British lawmakers in a parliament building. "I believe in you!" Tolokonnikova said at the dinner in London, attended by human rights campaigners who wrote letters to the pair in prison and to Russian President Vladimir Putin to demand their release.
 
 

Thousands protest in Romania ahead of presidential run-off vote

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:41:52 PMGo to full article
A man holds a picture depicting Romania's PM Ponta as North Korean leader Kim during a rally in BucharestBUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians joined anti-government protests in a number of cities on Friday to demand fair elections, two days ahead of a presidential run-off vote that has been overshadowed by complaints of poor organization of the ballot overseas. Protests first broke out on Nov. 8 when thousands gathered in city squares in support of compatriots living abroad who were turned away as they tried to vote in the first round, prompting Romania's foreign minister, Titus Corlatean, to resign on Monday. ...
 
 

Algeria's Bouteflika in French hospital, reason unclear

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 PMGo to full article
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a swearing-in ceremony in AlgiersLYON France (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, was hospitalised in the Alpine city of Grenoble on Thursday, a French police source said. "He was taken into care at Grenoble mutualist clinic yesterday," the source told Reuters on Friday, although he did not have details on why Bouteflika had been hospitalised. Algerian officials were not immediately available for comment but two government sources denied the report without giving any further details. ...
 

US stock indexes little changed in noon trading

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:18:24 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Oct. 8. 2014, file photo, shows a Wall Street address carved into the side of a building in New York. U.S. stocks are little changed, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average eked out another record high. Energy companies rose as the price of crude oil turned higher. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks wavered between small losses and gains on Friday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average eked out another record high. Virgin America jumped 29 percent in its market debut. Energy companies also rose as the price of crude oil turned higher.
 
 

Inter Milan reappoints Roberto Mancini as coach

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:46 PMGo to full article
FILE -- In this March 16, 2008 file photo former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini looks on prior to the start of an Italian Serie A soccer match Between Inter Milan and Palermo, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. Inter Milan fired coach Walter Mazzarri on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, after a run of poor results saw it slip to ninth in Serie A. Roberto Mancini, who spent four years in charge at Inter, is expected to take over for Mazzarri. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan reappointed former coach Roberto Mancini on Friday, hours after firing Walter Mazzarri following a poor run of results.
 
 

Russian troops hold drills in Serbia

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:27:58 PMGo to full article
A Russian paratrooper stands guard during the Russian-Serbian joint antiterrorist exercise Srem 2014, at Nikinci training ground, 60 kilometers west of Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)NIKINCI, Serbia (AP) — Camouflage-clad Russian soldiers parachute from the sky, armored vehicles fire live rounds on an open field after being dropped from military transport jets and helicopters fire missiles against enemy positions.
 
 

Ukraine rebels hinder border monitors as new armed columns appear

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:21:17 PMGo to full article
By Thomas Grove and Anton Zverev DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - International monitors deployed along the Russian border in eastern Ukraine say their drones were shot at and jammed days before new columns of unmarked soldiers and weapons, said by the West to be Russian, were seen in the rebel-held territory this week. The reports by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is seen as a neutral party in the conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people, come as Kiev and Moscow trade accusations of violating a fragile ceasefire. ...
 

Eurozone's paltry growth rate nudges up

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:51:36 PMGo to full article
Cranes stand at a building site in Paris, France, Friday Nov. 14 2014. Fears that the 18-country eurozone could be heading back into recession eased Friday with the news that it grew faster than expected in the third quarter, thanks to a better performance by France and confirmation Greece has come out of one of the developed world's deepest recessions in living memory. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)LONDON (AP) — The European Central Bank remains under pressure to do more to shore up the economy of the 18-country eurozone despite third-quarter figures Friday showing a modest uptick in growth and Greece's emergence from recession.
 
 

France: Big cat on the prowl is not a tiger

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:07:59 PMGo to full article
This photo provided by the town council of Montevrain, east of Paris, Thursday, Nov.13, 2014 shows what is described as a tiger. French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris, one of Europe's top tourist destinations, and have urged residents in three towns to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Ville de Montevrain)MONTEVRAIN, France (AP) — A big, wild cat eluding 200 police and military forces near Disneyland Paris is not a tiger, French authorities said Friday — but they don't know exactly what it is.
 
 

Pope to comfort Filipino victims of deadly typhoon

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:57:05 PMGo to full article
Pope Francis pauses during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will host a luncheon for Filipino survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan during his Jan. 12-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, his second visit to Asia in a year that confirms the region is a priority for his pontificate.
 
