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Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:52:01 PMGo to full article
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron answers questionsLONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.
 
 

Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:44:12 PMGo to full article
By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. "What we're facing in Iraq now with ISIL (IS) is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before," said Cameron, adding he was "absolutely satisfied that ISIL ... would make specific threats to the UK". It is the first time since mid-2011 that Britain has been placed on this grade of alert by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center (JTAC), the independent body responsible for setting the national threat level. The national threat level was first published in 2006, just over a year after four British Islamists carried out suicide bombings on London's transport network killing 52 people.
 

Death toll in east Ukraine conflict nears 2,600: UN

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:31:25 PMGo to full article
Officials remove a corpse from a burned car in downtown Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on August 27, 2014The conflict raging in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people, the United Nations said Friday, voicing concern about atrocities committed by armed groups and the increasing involvement of foreign fighters. A UN human rights report said the surging toll was caused by the fighting moving into densely populated areas of the country. It said at least 2,593 people including at least 23 children, have been killed in Ukraine between mid-April when the conflict erupted and August 27, with another 5,956 injured. The death toll would be close to 3,000 if the 298 victims of the MH17 crash in July were included, the UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said as he presented the findings in Kiev.
 
 

Otto takes lead with 62; Gallacher gains momentum

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:21:14 PMGo to full article
FIANO, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Italian Open on Friday, while Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup also gained momentum.
 

Brazilian club promises to punish racist fans

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:09:59 PMGo to full article
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish the fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game.
 

Britain raises terror threat level on Iraq, Syria fears

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:56:34 PMGo to full article
An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State (IS)'s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the group's fighters driving through the northern Syrian City of HomsBritain raised its terror threat risk level to "severe" on Friday because of fears over the situation in Iraq and Syria, meaning an attack is thought to be "highly likely". The move comes after the killing of US journalist James Foley, apparently by a man speaking with an English accent who belonged to the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). While there was no intelligence to suggest that an attack on Britain is imminent, Prime Minister David Cameron said there was "no doubt in my mind" that IS had its sights set on targets in Europe. "What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (IS) is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before," he told a press conference just after the threat level was raised.
 
 

Syria refugees top 3 million, US has no strategy 'yet'

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:50:33 PMGo to full article
A Syrian refugee child eats food collected from a rubbish bin by her mother (background right), in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 18, 2014The number of refugees from the Syria conflict now tops three million, the UN said Friday, as US President Barack Obama admitted he has no strategy to tackle advancing jihadists. In Geneva, UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said Syria had become the "biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" after a million people joined the exodus in the past year alone. They have fled the war-wracked country where Islamic State (IS) jihadists have sown panic with atrocities and executions, including of scores of Syrian soldiers and a US journalist this month alone. The scale of the crisis facing the international community deepened after rival Islamists led by Al-Qaeda's Syria affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, seized 43 Fijian UN peacekeepers on the Golan Heights.
 
 

EU ministers discuss new response to Russia over Ukraine

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:40:44 PMGo to full article
By Francesca Landini and Lisa Jucca MILAN (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers met in Italy on Friday to find what a diplomatic source said would be a clear message on sanctions for EU heads of states to make to Russia over its actions in Ukraine. The five-month conflict in Ukraine reached a dangerous point this week after NATO said on Thursday that well over 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the Ukrainian border and were fighting alongside pro-Moscow separatists. Russia says it has no involvement in the conflict that is pitting the rebels against the Ukrainian military, but EU foreign ministers were clearly not persuaded.
 

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:29:28 PMGo to full article
Pro-Russian separatists walk at a destroyed war memorial on Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of DonetskBy Alexei Anishchuk and Richard Balmforth LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared Kiev's drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. Speaking to young people at a summer camp, Putin told his countrymen they must be "ready to repel any aggression towards Russia". Kiev and Western countries say the reversal was the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Putin to prop up a rebellion that would otherwise have been near collapse.
 
