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Putin's '2 weeks to Kiev' out of context: aide

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:58:33 PMGo to full article
Russian President Vladimir PutinMOSCOW (AP) — A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.

Record English spending dwarfs rivals in Europe

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:55:35 PMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 file photo of AS Monaco player Radamel Falcao as he gives a thumbs up to fans as he warms up on the sideline during the second half of the Emirates Cup soccer match between AS Monaco and Valencia at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London. Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)LONDON (AP) — English Premier League clubs spent a record 835 million pounds ($1.38 million) on players during the summer transfer window, almost twice as much as any of Europe's other top leagues.

Euro continues descent ahead of ECB meeting

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:51:45 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo Head of the European Central Bank, ECB, Mario Draghi attends a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says there’s room for governments to dial back austerity, within limits. The ECB is looking at more stimulus, such as pumping new money into the economy by purchasing bonds. But such central bank stimulus can’t do it all alone. “It would be helpful for the overall stance of policy if fiscal policy could play a greater role alongside monetary policy, and I believe there is scope for this,” he said in a speech last week at a U.S. Federal Reserve conference at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (AP Photo/dpa, Boris Roessler, File)LONDON (AP) — The euro's descent saw it hit a new one-year low against the dollar on Tuesday, but the currency risks snapping back higher this week if the European Central Bank fails to back up its recent talk of stimulus with action.

More than 1 million Ukrainians displaced by conflict: UNHCR

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:38:46 PMGo to full article
More than one million people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, including 814,000 Ukrainians now in Russia with various forms of status, the UNHCR United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. Numbers displaced inside Ukraine by the fighting have nearly doubled in the past there weeks to at least 260,000 and more are fleeing, it earlier told a Geneva news briefing. "It's safe to say you have over a million people now displaced as a result of the conflict, internally and externally together," Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, later told reporters.

European football giants spend $3 bn on busy transfer deadline day

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:07:08 PMGo to full article
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao during a Ligue 1 match in Nantes, western France, on August 24, 2014The English Premier League dominated as Europe's top clubs spent more than $3 billion on new players in the two month transfer market that ended with a frantic burst of deals, according to a study released Tuesday. The 20 Premier League clubs spent about £835 million ($1.38 billion, €1 billion) on players, with Manchester United accounting for about £150 million of that, according to business consultants Deloitte. The Premier League total smashed last year's record transfer dealings worth £630 million. Colombian striker Radamel Falcao joined United while England striker Danny Welbeck left for Arsenal in the final deals announced late Monday.

U.N. refugee agency fears mass displacement in Ukraine

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:47:41 AMGo to full article
GENEVA (Reuters) - The number of people displaced in Ukraine by fighting has nearly doubled in the past there weeks to at least 260,000 and more are fleeing amid fears of mass displacement, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday. "In terms of the ongoing fighting, in Donetsk, Luhansk and south of Donetsk oblast (district), we very concerned about the risk of further exodus," Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, told a news briefing in Geneva. ...

6 candidates in running for equestrian presidency

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:44:48 AMGo to full article
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Six candidates — all from Europe — are in the running to replace Princess Haya of Jordan as president of the International Equestrian Federation.

Shares mostly higher, strong dollar buoys Japan

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:26:23 AMGo 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)TOKYO (AP) — World stocks were mostly higher Tuesday as investors awaited central bank meetings later this week in Europe and Japan as well as U.S. employment figures. The U.S. dollar extended its rally against the euro and the yen on expectations the Fed will be the first major central bank to raise interest rates.

Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:03:30 AMGo to full article
Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed-up military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west. Moscow's surprise announcement added a new and threatening new layer of tensions ahead of NATO's two-day summit that starts Thursday in Wales and will see Ukraine's beleaguered leader Petro Poroshenko personally lobby US President Barack Obama for military help.

Austria takes harder line on Russia as EU sanctions loom

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:54:01 AMGo to full article
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann took a tougher line on Russia's role in Ukraine on Tuesday, blasting Moscow's "deception and salami tactics" in the conflict and saying Austria was prepared to pay the price of tougher sanctions. It was a significantly harder line from neutral Austria, which until now has been reluctant to hit Russia hard with economic sanctions designed to punish what Western leaders have called unacceptable Russian behavior. "If it is necessary to defend freedom and international law, then Austria will be in the forefront." Austria had been walking a careful line between showing solidarity with European Union peers and keeping the lines of communication open with Moscow, with which it has traditionally had good political and business ties.

