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About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

SURUC, Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said yesterday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border .

Afghan presidential rivals at last reach unity deal after disputed vote

KABUL (Reuters) - The rival candidates in Afghanistan’s messy election for a new president finally struck a power-sharing deal yesterday, aides said, after more than two months of tension over a vote in which each side accused the other of fraud .

Sierra Leone Ebola burial team attacked despite lockdown

FREETOWN (Reuters) - A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone’s capital yesterday, a member of parliament said, as a small group defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record .

High-profile Venezuelan prisoner granted house arrest

CARACAS (Reuters) - A high-profile imprisoned former Caracas police commissioner left jail yesterday after a judge allowed him to continue his 30-year sentence from home due to frail health, his family said .

Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State

(Reuters) - Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey yesterday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation .

Thousands of Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Islamic State advances

SURUC, Turkey, (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town .

United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East .

Man jumps White House fence, sparks brief evacuation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped over the White House fence and ran for several seconds towards the executive mansion yesterday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama and his daughters departed for the weekend .

US, Canada send jets to intercept Russian aircraft

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near US and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said yesterday .

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, devolution battle begins

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence and saved a union dating back 300 years in a historic referendum but its defeated leader said it would hold London to last minute offers of more power that could radically reshape the United Kingdom .

Scots spurn independence but impatient for new powers

Scots spurn independence but impatient for new powers

EDINBURGH, ((Reuters) - Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain's remaining global clout .

UN to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

UN to deploy Ebola mission as death toll reaches 2,630

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council yesterday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a “threat to international peace and security” as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support .

Green aid test for UN climate summit as poor seek $15B

OSLO (Reuters) - A UN summit on climate change next week will test rich nations’ willingness to fill a near-empty fund to help the poor, but pledges are likely to be far short of developing nations’ hopes for $15 billion in 2014 .

US sanctions military officers on both sides of S Sudan conflict

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on two military officers on opposite sides of the ethnic violence in South Sudan yesterday in a demonstration of US frustration that fighting has continued despite two ceasefires .

Man kills daughter, six grandchildren in Florida murder-suicide

TAMPA (Reuters) - A 51-year-old Florida man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren in his home before killing himself yesterday, authorities said .

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London’s young techs find anti-immigrant mood a drag

LONDON (Reuters) - When Efe Cakarel picked London as a new base for his video streaming company, he was counting on its location, capital markets and infrastructure, but also on the city’s reputation as a hub for talented people from Europe and beyond .

Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

CONAKRY, (Reuters) - Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday .

US House votes to arm Syrian rebels, but questions remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan yesterday 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 .

Chinese hacked US military contractors, Senate panel finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of US airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of US troops and military equipment, a US Senate panel has found .

US senators call for federal judge to resign over wife beating

US senators call for federal judge to resign over wife beating

(Reuters) - Three US senators yesterday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month .

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford  diagnosed with rare cancer

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer

(Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and aggressive type of cancerous tumour in his abdomen, his doctor said yesterday, and the controversial municipal leader will start chemotherapy treatment within days .

Texas executes woman convicted of starving 9-year-old

(Reuters) - A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a 9-year-old boy was executed yesterday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said .

Australia police launch massive ‘counter-terrorism’ raids

SYDNEY, (Reuters) - Hundreds of heavily armed Australian police raided homes in Sydney and Brisbane before dawn on Thursday, launching a large-scale "counter-terrorism operation" just days after the country raised its threat level to high for the first time .

US general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The most senior US military officer raised the possibility yesterday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq’s ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission .

Citing security threat, Obama expands US role fighting Ebola

ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama yesterday called West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the US role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region .

World hunger easing but 1 in 9 people undernourished – food agencies

ROME (Reuters) - The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past decade but 805 million, or one in nine of the global population, still do not have enough to eat, three UN food and agriculture agencies said yesterday .

Urine test for cervical cancer virus offers alternative to smear

LONDON (Reuters) - A simple urine test for the virus that causes cervical cancer could offer a less invasive and more acceptable alternative to the conventional cervical smear test, researchers said yesterday .

Obama to deploy 3,000 troops as Ebola crisis worsens

Obama to deploy 3,000 troops as Ebola crisis worsens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced today it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control .

As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said yesterday .

US strikes Islamic State target near Baghdad

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US military struck an Islamic State target southwest of Baghdad, US Central Command said yesterday, in an expansion of the Obama administration’s campaign against the militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and neighbouring Syria .

Guinea-Bissau president dismisses head of armed forces - state radio

Guinea-Bissau president dismisses head of armed forces – state radio

BISSAU (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz has dismissed the head of the country’s armed forces, according to a decree read on state radio yesterday .

US to Assad: Beware of interfering with US airpower in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Syrian military’s air defences would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to US airstrikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior US officials said yesterday .

Top NATO commander questions Russian intentions toward Moldova

Top NATO commander questions Russian intentions toward Moldova

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NATO’s top military commander said yesterday that Russia appeared to be following some of the same “hybrid warfare” script in dealing with the former Soviet republic of Moldova that it used before annexing Crimea and intervening in eastern Ukraine .

Ghosts of ethnic conflicts past haunt Fiji vote

Ghosts of ethnic conflicts past haunt Fiji vote

SYDNEY/SUVA (Reuters) - When voters in Fiji head to the polls tomorrow for the first time in eight years, they will be voting not only for a leader, but also testing the success of one of their military junta’s key justifications: ending a history of ethnic conflict .

UK lawmakers say government environmental record ranges from bad to worse

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers say the government is doing a worse job of reducing air pollution, preventing flooding and protecting wildlife than it was four years ago, according to a report published today .

U.S. sees Middle East help fighting Islamic State

WASHINGTON/LONDON, (Reuters) - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another .



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