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Stocks slide sideways as Alibaba soars

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:54:23 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. The British pound jumped and world stock benchmarks rose Friday Sept. 19, 2014 as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom, avoiding a messy breakup that could have roiled financial markets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market drifted sideways Friday afternoon as Wall Street watched Alibaba shares soar in their public debut. The Standard & Poor's 500 index hovered above its record close from the day before and remained on track for its best weekly gain in a month.

Gallacher misses cut before 1st Ryder Cup

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:48:01 PMGo to full article
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher plays out of the rough on the 2nd fairway on day two of the Wales Open golf tournament at Celtic Manor, Newport Wales Friday Sept. 19, 2014. Gallacher will miss the cut in his last tournament before his first Ryder Cup, putting his poor performance at the Wales Open down to "thinking too much" about playing at Gleneagles next week. (AP Photo/ Nick Potts/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUTNEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Shane Lowry shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Wales Open on Friday, while Stephen Gallacher missed the cut in his last tournament before his first Ryder Cup.

Scots vote shows pitfalls, opportunities for EU referendum

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:30:34 PMGo to full article
By Paul Taylor and Alastair Macdonald PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Scotland's vote against independence offers lessons for British politicians and their European partners faced with a referendum on whether to stay in the EU which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised for 2017. The fact that the 5.3 million mostly pro-European Scots will remain part of the British electorate makes it mathematically more likely the United Kingdom will vote "Yes" to EU membership. ...

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:27:35 PMGo to full article
An empty local market area is seen, as Sierra Leone government enforces a three day lock-down on movement of all people in a attempt to fight the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

Scotland 'No' fails to stop Catalan secession push

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:23:29 PMGo to full article
A fan waves a Scottish national flag alongside others waving 'Estelada' flags, that symbolize Catalonia's independence during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Barcelona and Apoel at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Scotland's decision to remain in the United Kingdom has cost separatists across Europe political momentum. But the parliament in Spain's Catalonia region on Friday overwhelmingly gave its leader the power to call a secession referendum that the central government in Madrid has denounced as illegal.

France joins US against Islamic State over Iraq

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:21:09 PMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — France is back at America's side in conducting military strikes in Iraq.

Alibaba surges in its stock market debut

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:18:11 PMGo to full article
People walk past an advertising billboard showing the mobile app of Alibaba’s Taobao consumer-to-consumer site at a subway station in Beijing Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba's stock is surging as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse begins its first day trading as a public company.

Catalans press independence vote despite Scottish 'No'

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:13:44 PMGo to full article
Catalans waves Esteladas (the Catalan independence flag) outside the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on September 19, 2014Barcelona (AFP) - The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans determined to break away from Spain pushed ahead defiantly for their own ballot on self-rule.

Switzerland prepares to tighten screws on whistleblowers

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:04:58 PMGo to full article
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Switzerland's parliament will consider a bill on Monday that critics say will tighten the rules on whistleblowers, shutting the door to what is often a last resort for people trying to stop wrongdoing and corruption. Although the bill aims to clarify a grey area of the law, it will effectively outlaw whistleblowing unless Swiss authorities -- renowned worldwide as a model of efficiency -- fail to follow correct procedures. ...

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, nationalist leader resigns

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:00:08 PMGo to full article
Supporters from the "No" Campaign celebrate in Edinburgh, ScotlandBy Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum on Thursday, saving a union dating back over 300 years but ushering in a period of intense bargaining over Prime Minister David Cameron's pre-vote pledges to give Scots more say over their own affairs. A vote for the union is a relief for millions of Britons including Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom's separation. ...

Italy's Northern League founder Bossi saddened by Scottish vote

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:59:57 PMGo to full article
By James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - The founder of Italy's pro-devolution, anti-immigrant Northern League expressed bitter disappointment at the result of the Scottish independence referendum and said voters had been intimidated by the media. Umberto Bossi, who created the movement for autonomy for Italy's rich northern regions in the 1980s and was a longstanding ally of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, said he had followed the Scottish independence debate closely. "We are not happy, we are sad," he told Reuters after 55 percent of voters in Scotland rejected the independence call. ...

Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:20:56 PMGo to full article
File photo of Poland's President Komorowski inspecting soldiers as he visits the headquarters of Multinational Corps Northeast in SzczecinWARSAW (Reuters) - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year. The three countries and other states in the area have been on high alert since Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region in March - and Western powers accused Moscow of sending troops to back rebels in eastern Ukraine. Polish defense officials said the new joint unit could take part in peacekeeping operations, or form the basis of a NATO battle group if one was needed in the future. ...

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:59:19 PMGo to full article
File photo of former French President Sarkozy reacting after his defeat for re-election in the second round vote of the 2012 French presidential elections at the Mutualite meeting hall in ParisBy Alexandria Sage and Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee Palace in 2017 elections. The former French president ended months of speculation about his future with a message on Facebook, saying he was ready to take charge of the conservative, opposition UMP party, which has been riven by rivalry since he was ousted from power. "I am a candidate for the presidency of my political family," he said. ...

AP EXCLUSIVE: CIA halts spying in Europe

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:07:59 PMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

EU relief at Scotland's 'no' tinged with fear of nationalism

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:56:49 PMGo to full article
By Alastair Macdonald and Paul Taylor BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe. EU partners had mostly kept quiet in the run-up to Thursday's referendum, lest their fears of a break-up of the United Kingdom leading to contagion elsewhere in Europe be seized upon as interference. ...

German Muslims protest against Islamic State group

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:26:56 PMGo to full article
Muslims protest against the terror of the Islamic State militants after the Friday pray in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The Central Council of Muslims in Germany called for rallies against the terror in nine German cites. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of Muslims in Germany have taken part in a "Day of Peace" to protest against the Islamic State extremist group.

UK remains united after Scotland referendum

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:24:48 PMGo to full article
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

London to host Euro 2020 final and semi-finals

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:54:03 PMGo to full article
London will host the final and semi-finals of the 2020 European football championship, says UEFA boss Michel Platini, pictured on Friday at UEFA headquarters in GenevaGeneva (AFP) - London will host the final and semi-finals of the 2020 European football championship, which will exceptionally be held in 13 different countries, UEFA boss Michel Platini announced Friday.

EU, Ukraine, Russia to hold gas talks next week

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:22:48 PMGo to full article
Europe gets more than 30 percent of its gas from Russia, half of which transits through UkraineBrussels (AFP) - The European Union will hold fresh talks with Russia and Ukraine next week to settle their ongoing dispute over gas deliveries, an EU official said on Friday.

Ryder Cup trivia quiz

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:24:15 PMGo to full article
How well do you know the Ryder Cup? Try this quiz:

Ryder Cup at a glance

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:23:59 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 file photo of Paul McGinley of Ireland reaches for the trophy after being named as team Captain for the 2014 European Ryder Cup Team following a meeting of the Tournament Committee of the European Tour in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. McGinley's will lead the European team against the U.S. at Gleneagles in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, starting Friday Sept 26, 2014. The European team has not lost at home in 20 years. (AP Photp/Manuel Salazar, File)GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Facts and figures for the Ryder Cup:

European capsules for the Ryder Cup

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:22:45 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 file photo of Europe's Rory McIlroy as he holds up the trophy after winning the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. The European team will again battle against the U.S. at Gleneagles in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, starting Friday Sept 26, 2014. The European team has not lost at home in 20 years. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)A capsule look at the European team in the 40th Ryder Cup, to be played Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles, Scotland. Players listed in the order they made the team:

Another chance for USA to turn tide in Ryder Cup

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:20:52 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. file photo of Tom Watson as he attends a Ryder Cup news conference in New York. Watson will captain the U.S. team against the European team at Gleneagles in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, starting Friday Sept 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)Steve Stricker never felt more alone in front of so many people.

Spanish leaders relieved as Scottish 'no' deals blow to Catalan separatists

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:06:09 PMGo to full article
People hold "estelada" flags, Catalan separatist flags, during a gathering to mark the Calatalonia day "Diada" in central BarcelonaBy Elena Gyldenkerne BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish political leaders hailed Scotland's rejection of independence on Friday, a vote that dealt a blow to separatists in Spain's own northeastern region of Catalonia who have drawn inspiration from secessionist Scots. Despite an outcome in Scotland that was widely seen as a setback for the cause of Catalan independence, the region's separatist-led government was expected to announce plans later on Friday for a non-binding referendum, in defiance of Madrid. ...