 

Stock market edges higher in midday trading

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:24:30 PMGo to full article
FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 file photo taken in New York. Global stock markets were muted Thursday Aug. 28, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data and possible policy announcements from Japan.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)Mixed reports on the U.S. economy and better-than-expected company earnings nudged U.S. stocks higher on Friday. Indexes were rebounding after a slow start in light trading ahead of the Labor Day holiday.
 
 

Turkey unveils new cabinet of Erdogan allies

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:17:22 PMGo to full article
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his new government in Ankara August 29, 2014Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved a new cabinet stacked with loyal allies just a day after he became head of state, with former Europe minister Mevlut Cavusoglu promoted to foreign minister. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who took over Erdogan's former job as prime minister on Thursday, announced a ministerial line-up little changed from Erdogan's cabinet, with only four new names. Davutoglu had won approval for his cabinet at a meeting with Erdogan at the presidential palace and the new president is expected to keep a tight control over the government. The most notable appointment was the choice of Cavusoglu to head the foreign ministry, taking over the job that Davutoglu had himself held since 2009.
 
 

Russia ready for gas talks with Ukraine, warns of disruptions

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:09:10 PMGo to full article
By Katya Golubkova and Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready for talks on resuming gas supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, warning of disruption to flows to Europe this winter if a row over pricing and debts is not resolved. Novak said Moscow was ready to reduce its prices in an effort to secure a deal, but the proposed sum remained well above what Kiev has said it is willing to pay. The dispute comes amid escalating tensions between the two countries, with Ukraine accusing Russia of sending weapons and men to help a separatist rebellion in the east of the country -- an accusation Moscow rejects.
 

Iceland declares volcano eruption area safe for aircraft

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:03:18 PMGo to full article
Scientists fix seismometer and communication equipment over Bardarbunga volcano, IcelandIceland on Friday temporarily banned air traffic near its largest volcano after a lava field erupted overnight, threatening a repeat of the global travel chaos four years ago when another peak blew. The aviation "red alert" for Bardarbunga volcano was lifted in the late morning when it became clear that the eruption was minor and did not release large quantities of ash. During the alert, Iceland's airports remained opened with no disruption to flights, according to the national airport operator Isavia. In 2010, another Icelandic volcanic eruption caused the biggest closure of European airspace in peacetime, halting 100,000 flights and stranding eight million passengers.
 
 

UK supermarket giant Tesco rocked by new crisis

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎05:25:19 PMGo to full article
A Tesco supermarket pictured in south London on October 2, 2013British supermarket giant Tesco plunged deeper into crisis on Friday after issuing yet another profits warning, cutting both its dividend and capital expenditure, and rushing in its new chief executive. In reaction to the dire trading update, Tesco shares plunged by more than 8.0 percent in early morning deals on the London stock market to strike an 11-year low point.
 
 

Dutch government clamps down on radicalization

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:53:30 PMGo to full article
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch government unveiled a package of measures Friday aimed at countering radicalization of Muslims in the country, a day after police announced the arrest of two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
 

US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:40:55 PMGo to full article
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans — not to mention some Angry Birds — whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.
 

Iceland lowers volcano alert, says small eruption no threat to aviation

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:55:35 PMGo to full article
Steam and smoke rise over a 1-km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga volcano systemBy Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland reduced its aviation warning level to orange on Friday after concluding that a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that triggered a hours-long red alert actually posed no threat to aircraft. No sign of ash like that from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption that shut much of Europe's air space in 2010 has been detected this time. "The small eruption is not a threat to aviation and the published aviation warning area has been cancelled," the Met Office said in a statement.
 
 

Ukraine seeks NATO membership in response to Russia joining war

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:55 PMGo to full article
By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Friday it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine's eastern provinces. Formal Ukrainian membership in the Western military alliance, which would come with the full protection of a mutual defence pact with the U.S. NATO's secretary general said he respected Ukraine's right to seek membership, and accused Russia of blatantly and illegally intervening in eastern Ukraine. Moscow denies its forces are fighting to support pro-Russian rebels who have declared independence in eastern Ukraine, but the rebels have all but confirmed it, saying thousands of Russian troops have fought on their behalf while "on leave".
 

Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:50:31 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this June 6, 2014 file picture persons walk with shopping bags in Hamburg, Germany. A closely-watched survey shows economic expectations among German consumers have "completely collapsed" over concerns about the conflicts in Iraq, Israel and Ukraine. The GfK institute said Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 its latest index of economic expectations slid 35.5 points in August to 10.4 — the largest one-month decline since the survey began in 1980. Its headline forward-looking consumer climate indicator also fell to 8.6 for September from 8.9 in August. (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks,file)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to 0.3 percent in August, a worrying sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.
 
 

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:49:12 PMGo to full article
President Barack Obama gestures in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
 
 

Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:08:32 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Aug. 19, 2014 file image taken from video of a sign is posted on the road next to Bardarbunga, a subglacial stratovolcano located under Iceland's largest glacier. Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. Iceland's Met Office says two earthquakes measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano under the vast Vatnajokull glacier on Wednesday Aug. 27 2014. Some 500 quakes have hit the area since midnight. (AP Photo/Courtesy Channel 2 Iceland, File) ICELAND OUTREYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system.
 
 

New Turkish cabinet spells little policy shift, Erdogan stays dominant

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:07:12 PMGo to full article
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announces his new cabinet in AnkaraBy Gulsen Solaker and Nick Tattersall ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu kept key members of Turkey's economic management team in place and named Ankara's point man on Europe as foreign minister in a new cabinet on Friday, moves signalling President Tayyip Erdogan's continued domination. Erdogan, who had dominated politics as prime minister since 2003, was sworn in on Thursday as Turkey's first popularly-elected president, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times. Erdogan is likely to retain influence over the new team, with his former aide Yalcin Akdogan and Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy chairman of the ruling AK Party and another close ally, both named as deputy prime ministers.
 
 

Canadian, Russian diplomats trade jibes over Ukraine dispute

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:06:49 PMGo to full article
Canadian and Russian diplomats in Brussels have traded online jibes after the Canadian mission to NATO posted a tongue-in-cheek guide for Russian soldiers unclear about the Russia-Ukraine border. The Canadians' post on Twitter featured a map of the region, with Russia labeled and colored red and Ukraine, including Russian-annexed Crimea, in blue with the tag "Not Russia". Here's a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost and 'accidentally' entering Ukraine," the Canadian mission to NATO. The post, prompted by Ukraine's accusation that Russian troops had crossed its border and retweeted many times, won online backing from Canada's foreign ministry.
 

Turkey's Davutoglu announces new government

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:02:38 PMGo to full article
Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stands in respect as he visits the mausoleum of modern Turkey's founder, Kemal Ataturk, before a ceremony where he formally took charge of the presidency from his predecessor, Abdullah Gul, at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Erdogan said that as the first president to be elected by the people _ instead of parliament _ his tenure would usher in an era of a “new Turkey, a great Turkey.” (AP Photo)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday reappointed all key ministers who served under the new president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, setting a course of continuity for the new government.
 
 

EU energy chief expects gas talks with Russia, Ukraine by mid-September

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:58:39 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (Reuters) - European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told Reuters on Friday he expects the trilateral talks between Russia and Ukraine, brokered by the EU, to resume by mid-September. Oettinger has been in Moscow where he met Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak. Russia stopped supplying Ukraine with gas in June after the former Soviet republics failed to agree on gas price and debt. Around half of Russian gas exports to Europe flow via Ukraine. (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Polina Devitt)
 

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:51:29 PMGo to full article
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.
 

New Turkish cabinet keeps key economic team in place

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:57:49 AMGo to full article
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new cabinet on Friday, keeping key members of the country's economic management team in place and appointing the man who has managed its affairs with Europe as foreign minister. Outgoing EU Affairs Minister and career diplomat Mevlut Cavusoglu was named as the new foreign minister, replacing Davutoglu. Yalcin Akdogan, an aide to new President Tayyip Erdogan, was named as a deputy prime minister, as was Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy chairman of the ruling AK Party. ...
 

Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no ash detected

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:59 AMGo to full article
By Simon Johnson STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Iceland raised its alert warning level to maximum on Friday after what it called a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system but said there was no sign of ash that could affect air travel in Europe. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190-km (118-mile)-long and up to 25-km-(15.5-mile)-wide swathe across the North Atlantic island, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert in case of an eruption. Reykjavik's Meteorological Office said that just after midnight an estimated 1-km-long fissure eruption began in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga system.
 

German economic fears growing but Merkel strong

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:29:49 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this May 15, 2009 file photo, German chancellor Angela Merkel greets well-wishers, in Detmold, Germany. Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is already showing cracks, shrinking last quarter under the strain of conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere. It might seem like enough to put any leader into trouble. But Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity remains sky-high _ with nobody in sight to touch her. (AP Photo/dpa, Franz-Peter Tschauner, File)BERLIN (AP) — Ordinary Germans are spooked about the future. Businesses are starting to see black clouds on the horizon. And an economy that has been the envy of Europe is showing cracks, shrinking unexpectedly last quarter amid the conflict in Ukraine.
 
 

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:32:02 AMGo to full article
President Barack Obama gestures in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.
 
 

Volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea causes flight diversions

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:29 AMGo to full article
A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation, leading some aircraft to alter their flight paths. Mount Tavurvur on East New Britain Island erupted hours before dawn, a bulletin from the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said. Qantas said that it was altering the path of a handful of international flights in the area, but that it would add only about five minutes to their scheduled time. "Flight paths between Sydney and Narita (Tokyo) and Sydney and Shanghai have been altered as a result of the volcanic ash cloud over Rabaul in eastern Papua New Guinea," Qantas spokeswoman Sarah Algar told Reuters.
 

Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:37:44 AMGo to full article
Greek shipowner Restis leaves a court in AthensGreek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after the New York-based group, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country. Restis denies doing illegal business with Iran.
 
 

USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:10:19 AMGo to full article
a collection of giant African land snailsWASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
 
 

Obama leads condemnation as West rounds on Russia

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:10:37 AMGo to full article
Ukraine and the West said that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master. US President Barack Obama led a chorus of growing international condemnation over the escalating crisis, saying it was "plain for the world to see" that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine, despite more repeated denials by Moscow. Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Russia's actions "cannot remain without consequences" as the US and Europe raised the prospect of fresh sanctions against Russia.
 

U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:01:33 AMGo to full article
By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States openly accused Russia on Thursday of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow's intensified support for separatist forces an invasion. President Barack Obama again ruled out U.S.
 

NATO tells Russia to halt 'illegal' actions in Ukraine

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:33:21 AMGo to full article
Military attaches examine a Russian weapons cache displayed in Kiev on August 29, 2014NATO told Russia on Friday to halt its "illegal" military actions in Ukraine after the West accused Moscow of direct involvement in the escalating conflict. Western fears of wider confrontation have spiralled after NATO said Russia had sent troops to fight in Ukraine and funnelled huge amounts of heavy weaponry to the pro-Kremlin rebels. "We condemn in the strongest terms Russia's continued disregard of its international obligations," NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after an emergency meeting of the alliance on the crisis.
 
 

Libya fighting hitting migrants hard: IOM

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:14:07 AMGo to full article
Libyan coastguard officers escort illegal migrants back to the coastal town of Garabulli after their boat started to sink off the coast on July 17, 2014Migrants have been hit hard by the spiralling conflict in Libya which could lead to more of them taking to unseaworthy boats to try to reach Italy, the International Organization for Migration warned Friday. "IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital," the IOM said in a statement. Migrants either working in Libya or using the country as a jumping off point as they seek to reach Europe illegally are particularly vulnerable to the country's raging instability. IOM staff have also identified some 2,000 Pakistanis who have found refuge in a school in central Tripoli.
 
