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Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama leaves the the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, for a labor day trip to Milwaukee, WI. Obama's speech scheduled today will promote the economy in a state that was the epicenter of a fight over the collective bargaining rights of public employees. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.


Paris suburb building blast death toll reaches 8

French firemen carry a victim in the rubble of a building after an explosion collapsed it, in Rosny-sous-Bois, outside Paris, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. French authorities say a four-story building in a northeastern Paris suburb has collapsed after an explosion, killing a child. More people are thought to underneath the rubble. Speaking on i-Tele, fire department spokesman Gabriel Plus said around 10 people were evacuated from the building in Rosny-sous-bois that occurred early Sunday morning. Plus said that around another 10 people could still be underneath the rubble, and emergency teams were working hard to rescue people who might be trapped. "We could still find living victims in the hours to come," he said. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has arrived at the scene, but couldn't confirm a theory that the explosion was caused by a gas leak. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) PARIS (AP) — The death toll in the partial collapse of a four-story apartment building in a Paris suburb has risen to eight after emergency crews pulled the bodies of a man and a woman from the rubble.


Powerful interests want to take down Crist

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist greets supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in Miami in this file photo By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. ...


Kiev: Ukraine soldiers in battle with Russian tanks in Lugansk

Pro-Russian fighters stand by a T-64 tank in Starobesheve, southeast of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, on August 31, 2014 Ukraine's defence minister warned on Monday that a "great war" had broken out with Russia over his country's future that could claim tens of thousands of lives. "A great war has arrived at our doorstep -- the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II. Unfortunately, the losses in such a war will be measured not in the hundreds but thousands and tens of thousands," Valeriy Geletey wrote in a Facebook post. Russia on Monday again denied either sending or planning to send troops into eastern Ukraine to help separatist rebels pursue their recent counteroffensive against the pro-Western government's forces. Geletey wrote on Monday that "hundreds of Russian soldiers and officers have permanently entered Ukraine's (eastern) 'black earth' region."


Officials: Iraqi forces break jihadist siege of Amerli

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters celebrate sitting on the back of a truck as they head to the Mosul dam on the Tigris river that they recaptured from Islamic State jihadists on August 17, 2014 near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege of a Shiite town. The military gains came as a senior UN rights official said the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has carried out "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale" in Iraq, while caretaker premier Nuri al-Maliki vowed the country would prove the group's "graveyard". The breakthrough to the town of Amerli on Sunday was the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS-led militants overran much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June. The United States carried out limited air strikes in the area during the operation, the first time it has expanded its more than three-week air campaign against IS beyond the far north of Iraq.


Horrors committed by Islamists in Iraq

Kurdish peshmerga forces celebrate as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city UN officials say ISIS has carried out atrocities on "an unimaginable scale."


Obama's careful election strategy

FILE - This June 17, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama speaking at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) fundraiser gala in Gotham Hall, in New York. His name won't be on the ballot, but Obama will shape the midterm elections like no other. For Republicans, he is a punch line who fires up conservatives and reaches dissatisfied independents. And some Democrats won't even mention his name. It's left Obama able to do little more than raise money ahead of an election that will define how he spends his final two years in office. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) The president has a tricky path to walk if he wants his party to keep the Senate.


Ukraine accuses Russia of "open aggression"

Pro-Russian separatists stand in front of destroyed trains at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt 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. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.


Protesters briefly storm Pakistan state TV station

Pakistani protesters beat the portrait of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with shoes at the main entry gate of the state television building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Anti-government protesters and Pakistani police have clashed once again as the demonstrators pushed into a sprawling government complex in the country's capital in an effort to try to reach the prime minister's official residence. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) Antigovernment protesters briefly force the state TV channel off the air as they clashed with police.


China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

File photo shows students studying in a building at a university in Beijing, on May 30, 2013 A wider suppression on free expression in China intensifies.



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NATO to create new 'spearhead' force to respond to crises - Reuters


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NATO to create new 'spearhead' force to respond to crises
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David Cameron outlines new anti-terror measures to MPs - BBC News


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David Cameron outlines new anti-terror measures to MPs
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New powers are needed to seize terrorist suspects' passports and stop British-born extremists from returning to the UK, David Cameron has said. It was "abhorrent" British citizens had "declared their allegiance" to groups like Islamic State, he told MPs.
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Republican says 'hundreds' of Americans have joined Islamic State. True? - Christian Science Monitor


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Republican says 'hundreds' of Americans have joined Islamic State. True?
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The number of Americans who have joined the Islamic State is unclear. The figure cited Sunday by Rep. Mike Rogers might be high, some groups say, but there are 'legitimate concerns about this issue.' ...
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