Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses a news conference in Melbourne on Friday in this still image taken from handout video.

US says Middle East countries will help fight Islamic State, but Britain cautious after latest beheading

By Will Dunham and Andrew Osborn, Reuters on Sept. 14, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join airstrikes 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. Secretary of State John Kerry has been touring …

Liberia’s president fires 10 officials who did not return to fight Ebola

By James Harding Giahyue, Reuters on Sept. 14, 2014, at 6:58 a.m.
MONROVIA — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sacked 10 senior officials because they failed to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the government’s fight against an Ebola epidemic that has killed at least 1,100 Liberians. The officials, who include six assistant ministers, two deputy ministers …
A video released Sept. 2 purportedly shows threats being made to a man the Islamic State identified as David Haines. The Islamic State released a video Saturday that they claim shows Haines being decapitated.

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

By Reuters on Sept. 13, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James …

Poll shows rising Scottish support for staying in United Kingdom

By Reuters on Sept. 13, 2014, at 11:22 a.m.
EDINBURGH — Scottish support for independence has declined, a poll for Survation showed Saturday, widening the lead for the pro-union campaign just five days before Scotland votes on whether to separate from the rest of the United Kingdom. A Survation poll on behalf of the pro-union Better Together campaign found …

Al-Shabab terror cell discovered in Uganda, ‘imminent attack’ planned

By Reuters on Sept. 13, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
KAMPALA — Ugandan authorities have uncovered a “terrorist cell” run by the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab, which they believe was planning for an imminent attack, the U.S. Embassy in Uganda said Saturday. “At this point we are not aware of specific targets, and the Ugandan authorities have increased security …

Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

By Jason Szep, Reuters on Sept. 12, 2014, at 10:38 p.m.
ANKARA — Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday played down chances of an imminent broad coalition against Islamic State militants, illustrating the difficulty Washington faces winning commitment for a military campaign in the heart of the Middle East. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure support for U.S.-led …

Obama says need to ‘snuff out’ militant groups like Islamic State

By Steve Holland, Reuters on Sept. 12, 2014, at 10:28 p.m.
BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama said on Friday the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to “ultimately snuff out” the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It is a “sobering time,” said Obama at a Democratic fund-raising event in Baltimore …

Mexico’s president slams Texas governor over border crackdown

By Reuters on Sept. 12, 2014, at 10:27 p.m.
MEXICO CITY — Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border is “reprehensible” and puts neighborly relations at risk, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview published on Friday. Perry, considered a possible contender for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination, in July …

Former US Afghanistan commander to lead effort against Islamic State

By Reuters on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has chosen retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, who served as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to coordinate international efforts to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a U.S. official said on Friday. Allen has long experience working with leaders in the …

Toronto mayor Rob Ford withdraws from race, brother steps in

By Andrea Hopkins, Reuters on Sept. 12, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained global notoriety for admitting he smoked crack cocaine, dropped his re-election bid on Friday, citing a health crisis, but his older brother took his place in the race to run Canada’s largest city. In drama worthy of Shakespeare, the family switch was …
Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley smiles as he talks to media in Downing Street in this March 22, 2007 file photograph. The former leader of Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, Ian paisley has died, it was reported on Friday.

Northern Ireland leader Ian Paisley dies at age 88

By T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post on Sept. 12, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
Ian Paisley, a Protestant minister and political agitator in Northern Ireland whose incendiary rhetoric stoked anti-Catholic violence for decades and who made a stunning late-career reversal that thrust him to a power sharing leadership role, died Sept. 12 in Belfast. He was 88. The death was announced by his wife. …
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) delivers her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria September 12, 2014. Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and will now battle to avoid going to prison.

Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

By Stella Mapenzauswa and Tiisetso Motsoeneng, Reuters on Sept. 12, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
PRETORIA — Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, escaping the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and will now battle to avoid going to prison. The 27-year-old double amputee, who became one of the biggest names in …
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves the Life-giving Trinity church in Moscow, Sept. 10, 2014. Putin accused NATO on Wednesday of using the Ukraine crisis to "resuscitate itself". He also signed a decree taking direct charge of a commission that oversees Russia's defence industry as Moscow tries to reduce reliance on Western equipment.

Despite truce talks, Russia faces new US, EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis

By Adrian Croft and Arshad Mohammed, Reuters on Sept. 11, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.
BRUSSELS — European Union governments agreed on Thursday to begin their new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday but could lift them next month if Moscow abides by a fragile truce, while the United States prepared fresh sanctions. The steps are the latest by the United States …
Olympic and Paralympic track athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock ahead of court proceedings at the Pretoria magistrates court.

Pistorius cleared of murder, manslaughter verdict to come

By Stella Mapenzauswa and Peroshni Govender, Reuters on Sept. 11, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was cleared Thursday of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the Olympic and Paralympic track star faces a troubled night after the South African judge adjourned for the day before ruling on a charge of culpable homicide. The double-amputee, once one of the biggest names …
President Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State on Sept. 10, 2014.

Lawmakers support Obama’s expanded plan to fight Islamic State

By Patricia Zengerle and Amanda Becker, Reuters on Sept. 11, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Republican leader of the House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama’s expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough. Obama sent a panel of top administration officials to make the case to Congress …

UN climate agency: Carbon dioxide levels growing at alarming rate

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 10, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
Carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere reached a record high last year and grew at the fastest rate in 30 years, the United Nations’ climate agency reported Tuesday. The World Meteorological Organization’s latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin “injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and …

Three Italian nuns murdered in central African republic

By Patrick Nduwimana, Reuters on Sept. 08, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
BUJUMBURA — Three Italian nuns were found killed, two of them raped and decapitated, over the weekend in the north of Burundi’s capital, officials and a priest in the African state said on Monday. Police said three suspects had been detained for questioning. A motive was not immediately clear. Father …

British markets spooked by poll showing Scots may vote to break up UK

By Guy Faulconbridge and Angus MacSwan, Reuters on Sept. 08, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
LONDON — British financial markets tumbled on Monday after an opinion poll showed for the first time this year that Scots may vote for independence next week in a referendum that could herald the break up of the United Kingdom. The survey prompted concern bordering on panic among Britain’s ruling …
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, appear with their baby son George, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London in this July 23, 2013 file photograph. Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their second baby, Buckingham Palace said on September 8, 2014.

Britain’s Prince William and wife Kate expecting second baby

By Reuters on Sept. 08, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
LONDON — Britain’s Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, and his wife Kate are expecting their second baby and the mother-to-be is once again suffering from very acute morning sickness, his office said on Monday. The baby will be fourth-in-line to the British throne, following elder brother George, the couple’s …

Trial Ebola vaccine protects monkeys for 10 months

By Sharon Begley, Reuters on Sept. 07, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
NEW YORK — An experimental Ebola vaccine similar to one being developed by GlaxoSmithKline is effective for at least five weeks in lab monkeys but requires boosting with an additional vaccine to extend its protection to 10 months, according to a study published Sunday. The findings offer an early hint …
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