 

U.S. openly accuses Russia of sending combat troops to Ukraine

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:57:09 AMGo to full article
By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday openly accused Russia of sending combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to tighten economic sanctions, but Washington stopped short of calling Moscow's intensified support for separatist forces an invasion. President Barack Obama again ruled out U.S.
 

Ukraine president accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel thrust

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:49:39 AMGo to full article
By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a separatist war and prompting anger and alarm among Kiev's Western allies. U.S. and British officials took strong issue with Russia's denials it had sent combat forces into Ukraine and threatened to impose stiffer economic sanctions on Moscow. But U.S. President Barack Obama stopped short of calling Russia's actions an invasion. ...
 

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:35:14 AMGo to full article
This May 3, 2013 file photo president Barack Obama responding to a question about the ongoing situation in Syria during a news conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped. Now, as Obama again contemplates military action in Syria, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress. While cautioning that Obama has made no final decisions, officials say there is a difference between last year’s effort to strike Syria’s government in retaliation for chemical weapons use and a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that is now under consideration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.
 
 

Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:16:45 AMGo to full article
Greek shipowner Restis leaves a court in AthensGreek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis last year sued UANI for defamation after the New York-based group, whose advisors include former intelligence officials from the United States, Europe and Israel, accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country. Restis denies doing illegal business with Iran.
 
 

Mickelson in a bind with 4 straight playoff events

 
‎29 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:51:53 AMGo to full article
Phil Mickelson greets fans as he walks on the course during the second round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Phil Mickelson isn't a fan of four straight FedEx Cup playoff events that follows a summer of big events and precedes the Ryder Cup.
 
 

Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president, opposition storms out

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:05 PMGo to full article
Turkey's new president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (front) attends the presidential swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara on August 28, 2014Turkey's outgoing premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as president on Thursday, extending his decade-long rule, as opponents who accuse him of authoritarianism stormed out of the ceremony. Erdogan, 60, took the oath in Ankara to begin a five-year mandate in which he has vowed to build a "new Turkey" by pushing through a new constitution and pushing forward with an ambitious development programme. "I am the first president elected by popular vote in our country's history as well as the Turkish nation's 2,000 year-old history," Erdogan said in a later ceremony where outgoing president Abdullah Gul handed him the Cankaya presidential palace.
 
 

Obama puts Ukraine violence squarely on Russia

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:34:21 PMGo to full article
President Barack Obama listens in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in an American-led strategy that has yet to convince Moscow to halt operations against its far weaker neighbor.
 
 

A look at US, European sanctions on Russia

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:30:44 PMGo to full article
President Barack Obama gestures in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, where he spoke about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is suggesting the possibility of more sanctions on Russia with Russian tanks apparently crossing into southeastern Ukraine.
 
 

Jolie, Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:17:11 PMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's reigning royal couple, have tied the knot.
 

Molinari, Wiesberger share lead at Italian Open

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎10:01:23 PMGo to full article
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Home favorite Francesco Molinari and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger both shot 66 to share the first round lead at the Italian Open on Thursday, while Stephen Gallacher's bid to earn a late spot on Europe's Ryder Cup team ran into trouble.
 

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎10:00:40 PMGo to full article
Volunteers prepare to remove the bodies of people who were suspected of contracting Ebola and died in the community in the village of PendebuBy Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks GENEVA/LAGOS (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced a $490 million strategic plan to contain the epidemic over the next nine months, saying it was based on a projection that the virus could spread to 10 further countries beyond the four now affected - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. With the IMF warning of economic damage from the outbreak, Nigeria reported that a doctor indirectly linked to the Liberian-American who brought the disease to the country had died of Ebola in Port Harcourt, Africa's largest energy hub. "This is not a West African issue or an African issue.
 
 

Michel Platini won't run against Sepp Blatter

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:59:02 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Michel Platini, attends the UEFA Champions League draw ceremony, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)MONACO (AP) — Michel Platini won't fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will.
 
 

Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:41:13 PMGo to full article
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)JERUSALEM (AP) — European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power.
 