 

EU allies alarmed at Hungary's Kremlin drift

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:37:53 PMGo to full article
Hungary's Prime Minister Orban is pictured before signing a Partnership Agreement between the EU and Hungary at the Hungarian parliament in BudapestBy Gergely Szakacs and Stephen Brown BUDAPEST/BERLIN (Reuters) - Several European governments believe Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is flouting EU values by drifting into the Kremlin's orbit but are unsure how to respond. At a time when most EU states are isolating Moscow and turning their thoughts to stiffer sanctions as Ukraine's ceasefire crumbles, Orban has alarmed many of his peers by establishing closer ties with Russia. ...
 
 

Comet craft starts drilling; location still sought

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:30:45 PMGo to full article
This image released by the European Space Agency ESA Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 was taken by Philae's down-looking descent ROLIS imager when it was about 40 meters (131 feet) above the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Wednesday. It shows that the surface of the comet is covered by dust and debris ranging from mm to metre sizes The large block in the top right corner is 5 m in size. In the same corner the structure of the Philae landing gear is visible. The lander scored a historic first Wednesday, touching down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after a decade-long, 6.4 billion-kilometer (4 billion-mile) journey through space aboard its mother ship, Rosetta. The comet is streaking through space at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph) some 311 million miles (500 million kilometers) from Earth. (AP Photo/Esa,Rosetta,Philae)BERLIN (AP) — Mission controllers say a European probe is pushing ahead with efforts to drill into a comet — though they're still trying to pin down where exactly the probe is.
 
 

AP PHOTOS: A look at Greece's recession journey

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:20:06 PMGo to full article
FILE In this Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002 file photo, fireworks illuminate the ancient Parthenon on top of the Acropolis, in Athens. On this day, Greece joins the first wave of countries to use euro banknotes and coins. Though considered a triumph for the country, fears were voiced that Greece had cooked the books to join and that Europe had turned a blind eye. (AP Photo/Aris Messinis, File)The Greek recession is over.
 
 

Putin to face icy reception at G20 summit

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:59:19 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) speaks with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit plenary session in Beijing, on November 11, 2014Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the "lost glories of tsarism". The Russian president arrived in Brisbane late Friday for the weekend summit of world powers at a time of heightened tension with host Australia, which has sent three ships to its northern coast after a flotilla of Russian navy vessels appeared there this week. Prime Minister Abbott said the appearance of the four Russian vessels, which include a heavily armed cruiser and destroyer, were "part of a regrettable pattern" of growing Russian military bullishness. Russia in turn on Friday warned France of "serious" consequences unless Paris this month delivers a warship whose handover has been delayed by the Ukraine crisis -- setting the stage for confrontation with French President Francois Hollande.
 
 

Russia may claim damages if France doesn't deliver Mistral warship: news agency

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:04:36 PMGo to full article
An aerial view shows the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok constructed for Russia at the STX Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard site in the port of Montoir-de-Bretagne near Saint NazaireMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia may demand monetary compensation unless France delivers the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers by the end of November, state news agency RIA quoted an unnamed source as saying on Friday. RIA said a Russian delegation that had planned to travel to France on Friday to take part in a ceremony to transfer the first ship in the 1.2 billion euro ($1.5 billion) deal had stayed home and no new date for a handover had been set. ...
 
 

Britain's Major warns 'real possibility' of EU exit

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:20:43 AMGo to full article
Former British Prime Minister John Major arrives at the High Court in London, June 12, 2012London (AFP) - Former prime minister John Major warned there was a "real possibility" that Britain will leave the European Union in a referendum and called for more immigration controls.
 
 

G-20 summit to be test of forum's staying power

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:16:48 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Sept. 6, 2013 file photo shows a general view of the second working session during a G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The annual G-20 leadership summit that groups democrats with authoritarians and rich nations with poor has long suffered from a perception it’s all talk and no action. This year, leaders are under extra pressure to produce something tangible. (AP Photo/Dimitar Dilkoff, Pool, File)BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The annual G-20 leadership summit that groups democrats with authoritarians and rich nations with poor has long suffered from a perception it's all talk and no action. This year, leaders are under extra pressure to produce something tangible.
 
 

German economy returns to growth in 3rd quarter

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:42:10 AMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — The German economy, Europe's biggest, returned to modest growth of 0.1 percent in the third quarter — avoiding a technical recession after contracting slightly in the previous three-month period, official data showed Friday.
 

New Ukraine offensive 'unlikely' despite build-up fears: experts

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:06:07 AMGo to full article
Pro-Russian militia stand guard outside an official office in Donetsk on November 13, 2014Fears may be rising in the West that eastern Ukraine could be plunged back into all-out conflict but a new offensive by pro-Russian forces is unlikely any time soon, analysts said Thursday. The amount of military hardware being moved into the war-torn region is insufficient for a major operation, which would probably not be launched during Ukraine's harsh winter, experts told AFP. Instead, the deployments may be designed to deter Ukraine from launching a bid to reclaim the territories or send a message to a domestic audience in Russia. Any large-scale offensives are highly unlikely," said Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst based in Moscow.
 