WC finalists Germany and Argentina renew rivalry

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:50:03 AMGo to full article
Gemany's head coach Joachim Loew , left, talks to Manuel Neuer, center, and Thomas Mueller during an open training session ahead of the friendly soccer match between Germany and Argentina on Wednesday in Duesseldorf, Germany, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Argentina clash again 52 days after contesting the World Cup final, albeit with less at stake when the sides meet for a friendly in Duesseldorf.

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:35:11 AMGo to full article
British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected on Monday to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning from terror training in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.

Russia's gains cloud Obama's assurances to Baltics

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:17:17 AMGo to full article
WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:51:51 AMGo to full article
FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to the media during his and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after their talks in Moscow, Russia . Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov urged those holding a new round of talks Monday on easing Ukraine’s crisis to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'undisguised aggression' as rebels advance

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:02:53 AMGo to full article
Piece of a mortar projectile is pictured on a road near the airport in Donetsk,By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.

With Falcao at Man U, Van Gaal has lineup quandary

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:13:40 AMGo to full article
FILE - This is a Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 file photo of Monaco's Radamel Falcao of Colombia as he controls the ball during his French League One soccer match against Evian, in Monaco stadium. Radamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)LONDON (AP) — No longer feared by their rivals? A diminished footballing force? Manchester United is flexing its financial muscle to show otherwise.

France and Saudis 'finalising' $3bn Lebanon arms deal: official

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:46 AMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande (L) and Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saudb at the Elysee Palace in Paris on September 1, 2014France and Saudi Arabia are close to signing a $3 billion arms deal for Lebanon, the Elysee Palace said Monday following talks between President Francois Hollande and the Saudi crown prince. The deal is for military equipment and arms to be supplied to Lebanon's army. Hollande told an official dinner at the Elysee presidential palace attended by Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, who is also the Saudi deputy prime minister and defence minister, that Lebanon was a "great but vulnerable country" which "needs security".

Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

‎02 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:11:34 AMGo to full article
French President Francois Hollande, right, shakes hand with President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, after a meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Bank chief Mario Draghi called in a speech last month for fiscal policies to support growth, a departure from the ECB's implicit support for austerity. No immediate steps were expected but the bank has begun work on a program to buy asset-backed securities. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.

Ukraine tension sparks questions over French warship sale to Russia

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:36 PMGo to full article
A picture taken on July 15, 2014 in Saint-Nazaire shows part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vesselFresh tensions with Russia over Ukraine have sparked renewed agonising in France about the sale of two Mistral-class warships to Moscow that has already drawn sharp criticism from London and Washington. France agreed in 2011 to build and sell the two advanced helicopter assault ships to Russia for a total of 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion) with the first scheduled for delivery in October or November and the second in 2015.

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:15:18 PMGo to full article
Cuban leader and former president Fidel CastroCuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally."

IS fears make Gulf monarchies set aside differences

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:04:03 PMGo to full article
Islamic fighters from the Al-Nusra Front wave their movement's flag as they parade at the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus on July 28, 2014Advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, and US calls for a coalition against them have made Gulf monarchies set aside disputes over Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say. Wary of spectacular gains made by Islamic State jihadists, the oil-rich monarchies fear the militants could advance towards their own borders, where the extreme ideologies could find support. "The biggest danger (in the Gulf) comes now from these (emerging) terrorist groups, and not from the Muslim Brotherhood," said Abdulaziz Sager, head of the Gulf Research Centre think-tank.

Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:31:25 PMGo to full article
This undated image provided by Journal shows a Neanderthal rock engraving at Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar. The series of lines scratched into the rock could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Stuart Finlayson via Journal)BERLIN (AP) — A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought.

Ukraine rebels seek 'special status', crisis talks to resume on Friday

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:05:13 PMGo to full article
Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary Ukraine peace talks on Monday due to resume later this week in the Belarusian capital Minsk, saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted "special status". The meeting of the so-called "contact group", at which the rebels also said one of their key conditions would be for Kiev to immediately end its military offensive, ended without any details being announced but a promise to continue consultations. The separatists issued their call as the Ukrainian military faced a run of reverses on the battlefield which Kiev has ascribed to support for the rebels from at least 1,600 Russian combat troops. Moscow denies its troops are in Ukraine.

