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Ukraine president accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel thrust
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a separatist war and prompting anger and alarm among Kiev's Western allies.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:01:33 GMT)

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:21:58 GMT)

Video shows Islamic State executes scores of Syrian soldiers
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:21:13 GMT)

Obama says does not yet have military strategy for Islamic State
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:13:45 GMT)

No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by 9-year-old girl
WHITE HILLS Ariz. (Reuters) - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident."
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:58:38 GMT)

Ukraine president accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel thrust
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a separatist war and prompting anger and alarm among Kiev's Western allies.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:57:09 GMT)

Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government is considering using a powerful national security law to halt a private lawsuit against a non-profit group, United Against A Nuclear Iran, according to a source familiar with the case.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:16:45 GMT)

Bank of America seeks to void verdict in $1.27 billion 'Hustle' case
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp on Thursday asked a federal judge to throw out a jury verdict finding it liable for fraud over defective mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit that resulted in a $1.27 billion penalty.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:52:34 GMT)

U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by militants, 81 trapped
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:38:39 GMT)

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests
(Reuters) - A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:06:39 GMT)

Video shows Islamic State executes scores of Syrian soldiers
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on You Tube on Thursday.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:47:29 GMT)

Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:27:22 GMT)

Brazil's Mantega says opposition win could wreck economy
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's finance minister waded into the country's presidential campaign on Thursday, warning that an opposition victory in the October election could push the economy into recession and undo a decade of social gains under the ruling Workers' Party.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:25:05 GMT)

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says
GENEVA/LAGOS (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:00:40 GMT)

Polish premier Tusk seriously considering top EU job
WARSAW/BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said on Thursday, linking his decision to the crisis in neighboring Ukraine.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:43:47 GMT)

Arab East Jerusalem seethes with protests and raids
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Violent protests in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem have been raging nightly beyond the spotlight on the Gaza war, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police in which hundreds of Palestinians have been detained.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:07:53 GMT)

Egypt queries Mursi over documents 'leaked' to Al Jazeera: security sources
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news channel, security sources said on Thursday.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:01:56 GMT)

Pakistan's powerful army steps in to resolve political crisis
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's army stepped into a political struggle between the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition on Thursday, signaling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilized the coup-prone nation.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:44:14 GMT)

Africa's militants may be inspired by Islamic State gains, officials told
NAIROBI (Reuters) - African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:28:21 GMT)

Ebola toll tops 1,550, outbreak accelerates: WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,552 people out of 3,069 known cases in four countries and "continues to accelerate", the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:46:29 GMT)

Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma - failed states or Iran proxies
RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - With militant Islamists gaining the upper hand in Syria's rebel movement and grabbing big tracts of Western Iraq, Saudi Arabia's ruling family faces an increasingly uncomfortable dilemma.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:13:52 GMT)

Israelis search Jerusalem forest for missing American student
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police and volunteers searched a forest on the southern edge of Jerusalem on Thursday for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week while out for a hike.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:54:45 GMT)

France says Europe must be more than 'bank window' in Israel, Palestinian conflict
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday Europe had to play a bigger role to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and could no longer just play the role of a "bank window" for reconstruction after each war.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:23:16 GMT)

China tells U.S. to reduce or halt 'close surveillance' patrols
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday urged the United States to cut back on, or even stop, its close surveillance of the Asian giant using patrol aircraft, if it seriously seeks to repair damaged bilateral ties.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:57:05 GMT)

Italy's Renzi aims to lay down marker with justice, school reform
ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi returned from holiday this week with his customary vim, tweeting that he was back at work on a new plan to speed up Italy's sluggish justice system, reform its schools and spur investment.
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:51:49 GMT)

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