 

Incoming G20 leader Turkey says group must be more inclusive

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:52:57 AMGo to full article
By Jane Wardell BRISBANE (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday called for a more inclusive Group of 20 forum, saying it would give low income nations a stronger voice when it takes over the presidency for 2015. Davutoglu also indicated that Turkey would expand the G20's role beyond economic cooperation and decision-making to issues such as the refugee crisis in eastern Europe, the Ebola outbreak in Africa and terrorism in the Middle East. ...
 

Car bombs target Egyptian, UAE embassies in Libya

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:15:13 AMGo to full article
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Car bombs went off outside the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in the Libyan capital on Thursday, causing some damage to the long-shuttered buildings but no casualties, officials said.
 

100 police patrol in town with tiger on prowl

 
‎14 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:12:35 AMGo to full article
This photo provided by the town council of Montevrain, east of Paris, Thursday, Nov.13, 2014 shows what is described as a tiger. French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris, one of Europe's top tourist destinations, and have urged residents in three towns to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Ville de Montevrain)PARIS (AP) — Scores of police patrolled a small town west of the French capital on Thursday night after a tiger eluded a massive search and remained on the prowl in the region near Disneyland Paris.
 
 

Canada to extradite accused Paris bomber to France

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:45:17 PMGo to full article
A picture taken on October 3, 1980 shows fire fighters standing by the wrekage of a car and motocycle after a bomb attack at a Paris synagogue on Rue CopernicCanada's top court refused Thursday to hear a university professor's final plea to halt his extradition to France, effectively ensuring he will face trial for the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. The decision brings to an end 60-year-old Hassan Diab's six-year legal battle to avoid what he said would be an unfair prosecution in France for a crime he insists he did not commit. Diab, who was taken into custody Wednesday pending the announcement, could now be flown to Paris at any time in the next 45 days. If convicted, Diab, a sociologist, could face life in prison.
 
 

Space agency: Comet lander ends up in cliff shadow

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:44:58 PMGo to full article
The combination photo of different images taken with the CIVA camera system released by the European Space Agency ESA on Thursday Nov. 13, 2014 shows Rosetta’s lander Philae as it is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Wednesday on the comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (AP Photo/Esa/Rosetta/Philae)BERLIN (AP) — A shadow was cast — literally — across Europe's historic mission to land on and explore a comet. Scientists said Thursday the landing craft not only bounced twice, it also came to rest next to a cliff that's blocking sunlight from its solar panels.
 
 

Russia on the spot as fears mount over east Ukraine conflict

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:09:53 PMGo to full article
Russia hit back Thursday against Western claims that it was sending fresh military hardware into eastern Ukraine which could fuel a return to all-out conflict. The Kremlin issued a fierce denial after NATO's commander in Europe accused Russia of sending columns of troops and equipment over the border. Ukraine said four of its soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours and 23 wounded. "According to our estimations, there are 8,000 Russian soldiers, maybe more, on our territory at the moment," he said.
 

Message from Islamic State group leader emerges

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:26:16 PMGo to full article
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, accompanied by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State Group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)BEIRUT (AP) — In a recording released days after he was reported to be wounded in an airstrike, the leader of the Islamic State group said the U.S.-led coalition's campaign had failed and it would eventually have to send ground troops into battle.
 
 

US lawmakers move to strip ex-Nazis of benefits

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:23:14 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their U.S. government pension benefits, insisting American taxpayers should not be underwriting the retirement of anyone who participated in the Third Reich's atrocities.
 

Daly: Mickelson should lead US in next Ryder Cup

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:15:43 PMGo to full article
John Daly chips onto the putting green on the fifth hole during the second round of the Sanderson Farms golf tournament on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)BELEK, Turkey (AP) — John Daly says Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods should captain the United States at the next Ryder Cup, and didn't believe a task force would resolve America's losing streak.
 
 

Romanian PM takes on mayor in presidential runoff

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:41:42 PMGo to full article
Klaus Iohannis, leader of Romania's center-right Liberals and mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Bucharest, Romania, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. Iohannis says Romania made important progress in the past 10 years in the fight against corruption and the independence of the justice system, but needs to change the style of the political debate. The ethnic German mayor is running against Prime Minister Victor Ponta in the Presidential Election runoff, on Nov. 16. Ponta, a former prosecutor, led Iohannis by 10 points in the first-round voting on Nov. 2, and polls indicate Ponta is likely to win, despite corruption probes and convictions of some of Ponta's senior aides. (AP Photo/Octav Ganea, Mediafax) ROMANIA OUTBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's presidential runoff sees Prime Minister Victor Ponta facing off against Klaus Iohannis, the ethnic German mayor of the Transylvanian city of Sibiu. Ponta, a former prosecutor, led Iohannis by 10 points in the first-round voting on Nov. 2, and polls indicate Ponta is likely to win, despite corruption probes and convictions of some of Ponta's senior aides.
 