Ban on buying Russian bonds eyed as EU envoys meet: sources

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:38 PMGo to full article
By Jan Strupczewski and Martin Santa BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds under a package of extra sanctions over Moscow's military role in Ukraine that European Union ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, three EU sources said. EU leaders decided at a summit on Saturday that the direct engagement of Russian troops in the war in eastern and southern Ukraine - still denied by Moscow - called for a stepping up of sanctions imposed so far unless Russia pulled its soldiers back. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who led the drive for a tougher EU response, said on Monday that Moscow's behavior in Ukraine must not go unanswered, even if sanctions hurt the German economy, heavily dependent on imported Russian gas.

Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurds also defends Europe

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:16:25 PMGo to full article
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Makhmur during clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants on August 9, 2014German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended a watershed decision to send arms to Iraqi Kurds battling jihadist militants, saying Europe's own security was at stake. Merkel told parliament that Germany's move to break with a post-war policy of refusing to send weapons into conflict zones was crucial in strife-torn Iraq, the scene of "inconceivable atrocities" against civilians. "We have the opportunity to save lives and stop the further spread of mass murder in Iraq," Merkel said during an impassioned 25-minute speech. The German government announced late Sunday that it would send military equipment including anti-tank rocket launchers, rifles and hand grenades, to Iraqi Kurds fighting to stop Islamic State (IS) militants.

Man United agree Falcao loan deal - reports

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:15:59 PMGo to full article
Radamel Falcao eyes the ball during a match in Monaco on November 8, 2013Manchester United have agreed a sensational deal to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco, according to widespread British media reports on Monday. The prolific 28-year-old forward, who missed the World Cup with a serious knee injury, was whisked into United's Carrington training centre on Monday evening after flying into Manchester, Sky Sports News reported. Should he pass a medical examination and agree personal terms before the 2200 GMT transfer deadline, he will join United on loan for a reported fee of around 10 million euros ($13.1 million). United will then have an option to make the deal permanent for 55 million euros at the end of the season, sources at Monaco told AFP.

Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:09:55 PMGo to full article
Pro-Russian fighters rest on top of a T-64 tank in Starobesheve, southeast of Donetsk, on August 31, 2014Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday. "We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II. Evoking the "miracle" of post-war reconciliation between Germans and Poles, Gauck said he was disappointed with the turn of events in Russia. "We believed and wanted to believe that Russia too, the country of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, could be part of Europe."

NATO to create new 'spearhead' force to respond to crises

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:38:06 PMGo to full article
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a news conference at the Residence Palace in BrusselsBy Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a "spearhead" rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said on Monday. The 28-nation alliance already has a rapid reaction force but U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders meeting for a NATO summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday are expected to create a new force that would be able to respond more quickly to a crisis. The speed with which Russian forces infiltrated Ukraine's Crimea region in March has focused minds at NATO on speeding up its ability to respond if a similar crisis ever occurred on NATO territory.

War could spread beyond Ukraine, warns Poland's Tusk

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎07:37:22 PMGo to full article
Ukrainian soldiers patrol in an APC in the Donetsk area, on September 1, 2014Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk warned on Monday that the war in eastern Ukraine risks spreading if NATO does not toughen its stance quickly. Tusk, tipped as the European Union's next president, claimed that "our Western community is threatened by war, not just in eastern Ukraine", as Poles marked 75 years since the outbreak of World War II. "There is still time to stop those for whom violence, force and aggression have again become part of their political arsenal," Tusk said in a clear reference to Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis during ceremonies to mark Nazi Germany's attack on Poland on September 1, 1939.

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:52:15 PMGo to full article
British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected on Monday to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning from terror training in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.

Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:42:50 PMGo to full article
Soldiers pass the memorial for Polish Defenders during ceremonies marking the 75. anniversary of the start of World War II at the Westerplatte peninsula near Gdansk, Poland, on Monday, Sept.1, 2014. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk spoke at the Baltic coast Westerplatte peninsula, where some of the first shots of World War II were fired on Sept.1, 1939 at the start of the Nazi-German invasion. Tusk said : Today, looking at the tragedy of Ukraine, at war - because we should use this word - in the east of our continent, we know that September 1939 must not be repeated." (AP Photo)GDANSK, Poland (AP) — The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday.

Defending arming of Kurds, Merkel calls Islamic State a threat to Europe

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:32:27 PMGo to full article
By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, telling parliament on Monday that the group posed a major security threat to Germany and Europe. A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by Islamic State fighters.

Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:22:28 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine.

Insufficient postage leads to bust of fake drugs

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:10:52 PMGo to full article
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police have announced the breakup of an international gang dealing in phony health products and say insufficient postage provided the major lead.

Ukraine defence minister warns of 'great war' with Russia

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:32 PMGo to full article
Ukraine's defence minister warned on Monday that a "great war" had broken out with Russia over his country's future that could claim tens of thousands of lives. "A great war has arrived at our doorstep -- the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II. Unfortunately, the losses in such a war will be measured not in the hundreds but thousands and tens of thousands," Valeriy Geletey wrote in a Facebook post. Russia on Monday again denied either sending or planning to send troops into eastern Ukraine to help separatist rebels pursue their recent counteroffensive against the pro-Western government's forces. Geletey wrote on Monday that "hundreds of Russian soldiers and officers have permanently entered Ukraine's (eastern) 'black earth' region."

NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:46:18 PMGo to full article
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media ahead of the NATO summit in Wales, at the Residence Palace in Brussels, Monday Sept. 1, 2014. Russia and Ukraine will be the top story this week when NATO heads of state attend the NATO summit in Wales, starting Wednesday. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance's secretary general said Monday.

Putin's 'statehood' gambit raises stakes in east Ukraine

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:24:15 PMGo to full article
By Mark Trevelyan MOSCOW (Reuters) - A shift in President Vladimir Putin's language on the conflict in eastern Ukraine reflects a transformation in the situation on the battlefield and sounds a warning to Kiev to negotiate sooner rather than later. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quick to tell journalists that the Kremlin leader was not demanding independence for pro-Russian separatists when he said on Sunday that talks should take place immediately "on the political organization of society and statehood in southeastern Ukraine". It was the first time that Putin had publicly talked about "statehood" in the eastern Russian-speaking regions where rebels are fighting to break away from Ukraine, in a war that has killed some 2,600 people since April. The implication was that if Ukraine fails to reach a quick settlement with the rebels on "federalization", the term Moscow has previously used for enhanced autonomy in the east, then it may find itself facing demands for something much bigger.

'We told you so' - Baltic jitters grow over former ruler Russia

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:27:02 PMGo to full article
By Aija Krutaine and Andrius Sytas RIGA/VILNIUS (Reuters) - Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flashpoint after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties. With President Barack Obama heading to Estonia on Wednesday on a visit designed to underline U.S. In their comments on the Ukraine crisis, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are more hawkish than their Western partners. Anchored in NATO, unlike Ukraine, they have far less cause to fear a full-blown Russian military invasion, but they worry about cyber-attacks and other more stealthy forms of aggression.

Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:19:56 PMGo to full article
By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.

Macedonia detains more than 100 illegal immigrants from Syria, Iraq

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:46:51 PMGo to full article
Macedonian authorities have detained more than 100 illegal immigrants, mostly from Syria and Iraq, who were found hiding in a train carrying coal from neighboring Greece, the interior ministry said on Monday.     The immigrants were discovered late on Sunday in Veles, a town in central Macedonia.     "It was difficult to communicate with most of them, they didn't know where they are, where they are coming from or where they were going," said interior ministry spokesman Ivo Koteski.     He said information police had managed to gather suggested they had crossed into Turkey from neighboring Syria and Iraq and were then smuggled into Greece. From there they were supposed to travel through Macedonia into Serbia before continuing towards Western Europe.

McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎03:01:48 PMGo to full article
Luke Donald, of England, hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)When three of Europe's biggest names failed to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team, the equation appeared simple for captain Paul McGinley as he prepared to select his three wild cards.

Ukrainians pull back from airport; Poroshenko slams Russia

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:14:29 PMGo to full article
By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday it had pulled its forces back from defending a vital airport in the east against Russian tanks, as President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of "direct and open aggression". The withdrawal from the civilian airport outside the city of Luhansk was the latest in a string of reverses for Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists who Kiev says have the direct support of hundreds of Russian troops and armor. A military statement said Ukrainian paratroopers were engaging a Russian tank battalion near the airport.

