US, allies launch first strikes against Islamic State in Syria

By Reuters on Sept. 22, 2014, at 9:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The United States and partner nations are carrying out the first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the Pentagon said Monday, in ongoing operations that mark the opening of a new, far more complicated front in battle against the militants. “I can confirm that U.S. military …
Some of hundreds of thousands take part in the "People's Climate March" through Midtown, New York, Sept. 21, 2014.

Climate change protesters march on Wall Street, block street near NYSE

By Sebastien Malo, Reuters on Sept. 22, 2014, at 7:15 p.m.
NEW YORK — Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City’s financial district Monday and blocked streets near the stock exchange to denounce Wall Street’s role in raising money for businesses that contribute to climate change. Protesters stopped traffic on Broadway south of the New York Stock Exchange. Three people …

Group linked to Islamic State claims it kidnapped French national

By John Irish and Lamine Chikhi, Reuters on Sept. 22, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
PARIS — A French national was kidnapped in eastern Algeria on Sunday, France’s foreign ministry said, and his kidnappers issued a video threatening to kill him if Paris did not halt its intervention in Iraq. The Caliphate Soldiers, a group linked to Islamic State militants, published a video on the …

Islamic State urges attacks on US, French citizens

By Yara Bayoumy, Reuters on Sept. 22, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
BAGHDAD — Islamic State urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries that have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group. Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western “crusaders” in a statement carried …

Report: Missing Afghan soldiers found trying to cross US-Canada border

By Reuters on Sept. 22, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
BOSTON — Three Afghan National Army soldiers who did not return to a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts were found trying to cross the Canadian border, a Massachusetts State Police official said on Monday. The men presented themselves at a border crossing near Niagara Falls, New …
An empty street is seen at the start of a three-day national lockdown in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Friday. Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures.

Sierra Leone’s Ebola lockdown likely to be extended

By Umaru Fofana, Reuters on Sept. 21, 2014, at 8:04 p.m.
FREETOWN — A three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone aimed at stemming the worst Ebola epidemic on record has identified dozens of new infections, but has not reached everyone in the country and is likely to be extended, a senior official said on Sunday. In one of the most extreme strategies …

Netflix tells Canada regulator it shouldn’t subsidize ‘old media’

By Alastair Sharp, Reuters on Sept. 21, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
TORONTO — Online video streaming service Netflix Inc. told Canada’s broadcast regulator on Friday that it opposes paying to support “old media” and its own commercial interests and market dynamics were enough to ensure it distributed Canadian content. The submissions from Netflix came on the last day of a two-week …
A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian Kurds wait behind the border fence near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Islamic State closes in on Syrian town; 100,000 refugees flood into Turkey

By Daren Butler and Sylvia Westall, Reuters on Sept. 21, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
SURUC, Turkey — Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighboring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. Residents fleeing the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, …

Lewiston woman discovers ex-husband joined Islamic State, confused by his actions

By Kathryn Skelton on Sept. 21, 2014, at 12:37 p.m.
“Amaani” describes it as feeling like she can’t swallow, as sudden and terrifying as a tornado, like a psychological bruise. And so unexpected. Growing up, Abdifatah Ahmed had been the brother of her childhood best friend. He was kind, fun. They married in 2010. He eventually moved into her Bartlett …

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

By Daren Butler, Reuters on Sept. 21, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.
SURUC, Turkey — About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing …

US-China rifts put aside for climate work

By David J. Lynch, Bloomberg on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. — frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters — to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs. In research laboratories on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, more than 1,100 Chinese and American scientists are …
Supporters from the "No" Campaign react to a declaration in their favour, at the Better Together Campaign headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014. Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global consequences.

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, nationalist leader resigns

By Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters on Sept. 19, 2014, at 5:56 a.m.
EDINBURGH — Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum on Thursday, saving a union dating back over 300 years but ushering in a period of intense bargaining over Prime Minister David Cameron’s pre-vote pledges to give Scots more say over their own affairs. A vote for the union is a …

Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

By Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 9:39 p.m.
CONAKRY — 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. “The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. …
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King, Collins vote to approve arming Syrian rebels, funding government

By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder, Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama’s plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to “degrade and destroy” the radical group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for …

US Senate approves bill to arm moderate Syrian rebels

By Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 7:54 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday easily approved controversial legislation requested by President Barack Obama to allow the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels in their fight against Islamic State militants. Senate passage, by a vote of 73-22, came a day after approval by the House of Representatives. …

France rules out military action in Syria, prepares Iraq strikes

By Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
PARIS — France will not carry out military action against Islamic State militants in Syria, but will soon begin air strikes to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday. “I have decided to respond positively to the Iraqi authorities to provide air support,” Hollande …

Wildlife officers shoot cougar at Calgary hospital

By Nia Williams, Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
CALGARY, Alberta — Wildlife officers shot and killed a cougar on the grounds of a hospital in the city of Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday, a spokesman for Fish and Wildlife enforcement said. Police initially received reports of two cougars near the South Health Campus hospital in south-east Calgary at around …

Royal and Ancient votes to accept women

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
While Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday to decide their independence from Great Britain, another historic vote was taking place. After 260 years, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club overwhelmingly voted Thursday to allow women for the first time. The vote takes place immediately and a “significant” number of …
Piper Anton Doherty plays to passers-by in front of the Houses of Parliament on Westminster Bridge in London Sept. 18, 2014. Polling in the referendum on Scottish independence began on Thursday morning, as Scotland votes whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Scots vote in record numbers, await independence verdict

By Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan, Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
EDINBURGH — Scots agonized over the fate of their country Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom. Scotland’s verdict on the union should be clear Friday, but a YouGov poll of 1,828 voters the organization had previously polled indicated 54 …
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said.

Despite misgivings, US House vote to arm Syrian rebels achieves bi-partisan support

By Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 9:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday 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. The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the …
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