EU chief Barroso hails Scots result, welcomes EU commitment

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:40:12 AMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hailed Scotland's rejection of independence as positive for Europe and noted the strength of commitment shown by Scots during the campaign to membership of the EU. "I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom," Barroso said in a statement on Friday. "This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for. ...

From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:39:44 AMGo to full article
As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

Scotland rejects independence in historic referendum

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:39:37 AMGo to full article
Pro-Union supporters celebrate as Scottish referendum polling results are announced at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 19, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London.

EU's De Gucht admits feared Scots 'cataclysm' for Europe

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:30:06 AMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Scottish independence would have been "cataclysmic" for Europe, spurring separatism elsewhere and creating an "ungovernable" continent of rival nationalisms, a senior European Union official said on Friday. In one of the first comments from a European commissioner following a referendum on which the EU executive had observed a scrupulously neutral stance in public, trade chief Karel De Gucht told Belgium's VRT radio he had feared a Yes vote. ...

Everton return in style as Spurs, Celtic held

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:56:13 AMGo to full article
Wolfsburg's German midfielder Aaron Hunt (2nd L) is tackled by Everton's US goalkeeper Tim Howard (L) and Scottish-born Irish midfielder James McCarthy during a match in Liverpool, England on September 18, 2014Paris (AFP) - Everton marked their first appearance in Europe since the 2009/2010 season with a 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg on Thursday while Celtic and Tottenham were held to draws in tricky away assignments.

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:29:08 AMGo to full article
President Barack Obama pauses during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

Congress backs Obama on aid to Syrian rebels

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:22:04 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requested by President Barack Obama authorizing the military to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants in the Middle East is headed for his signature after a sweeping Senate vote.

France's Hollande says Scottish referendum decisive for Europe

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:37:14 AMGo to full article
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday the result of the Scottish referendum was not only decisive for Britain, but for all of Europe. "After half a century of building Europe, we risk entering a period of deconstruction," Hollande told a news conference. "The Scottish referendum is taking place at this moment which can decide the future of Britain, but also of Europe," Hollande said. (Reporting By Elizabeth Pineau; writing by John Irish; editing by Mark John)

Early count points to record turnout in Scotland vote

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:52:00 AMGo to full article
Votes are counted in the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Early figures on Friday indicated the turnout for Scotland's historic independence referendum could be the highest ever in the United Kingdom, for a vote that could break up the centuries-old union.

Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:21:35 AMGo to full article
Ukraine President Poroshenko is greeted by U.S. Secretary of State KerryWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of embattled Ukraine to the White House, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.

Ex-PM Brown emerges as unlikely 'saviour' of United Kingdom

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:18:11 AMGo to full article
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown addresses a rally in Glasgow on September 17, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independenceLondon (AFP) - The man credited with swinging Scotland's independence referendum and saving Prime Minister David Cameron's job is ironically his predecessor, Gordon Brown, who was defeated by Cameron in the 2010 general election.

Tight EU borders fuel deadly smuggling business: Amnesty

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:40:19 AMGo to full article
More than 2,000 migrants disembark from Italian military ship "Etna" on July 19, 2014 in the port of Salerno, southern Italy, following a rescue operationBrussels (AFP) - Tight EU border controls are fuelling the business of smugglers who allegedly sank a boat in the Mediterranean last week, killing 500 migrants on board, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Boyfriend jeans a hit on the Milan runway

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:32:21 AMGo to full article
A model wears a creation for Prada women's Spring Summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN (AP) — Hey girlfriend, baggy boyfriend jeans are all the rage on the Milan runway this season.

US welcomes Poroshenko for symbolic visit

‎19 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:00:28 AMGo to full article
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint session of the US Congress at the Capitol in Washington, DC on September 18, 2014Washington (AFP) - The United States welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday on a visit ringing with symbolism, which nevertheless underlined the limits of Western support for Kiev in its showdown with Russia.

Ukraine president secures U.S. military aid but not weapons

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:41:26 PMGo to full article
By Patricia Zengerle and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United States on Thursday but President Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed separatists. Images of Poroshenko sitting side by side with Obama in the Oval Office and of the warm reception he received in a speech to Congress projected a symbolic show of solidarity with the Ukraine leader as he faces down Russia's incursion. ...

Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:21:02 PMGo to full article
Trader Patrick Forbes, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high.

