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Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:47:44 GMT)

Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal an attempt by Pyongyang to reopen a long-stalled dialogue.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:56:13 GMT)

Afghan talks on unity government collapse; crisis deepens
KABUL (Reuters) - Talks on a power-sharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over disputed election results.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:45:49 GMT)

U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:37:04 GMT)

Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance
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.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:05:13 GMT)

Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held
EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights/MANILA (Reuters) - Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from the Philippines escaped after resisting capture.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:36:03 GMT)

NATO to create new 'spearhead' force to respond to crises
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.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:38:06 GMT)

Pricing is key for new heart drugs challenging cheap generics
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Doctors looking at highly encouraging clinical trial results for new heart drugs at the world's largest cardiology meeting this week are missing one piece of data that will be critical to their success - the price.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:57:41 GMT)

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the state television headquarters in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:29:08 GMT)

Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools; demand lull a concern
BANGALORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Factory activity in Europe and Asia cooled in August after a strong July, as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in China, purchasing managers indexes showed.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:08:26 GMT)

U.S. inflation bonds back in vogue
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. investors are back in the hunt for inflation protection for the first time in two years as rising housing costs - particularly for rent - suggest inflation may finally be waking from its post-recession slumber.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:20:27 GMT)

Central European PMIs point to slowdown as sanctions hit sentiment
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Polish manufacturing activity shrank for a second straight month in August and Czech expansion slowed more than expected, adding to signs weaker euro zone economies and crisis in Ukraine are cooling growth in the EU's east.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:03:24 GMT)

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance
KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:11:38 GMT)

Turkish foreign ministry summons U.S. envoy over spying report
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign ministry on Monday summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires, currently Washington's most senior diplomat in Ankara, over a media report that the United States had spied on Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:10:20 GMT)

China gives Microsoft 20 days to provide explanation in anti-trust probe
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese anti-trust regulator said on Monday it has given Microsoft Corp 20 days to reply to queries on the compatibility of its Windows operating system and Office software suite amid a probe into the world's largest software company.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:00:52 GMT)

Australia leans toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet: sources
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Australia are leaning towards a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:33:19 GMT)

Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:34:27 GMT)

Three children stabbed to death in Chinese school
BEIJING (Reuters) - A man with a knife killed three children and injured several in a primary school in China on Monday, the first day of a new school term after the summer holiday, state media said.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:27:26 GMT)

Dozens of Turkish police detained over 'anti-government plot': media
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:14:44 GMT)

Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics
NEW ORLEANS La. (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have closed all five abortion clinics in the state.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:48:11 GMT)

U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S.: lawmaker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of U.S., British and Canadian citizens who have trained with Islamic State fighters trying to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria pose a "very serious threat" to the United States, a top Republican lawmaker said Sunday.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:27:04 GMT)

Jubilant Iraqi forces break two-month siege of Amerli: officials
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, officials said.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:10:34 GMT)

After unrest over shooting, Ferguson police now wear body cameras
(Reuters) - Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:04:20 GMT)

NY storms end Electric Zoo music festival, halt U.S. Open, delay flights
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Severe thunderstorms on Sunday forced an early end to New York's Electric Zoo music festival, delayed flights at area airports and injured two people after a lightning strike near a Bronx beach.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:59:54 GMT)

Libyan armed faction takes over U.S. Embassy annex in Tripoli
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
(Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:07:29 GMT)

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