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  • Poll: 2 of 3 Americans say IS threat is important 

    FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with more than 20 foreign defense ministers on the ongoing operations against the Islamic State group, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the threat posed by the Islamic State militants is a very important issue, and fewer than half approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling the danger posed by them, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Forty-six percent of the Americans surveyed say the U.S. military response in Iraq and Syria has not gone far enough and a majority think America’s partners need to up their game in the fight. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five percent of Americans now say the threat from the Islamic State group is very or even extremely important, and nearly half think the U.S. military response in Iraq and Syria has not gone far enough, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Most want to see America's partners step up their contribution to the fight,


  • Putin accuses US of undermining global stability 

    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The United States is destabilizing the global world order by trying to enforce its will, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Friday, warning that the world will face new wars if Washington fails to respect the interests of other countries. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin of Russia said Friday that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place because of U.S. attempts to enforce its will on other countries and that his nation will not comply.


  • Dramatic footage shows moment gunman stormed Canada parliament 

    This image from a close circuit video shown during an October 23, 2014 press conference at Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters in Ottawa shows supected shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau (circled) running towards the Canadian ParliamentCanadian police have released dramatic surveillance footage showing the moment a gunman suspected of planning to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic militants breached security at parliament after shooting dead a soldier. The footage emerged Thursday as officials said they had found no evidence of a wider plot following another deadly attack on Monday -- also by a young Canadian convert to Islam who had sought to leave for Syria. The prospect of more such strikes was at the forefront of many minds in Canada, as a society proud of its reputation for openness and tolerance grappled with a new menace. Canadian authorities were scrambling to probe the background of the young men, the first of whom ran his car over a soldier, killing him, and another who shot the soldier at a war memorial before storming parliament and being gunned down.


  • Marine murder case reveals US-Philippine sore spot 

    Riot police watch protesters placing a mock coffin during a rally outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The rally was held to coincide with the funeral of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude in Olongapo city in northwest Philippines. U.S. marine PFC Joseph Scott Pemberton is being tagged as a suspect and is now detained in a US facility inside the sprawling general headquarters of the Philippine armed forces. The coffin reads: "Down with U.S. Imperialism." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American forces are guarding Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton, yet a ring of Filipino troops surrounds them. The seemingly redundant security effort around the suspect in a Philippine murder case reflects Manila's uneasy ties with Washington, its former colonial master.


  • Jailed Bangladesh ex-Islamist leader dies 

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 file photo, former chief of Bangladesh's largest Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami, Ghulam Azam, waves from inside a car on his way to a court in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Azam, 91, died late Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 after life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University in the capital, Dhaka, said hospital spokesman Abdul Majid Bhuiyan. (AP Photo/Shawkat Khan)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, whose imprisonment on war crimes charges triggered violent protests last year, has died of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital.


  • Ericsson profit down 10 pct despite higher sales STOCKHOLM (AP) — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says its third-quarter earnings slumped 10 percent despite higher sales due to increased operating costs and negative effects from currency hedging.
  • Chief Palestinian negotiator issues statehood ultimatum By Luke Baker RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestinians' chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years, even if it means ignoring pleas from the United States not to push ahead. Expressing deep frustration and a degree of resignation that years of efforts to forge a two-state solution with the Israelis have made next to no progress, Saeb Erekat said there was no option other than to make a unilateral push for statehood. ...
  • Saudi Arabia's Shi'ites fear they are at mercy of region's tumult By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - The Shi’ite Muslim minority in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have long felt marginalized by the Sunni ruling dynasty, and protests for greater rights as part of the 2011 Arab Spring brought a crackdown on both protesters and demands for reform. But now, death sentences for three Shi'ite Muslims including a prominent dissident cleric suggest that the region’s wider turmoil is further hardening attitudes toward the sect at home. ...
  • EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal 

    European Union leaders came under pressure to strike a deal aimed at bolstering Brussels as a trailblazer in fighting global climate change as negotiations went down to the wireEuropean Union leaders agreed Friday what they hailed as the world's most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year. The 28 leaders overcame deep divisions at a summit in Brussels to reach a deal including a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent compared to 1990 levels. They also agreed on 27 percent targets for renewable energy supply and efficiency gains, in spite of reservations from some member states about the cost of the measures. World's most ambitious, cost-effective, fair EU 2030 climate energy policy agreed," EU president Herman Van Rompuy tweeted.


  • Canada faces jihadist threat after home-grown attacks 

    Canadian security forces guard the parliament on October 23, 2014, in OttawaTwo young Canadian men who launched deadly attacks in their own homeland were extremists tempted by war in Syria but police have found no evidence of a wider plot, officials said Thursday. "These are difficult threats to detect," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said. In the House of Commons, members applauded Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who on Wednesday fired the shot that halted the attacker, identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. "The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country and to interrupt the business of government," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the chamber as business resumed.