Anti-euro party's success poses dilemma for Merkel

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:24:17 PMGo to full article
The head of the Alternative fuer Deutschland , AfD, party, Bernd Lucke, celebrates after the first exit polls for the Saxony State election , in Berlin, Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. Exit polls say the party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency will be elected to a state assembly for the first time. The polls indicate that the party, Alternative for Germany, won 10 percent of the vote in Sunday's elections for the Saxony state parliament. (AP Photo/dpa, Daniel Naupold)BERLIN (AP) — The success of a new anti-euro party in a German state election intensifies a dilemma for Chancellor Angela Merkel: how to handle a rival whose rise could make it more difficult for her party to form coalition governments around the country.

FIFA opens talks on 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:24:07 PMGo to full article
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA will host its first consultation meeting next week to agree dates for playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Sony wooing Japanese to PS4 with Dragon Quest

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:16:13 PMGo to full article
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia (SCEJA) President Atsushi Morita reveals a “Light Pink/White” model of the PlayStation Vita during SCEJA press conference in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Sony is trying to woo Japanese game fans to the PlayStation 4 home console that went on sale in November in the U.S. and Europe, but didn't arrive at stores here until February.

Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎09:04:33 AMGo to full article
Warsaw residents pay tribute in front of a monument to the Poles who fought Nazi occupation troops in 1944, on August 1, 2014Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine. From the very first German shells fired at a Polish fort in Gdansk in the early hours of September 1, 1939, to the final days in 1945, Poland suffered some of the worst horrors of the war, chief among them the extermination of most of its Jewish population by the Nazis. Memories of the era have been bubbling to the surface since Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March, and a fierce conflict began in the country's east. "To use military force against one's neighbours, to annex their territory, to prevent them from freely choosing their place in the world -- this provides a worrying reminder of the dark chapters of Europe's 20th-century history," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said in a newspaper opinion piece ahead of the anniversary.

Lawmakers: Islamic State group wants to hit US

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:09:48 AMGo to full article
FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., leaving a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The chairs of both the House and Senate intelligence committees prodded President Barack Obama on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, to take decisive action against the growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil. "His foreign policy is in absolute free-fall," Rogers said of President Barack Obama. In a separate interview Sunday California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein who heads the Senate intelligence panel said Obama efforts to combat Islamic state group are perhaps "too cautious." "This is a group of people who are extraordinarily dangerous," she said. "And they'll kill with abandon." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, two U.S. lawmakers are warning.

Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:55:44 AMGo 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)BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Monday, lifted by another record high on Wall Street and expectations of stimulus in China after its manufacturing growth slowed. Investors looked ahead to this week's U.S. employment figures and a meeting of Europe's central bank for signs of stimulus steps.

Russia's Putin seeks 'statehood' talks on east Ukraine

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:06:31 AMGo to full article
A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a range in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, on August 31, 2014Moscow and Kiev representatives will meet in Minsk Monday after Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet state. Putin's remarks on Sunday came just hours after the European Union gave Moscow -- which the bloc accuses of direct involvement in the Ukraine insurgency -- a week to change course or face new sanctions. "We need to immediately begin substantive talks... on questions of the political organisation of society and statehood in southeastern Ukraine," the Russian leader was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying. Moscow has previously only called for "federalisation" that would grant greater rights to the eastern regions of Ukraine, where predominantly Russian-speakers live.

U.S. lawmakers call for arming Ukraine government

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎04:11:59 AMGo to full article
Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday urged Washington to arm the Ukrainian government, saying it needed help to repel what they called Russia's invasion of the country. Senator Robert Menendez, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN the United States, European Union and NATO should work together to arm Kiev, which has been fighting Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for months.

Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎01:06:26 AMGo to full article
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Madrid collapses to lose 4-2, Barcelona wins

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:22 AMGo to full article
Real Madrid's Benzema, left, lifts his shirt during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jose Ignacio Unanue)LONDON (AP) — Champions League winner Real Madrid collapsed after leading by two goals to lose 4-2 at Real Sociedad in the Spanish league on Sunday, while Lionel Messi came away with a leg injury after helping Barcelona to its second straight win to start the season.

Game of EU thrones nears finale

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎12:31:42 AMGo to full article
Jean-Claude Juncker, president-elect of the European Commission, speaks at a press conference in Athens, on August 4, 2014The EU's "game of thrones" is nearing an end after the naming of a new president and diplomatic chief, with the rest of the incoming Brussels regime set to be decided in coming weeks. Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU's executive body, will unveil his new team in early September, aiming to strike a delicate balance of politics, geography and gender. The two top roles were filled on Saturday when Polish premier Donald Tusk was appointed president of the European Council -- which brings together the leaders of the 28 EU states -- and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini was named head of the foreign affairs service. France looks set to win the prized economic affairs job for its former finance minister Pierre Moscovici.