World's separatist movements gather in Scotland

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:20:44 PMGo to full article
A Catalan supporter of the 'Yes' campaign gestures outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Members of separatist movements from around the world gathered in Scotland for its historic vote on independence on Thursday, declaring their own right to self-determination.

3-minute concussion breaks in European matches

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:43:24 PMGo to full article
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Referees have been given the power to stop matches in European competitions for three minutes to fully assess head injuries.

Luiten leads Wales Open by 1 after 1st round

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:03:01 PMGo to full article
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Joost Luiten birdied seven of his last 10 holes to grab a one-shot lead in the first round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor on Thursday.

Ukraine calls on football bodies to suspend Russia

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:57:17 PMGo to full article
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine's football federation called on FIFA and UEFA on Thursday to suspend 2018 World Cup host Russia from international football over the Crimea crisis.

Senate voting on rebel aid after House backs Obama

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:35:45 PMGo to full article
Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. At the hearing, Kerry sought to push back on an argument by some in Congress that Syria's rebels lack moderates, or at least any with the capacity to make a difference in the war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican leaders expected quick passage Thursday as the Senate neared a vote on President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants.

European nations sign treaty to fight match-fixing

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:20:35 PMGo to full article
MACOLIN, Switzerland (AP) — Fifteen European countries have signed a treaty pledging better prevention and prosecution of match-fixing and corruption in sports.

Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:28:44 PMGo to full article
BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent jihadists entering his country and traveling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants. Thousands of foreign fighters from countries including Turkey, Britain, parts of Europe and the United States are believed to have joined the Islamist militants, many of them traveling over the Turkish border. "Turkey cannot fight this matter on its own. ...

Scots vote on independence, United Kingdom's fate on knife-edge

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:24:58 PMGo to full article
A voter in Scotland's Independence Referendum, right, walks past a YES supporter as she arrives at a polling place in Edinburgh,Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Polls opened across Scotland in a referendum that will decide whether the country leaves its 307-year-old union with England and becomes an independent state.(AP Photo/David Cheskin)By Guy Faulconbridge and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters - Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences. From remote highlands and islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow, people were almost equally divided over a vote watched closely by Britain's allies, investors and restive regions at home and abroad. Pre-voting opinion polls gave the "No" campaign - those in favor of remaining in the United Kingdom - a slight edge. ...

Gazans dead in shipwreck driven out by poverty, war

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:48 PMGo to full article
Ahmed al-Jorf, 17, holds a picture of his missing brother Hussein al-Jorf, 19, at his house in the Khan Yunis town in the southern Gaza Strip on September 18, 2014Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Unemployed and shattered by 50 days of war in Gaza, Yasser decided to seek a better life elsewhere, boarding a boat to Europe that sank off Malta last week.

France ready for greater EU integration with Germany: Hollande

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:55:09 PMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande addresses a news conference at the Elysee Palace in ParisPARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he was ready to go further on European Union integration with Germany and wanted to move towards a "two-speed" Europe. "France is ready for new initiatives, not to undo the treaties, but to go further with Germany in terms of integrated policies such as the energy, digital and infrastructure transition," he told a news conference. "We are ready to say we support a Europe with several speeds, for which the Franco-German couple must be the engine, notably on the subject of energy transition. ...

Last month was hottest August since 1880: US

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:54:26 PMGo to full article
A tractor kicks up dust in an unplanted field on September 5, 2014 in Los Banos, California as California suffers its third year of droughtWashington (AFP) - Last month was the hottest August on record for global average temperatures over land and ocean surfaces, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

Ukraine leader warns of Russia threat, seeks US support

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:46:45 PMGo to full article
Ukraine soldiers take part in a military drill in the Kharkiv region, on September 18, 2014Washington (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday called for greater political and military support from Washington and tighter sanctions on Russia as he told US lawmakers that Kremlin aggression represented a threat to global security.

NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:23:44 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to journalists after the SCO Heads of State Council meeting at the Navruz palace in Dushanbe on September 12, 2014SZCZECIN, Poland (AP) — NATO's new rapid-reaction "spearhead" force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.

Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:06:56 PMGo to full article
A mustard field is seen in front of the cooling towers of the Temelin nuclear power plant near Tyn nad VltavouBy Karolin Schaps and Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Developing nations are leading a revival of interest in nuclear power, say atomic plant builders, but orders remain elusive as more safety features post-Fukushima have inflated investment costs. Three-and-a-half years after Japan's reactor accident shook confidence, around 25 countries are thinking of turning nuclear to sustain strong growth and provide cleaner and reliable power. "It's not so much growth in the developed countries but we're seeing a lot of other countries that are wanting to develop nuclear. ...

Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:57:43 PMGo to full article
A young voter leaves a polling station after casting her referendum vote in Edinburgh on September 18, 2014Edinburgh (AFP) - Scotland voted on Thursday in an epic independence referendum that could break up the centuries-old United Kingdom and create Europe's newest state since the collapse of Yugoslavia.

Turkey announces strategy to bolster EU accession bid

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:33:16 PMGo to full article
By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey said on Thursday crises in the Middle East and elsewhere made closer co-operation between Ankara and the European Union essential and announced a new program to revive the country's stalled drive for EU membership. A document released by the EU Affairs Ministry described the accession process as "the most important modernization project after the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey". ...

French group develops mass electric car charging stations

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:21:57 PMGo to full article
By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge. A typical charging station of the popular Paris Autolib self-service rental cars has four to five charging plugs, which each make no more demand on the power grid than an average home. But imagine a firm or institution where dozens of employees arrive in the morning and all start recharging their cars at the same time. ...

Ukraine reports sporadic violations of cease-fire

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:13:12 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian army paratroopers smoke cigarettes, at their position in Debaltsevo, Donetsk's region, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The cease-fire between the separatists and the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine has largely held. (AP Photo/Efrrem Lukatsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's cease-fire appears largely to be holding, with one killing reported in the last two days in Donetsk, one of the hardest-hit cities in the conflict, officials said Thursday.

Russia 'moves troops in Crimea' ahead of Ukraine-US meet

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:29:09 PMGo to full article
A pro-Russian militant on patrol near the eastern Ukrainian village of Vilkihka, on September 18, 2014Kiev (AFP) - Kiev accused Moscow on Thursday of massing its troops in annexed Crimea on the Ukraine border, rattling nerves just as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to meet US counterpart Barack Obama.

Gaza war spurs more Palestinians to risk dangerous migration to Europe

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:05:48 PMGo to full article
Mother of Palestinian Ahmed Asfour kisses his picture at her house in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza StripBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - A devastating war with Israel has swollen the number of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip joining a perilous exodus of migrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in search of a better life in Europe. Palestinians with knowledge of smuggling tunnels' operations under the Egypt-Gaza border say between 1,500 and 2,000 Gazans have left the enclave in the past four or five months, looking to board boats in Egypt and escape across the Mediterranean sea. ...

Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:39 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Thursday, March 6, 2014 file photo President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, following a meeting of the ECB governing council. The European Central Bank launched its new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more in a slack economy — but saw less demand than expected for its offering of super-cheap credit. The central bank for the 18-country eurozone on Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 handed out euro82.6 billion (US$107 billion) in ultra-cheap loans to 255 banks.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more — but low demand for the first round of its super-cheap loans suggests the difficulty the ECB faces in reviving the economy.

Milan Fashion: Armani for Scottish independence

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:36:05 PMGo to full article
Models wear creations for Emporio Armani women's Spring Summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN (AP) — Giorgio Armani is for Scotland's free determination, as he is for a woman's freedom to dress as she is — not as a stylist or anyone else wishes she would be.

Companies in Europe pledge 100K new youth jobs

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:07:15 PMGo to full article
France's Laurent Freixe, right, Executive Vice President and CEO Nestle Europe speaks next to Jose Lopez, Nestle Executive Vice President Operations and Globe before the launch of the second stage of the Nestle Needs YOUth initiative, the "Alliance for Youth", in the Nestle Headquarters, in Vevey, Switzerland, Thursday, September 18, 2014. Some 200 companies on Thursday pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe's young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed. The alliance of major companies set a goal of creating tens of thousands in additional jobs — or apprenticeships and internships that lead to jobs — over the next several years. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — Some 200 companies on Thursday pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe's young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed.