 

Stocks flit between gains and losses in afternoon

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:33:34 PMGo to full article
FILE - This May 11, 2007, file photo shows a Wall Street sign near the flag-draped facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening higher Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, as traders welcome some more positive corporate earnings news. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks wavered between small gains and losses in afternoon trading Thursday amid generally positive corporate earnings results. DreamWorks soared on a report that Hasbro is trying to buy the movie company. The price of oil fell to a four-year low.
 
 

Dutch fighters intercept Russian plane over Baltic sea

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:58:12 PMGo to full article
Handout photo of a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber refuelling over an unknown location during a military exerciseAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Two Dutch F16 fighter jets, part of a NATO force patrolling the skies above the Baltic states, intercepted a Russian Ilyushin transport aircraft flying near Estonian and Lithuanian air space, the Netherlands said on Thursday. After the interception, which took place late on Wednesday, the Ilyushin flew off in the direction of the Russian city of Kaliningrad, the Dutch defence ministry said in a statement. The exclave of Kaliningrad is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, both NATO members as are the other two Baltic states Estonia and Latvia. ...
 
 

Spain plans to hold symbolic Palestinian vote

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:54:29 PMGo to full article
MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament plans to hold a largely symbolic vote next week on a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state.
 

Liberia president to end Ebola state of emergency

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:13:12 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014 file photo, health workers unload the lifeless body of a man suspected of contracting the Ebola virus, as they carry him to a grave site on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Health officials in the U.S. and Europe are scrambling to begin testing a handful of experimental Ebola drugs in Africa, but an ethical debate is brewing over how to appropriately test medicines amid an outbreak that has already killed nearly 5,000 people. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh, File)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president said Thursday she is lifting a state of emergency imposed to control an Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the country, as Mali reported a fourth person now believed to have died of Ebola in its capital.
 
 

Portugal immigration chief arrested in 'golden visas' corruption investigation

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:37 PMGo to full article
LISBON (Reuters) - Police arrested the head of Portugal's immigration and border service as part of an investigation into corruption linked to the issuing of so-called "golden visas" to wealthy foreign investors. The Prosecutor General's office said several arrests were made and searches carried out in different locations across Portugal as part of the investigation into the visas and other matters on suspicion of corruption, influence peddling and money-laundering. ...
 

Embattled UK Labour leader promises not to 'shrink from the fight'

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:45:32 PMGo to full article
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Miliband speaks at the CBI annual conference in LondonBy Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British opposition leader Ed Miliband vowed on Thursday not to "shrink from the fight", in a make-or-break speech after a week of media reports that his Labour Party could ditch him just six months before a general election. Under pressure after some of his own lawmakers criticized his leadership and polls showed few Britons think he has the stature of a prime minister, Miliband focused on inequality in a country where wages have failed to keep pace with inflation. ...
 
 

Ukraine: Security deteriorating in rebel-held east

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:28:35 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian volunteer fighters shoot in the village of Peski near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Fighting has continued in the east despite a cease-fire agreement between Ukraine and the rebels signed in September, and Ukraine and the West accused Russia recently of sending in new troops and weapons. (AP Photo/Maxim Vetrov)KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine warned Thursday that the security situation is steadily worsening in the country's rebel-held east as separatist fighters move closer to government forces. One official said he feared an attack soon by Russian forces.
 
 

Russia tells Kiev: new conflict would be catastrophic for Ukraine

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:03:36 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Poroshenko attends a ceremony to hand over armoured vehicles to OSCE in KievBy Thomas Grove and Natalia Zinets MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Moscow and Kiev traded accusations on Thursday of failing to observe a ceasefire agreement and Russia warned a resumption of hostilities against pro-Russian separatists in the east would be catastrophic for Ukraine. Ukraine accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help rebels launch a new offensive in a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people. Increasing violence, ceasefire violations and reports of unmarked armed convoys traveling from the direction of the Russian border have boosted fears that a shaky Sept. ...
 
 

Jordanian, Israeli leaders to discuss Jerusalem unrest with Kerry

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:17:32 PMGo to full article
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets with Palestinian President Abbas in AmmanBy Warren Strobel and Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in Amman later on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to try to ease strife among Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem. Earlier, Abdullah accused Israel of "repeated attacks" on holy sites in Jerusalem and said they must stop. The meeting indicates concerns that the violence over the holy sites could lead to a new Palestinian uprising and complicate Jordan's role in the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State militant group. ...
 