Germany's anti-euro party makes breakthrough in state vote

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:37:02 PMGo to full article
Stanislaw Tillich, current State Premier of Saxony and top candidate of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, is pictured after regional elections in Saxony on August 31, 2014 in Dresden, eastern GermanyGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives notched up a clear win in a state election Sunday but now face opposition from a fledgling anti-euro party which won its first seats in a regional assembly. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) won more than 39 percent of the vote in eastern Saxony state parliament, according to preliminary results, but the party will need to find a new coalition partner after its current allies crashed out. Marking its debut into a state assembly following its leap into the European Parliament in May, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which backs the dissolution of the euro, won around 9.6 percent, the initial results showed. The CDU has ruled in Saxony since Germany's 1990 reunification.

U.S. lawmakers call for arming Ukraine government

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:13:05 PMGo to full article
Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday urged Washington to arm the Ukrainian government, saying it needed help to repel what they called Russia's invasion of the country. Senator Robert Menendez, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN the United States, European Union and NATO should work together to arm Kiev, which has been fighting Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for months.

Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood'; rebels fire on ship

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎10:12:53 PMGo to full article
Pro-Russian separatists walk at a destroyed war memorial on Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of DonetskBy Katya Golubkova and Aleksandar Vasovic MOSCOW/MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized. The Kremlin leader's remarks, two days after a public appearance in which he compared the Kiev government with Nazis and warned the West not to "mess with us", came as Europe and the United States prepared possible further sanctions to halt what they say is direct Russian military involvement in the war in Ukraine. Germany aired suspicions that Moscow might be trying to create a land corridor to supply Crimea, which it annexed from Ukraine in March, while the four-month conflict moved onto the sea for the first time on Sunday.

Germany to send Iraqi Kurds enough weapons for 4,000 fighters

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:51:08 PMGo to full article
By Sabine Siebold BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances threaten to destabilize the Middle East, the defense minister said on Sunday. "The weapons delivery is enough to supply a brigade of 4,000 soldiers," said Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Breaking with a post-war policy of not sending arms to conflict zones, Chancellor Angela Merkel says northern Iraq is an "exception" because of the nature of Islamic State's violence. "The lives of millions of people, the stability of Iraq and the whole region and ... due to the high number of foreign fighters, our security in Germany and Europe are being threatened," read a government statement after Merkel met some of her ministers to discuss details of the aid to the Kurds.

Otto wins Italian Open; Gallacher comes up short

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:48:02 PMGo to full article
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Hennie Otto of South Africa held on to claim a second Italian Open victory by two shots on Sunday, while Stephen Gallacher came up just short of an automatic Ryder Cup spot after finishing third.

Lava eruption prompts Iceland aviation alert

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎09:13:46 PMGo to full article
Map locates Iceland eruption.; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace.

Poland honors Solidarity with new culture center

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:09:17 PMGo to full article
Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski, left, and former president and first Solidarity leader Lech Walesa flash victory sign in front of a wall with the Solidarity logo composed of red and white note papers at the new European Solidarity Center that opened in Gdansk, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The center shows the history of Eastern Europe’s first free trade union that in 1989 toppled Poland’s communist rulers and paved the way for similar change in other countries of the Soviet Bloc .(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Poland's new European Solidarity Center should help raise future generations with an appreciation of freedom and democracy, President Bronislaw Komorowski said as the center opened on Sunday.

Iceland lowers aviation alert on volcano

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:57:07 PMGo to full article
Lava flows from cracks in the ground after the Bardabunga volcano erupted again in the early hours on August 31, 2014Iceland on Sunday lowered its aviation alert on its largest volcano after a fresh eruption on a nearby lava field prompted authorities to enforce a flight ban for several hours. The Bardarbunga volcano system, in the southeast of the country, has been rocked by hundreds of tremors daily since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode. "Visibility (at) the eruption site is now good. No ash has been detected," said the Icelandic Meteorological Office, which is in charge of monitoring volcanic activity.

Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange, no ash from new eruption

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:55:27 PMGo to full article
Picture shows magma along 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 cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) 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 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days. The Met Office raised its ash alert level to red earlier on Sunday but cut it after monitoring the eruption during the day.