F1 enters radio silence era in Singapore

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:27:15 PMGo to full article
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany arrives at Marina Bay City Circuit for the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. The F1 race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)SINGAPORE (AP) — As the Formula One season exits Europe and heads to Asia for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, teams and drivers are preparing for a new challenge, with the sport now banning a large amount of radio messages during races.

UEFA to select hosts for continent-wide Euro 2020

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:47:57 PMGo to full article
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — As UEFA prepares to select the 13 host cities for the 2020 European Championship, Michel Platini's continent-wide project still faces skepticism and question marks.

Some things to know about the Spanish league

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:26:59 PMGo to full article
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts after missing a chance during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Real Madrid and Basel at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid finally got its act together in the Champions League, and now it's time to keep the momentum rolling into the domestic competition following a disappointing start.

Breivik's father feels guilt over son's dark path

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:13:50 PMGo to full article
Jens BreivikSTOCKHOLM (AP) — The father of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik says he fears his son is becoming even more extreme and dangerous in prison.

EU court OKs airlines' right to charge for luggage

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:52:41 AMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court says airlines are allowed to charge passengers an extra fee for checking in luggage.

Russia won't cut European gas to curb re-export to Ukraine: minister

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:24:52 AMGo to full article
VIENNA (Reuters) - Russia will not curb gas exports to Europe this winter to prevent countries from re-exporting supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told an Austrian newspaper. "That is ruled out," he told Die Presse when asked in an interview printed on Thursday whether Moscow would limit gas exports to curb supplies to Ukraine, whose deliveries from Russia have been cut off since mid-June in a row over prices. ...

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‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:17:05 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, center, and Kole Calhoun, right, congratulate Howie Kendrick after he scored on a throwing error by Seattle Mariners right fielder Chris Denorfia during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

Scotland's independence vote puts UK union on edge

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:16 AMGo to full article
Balloons held by Yes supporters float next to balloons and posters held by No supporters after a No campaign event where a number of speeches were made by different people and politicians in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Will the ayes have it, or will Scotland say naw thanks? No one is certain. Excitement and anxiety mounted across the country Wednesday, the final day of campaigning before Thursday's referendum on independence. With opinion polls suggesting the result is too close to call and turnout expected to reach record levels, supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory — but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Breaking up is hard to do, especially after 307 years. The entire United Kingdom will find out just how hard if Scotland chooses independence in Thursday's vote.

AP Interview: Silva seeks grassroots Brazil reform

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:06:38 AMGo to full article
Marina Silva, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Socialist Party, speaks during an interview with AP in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Silva was thrust into the Socialist Party's presidential nomination when its candidate of choice, Eduardo Campos, died in a plane crash last month. Since then, her anti-establishment profile has propelled her to a neck-and-neck race with actual Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Front-running presidential candidate Marina Silva says the key to her support among millions of Brazilians who joined in anti-government protests last year is her understanding that reforming a broken political system will come from the ground up.

Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:23 AMGo to full article
NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in southern Russia

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:57:05 AMGo to full article
Russian border guard soldiers man a foxhole near a checkpoint on Ukrainian border in the southern Russian Rostov region on June 21, 2014Moscow (AFP) - A team of BBC journalists was beaten and their camera smashed in southern Russia, where they were looking into reports of Russian soldiers killed while on secret deployments near Ukraine, the broadcaster said Thursday.

Japan trade deficit falls to $8.8B as imports ebb

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:33:00 AMGo to full article
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.8 million) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as weak demand at home hit imports while exports also fell.

Divided, Scots prepare to vote on fate of the United Kingdom

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:02:06 AMGo to full article
The Final Day Of Campaigning For The Scottish Referendum Ahead Of Tomorrow's Historic VoteBy Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Just hours before Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists. In an intense final day of campaigning on Wednesday, leaders of both sides beseeched Scots to seize the reins of history in a vote that has divided families, friends and lovers but also electrified this country of 5.3 million. ...

Barca beats APOEL 1-0 in Champions League opener

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:33:45 AMGo to full article
Barcelona's Gerard Pique, 2nd from right, scores with a header against APOEL during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Barcelona and Apoel at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi set up Barcelona's only goal in a 1-0 win over Cypriot club APOEL on Wednesday for an uninspiring Champions League debut for coach Luis Enrique in Group F.