 

Russia gas flows still frozen; Ukraine banks on mild weather to hold out

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:37 PMGo to full article
By Vladimir Soldatkin and Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine signaled it may hold off from paying Russia's billion-dollar gas invoice - part of an EU-brokered agreement to restart supplies frozen since June - in the hope mild weather can help it last out longer as it grapples with near-bankruptcy. EU officials worked out a deal two weeks ago under which Ukraine would pay Moscow $1.45 billion towards what it owed for gas supplies to ease a standoff over prices - and lift the threat to Europe, which relies on Ukraine as a key transit point for fuel. ...
 

Portugal in 2nd attempt to sell national carrier

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:06:22 PMGo to full article
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government is trying for the second time in two years to sell flag carrier TAP Air Portugal.
 

Germany warns anti-semitism rising on back of Middle East violence

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:34 PMGo to full article
German Minister of Foreign Affairs Steinmeier addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign minister said at an international conference on anti-semitism on Thursday that "hatred of Jews" was on the rise once more in his country and across Europe, fueled by spiraling violence in the Middle East. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany's Jews were subjected to threats and attacks at pro-Palestinian demonstrations, and the conflict between Israel in Gaza must not be used as justification for an anti-semitic behavior. ...
 
 

Emirates restarts flights to Iraqi city of Irbil

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:09:48 PMGo to full article
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Mideast's biggest airline, Emirates, says it will resume flights from Dubai to the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital of Irbil after halting them following advances by the Islamic State group.
 

Spending, ECB, reforms: What eurozone needs now

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:14 PMGo to full article
Containers wait for loading at the harbor in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)PARIS (AP) — A lot needs to go right for the eurozone's economy to get going again.
 
 

London shares rise, traders eye inflation data

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:35:07 PMGo to full article
London's FTSE 100 index gained 0.31 percent to stand at 6,631.29 points in mid-morning tradeLondon (AFP) - London shares rose in morning trade on Thursday, after sinking in the previous session, as investors digested eurozone inflation data.
 
 

German, Czech police break up crystal meth gang

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:22:02 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities have seized 2.9 tons of a chemical used to produce crystal meth in an operation that brought 15 arrests in Germany and the Czech Republic, German police said Thursday.
 

Ukraine OSCE envoy says ceasefire all but dead: newspaper

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:11:38 AMGo to full article
VIENNA (Reuters) - The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is all but dead, Ukraine's representative to the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) told Austrian newspaper Die Presse. The truce, which the OSCE is monitoring, was agreed in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sept. 5 after weeks of fighting between Ukrainian government forces and separatists. It was now barely possible to still speak of a ceasefire, Ihor Prokopchuk was quoted as telling the newspaper in an interview. "Since the Minsk agreement ...we have more than 2,400 breaches of the ceasefire by militant groups. ...
 

UNHCR condemns Rome violence against refugees

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎10:10:46 AMGo to full article
ROME (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency has condemned days of violence by Rome residents directed at residents of a refugee center on the capital's outskirts.
 

Armenia vows 'grave consequences' after helicopter downed

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:12:20 AMGo to full article
Nagorny Karabakh -- which is mostly inhabited by ethnic Armenians -- broke away from Azerbaijan with the help of Armenia in a war that claimed some 30,000 lives between 1991 and 1994Armenia threatened 'grave consequences' after Azerbaijani forces shot down a military helicopter, sparking fears of a major escalation in the conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh. The downing of the helicopter belonging to the army of the breakaway ethnic Armenian region is the most serious incident on the Karabakh border since a 1994 ceasefire ended a bloody war that cost 30,000 lives. Armenian media reported that the helicopter's three crew members were all killed. "A MI-24 combat helicopter attempted to attack positions of the Azerbaijani army near (Karabakh's) Agdam district," Azerbaijan's defence ministry said in a statement.
 
 

Asian stocks muted after Wall Street retreat

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:02:17 AMGo to full article
FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Big banks led the market lower in early trading Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, pulling indexes down from record highs. Regulators in the U.S. and Europe fined five major banks more than $3 billion for manipulating foreign-currency trading. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were subdued Thursday after Wall Street retreated following five days of record gains but Tokyo gained after a surprise rise in Japan's machinery orders.
 
 

Chung aims to increase Asia's stake in global game

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:31:25 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, South Korean national soccer team head coach Hong Myeong-bo, left, and Korea football association president Chung Mong-gyu applaud during the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour event to promote the 2014 World Cup in Seoul, South Korea. High-profile Korean businessman and football administrator Chung is running for a spot on FIFA’s powerful executive committee in a bid to help Asia increase its World Cup representation and fulfill its global potential. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — High-profile Korean businessman and football administrator Chung Mong-gyu is running for a spot on FIFA's powerful executive committee in a bid to help Asia increase its World Cup representation and fulfill its global potential.
 