Grappling with history, EU tests unity, new faces

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:19:59 PMGo to full article
European leaders take part in a group photo at the European Union summit in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders meeting in Brussels this weekend, amid world war anniversaries, did not want for reminders of the continental conflicts that the bloc's founders meant to consign to history. They took another symbolic step away from the Cold War division of Europe, in choosing a Pole from the ex-communist east to run their Council. Meeting in sight of a huge EU banner commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, and on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland, many cited that bloody past to focus minds on halting what Lithuania's president said was already "a state of war" with Russia. "We know from European history the danger of the territorial integrity of a nation state being threatened and undermined in this way and we have to send the clearest possible signal," said British Prime Minister David Cameron of an agreement to review possible new sanctions on Moscow within the next week if President Vladimir Putin does not pull back forces from Ukraine.

House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:14:05 PMGo to full article
This photo taken Dec. 21, 2012 photo Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Cal., chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaking at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. Sunday in Washington, Aug. 31, 2014, Feinstein said President Barack Obama may be "too cautious" in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" she said that the Defense and State departments have been putting together a response to the threat, and has seen nothing to compare to the viciousness of the militants who have overrun large portions of Iraq, killed civilians and beheaded American journalist James Foley. Feinstein says the Islamic State group has financing, military structure and weapons unlike any other militants and called them "extraordinarily dangerous." (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.

Mogherini must win over doubters as EU foreign policy chief

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:44:20 PMGo to full article
Newly elected European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Mogherini of Italy attends a news conference during an EU summit in BrusselsBy Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Federica Mogherini must show she has the experience and clout to succeed as the European Union's new foreign policy chief, just as her predecessor had to overcome a reputation as a diplomatic lightweight. The 41-year-old career politician, who became Italian foreign minister only in February, has been seen throughout her career as a politician who prefers to skirt controversy rather than take tough policy stands. Cynics say her appointment at an EU summit on Saturday confirms that member states want to keep their own tight grip on foreign policy issues, much the same as they said when Catherine Ashton became the EU's first foreign policy chief in 2009. Ashton arrived as an unelected member of the British upper house of parliament with no foreign policy experience.

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:29:50 PMGo to full article
FILE - This March 26, 1947, file photo shows Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover calling the communist party of the United States a "Fifth Column" whose "goal is the overthrow of our government" during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington. Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Hoover teamed up on a highly classified project, code-named “Washtub,” with the newly created Air Force Office of Special Investigations, headed by Hoover protege and former FBI official Joseph F. Carroll. (AP Photo/File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

France arrests suspected jihadist minor before departure to Syria

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:05:20 PMGo to full article
A 16-year-old girl suspected of trying to reach Syria to join Islamist rebels has been arrested in the southeastern city of Nice, France's interior minister said on Sunday. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that border police at Nice airport arrested the girl on Saturday, before her departure "for jihad". A man around the age of 20 was later arrested on suspicion of being her recruiter and of purchasing her airline ticket to Turkey, in order to reach Syria. Thousands of foreign fighters, many from Western Europe, have joined extremist Islamist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq, according to U.S.

Ukrainian forces in port city prepare for 'Russian-led' assault

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎05:32:38 PMGo to full article
By Aleksandar Vasovic NOVOAZOVSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces and residents in Ukraine's eastern port of Mariupol braced for attack on Sunday from advancing pro-Russian rebels who Kiev says are backed by a Russian armored column in a new offensive that has tipped the balance in a five-month war. Pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian troops both used bulldozers to dig trenches on Sunday along the new front, a 40-km (25 mile) strip of coastal highway on the Sea of Azov, with battle looming for a city of half a million people. "But I believe our army and (volunteer) battalions will protect us." After weeks in which government forces have been on the offensive and rebels largely retreating into the two cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, the pro-Moscow forces opened a new front on the coast in the past week, taking the town of Novoazovsk. Kiev, Washington and the European Union say the new advance is a result of Russia having sent hundreds of troops and heavy armor to rescue the rebels from what would have been a collapse.

Putin urges talks on 'political organization and statehood' in east Ukraine

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:28:37 PMGo to full article
MOSCOW/CHELYABINSK Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for meaningful talks between pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Kiev government on issues including "political organization and statehood" to protect people living there. Asked about Putin's remarks quoted by Tass news agency, a Kremlin spokesman said the president was not calling for a separate state in the region, adding it should remain part of Ukraine and calling the crisis there a domestic conflict. "Substantive, meaningful talks should begin immediately ... related to the issues of society's political organization and statehood in southeastern Ukraine to protect legitimate interests of people living there," Tass quoted Putin as saying.