 

U.S. discussing options in response to Russian involvement in Ukraine

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:22:37 PMGo to full article
The United States accused Russia on Thursday of actively fighting in eastern Ukraine in support of separatist forces and said it was considering a range of possible responses including increased sanctions. "It is clear that Russia has not only stepped up its presence in eastern Ukraine and intervened directly with combat forces, armored vehicles, artillery, and surface-to-air systems, and is actively fighting Ukrainian forces as well as playing a direct supporting role to the separatists proxies and mercenaries," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a media briefing. In response, she said, "we have a range of tools at our disposal," adding that increased sanctions on Russia were "the most effective tool, the best tool." Psaki said the United States has seen a "pattern of escalating aggression" by Russia in Ukraine.
 

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:09:16 PMGo to full article
Turkey's new President Tayyip Erdogan and outgoing President Abdullah Gul, attend a handover ceremony at the Presidential Palace of Cankaya in AnkaraBy Gulsen Solaker and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life. Reading the oath of office in a ceremony in parliament, Erdogan vowed to protect Turkey's independence and integrity, to abide by the constitution and by the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern secular republic. Erdogan, who had been prime minister since 2003, has consistently presented his time in office as a historic mission to transform Turkey domestically and as a regional power. "We're now more worried than ever about one-man, autocratic rule in Turkey," CHP deputy Aykan Erdemir told Reuters.
 
 

Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Europe award

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:01:48 PMGo to full article
UEFA President Michel Platini, right, gives the trophy for best player of the year to Real Madrid Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, during the UEFA Champions League draw, at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)MONACO (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League.
 
 

EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:22:54 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center rear, speaks with other EU heads of state during an EU summit in Brussels. As chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel may be the most powerful politician in the European Union, but she is more mirage than reality when it gets to the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next five years, and after years of paying lip service to more equality among the sexes, it is plain for all to see, where are the women? (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File )BRUSSELS (AP) — Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.
 
 

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:21:42 PMGo to full article
Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fallThe escalating conflict in Ukraine combined with disappointing earnings and profit outlooks from several retailers dragged stocks lower Thursday afternoon, eclipsing some good news on the U.S. economy. ...
 
 

Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria's oil hub Port Harcourt

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:45:11 PMGo to full article
Medical staff take a blood sample from a suspected Ebola patient at the government hospital in KenemaBy Tim Cocks and Julia Payne LAGOS/LONDON (Reuters) - A doctor in Nigeria's oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said in a statement that the doctor fell ill after treating a patient who was a contact of Patrick Sawyer, who died from Ebola in Lagos after flying in from Liberia last month.
 
 

British Tory MP defects to UKIP in blow for Cameron

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:31:11 PMGo to full article
Defecting Conservative MP Douglas Carswell (R) addresses a press conference in central London on August 28, 2014, with UKIP leader Nigel Farage (L)British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a heavy blow on Thursday when one of his lawmakers, Douglas Carswell, announced he was leaving the Conservative Party to join the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP). Carswell is to resign his seat and stand as a UKIP candidate at an upcoming by-election which, if he wins, would make him their first elected member of the House of Commons. Polls suggest UKIP could take a handful of seats and thousands of votes from the Conservatives at the 2015 general election, which may increase the chances of victory for the opposition Labour party and defeat for Cameron. Experts say Clacton in the southeast of England is among the Conservative seats most vulnerable to being captured by the eurosceptics at the election.
 
 

Russian troops 'directly' involved in Ukraine conflict: US, Kiev

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎05:30:35 PMGo to full article
A pro-Russian militant speaks on the phone as he secures the area around a burnt car in downtown Donetsk, eastern Ukraine on August 27, 2014Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine and the West said Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a direct military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master.
 
 

Russian football union to meet with UEFA, FIFA

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎05:29:29 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Football Union plans to attend UEFA and FIFA-mediated talks next month aimed at resolving a dispute with Ukraine over the clubs in Crimea.
 