 

Juncker denies "best friend of big business" tag amid tax uproar

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:38:40 AMGo to full article
New European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker at a press conference on November 5, 2014 in BrusselsEU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has denied a claim that he was the "best friend of big business," amid uproar over huge tax breaks top global companies enjoyed when he was Luxembourg premier. Breaking his silence on the affair, an under-fire Juncker went on the counter-offensive on Wednesday by announcing the Commission, the EU executive arm, would "push for (tax) harmonisation and fair rules among all". "Do not describe me as the best friend of big business, big business has much better friends in this house," Juncker told lawmakers in the European Parliament, where he made a surprise appearance that triggered boos from far-right parties. "I have said that the Commission would fight tax evasion and fiscal fraud," Juncker said as he faced a barrage of journalists' questions.
 
 

NATO says Russian troops in Ukraine amid fears of all-out war

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:56:35 AMGo to full article
Pro-Russian gunmen patrol the centre of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on November 12, 2014NATO on Wednesday accused Russia of sending tanks, troops and military hardware to east Ukraine, raising fears of renewed all-out fighting and calling into question the Minsk peace deal. The United States warned it was ready to work with allies in Europe to slap more sanctions on Russia for supporting pro-Moscow separatists in east Ukraine, who have been battling Kiev since April.
 
 

Cosmic first: European spacecraft lands on comet

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:18:35 AMGo to full article
The picture taken with the navigation camera on Rosetta and released by the European Space Agency ESA shows a raised plateau on the larger lobe of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. It was captured from a distance of 9.8 km from the center of the comet (7.8 km / 4.8 miles from the surface) Oct. 24, 2014. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 the Philae lander will be detached from Rosetta to land on the comet. (AP Photo/ESA)DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — Landing with a bounce after traveling 4 billion miles, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — a cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the universe.
 
 

Monitors fear rising violence in eastern Ukraine

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:07:34 AMGo to full article
Pro-Russian gunmen walk past destroyed houses in the North West suburb of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on November 13, 2014International pressure on Russia was mounting on Thursday over claims it is sending fresh military hardware into eastern Ukraine which could fuel a return to all-out conflict. After NATO accused Russia of deploying tanks, troops and military hardware to the region, Ukraine said four of its soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours and 18 wounded. There were a string of explosions late Wednesday in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk but the situation was calm Thursday, an AFP reporter said, with only occasional exchanges of fire. The skirmishes on the ground played out against a backdrop of rising Western concern over claims that Russia is dispatching reinforcements to the east of the former Soviet state.
 
 

Brewer SABMiller says net profits boosted by disposal

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎02:03:01 AMGo to full article
SABMiller is the world's second largest brewer, producing lagers including Foster's, Grolsch, Peroni and Miller Genuine DraftLondon (AFP) - British drinks giant SABMiller said Thursday that the sale of its stake in South African leisure unit Tsogo Sun boosted first-half net profits but warned over "challenging" trade.
 
 

European probe lands on comet, fails to anchor

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:54:14 AMGo to full article
Scientists celebrate in the observation centre of the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in Toulouse, southern France, on November 12, 2014The fridge-sized lab dubbed Philae touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in a high-risk manoeuvre more than 510 million kilometres (320 million miles) from Earth, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. "However, Philae has not tipped over and seems to be stabilising," he said.
 
 

Azerbaijan downs helicopter in Nagorno-Karabakh

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:35 AMGo to full article
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The armed forces of Azerbaijan shot down and destroyed an Armenian military helicopter in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on Wednesday, the defense ministries of both countries said.
 

For 26th time, UN has emergency meeting on Ukraine

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:26:25 AMGo to full article
Ukrainian volunteer fighters shoot in the village of Peski near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Fighting has continued in the east despite a cease-fire agreement between Ukraine and the rebels signed in September, and Ukraine and the West accused Russia recently of sending in new troops and weapons. (AP Photo/Maxim Vetrov)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council met for the 26th time in emergency session on Ukraine, again without taking action, as the U.N. warned of a possible return to "full-scale fighting" in the rebel-held east.
 
 

Argentina seizes 8.5 tons of marijuana at border

 
‎13 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:05:54 AMGo to full article
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine authorities have seized a record 8.5 tons of marijuana.
 

A look at forex trading scandal

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎11:55:28 PMGo to full article
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, people pass the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. U.S. stocks dropped slightly from record levels on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, as energy stocks continued to slump along with falling oil prices. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)LONDON (AP) — Trillions of dollars change hands every day in the global foreign-exchange markets. Major currencies like dollars, euros and yen are traded in a scantly regulated market dominated by a group of elite banks.
 
 

Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:37:37 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 file photo provided by Britain's Royal Air Force of a Russian military long range bomber aircraft photographed by an intercepting RAF quick reaction Typhoon (QRA) as it flies in international airspace. Russia's defense minister says the military will conduct regular long-range bomber patrols, ranging from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Sergei Shoigu's statement comes as NATO has reported a spike in Russian military flights over the Black, Baltic and North seas as well as the Atlantic Ocean. It reflects Moscow's increasingly tough posture amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.(AP Photo/Royal AIr Force)MOSCOW (AP) — In a show of military muscle amid tensions with the West, Russia will send long-range strategic bombers on regular patrol missions across the globe, from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, a top official said Wednesday.
 
