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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 .

Scots independence battle reaches fever pitch on streets and screens

Scots independence battle reaches fever pitch on streets and screens

GLASGOW, Scotland, (Reuters) - Thousands of independence supporters took to the streets of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, yesterday as polls showed the rival camps running desperately close just five days before a referendum which could bring the break-up of the United Kingdom .

Many deaths as boat with African emigrants sinks off Libyan coast – Libya navy

BENGHAZI, Libya, (Reuters) - A boat packed with up to 250 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank yesterday off the Libyan coast and most are feared dead, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said .

With appearance in Iowa, Clinton takes a big step toward 2016

INDIANOLA, Iowa, (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stoked speculation yesterday that she was moving closer to announcing a bid for the White House in 2016 as she visited the early-voting state of Iowa to take part in the state’s annual “steak fry,” a gathering of Democratic activists that often attracts presidential hopefuls .

Islamic State video purports to show beheading of UK hostage David Haines

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video yesterday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines .

Liberian president appeals to Obama for US help to beat Ebola

Liberian president appeals to Obama for US help to beat Ebola

DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed to US President Barack Obama for urgent aid in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, saying that without it her country would lose the fight against the disease .

Anger mounts in Indian Kashmir after worst flood in over century

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Residents of Indian Kashmir turned their wrath on state administrators, accusing them of failing to provide them with help after the worst flooding in over a century, and angrily dumped food parcels into gutters .

Ukraine PM slams Putin, ceasefire again under strain in east Ukraine

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Fighting flared near an airport in eastern Ukraine yesterday in breach of a fragile eight-day ceasefire as the prime minister accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of planning to destroy his country .

Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after new Scotland polls

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The fate of the United Kingdom remained unclear five days before a historic referendum on Scottish independence as three new polls yesterday showed a slight lead for supporters of the union, but one saying the separatist campaign was pulling ahead .

Putin trying to destroy Ukraine, says its PM

KIEV, (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister said today Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed to destroy Ukraine as an independent country and said only NATO could defend the ex-Soviet republic from external aggression .

As Ebola grows out of control, WHO pleads for more health workers

As Ebola grows out of control, WHO pleads for more health workers

LONDON/GENEVA, (Reuters) - The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than authorities can manage them, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday, renewing a call for health workers from around the world to go to the region to help .

Tsunami of sovereign funds threatens world markets, say investors

LONDON, (Reuters) - With returns on government bonds at rock-bottom prices, sovereign wealth funds are muscling into stock markets and other higher-yielding assets like real estate at a rate that private investors warn could destabilise the world economy .

Kerry opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition

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U.S. uses state secrets law to intervene in Iran-related lawsuit

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U.S. wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign

U.S. wins Arab support for Syria/Iraq military campaign

JEDDAH, (Reuters) - The United States signed up Arab allies yesterday to a “coordinated military campaign” against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama’s plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier .

Ebola highlights slow progress in war on tropical diseases

LONDON, (Reuters) - Some of the world’s most gruesome diseases are finally getting a bit of attention .

China’s Xi repeats calls for political solution for Ukraine

BEIJING, (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping has repeated a call for the crisis in Ukraine to be resolved politically via an inclusive dialogue, during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, China’s Foreign Ministry said .

Scientists “reset” stem cells to study start of human development

LONDON, (Reuters) - British and Japanese scientists have managed to “reset” human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines .

Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The Republi-can leader of the U .

Obama orders U.S. airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Americans yesterday he had authorized U .

Bond villain actor Richard Kiel dies at age 74 -hospital

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Actor Richard Kiel, best known for playing metal-mouthed James Bond villain Jaws, died yesterday at a hospital in Fresno, California .

Los Angeles Fashion District raided in drug money-laundering probe

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Police and federal agents yesterday raided dozens of Los Angeles Fashion District businesses suspected of operating as part of a major money-laundering hub for narcotics traffickers in Mexico, law enforcement officials said .

Venezuela in dilemma over hiking world’s cheapest fuel

CARACAS, (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro is mulling a politically risky move to raise highly subsidized gasoline prices in Venezuela for the first time in 17 years, but may be put off for now by fears of a social backlash .

British PM begs Scots not to break up “family of nations”

EDINBURGH, (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday begged Scots not to rip apart the United Kingdom’s “family of nations”, flying to Scotland to man the barricades against a surge in support for independence eight days before a referendum .

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