'Yes' and 'No' go head to head in Scotland's oil capital

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:27:31 AMGo to full article
A selection of pro-independence badges are seen on a supporter's bag in Aberdeen in Scotland on September 17, 2014Aberdeen (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Scottish independence referendum activists hit the misty streets of Aberdeen on Wednesday on the final day of campaigning, setting up rival tents and stalls on the corner of Union Street and trying to engage with passing shoppers.

Gucci opens fashion week with hippy chic looks

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:22:52 PMGo to full article
A model wears a creation for Gucci women's spring-summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)MILAN (AP) — Milan rang in its fashion week with something old, and something new, and some still on the cusp.

Roma routs CSKA 5-1 in Champions League return

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:17:45 PMGo to full article
Roma's Gervinho, left, celebrates with his teammate Juan Manuel Arevalos Iturbe after scoring his side's second goal during a Champions League, Group E soccer match between Roma and CSKA, at the Olympic stadium, in Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)ROME (AP) — Gervinho scored two goals and set up another as Roma returned to the Champions League after a three-year absence with an impressive 5-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:58:49 PMGo to full article
Mohamed Raad, a 23-year-old from Gaza, talks to AFP at the port town of Chania on Crete island on September 17, 2014Chania (Greece) (AFP) - After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

Air strikes not enough to destroy Islamic State: U.S. general

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:15:34 PMGo to full article
By Adrian Croft WIESBADEN Germany (Reuters) - Air strikes alone will not be enough to destroy Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, and Baghdad will need training to rebuild ground forces capable of “going after them and rooting them out,” the U.S. Army Chief of Staff said on Wednesday. Three years after U.S. forces pulled out of Iraq, President Barack Obama has ordered air strikes to halt Islamic State fighters who made rapid advances earlier this year as Iraqi forces melted away. General Ray Odierno, who commanded U.S. ...

Ukraine's president addresses Canadian Parliament

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:14:17 PMGo to full article
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ukraine's President says his country has "crossed the Rubicon" to a new westward-looking future that leaves behind the darkness of its Russian past.

Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:52:23 PMGo to full article
Pro-Russian rebel checks his rifle inside the Vostok battalion base in Donetsk, eastern UkraineBy Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists. "Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their goal. So I am asking the defense minister for full battle readiness," Arseny Yatseniuk, who is emerging as a policy 'hawk' in President Petro Poroshenko's leadership, told a government meeting. ...

UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish vote result

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:16:57 PMGo to full article
By Nigel Stephenson LONDON (Reuters) - London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday. The vote on whether Scotland should end its 300-year-old union with England was set for a nail-biting finish. Three polls on Wednesday put opponents of independence slightly ahead, though many voters remained undecided. The final result could come any time between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. ...

Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky sea trips

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:06:05 PMGo to full article
Palestinian Soad al-Jorf, 36, holds a photograph of her son Hussein al-Jorf, 19ABASSAN, Gaza Strip (AP) — The university student was desperate to flee Gaza after suffering through years of border closures and three wars.

Emir assures Merkel Qatar doesn't fund extremists in Syria, Iraq

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:47:23 PMGo to full article
By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) - Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani assured the West on Wednesday that it was not aiding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, telling Germany that his own country's security was jeopardised by the militants. Last month, a German cabinet minister accused Qatar of financing Islamic State militants and the United States has expressed concern about funding from Arab states, although Qatar has now promised to support U.S.-led efforts to combat IS. ...

McGinley to meet with 4 Ryder Cup players in Wales

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:32:41 PMGo to full article
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Four members of Europe's Ryder Cup team are playing in the Wales Open this week, giving captain Paul McGinley a chance to assess their form heading into next week's matches against the United States at Gleneagles.

Researchers locate site of gas chambers in Poland

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:40:45 PMGo to full article
This photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, and released by Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research shows the remains of a building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, a death camp operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland in Sobibor, Poland. Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers announced Wednesday that they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at the camp. (AP Photo/Yoram Haimi, Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish and Israeli Holocaust researchers say they have discovered the exact location of the building that housed gas chambers at Sobibor, one of the death camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland.

French case against Iran opposition group dropped

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:31:02 PMGo to full article
PARIS (AP) — French judges have thrown out terrorism-linked charges against nine members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, closing the last part of a case that began 11 years ago with mass arrests that provoked several deaths by protesters setting themselves afire.

