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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry wipes his eyes as he testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "U.S. Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" on Capitol HillBy Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m.  After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior of a C-17 military transport plane, he cradled his head in his palm, put his feet on a desk and shut his eyes. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:13:13 -0400
On eve of secession vote, UK's fate hangs on a divided Scotland

The Final Day Of Campaigning For The Scottish Referendum Ahead Of Tomorrow's Historic VoteBy Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - On the eve of 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, 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. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:16:57 -0400
As U.S. lawmakers vote on arming Syrian rebels, big questions remain

Mitc McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives votes on Wednesday on legislation to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. The vote is a test of support within President Barack Obama's own party for his stepped-up campaign to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State fighters who have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and seek to establish a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:18:32 -0400
Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

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. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:52:23 -0400
U.S. welcomes China's first-time attendance at naval forum
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Navy officials welcomed China's first-time attendance at a 113-nation naval forum on Wednesday but made clear that despite progress in U.S.-Chinese military interaction, more work is needed to avoid incidents that could trigger a crisis. Chinese navy chief Admiral Wu Shengli's participation in the 21st International Seapower Symposium comes less than a month after Washington formally protested what it said was a "dangerous intercept" of a Navy surveillance plane by a Chinese fighter pilot in international air space off China's coast. U.S. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:27:21 -0400
Afghan election crisis talks stall over release of vote results

Afghan election workers count ballot papers for audit of presidential run-off in KabulBy Hamid Shalizi and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Talks between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani were close to a power-sharing deal on Tuesday after they met face-to-face, aides said, but they failed to reach agreement. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:08:06 -0400
Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet
By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's interior minister, seen as a rival and potential successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Wednesday he was quitting the government, in a move that stunned the political right. Gideon Sa'ar, 47, widely viewed as a favorite to one day challenge Netanyahu for the leadership of the ruling Likud, told party faithful that he would step down from both the cabinet and parliament after the Jewish New Year later this month. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:13:11 -0400
Porto thrashes BATE Borisov 6-0 in Champs League

Porto's Yacine Brahimi, left, from Algeria celebrates scoring with teammate Bruno Martins Indi, from the Netherlands during the Champions League Group H soccer match between FC Porto and FC BATE Borisov at Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Yacine Brahimi bagged a hat trick as Porto thrashed BATE Borisov 6-0 in a Champions League Group H game on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:10:52 -0400
House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

Secretary of State John Kerry settles into his seat as he arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the US strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the U.S. military authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic state militants.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:10:42 -0400
U.S. House backs plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Sunni militants. The House approved the measure authorizing the training plan until Dec. 11. It was attached to a stopgap spending spill also expected to pass. The legislation must be passed by the Senate before it can be sent to Obama to sign into law. (Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:09:18 -0400
Schone free kick earns Ajax 1-1 draw with PSG

Ajax's Lasse Schone, left, shoots to score during the Group F Champions League match between Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)AMSTERDAM (AP) — Lasse Schone scored from a 74th-minute free kick to cancel out an early Edinson Cavani strike as Ajax salvaged a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in their opening match in the Champions League.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:09:03 -0400
Barca beats APOEL 1-0 in Champions League opener

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.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:07:14 -0400
US military role in Iraq raises combat questions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:06:47 -0400
Roma routs CSKA 5-1 in Champions League return

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.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:04:08 -0400
Bayern beats Man City 1-0 in Champions League

Bayern's Thomas Mueller reacts during the Champions League Group E soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City at Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)GENEVA (AP) — Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:03:50 -0400
Shakhtar Donetsk holds Athletic Bilbao to 0-0 draw

Athletic Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe, left, jumps for the ball with FC Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira during the Champions League Group H soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and FC Shakhtar Donetsk at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk spoiled Athletic Bilbao's return to the Champions League by holding the hosts to a 0-0 draw in their Group H clash on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:43 -0400
Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter legally as a tourist. It's incomprehensible to many, especially since tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk.
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:34 -0400
Arrests made in Australian counterterrorism raids
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police have made a series of arrests in a counterterrorism operation just days after the country lifted its terror warning to the second-highest level in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State group.
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:01:49 -0400
Moscow hails Ukraine self-rule olive branch for east

Almost 2,900 people have been killed and at least 600,000 displaced across the war-battered east Ukraine, according to United NationsMoscow (AFP) - Russia hailed Wednesday Ukraine's offer of self-rule for separatist rebels in the east under a peace plan seen as the best chance yet of halting five months of bloody warfare.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:01:30 -0400
'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

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.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:58:49 -0400
Ukraine President thanks Canada for saving lives in rebel war
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko received a rapturous welcome usually reserved for sports stars from Canadian lawmakers on Wednesday as he thanked the country for helping save lives in the battle with Russian-speaking rebels. Canada last month promised to provide Kiev with helmets and bullet-proof vests to help it secure the unstable eastern region, scene of heavy fighting. Around 1.2 million of Canada's 35 million population are of Ukrainian descent. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:02 -0400
Russian tycoon's arrest sparks fears of 'second Yukos'

