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  • Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

    Saturday, 11:51 AM

    Smoke rises following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in GazaBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Yasmine Saleh GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City. Hamas militants also fired rockets at Israel. Initial reports said 17 people were wounded in the attack on the 13-storey building, the Israeli army and Gaza health officials said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the building, which collapsed completely, contained a command centre by Hamas militants.

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  • Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal

    Saturday, 8:27 AM

    Merkel looks on as Poroshenko gestures in KievBy Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion. Merkel was visiting Kiev as a prelude to a meeting next week between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders that diplomats say is the best chance in months of a peace deal in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Moscow rebels. NATO has alleged Russia's military is active inside Ukraine helping the rebels, and Moscow angered Kiev and its Western allies by sending an aid convoy into Ukraine against Kiev's wishes.

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  • China rejects U.S. criticism over jet encounter

    Saturday, 10:19 AM

    File photo of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft taking off from Perth International Airport.China on Saturday called US criticism of an approach by one of its jets to a US Navy patrol plane off the Chinese coast earlier this week "completely groundless" and said its pilot had maintained a safe distance from the US aircraft. The strongly-worded statement attributed to Ministry of National Defense spokesman Yang Yujun was a response to a diplomatic complaint the Pentagon filed with Beijing on Friday. The complaint concerned an August 19 encounter about 215 km (135 miles) east of China's Hainan Island in which a Chinese fighter jet came within meters (yards) of a US P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane and, the US claimed, performed acrobatic maneuvers around it. In its statement, the Chinese defense ministry said the J-11 jet was conducting routine checks and described the pilot's actions as professional.

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  • Shiites protest Bahrain's 'naturalisation' of foreigners

    Saturday, 12:21 PM

    Bahraini women take part in an anti-government protest, in the village of Karranah, west of Manama, on August 8, 2014 after a Bahraini court stripped nine Shiites of their citizenshipThousands of Shiites protested in Bahrain Saturday against what they say are attempts by the Sunni authorities to tip the kingdom's demographic balance in their favour by naturalising foreigners, witnesses said. The Shiite opposition accuses Sunni-ruled Bahrain of having naturalised tens of thousands of Sunni foreigners in the Shiite-majority kingdom over recent years. "The indigenous people of Bahrain are in danger," banners read, as protesters waving Bahraini flags marched near the Shiite village of Daih, near the capital Manama, according to witnesses. "Naturalising poses a threat to Bahrain's security and stability," they said.

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  • Lack of prospects, financial lure pushing youth to IS: Vatican

    Saturday, 12:20 PM

    An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on June 30, 2014, allegedly shows a member of the IS (Islamic state) militant group parading in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of RaqaYoung Syrians are gravitating towards the radical Islamic State due to a lack of prospects and the lure of financial support more than "ideological conviction", the pope's Syria envoy said Saturday. IS militants, which have been active in the Syrian conflict for several years, have made headlines in recent months after grabbing large swathes of northern Iraq and declaring a caliphate spanning the territory they hold in both countries. In an interview with Radio Vatican, Mario Zenari -- who has remained in Syria throughout the bloody conflict -- said he believed that young militants rushing to join their ranks did not as a rule do so out of "ideological conviction". The rise of IS has also sent alarm bells in the West as nationals from many European countries have gone to join the ranks of the jihadists.

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  • Suspected Qaeda bombs kill general, 3 Yemen soldiers

    Saturday, 12:19 PM

    Yemeni army soldiers man a checkpoint leading to the capital Sanna, Yemen on August 19, 2014Separate bomb attacks by Al-Qaeda suspects on Saturday killed a senior army officer and three soldiers across Yemen's restive south and southeast, military officials said. "A bomb planted by Al-Qaeda on a road linking the towns of Seiyun and Shibam (in the southeastern province of Hadramawt) exploded when an army vehicle passed, killing three soldiers and wounding six others," a military official told AFP.

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  • Dredge goes two clead at Czech Masters

    Saturday, 12:01 PM

    Welsh golfer Bradley Dredge putting on the 10th Green during his third round on day three of the British Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 17, 2010Bradley Dredge supplanted fellow Welshman Jamie Donaldson at the top of the Czech Masters leaderboard on Saturday with six birdies in a third round 66 to move to 12 under par. "It wasn’t my best ball striking round but it was a good scoring round, that’s for sure,” said Dredge, who was runner-up in Denmark last weekend.