Number of migrants in Britain up 39 percent

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:55:48 PMGo to full article
Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport's south terminal in London on November 30, 2011Net migration to Britain increased by more than a third in the past year, official figures showed Thursday, making a key pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron to cut numbers even more improbable. The difference between migrants leaving and arriving in Britain rose to 243,000 in the year to March, from 175,000 the previous year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Cameron wants to reduce net migration to below 100,000 per year before Britain's next general election on May 7, 2015. Immigration is expected to be one of the key political battlegrounds at the election, at which Cameron's Conservatives fear a strong challenge from the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP).
 
 

Dutch, German Police detain three in Syria recruiting probe

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:46:29 PMGo to full article
By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch and German authorities detained three Dutch citizens on charges of inciting hatred, recruiting militants and plotting attacks in Syria and Iraq, Dutch police said on Thursday. The detentions followed warnings from the Dutch intelligence services that radical Islamist groups in the Netherlands had become a decentralized and elusive "swarm" that would soon broaden their focus from the conflict in Syria to the wider Middle East.. Dutch authorities estimate that 120 Dutch citizens have fought in Syria's civil war, with 14 having been killed in the conflict, which is now in its fourth year. The detentions were the first of suspects believed to have been involved in recruiting of militants for the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
 

German lawmakers call for new EU sanctions on Russia

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:24:48 PMGo to full article
By Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe should respond to the apparent escalation of the conflict in Ukraine by agreeing to further sanctions against Russia at a European Union summit this weekend, two senior German lawmakers close to Chancellor Angela Merkel told Reuters on Thursday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east. Accusations of direct Russian support for the separatist rebels in Ukraine have prompted Western governments to impose sanctions on Moscow, despite its vehement denials. "It's important that the EU and the West react to this military escalation by Putin," said Norbert Roettgen, chairman of parliament's foreign policy committee and senior member of parliament for Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).
 

Polish foreign minister calls Russia's moves in Ukraine 'aggression'

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:24:14 PMGo to full article
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Thursday that Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine were an "aggression" that has created the most serious security crisis in Europe in decades. "This for sure is an aggression," Sikorski told state radio. "Poland's position will be worked out in the next couple of hours. We do not need strong words here, but actions, best if actions of the whole international community." Sikorski said the actions needed to be firm, but prudent, because the consequences could potentially be "unfathomable". ...
 

Platini: Europe deserves 1 extra World Cup place

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:12:48 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Michel Platini will not challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, saying Thursday Aug.28, 2014 there was "no shadow of doubt" about his decision. The former France great was expected to avoid a contest against Blatter after a successful World Cup strengthened the FIFA president's position. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)MONACO (AP) — Europe deserves an extra team at the next World Cup, UEFA President Michel Platini said Thursday.
 
 

Czech UNESCO garden gets back 17th-century look

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:43 PMGo to full article
This Aug. 7, 2014, photo shows renovations underway at UNESCO's Flower Garden in city of Kromeriz, Czech Republic. Restoration efforts began in the 1950s, and the Flower Garden was added to UNESCO's World Heritage list in 1998 together with the castle and another garden on the grounds. The European Union is now funding restoration of about a third of the Flower Garden, using copper engravings from 1691 as a guide for what it once looked like. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)KROMERIZ, Czech Republic (AP) — A visit to the Flower Garden in the eastern Czech city of Kromeriz is like traveling 300 years back in time.
 
 

France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:28:34 PMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — France's president called on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting Thursday that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel.
 

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:05:51 PMGo to full article
Smoke rises from explosions on the outskirts of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine during shelling on August 26, 2014A senior NATO official said on Thursday that "well over a thousand" Russian troops were operating inside Ukraine. "They support separatists, fighting with them and fighting amongst them," the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that the supply of arms by Russia had increased in both "volume and quality". The official, who was speaking to reporters ahead of a NATO summit next week in Britain, said the situation was made even more worrying because the key route between Donetsk and Novoazovsk, on the Sea of Azov close to the Russian border, had been cut off by pro-Kremlin forces. The official warned that the latest events in Ukraine "have made clear that the security paradigm in Europe has fundamentally changed" in the face of a "very aggressive Russia".
 