Rebel number two to join Ukraine peace talks on Monday

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:27:07 PMGo to full article
The deputy leader of a breakaway east Ukrainian region said he would take part in talks with representatives of Moscow and Kiev on Monday but did not expect a breakthrough, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported. Andrei Purgin, deputy prime minister of the rebels' self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told Tass the meeting of the so-called Contact Group in the Belarussian capital Minsk would be "only a first step in negotiations". "Each side will present the list of questions it is ready to discuss." Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine agreed last week to reconvene the Contact Group, which also includes the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in an effort to end the war in east Ukraine in which about 2,600 people have been killed.

Boat carrying 100 migrants capsizes off Libya

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:05:21 PMGo to full article
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A boat carrying more than 100 migrants capsized off the coast near the Libyan capital, a coast guard official said Sunday.

Algeria soccer death seen as part of wider ills

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎01:55:50 PMGo to full article
In this photo dated May 1, 2011, supporters of JS Kabylie and USM El-Harrah clash in the stands during of a soccer match in Algiers, Algeria. Angry fans in Algeria pelted their own soccer team with rocks after they lost a game, killing the star player, Albert Ebosse, in the latest incident of fan violence in this North African country. Ebosse died after being hit in the head by an object thrown from the crowd at a top-flight league game in Algeria on August 23, 2014. Like much of the rest of the continent, Algeria's restless youth are passionate about soccer but with little other outlet for their daily frustration, violence haunts the games. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The rocks came raining down after the final whistle of the Algerian soccer match, an increasingly common ritual in stadiums across the country. This time, the violence ended in tragedy: Hit in the head, Albert Ebosse, the league's top goal scorer last season, crumbled to the ground and died in a hospital.

EU wields Russia sanctions threat but timing vague

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:27:42 PMGo to full article
Newly elected European Council President Donald Tusk and newly elected European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini talk together during a EU summit in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald and Andreas Rinke BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain. After a lengthy briefing by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who warned "full-scale war" was imminent if Russian troops continued an advance in support of pro-Moscow rebels, the leaders agreed on Sunday to have EU officials draw up within a week a list of new measures that could hit a range of sectors. The European Council called on Russia "to immediately withdraw all its military assets and forces from Ukraine" and urged a ceasefire.

Tunisia renews search for shipwreck victims as 42nd body found

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎12:19:56 PMGo to full article
A picture taken on August 29, 2014 shows what remains of a boat carrying illegal migrants from Libya that sank off the shores of the coastal town of Ben Guerdane, in southeast TunisiaTunisian coastguards on Sunday resumed the search for more bodies of drowned migrants, thought to be mainly Syrians, after finding a 42nd shipwreck victim, officials said. "Forty-two bodies have been recovered: 31 were buried on the spot and 11 others will be during the day," said Tahar Souid, coordinator of the emergency centre set up at Ben Guerdane in southeast Tunisia where the first bodies were discovered on Friday. By Saturday evening when the search was called off for the night, the body count from the sinking, thought to have happened off the Libyan coast, had reached 41. The victims were found in an area that has seen many boatloads of illegal migrants capsize.

Arsenal boss Wenger refuses to bemoan Giroud's absence

‎31 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎11:30:02 AMGo to full article
Arsenal's Nacho Monreal (R) and Mathieu Flamini (L) congratulate Alexis Sanchez at the end of their Champions League match against Besiktas at Emirates Stadium on August 27, 2014Arsenal's trip to face Leicester City on Sunday will provide another test of Arsene Wenger's belief his squad is strong enough to cope without Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman suffered a broken leg in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Everton and is expected to be out until January, depriving Wenger of his main striker. With the transfer deadline approaching on Monday, Wenger has refused to rule out making a late effort to bring in a new face, but the Gunners boss maintains he already has enough forward options to cover for the absent France forward. Alexis Sanchez scored the winner while operating in the main striker role in the midweek victory over Besiktas in the Champions League play-off round and is again expected to lead the attack at the King Power stadium this weekend.


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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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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.”
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We will examine three causes—all three have an ex­ample in the history of Israel.
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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.

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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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