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08/27/2014 -  Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion - 10:43 PM

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.







08/27/2014 -  Corrupt Chinese hiding in Western nations elude Beijing's 'fox hunt' - 09:40 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - When Yang Xiuzhu got wind in 2003 that Chinese anti-corruption investigators were looking into her affairs, she boarded a flight to Singapore. A few days later Yang changed her name and flew to New York.







08/27/2014 -  Gaza truce holding but Israel's Netanyahu under fire at home - 09:14 PM

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.







08/27/2014 -  China's top judge says foreigners to be allowed into Chinese courts - 09:05 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top judge has said that foreigners will be regularly allowed into courts to listen to cases, state media reported on Thursday, as the government embarks on legal reform at a time of public discontent over many perceived miscarriages of justice.


08/27/2014 -  Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel captured by rebels - 08:19 PM

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said on Thursday.







08/27/2014 -  Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media - 07:30 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.


08/27/2014 -  Islamic State commits war crimes, Syrian government using poison gas: U.N. - 07:11 PM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations accused Islamic State insurgents on Wednesday of committing war crimes including amputations and public executions, sometimes in the presence of children, and said it believed Damascus had used chlorine gas in combating its enemies.







08/27/2014 -  China urges Japan to break from aggressive past after Abe honors war criminals - 07:09 PM

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China called on Japan to break from its aggressive past and win the trust of its Asian neighbors on Thursday, a day after news Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had honored Japanese World War Two war criminals as "martyrs".


08/27/2014 -  U.S. seeks coalition against Islamic State, but military partners no sure bet - 06:44 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is intensifying its push to build an international campaign against Islamic State jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria, including recruiting partners for potential joint military action, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday.


08/27/2014 -  U.S. moves prisoners from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Yemen - 04:18 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has moved 11 new prisoners out of a military prison near the Afghan capital, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, as the Obama administration seeks to shut down a controversial detainee program in Afghanistan ahead of its troop withdrawal.







08/27/2014 -  Syria chemical arms team to disband September 30, probe to go on: U.N. - 04:11 PM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A joint mission of the United Nations and the global anti-chemical arms watchdog that has overseen the destruction of Syria's toxic gas stocks will shut down on Sept. 30 though a successor unit will continue investigating, the U.N. chief said.


08/27/2014 -  Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion - 04:05 PM

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday's talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis.







08/27/2014 -  U.S., Blackwater defense clash on jury summary of shooting - 03:30 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. prosecutor and a lawyer for a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard on Wednesday presented a jury with starkly different summaries of a 2007 shooting at a Baghdad traffic circle that sparked international outrage and charges of murder or manslaughter for four guards.


08/27/2014 -  New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff - 03:14 PM

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers' Party rule.







08/27/2014 -  India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip - 03:11 PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.


08/27/2014 -  Shambolic election campaign leaves Indonesia's president-elect much to prove - 03:08 PM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - When he was nominated in March as a candidate for Indonesia's presidential election, polls showed Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had a 30-point lead over the man who would become his main challenger, former army general Prabowo Subianto. 







08/27/2014 -  Lebanese army shells militant positions in Syria border zone - 03:06 PM

(Reuters) - BEIRUT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The Lebanese army shelled militant positions in the border zone with Syria on Wednesday near a town that was seized by Islamist insurgents earlier this month, a security source said.


08/27/2014 -  Brazil's Silva winning over investors in presidential race - 02:42 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Investors are warming up to a possible victory by Marina Silva in Brazil's presidential election as the popular environmentalist emerges as their best shot at avoiding four more years of a government they strongly dislike.







08/27/2014 -  Saudi Arabia jails 23 more men for militancy in security crackdown - 02:40 PM

RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian court sentenced 23 men to jail terms of up to 22 years for their role in militant attacks, state media said on Wednesday, part of a security crackdown in which scores of people have been imprisoned over the past week.


08/27/2014 -  Gaza truce holding but Israel's Netanyahu under fire at home - 02:38 PM

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.







08/27/2014 -  Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media - 02:26 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.







08/27/2014 -  Saudi princes visit Qatar as Gulf states try to end rift - 02:23 PM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Three Saudi princes including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal visited Qatar on Wednesday, state media said, amid efforts to repair a rift within the U.S.-allied Gulf Cooperation Council.


08/27/2014 -  French PM, on charm offensive with business, says to speed up reforms - 02:06 PM

JOUY-EN-JOSAS France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls launched a charm offensive on the corporate world on Wednesday, promising to speed reforms aimed at freeing up the economy and to make tens of billions of euros in tax cuts.







08/27/2014 -  Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister - 01:15 PM

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Germany will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State insurgents, with Chancellor Angela Merkel arguing Berlin had to act because hundreds of Germans had joined the insurgents.


08/27/2014 -  Libya warns United Nations of possible slide into civil war - 11:43 AM

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.







 


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