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U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:17

By Oliver Holmes, Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Jason Szep and Ned Parker BAGHDAD/AMMAN (Reuters) - Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago. "There is a lot of traffic right now,” James Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010-2012 and maintains close ties to the government in Baghdad. "There were meetings in Arbil. ...

Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 00:16

Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine is set to ratify a disputed EU agreement and offer limited self-rule to parts of the separatist east as it moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.

Suicide car bomb targets foreign convoy in central Kabul

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:57

Kabul (AFP) - A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a convoy carrying foreign troops in Kabul on Tuesday, triggering a massive blast that shook the city, causing an unknown number of casualties.

Japan PM's liberal newspaper critic is humbled by errors

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:42

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - It was a rare role reversal for Japan's influential Asahi newspaper, which is known for exposing wrongdoing in high places, when its president stood before cameras to bow, apologise and pledge to restore his organisation's credibility. Tadakazu Kimura told more than 100 reporters packed into a second-floor room at Asahi headquarters that the newspaper was withdrawing a controversial article on the Fukushima nuclear crisis that it now said was erroneous. ...

Obama to announce major Ebola effort

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:34

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will on Tuesday seek to "turn the tide" in the Ebola epidemic by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa and launching a major health care training and hygiene program.

Alibaba to raise up to $25 bn with revised IPO price

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:31

New York (AFP) - Chinese online giant Alibaba boosted the price range for what was already expected to be the biggest stock offering on record, to as much as $25.03 billion.

Reinstated Peterson says 'I'm not a child abuser'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:26

Minneapolis (AFP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, reinstated on Monday by the NFL team, declared he was not a child abuser despite charges of injuring his four-year-old son with blows from a switch.

George Clooney to get prize for humanitarian work

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:45

Los Angeles (AFP) - Hollywood megastar George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for his work on screen and off, the organization said.

Liverpool return sets Champions League battle underway

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:10

Paris (AFP) - Liverpool's return to European action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid's shaky start to the season dominate the start of the new battle for the Champions League title on Tuesday.

White House backs use of body cameras by police

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri.

House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:30

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group.

First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:27

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:23

PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

Northern California wildfire burns 100 homes

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A wind-driven wildfire near the Oregon border has damaged or destroyed 100 homes and forced at least 1,500 people to flee.

Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:08

By Jason Szep and Mehrdad Balali PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria. World powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight Islamic State fighters in Iraq. France sent jets on a reconnaissance mission to Iraq, a step toward becoming the first ally to join the U.S.-led air campaign there. ...

US bombs IS near Baghdad for first time

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:03

Paris (AFP) - US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:01

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

Burger King wants Hawaii needle lawsuit dismissed

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:59
HONOLULU (AP) — Burger King wants to dismiss a lawsuit alleging there were needles in a sandwich after the former soldier who made the claim didn't attend a settlement conference.

$13K restitution ordered in Banksy defacement case

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:28

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — A California man pleaded guilty Monday to defacing two Park City murals believed to have been done by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy.

Mets' deGrom ties MLB record with 8 Ks at start

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:26

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has tied a major league record by striking out his first eight batters.