 

EU foreign ministers unlikely to step up Russia sanctions on Monday

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:26:40 PMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers are unlikely to step up sanctions against Russia next week over its involvement in destabilizing eastern Ukraine, EU diplomats said on Wednesday. EU foreign ministers meet on Monday in Brussels and Ukraine, which said it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears separatists will launch a new military offensive, is the main topic on their agenda. A ceasefire agreed by the pro-Russian rebels and government forces more than two months ago is now all but dead, and Western fears of a return to all-out conflict are growing. ...
 

Gibraltar's amateurs will try to stop world champs

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎09:13:02 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Sunday Sept. 7, 2014 file photo of Gibraltar's Joseph Chipolina, left, as he tussles for the ball with Poland's Kamil Grosicki during an Euro 2016 Group D qualifying round soccer match between Gibraltar and Poland at the Algarve stadium in Faro, southern Portugal, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Days before one of world football's biggest ever mismatches, the captain of Gibraltar laughs as he contemplates the task facing his team of amateurs against Germany."To put things in perspective, we have gone from Sunday league football to playing the world champions in 18 months," Roy Chipolina said, shaking his head in bewilderment. "Sometimes I have to pinch myself." (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)GIBRALTAR (AP) — With a firefighter in goal, a customs agent anchoring the defense, a police officer and store worker roaming the midfield and a gym teacher on the attack, the best players from this rocky, 2.6-square mile territory will take on the world champions from Germany.
 
 

Hungary to stand by EU's Russia sanctions, wants help on gas

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:45:34 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (Reuters) - Hungary will stand by its European Union allies' decision to impose sanctions on Russia over Ukraine but will need help to safeguarding energy supplies put at risk by the dispute, its foreign minister said on Wednesday. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's talk of the need for a re-think on sanctions and his country's growing proximity with Moscow on energy policy have prompted concern that Budapest may be drifting into Moscow's orbit of influence. Hungary is heavily reliant on energy imports from Russia. ...
 

French lawmakers to vote Nov 28 on recognising Palestine

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:57:04 PMGo to full article
French protesters wave a Palestinian flag during a demonstration in Paris, on July 23, 2014French lawmakers will vote later this month on a proposal urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday, as diplomatic tensions continue to rise between Europe and Israel. The non-binding but highly symbolic vote on November 28 was proposed by the ruling Socialist party, and follows a similar resolution by the British parliament and an official decision to recognise Palestine by the Swedish government. A draft of the new proposal states that the lower house National Assembly "invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict". European leaders have shown signs of mounting impatience with Israel over its continued settlement-building in Palestinian territories.
 
 

Russia plans long-range bomber flights near North American waters: agency

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:03:36 PMGo to full article
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu takes part in a rehearsal for the Victory parade on Moscow's Red SquareMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it planned patrols by long range bombers around North American waters, a move likely to raise Western concerns after NATO accusations of "provocative" incursions into European air space. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said flights along the border of the Russian Federation and over the Arctic Ocean were foreseen as part of training for long-range operations, according to state agency Itar Tass. ...
 
 

James Bond-style underwater drug 'plotters' in UK court

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:03:15 PMGo to full article
A handout picture released by Britain's National Crime Agency on November 12, 2014 shows a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) seized by the National Crime Agency in Scotland allegedly used in an attempt to smuggle cocaineLondon (AFP) - Four Dutchmen appeared in a British court Wednesday charged with plotting to smuggle cocaine from Colombia to Scotland using a "James Bond-style" underwater vehicle.
 
 

Historic haberdashery: Napoleon's hat for sale

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:33:18 PMGo to full article
Napoleon expert Jean Claude Dey presents Napoleon's hat, from the Napoleonic collection of the Palais de Monaco, in Fontainebleau, south of Paris, France, Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014. The hat is part of the Napoleonic collection gathered by Prince Louis II, that will be put on sale Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 in Fontainbleau. More than 1,000 objects among which is Napoleon's hat, will be put on sale at this auction. Napoleon bicorn hat is on display next to the chateau where the general lived when he wasn’t leading troops into battle across Europe. The felt is a little weathered by age and use, though no one’s worn it since Napoleon’s veterinarian, who received from the French leader as a gift, but auctioneers are hoping to fetch 500,000 euros ($623,000) for it at the weekend auction. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)PARIS (AP) — Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat is up for auction and on display next to the chateau where the French general lived when he wasn't leading troops into battle across Europe.
 