  • Canada attackers were recent converts to Islam 

    People pay their respects at National War Memorial on October 23, 2014, in Ottawa, the day after multiple shootings in the capital cityThe two men accused of carrying out separate deadly attacks in Canada this week had recently converted to Islam and wanted to join the extremist fight, officials and local media said Thursday. Both men were killed during the violence, which officials called "terrorist attacks," the first such incidents tied to Islamic extremism ever to take place in Canada. On Monday, 25-year-old Martin Couture-Rouleau, from Quebec, used his car as a weapon when he mowed down two soldiers near Montreal, killing one of them, before being shot dead by police as he emerged from his wrecked vehicle holding a knife. Then on Wednesday, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, shot and killed a soldier who was on ceremonial guard at a war memorial in downtown Ottawa before storming into the nearby parliament building, where he was shot dead.


  • France sends police reinforcements to Calais after migrant clashes 

    Policemen search a truck bound for Britain at the ferry terminal of the port of Calais on October 23, 2014Calais (France) (AFP) - France's interior minister said Thursday he had dispatched 100 extra police to the northern port of Calais where an influx of illegal migrants trying to get to Britain is causing more and more havoc.


  • US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales 

    In this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone. Cohen said Thursday that the militant group also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Thursday.


  • Turkey's U.S. relations show strain as Washington's patience wears thin 

    Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the Turkish Parliament during a debate marking the reconvene of the parliament in AnkaraBy Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to air-drop weapons to Kurdish forces in Syria on the same day Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed them as terrorists is the latest false note in the increasingly discordant mood music coming out of Washington and Ankara. No matter how much officials on both sides publicly insist there is harmony, differences in strategy over the fight against Islamic State and the fate of the beleaguered Syrian border town of Kobani are straining relations between the Washington and its key regional ally, leaving Turkey increasingly isolated. ...


  • Rights group: Migrant workers abused in UAE homes MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Many Asian and African women working as domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates have reported being overworked, beaten or sexually abused by their employers but are often trapped in slave-like conditions because they're excluded from the country's labor law protections, a rights group said Thursday.
  • Canada 'will not be intimidated' by parliament attack 

    Armed police patrol in Ottawa on October 22, 2014 following a terror attack on Canada's parliamentCanada's prime minister vowed the country would "not be intimidated" after a reported Muslim convert killed a soldier and stormed parliament, the nation's second 'terrorist' attack in days. The gunman, whose name was on a terror watch list, attempted to force his way into Canada's parliament Wednesday before the assembly's sergeant-at-arms shot him dead. The attack -- the second this week targeting Canadian military personnel -- came as Canadian jets were to join the US-led bombing campaign against Islamist militants in Iraq. "Canada will never be intimidated," premier Stephen Harper told the nation in a televised address after the shootings on Wednesday.


  • East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State 

    Turkish Kurds watch the smoke rises from Syrian town of Kobani near the Mursitpinar border crossing, on the Turkish-Syrian borderBy Humeyra Pamuk AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) - Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory. Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells. ...


  • Dubai cuts profile as Mideast plastic surgery hub 

    In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Italian plastic surgeon Roberto Viel gives Italian Irina Tzoneva, a 41-year-old restaurant manager, a treatment at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years.


  • US girls make possible bid to join militants DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver being investigated for possibly trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria aren't radicalized jihadis but rather victims of an online predator, a school official said Wednesday.
  • Saudi Arabia jails al Qaeda suspects over plot to hit U.S. forces DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi court has sentenced 17 people, four of them women, to prison terms of up to 30 years in two separate cases, one of which involving an al Qaeda plot to attack U.S. soldiers in Qatar and Kuwait, the state news agency SPA said. In a third case, two Saudi citizens were sentenced to death on Monday after they were convicted of attacking a police station with Molotov cocktails in Awamiya in the Eastern province, where many of the country's Shi'ite Muslim minority live, defense lawyers and Saudi media said. ...
  • British American Tobacco sales slump 

    British American Tobacco -- the maker of Dunhill cigarettes -- said that sales sank in the first nine months of the year and blamed adverse currency moves and Western Europe's slow recoveryLondon (AFP) - British American Tobacco said Wednesday that sales sank in the first nine months of the year and blamed adverse currency moves and Western Europe's slow recovery.


  • Factbox: Who's who on the new EU executive (Reuters) - The European Parliament votes on Wednesday in Strasbourg on whether to confirm in office the new European Commission, the EU executive to be led by Jean-Claude Juncker. Each of the 28 member states nominates a commissioner. All have passed individual confirmation hearings in the legislature. The line-up proposed by Juncker is as follows: PRESIDENT JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER Luxembourg, center-right, 59. Prime minister for 19 years. Confirmed in office by parliament after nomination by national leaders in July over strong British objections. ...
  • Sweden raises estimate of foreign fighters STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's security service says up to 150 people have left the country to join IS militants in the Middle East.
  • Japan's exports up in September, deficit persists 

    FILE - In this Tuesday, July 8, 2014 file photo, port workers adjust the rope from a freight vessel which is moored at the pier of a container terminal in Tokyo. Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit edged higher in September though exports rose more than expected as the yen weakened to a near six-year low, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.