 

Ukraine's OSCE envoy says Russian forces seized city

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:58:48 PMGo to full article
By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said on Thursday that regular Russian forces had seized the southeastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border. Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters that "what we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine". Speaking on the sidelines of an extraordinary OSCE meeting in Vienna, he added: "The city of Novoazovsk and a number of other cities close to this one have been seized by regular Russian forces".
 

Germany readies volcano outbreak measures

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:55:25 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has put a specialized aircraft and a network of laser measuring stations on stand-by in case Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupts.
 

Oettinger says EU's Russian gas via Ukraine probably safe

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:34:45 PMGo to full article
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday he does not expect Europe to suffer interruptions of Russian gas supplies that go through Ukraine, but he could not rule it out completely. Addressing a meeting of German and Balkan leaders in Berlin, Germany's EU commissioner said it was important not to allow the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom to become too powerful when it comes to the ownership of gas pipelines. Russia, Europe's biggest supplier of gas meeting almost a third of demand in the region, cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June in a dispute over unpaid bills but Russian gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine have been flowing uninterrupted since.
 

EU seeks to secure winter gas supply in Ukraine crisis: Oettinger

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:34:45 PMGo to full article
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday the bloc was seeking to fill its gas storage facilities and de-escalate a row between Ukraine and Russia in order to safeguard its own gas shipments from Russia in the 2014/15 winter. Ukraine warned Europe on Wednesday Russia could cut off gas to the continent this winter, but Moscow said the supplies would continue regardless of the political situation. Oettinger told Germany's ARD television diplomacy to defuse tensions between Kiev and Moscow was of the highest importance. "We need a solution that prevents an escalation between Ukraine and Russia," he said.
 

France's Hollande says 'unacceptable' if Russian troops in Ukraine

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:34:45 PMGo to full article
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that it would be "intolerable and unacceptable" if it was proved true that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory. "Europe will maintain (sanctions), even increase them if the escalation increases. I don't want it because it is neither in Russia's nor our interest," Hollande told an annual conference of French diplomats in Paris. "Russia cannot hope to be a 21st century power yet not respect the rules." (Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Andrew Callus)
 

French leader banks on free market to save economy

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:34:53 PMGo to full article
France's President Francois Holland, left, shakes hands with France's new Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, right, as French finance minister Michel Sapin, centre, looks on, as they leave their weekly cabinet meeting, in Paris, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. France's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday to silence ministers who had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policies as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation and steer it toward growth. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS (AP) — Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left flank and appointed a well-heeled former investment banker as his new point man on the economy.
 
 

Polish PM Tusk favorite for top EU job: sources

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:40:46 AMGo to full article
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk attends the weekly government meeting at the Prime Minister's Chancellery in WarsawBy Robin Emmott and Paul Taylor BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has emerged as clear favorite for the key post of president of the European Council when EU leaders meet for a special summit on Saturday, several sources familiar with the selection process said. If confirmed, his appointment to chair and steer policymaking meetings of EU leaders, would be a victory for the 10 ex-communist central and eastern European countries that joined the European Union a decade ago which have demanded that one of the top jobs go to a candidate from their region.
 
 

Turkey's Erdogan consolidates power with ascent to presidency

 
‎28 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎10:54:00 AMGo to full article
To match Special Report TURKEY-ERDOGAN/By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan will cement his position as modern Turkey's most powerful leader when he is sworn in as president on Thursday, advancing his drive to reshape the country but heralding what critics fear will be an increasingly authoritarian rule. In a final speech to supporters of his AK Party on Wednesday he spoke of his move from the prime minister's office to the presidential palace as the birth of a new Turkey. Erdogan's victory in Turkey's first popular presidential election this month caps more than decade as prime minister in which the economy has tripled in dollar terms and the country has carved out a growing, though often controversial, role in the politics of the conflict-torn Middle East. Erdogan's rhetoric has long played on the divisions between his supporters among Turkey's pious conservatives and a Western-facing, largely secular class suspicious of his Islamic ideals.
 

 

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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.”

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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.
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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?

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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?

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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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