Vladimir Yevtushenkov, then president of Russian conglomerate Sistema, pictured in London on February 5, 2005Moscow (AFP) - The arrest of a top billionaire sent shockwaves through Russia's business and political circles on Wednesday and prompted fears of a state-orchestrated asset grab similar to the prosecution of ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:55:36 -0400
CAF punish Setif with spectator ban

JS Kabylie's Cameroonian striker Albert Ebosse (C) converts a penalty during a match with USM Alger in Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria, August 23, 2014Johannesburg (AFP) - Algerians Entente Setif must host a CAF Champions League semi-final against Democratic Republic of Congo club TP Mazembe this weekend behind closed doors because of bad fan behaviour.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:53:42 -0400
Israeli rising star quits politics
JERUSALEM (AP) — A rising political star seen as a potential successor to Israel's prime minister has announced he will quit politics in a surprise move.
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:52:50 -0400
Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., talks to reporters about cyberattacks from China, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)WASHINGTON (AP) — China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:51:10 -0400
On eve of Scottish vote, nationalist leader urges Scots to grasp independence
PERTH Scotland (Reuters) - Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond implored Scots to grasp the 'opportunity of a lifetime' to secure independence in a vote on Thursday that could break the United Kingdom apart. "This is our opportunity of a lifetime and we must seize it with both hands," Salmond told a meeting of supporters in Perth, eastern Scotland, just hours before polling stations open. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:51:09 -0400
AP Interview: Iraq premier nixes US ground troops

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Iraq’s new prime minister says foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in his country’s fight against the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)Iraq's prime minister strongly rejected the idea of the U.S. or other nations sending ground forces to his country to help fight the Islamic State group, saying Wednesday that foreign troops are "out of the question."


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:49:37 -0400
Poroshenko asks Canada to support Ukraine-NATO tie-up

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa during his first official visit to Canada, September 17, 2014Ottawa (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko went to Canada on Wednesday where he sought support for his country's bid to ally with NATO in a speech to parliament.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:46:51 -0400
Boateng's goal gives Bayern 1-0 win over Man City

Bayern's Jerome Boateng, center, celebrates after he scored his side first goal during the Champions League Group E soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City at Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)MUNICH (AP) — Jerome Boateng struck in the final minute to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the sides' opening Champions League Group E game on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:45:56 -0400
Huntelaar clinches draw for Schalke at Chelsea

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas scores the opening goal against Schalke's goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann during the Champions League Group G soccer match between Chelsea and Schalke 04 at Stamford Bridge stadium in London Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar stunned Chelsea by rescuing a 1-1 draw for a patched-up Schalke side at the start of their Champions League Group G campaign on Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:45:38 -0400
Westwood looking trim for Ryder Cup
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Lee Westwood has been working out and losing weight as he prepares to make his ninth appearance in a European Ryder Cup team.
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:37:21 -0400
Former Ivory Coast president backs Ouattara for 2015 election
By Loucoumane Coulibaly DAOUKRO Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday received the endorsement of former president Henri Konan Bedie for re-election in 2015, boosting his chances of a second term. Support from Bedie, who heads the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI), was previously uncertain and some had speculated that his party would field a separate candidate. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:30:36 -0400
Nigerian troops kill 'several' insurgents

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state on June 5, 2013 near MaiduguriAbuja (AFP) - Several Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in a fierce battle with Nigerian troops in a northeastern town near Maiduguri, an army statement said Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:30:31 -0400
Roma-CSKA match stopped briefly for violence

CSKA'S supporters watch the game from the stands 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) — A Champions League match between Roma and CSKA Moscow was briefly suspended in the second half due to fan violence.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:29:19 -0400
Top U.S. security threats: lone wolves, Syria fighters : officials

A view is seen of smoke billowing after American air strikes in KhazirBy Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans radicalized by online propaganda from Islamic State and other militant groups pose the main terrorist threat to the United States, which is especially vulnerable to foreign fighters returning from Syria, senior U.S. security officials said on Wednesday. While there is no evidence that the radical Islamist group plans an attack on U.S. soil, its vigorous propaganda machine and sophisticated online recruitment efforts created a clear potential threat, they said. ...


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:15:34 -0400
Air strikes not enough to destroy Islamic State: U.S. general
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. ...
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:15:34 -0400
Ukraine's president addresses Canadian Parliament
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.
Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:14:17 -0400
Poles bring lessons from history to Scottish referendum

Anti-independence supporters demonstrate in Glasgow's George Square, in Scotland, on September 17, 2014, on the eve of Scotland's independence referendumEdinburgh (AFP) - Scotland may historically have been a nation of emigration but a wave of recent Polish immigrants will vote in Thursday's independence referendum, with lessons from their home countries shaping their decision.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:07:14 -0400
Egypt recovers stolen fragments of Cheops pyramid

Egypt has recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops said to have been stolen by Germans, including part of a stone tablet identifying the pharaoh it was named after, state media reportCairo (AFP) - Egypt has recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops said to have been stolen by Germans, including part of a stone tablet identifying the pharaoh it was named after, state media reported Wednesday.


Date Posted : Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:49 -0400
 

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