 

Ukraine redeploys troops, fearing new rebel offensive

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:24:42 PMGo to full article
Militants supporting the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ride in a truck in DonetskBy Pavel Polityuk and Anton Zverev KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east because of fears separatists will launch a new military offensive, despite Russia's denials it has sent troops to reinforce the rebels. A ceasefire agreed by the pro-Russian rebels and government forces more than two months ago is now all but dead, and Western fears of a return to all-out conflict are growing. U.S. ...
 
 

Russia offers to let Kazakhstan oil exports via Ukraine to Europe to hedge risks

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:24:42 PMGo to full article
By Alla Afanasyeva and Gleb Gorodyankin AKTAU Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Russia has offered to let Kazakhstan ship its oil to Eastern Europe via the Druzhba pipeline's spur in Ukraine, Russia's Energy Ministry said on Wednesday, in a move seen as Moscow's attempts to hedge transportation risks. "Russia has offered Kazakhstan to study the possibility of carrying out Kazakh oil transit via the Russian Federation through the Druzhba oil pipeline to Eastern and Southern Europe," the Energy Ministry said in an email to Reuters. It added that the offer was made during talks on Sept. ...
 

A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:20:36 PMGo to full article
The image released by the European Space Agency ESA on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 shows an artist rendering by the ATG medialab depicting lander Philae separating from Rosetta mother spaceship and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. European Space Agency said Wednesday that the landing craft separated from Rosetta probe for descent to comet 67P. (AP Photo/ESA, ATG Medialab)DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta space probe.
 
 

Russia denies NATO accusations over troops in Ukraine

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:27:46 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia denied accusations by NATO on Wednesday that it has sent tanks and troops to eastern Ukraine in the past few days. NATO's top military commander Philip Breedlove said in Bulgaria the alliance had spotted military equipment arriving from Russia in regions of east Ukraine that are held by pro-Russian separatist rebels. General-Major Igor Konashenkov, a Russian Defense Ministry official, dismissed the comments as anti-Russian "hot air" and said "there was and is no evidence" behind the NATO accusations. ...
 

Cambodia increases garment industry minimum wage

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:26:33 PMGo to full article
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia agreed Wednesday to raise the minimum wage in its important clothing industry by 28 percent to $128 a month, falling short of labor unions' $140 proposal.
 

Bank of England trims Britain growth forecast

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:00:01 PMGo to full article
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney addresses a quarterly inflation report press conference at the Bank of England in London, on November 12, 2014London (AFP) - The Bank of England on Wednesday trimmed its forecast for British growth, citing economic strains in the neighbouring eurozone.
 
 

Football hero Weah to run for Liberian senate

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:17:38 PMGo to full article
Football legend George Weah says he is running for senator in his native LiberiaAfrican football legend George Weah said on Wednesday he had quit his job as peace ambassador in his native Liberia to run for senator. Weah, widely regarded as Africa's greatest-ever player, gave President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf his resignation letter on Tuesday in preparation to stand in Montserrado county, which includes the capital Monrovia. Weah, the leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change, was quoted in a statement from the presidency as thanking Sirleaf for the post, which "enabled him to contribute to the promotion of peace and stability".
 
 

Gypsy soccer team wins _ as opponents don't show

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:02:10 PMGo to full article
Goalkeeper of Roma Decin Patrik Herak, center, celebrates with teammates after a penalty shoot out during a match in Decin, Czech Republic, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014. The Roma Decin football club is having its best season ever, winning six of 10 matches and climbing to fourth in the standings. But the team’s mainly Gypsy players have found little to celebrate: They keep winning because their opponents don’t turn up (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)DECIN, Czech Republic (AP) — The Roma Decin football club is having its best season ever, winning six of 10 matches and climbing to fourth in the standings. But the team's mainly Gypsy players have found little to celebrate: They keep winning because their opponents don't turn up.
 
 

Bank of England expects inflation to keep falling

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:05:07 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says inflation is "more likely than not" to continue to fall below one percent in the next six months and that growth will be slightly weaker due to a global slowdown.
 

Heavy shelling rocks Ukraine rebel bastion Donetsk

 
‎12 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:09:49 PMGo to full article
A column of tanks drive through the eastern Ukrainian town of Shakhtarsk towards Donetsk, on November 10, 2014Heavy artillery fire on Wednesday rocked east Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel bastion of Donetsk, after international monitors warned over escalating violence following the arrival of columns of insurgent reinforcements. Donetsk's city hall said in a statement "the sound of artillery fire and explosions can be heard in all districts" of the mining hub. Ukraine's military said Wednesday one soldier had been killed and two wounded, including one at the airport, as its positions came under repeated shelling around the region. The intensified shelling, the heaviest since the weekend, comes after observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in east Ukraine warned that growing clashes could tip the region back into all-out conflict despite a ceasefire deal.
 

 

 
 

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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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