U.N. torture inspectors say barred from Azerbaijan jails

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:54:21 PMGo to full article
GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights team looking into complaints of torture in Azerbaijan said on Wednesday it had cut short its investigations because it had been stopped from visiting some government detention centres. In a statement issued in Geneva, the five-person group said the action by the authorities in the former Soviet republic had come despite assurances that the team would have unrestricted access to all places where prisoners were held. The team, all independent experts from the U.N. ...

Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:51:39 PMGo to full article
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers a speech during an award ceremony in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge is a competition to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday.

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills 2, wounds 3

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:45:17 PMGo to full article
A firefighter carries an additional water hose at damaged apartment building after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk killed two people Wednesday and wounded three others, municipal authorities said.

Rise in extremists recruiting French women, girls

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:32:37 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, right, and Belgium's Interior Minister Joelle Milquet speak with the press after laying a wreath at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say. France’s Interior Ministry on Tuesday Sept.16, 2014 posted a video showing anguished family members of young people who left to fight alongside extremists, including a young man whose 15-year-old sister set out for what she thought was a humanitarian aid mission. She has not returned. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse, File)PARIS (AP) — Recruiters for Islamic extremist groups are increasingly targeting French women and girls, with nearly 100 either in Syria or on their way and 175 being monitored at home, security officials say.

Egypt blames organised crime after migrant shipwreck deaths

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:22:14 PMGo to full article
Some 2,380 migrants and asylum seekers were rescued over the weekend by Italy's large-scale naval deployment dubbed "Mare Nostrum"Cairo (AFP) - Egypt on Wednesday blamed organised criminal gangs of people traffickers operating on its territory after a boat carrying 500 illegal migrants was intentionally capsized off Malta.

Spanish PM Rajoy warns independence votes 'torpedo' Europe

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:19:22 PMGo to full article
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fired a last-minute broadside on Wednesday against Scotland's independence referendum, warning that such events "torpedo" the foundations of Europe and wreak economic recessions. Rajoy's center-right government has been trying to quell calls in the northern Spanish region of Catalonia for a similar vote on breaking away, denouncing such a move as illegal. ...

Brown appeals to Scots' patriotism for vote against split

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:08:37 PMGo to full article
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown hosts a rally in Glasgow on September 17, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independenceGlasgow (AFP) - Former British prime minister Gordon Brown appealed to wartime patriotism at a rally in Glasgow on Wednesday, calling on Scots to reject independence in a momentous referendum less than a day away.

World holds its breath, mostly hoping Scots vote 'No'

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:20:05 PMGo to full article
By Paul Taylor PARIS (Reuters) - The world is holding its breath but mostly hoping Scotland will vote "No" to independence from Britain in Thursday's referendum. For reasons of self-interest and geopolitics, major powers from Beijing to Washington and Moscow to New Delhi are quietly praying the United Kingdom holds together and does not create a contagious precedent of state fragmentation in unstable times. ...

France's Hollande heads for showdown over job deregulation drive

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:52:23 PMGo to full article
A notary wearing a sweatshirt reading "Notary made in France" demonstrates during their first-ever public protest against a plan to chip away at rules shielding them from competition in MarseilleBy Nicholas Vinocur and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande has angered everyone from medics to taxi drivers enough to drive them onto the streets in recent months but there is one profession few expected to see on the march: France's well-heeled "notaires". Roughly the equivalent of Britain's solicitors or U.S. notaries public, notaires typically take home a net 13,000 euros ($17,000) a month and are better known for their gilded offices and iron-clad professional status than for demonstrations. ...

Alleged Singapore match-fixing kingpin challenges detention

‎17 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:58:46 AMGo to full article
Singapore's home affairs ministry said businessman Dan Tan, also known as Tan Seet Eng, is demanding his release after being held since October 2013 under a special law that allows for indefinite detentionSingapore (AFP) - A Singaporean businessman suspected of running a global football match-fixing syndicate has filed a legal challenge against his nearly year long detention without trial, officials confirmed Wednesday.




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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

Weathering the Coming Storm

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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.

Join Dr. Chuck Missler and Ron Matsen in the Executive Brie fing Room of
The River Lodge, New Zealand, in an intensive summary outlining what lies
ahead and how we can prepare for the coming storm.

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Unconditional Covenants - Chuck MIssler







"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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