  • FBI: US girls may have tried to join jihadis DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Canada police talked to militant suspect, couldn't stop attack 

    Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, a member of the Joint Personnel Support Unit, Integrated Personnel Support Centre St-Jean, is pictured in this undated handout photoBy Allison Lampert SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU Quebec (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Tuesday they had arrested a suspected militant as he was leaving the country, took away his passport and talked to him several times but had no chance of preventing him from killing a soldier. Martin Rouleau, a 25-year-old who converted to Islam last year, rammed his car into two soldiers in the Quebec town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Monday and was shot dead by police. A 53-year-old adjutant died in the attack. ...


  • Israelis question care of Hamas leader's daughter 

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Palestinian top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gives a speech during a rally in Gaza City. Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care. But following a bloody 50-day war over the summer, a decision to allow the young daughter of a top Hamas official to receive care at an Israeli hospital is proving to be too much for some Israelis. The treatment of Ismail Haniyeh’s daughter in October, 2014 has sparked a debate over whether Israel’s stated commitment to providing humanitarian aid should be extended to its bitterest enemies. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care.


  • UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions 

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives a statement during his visit at Kibbutz Nirim near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on October 14, 2014United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday to move away from unilateral actions stoking tensions and make the "tough compromises" needed to end their decades-old conflict.


  • Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N. By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. "Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution," Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. ...
  • U.N. chief says moving ahead with Gaza war inquiry 

    A Palestinian man looks out of his heavily damaged house at neighbouring houses which witnesses said were destroyed during the Israeli offensive, in the east of GazaUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday he was setting up an investigation into attacks on United Nations facilities during Israel's recent war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and the use of U.N. sites to store weapons. The world body has said that tens of thousands of dwellings were damaged or destroyed in 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, and 108,000 people were left homeless in a long impoverished, isolated territory. In one incident, more than a dozen people were killed at a U.N. school during an Israeli shelling. ...


  • Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics. Iran and the United States have been arch-foes for decades but now share a strategic interest in reversing the territorial gains of IS that threaten to remake the Middle East map. ...
  • Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash 

    FILE - This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, file photo shows French energy giant Total CEO, Christophe de Margerie, posing prior to a press conference held in Paris, France. The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said. Total "confirms with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated Tuesday and posted on its website. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk.


  • Jordan's King Abdullah says world faces fight against extremism 

    Jordan's King Abdullah II speaks during the UN General Assembly at the United Nations in New York, on September 24, 2014Amman (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah said Tuesday the world was engaged in a battle against extremism as his country takes part in US-led air strikes on Islamic State jihadists in Syria.


  • British Reaper drones to gather intelligence over Syria 

    An unmanned US MQ-9 Reaper aerial vehicle pictured over Kandahar city in Afghanistan in September 27, 2013London (AFP) - British drones deployed to counter Islamic State jihadists in Iraq will also be used for surveillance over Syria, the government in London said Tuesday.


  • Britain sends drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria 

    Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon arrives for a Cobra meeting at the Cabinet Office in LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Tuesday it was authorizing spy planes and armed drones to fly surveillance missions over Syria "very shortly" in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants. Britain announced the deployment after Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border. ...


  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders By Gulsen Solaker and Tom Perry ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was facilitating the passage of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces, themselves fighting Islamic State in Iraq. He stopped short of saying whether Ankara backed the U.S. air-drop of weapons. ...
  • Swiss photographer Rene Burri dies at 81 

    FILE - In this June 24, 2004 file picture Swiss photographer Rene Burri poses in front of his most famous photo of Che Guevara, taken in Havana, Cuba, in 1961, pictured in the museum Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer who captured iconic black and white images of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81. Magnum Photos, the agency he joined in 1955 when he was just 23, confirmed Burri died Monday Oct. 20, 2014 , but didn’t immediately provide further details. (AP Photo/Keystone,Sandro CampardoFile)GENEVA (AP) — Rene Burri, a Swiss photographer best known for his iconic black and white portraits of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and painter Pablo Picasso, has died. He was 81.


  • Kerry urges stepped-up Asian effort against Islamic State 

    Indonesia's President Joko Widodo welcomes John Kerry to JakartaBy David Brunnstrom JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Asia-Pacific leaders on Monday to do more to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Islamic State in the Middle East and choke off finance to the militants. In Jakarta for the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Kerry also met the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore, the Sultan of Brunei, Australia's prime minister and the foreign minister of the Philippines. ...


  • Planet marks hottest September since 1880: US 

    Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government saidWashington (AFP) - Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said on Monday.


  • Iran acts to comply with interim nuclear deal with powers: IAEA By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran is taking further action to comply with an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly U.N. atomic agency report showed, a finding the West may see as positive ahead of a November deadline for clinching a long-term deal. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by Reuters, made clear that Iran is meeting its commitments under the temporary deal, as it and major powers seek to negotiate a final settlement of a decade-old nuclear dispute. ...

 

 

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