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  • Cavs acquire Love in blockbuster deal with Timberwolves

    Saturday, 11:44 AM

    NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Miami Heat(Reuters) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and former number one pick Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for prized All-Star forward Kevin Love as part of a blockbuster three-team deal. Cleveland also sent a protected 2015 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who will acquire guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves in exchange for veteran forward Thaddeus Young in the multi-player trade.

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  • Big names missing in final U.S. roster for Spain

    Saturday, 10:37 AM

    NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Hornets(Reuters) - The United States team will travel to Spain without some of the sport's biggest names to defend their title at the Basketball World Cup after a selection process described as one of the "most difficult" in recent years. With marquee players LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love opting out of selection and All-Star Paul George hurt, the U.S.

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  • BoE can resolve financial stability coordination issues: Broadbent

    Saturday, 12:19 PM

    Benjamin Broadbent, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, arrives at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson HoleThere are potential "coordination issues" between the Bank of England's (BoE) new financial stability committee and other bank functions, a senior BoE official said on Saturday, adding that these issues can be resolved. They meet pretty regularly and share three members," Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent said at the Federal Reserve's annual central banking conference here. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney announced in late June a major reorganization of the central bank, which included a newly empowered financial stability division.

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  • Japan's labor market improving in face of challenges: BoJ's Kuroda

    Saturday, 12:17 PM

    Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda attends the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson HoleBy Howard Schneider JACKSON HOLE Wyo. (Reuters) - Japan's labor market is showing "significant improvement," though it still faces challenges including a large share of part-time workers in the service sector, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Saturday. Wage growth is critical to reverse deflation and for that to happen "it is necessary to have some kind of coordinated mechanism," Kuroda said at a central banking conference here, adding that the Bank of Japan's quantitative easing stimulus is helping Japan escape from a deflationary cycle of falling wages and demand. "The Bank of Japan's price stability target can serve as a benchmark for wage setting," he added, speaking on a panel alongside central bankers from Brazil and Britain. "Once the bank has succeeded in firmly anchoring (inflation) expectations at 2 percent this could provide the basis on which wage negotiations are conducted." The Bank of Japan deployed an intense burst of monetary stimulus last April, when it pledged to double its money base with the quantitative easing program of asset purchases.

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  • Unemployed take their case to Fed officials at Jackson Hole

    Saturday, 11:25 AM

    Fischer, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System, speaks with a demonstrator at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson HoleReginald Rounds was among those present at the Federal Reserve's high-flying monetary conference here, enjoying the chance to button hole two top officials of the U.S. He was among a group of activists who gathered on the sidelines of the Fed's annual symposium wearing green t-shirts with "What Recovery?" on the front and a chart depicting sluggish U.S. The coalition, consisting of more than 70 organizations, released an open letter to Fed officials earlier this week urging them to hold off on interest rate hikes until wages were rising more swiftly.

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  • Sierra Leone makes harboring Ebola victims a crime

    Saturday, 12:07 PM

    MSF health workers prepare at ELWA's isolation camp during the visit of Senior U.N. System Coordinator for Ebola David Nabarro, at the camp in MonroviaBy Umaru Fofana and Joe Bavier FREETOWN/ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's parliament has made the harboring of Ebola victims a crime punishable by two years' jail in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the justice minister said on Saturday. Some 1,427 people have died among 2,615 cases documented since the current outbreak - the worst since the disease's discovery - was first identified in Guinea in March, according to figures released by the WHO on Friday. "The new regulation will provide for summary trial, meaning trial by a magistrate court alone," Justice Minister Frank Kargbo told Reuters. Under-reporting of Ebola cases has been a problem particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone, currently the two countries hardest hit by the virus.

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  • UN vows central role in fighting 'exceptional' Ebola epidemic

    Saturday, 12:06 PM

    An MSF medical worker feeds an Ebola child victim at an MSF facility in Kailahun, on August 15, 2014The United Nations vowed Saturday to play a "strong role" in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control. Liberia has been particularly hard hit by the epidemic that has swept relentlessly across the region since March, accounting for almost half of the 1,427 deaths. In recognition of the deteriorating situation, neighbouring Ivory Coast announced on Saturday it had closed its borders with Liberia and Guinea in a bid to protect its citizens. "Ebola in Liberia must be addressed to ensure a stable economy, future and society," said Karin Landgren, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's special representative for the country.

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  • Obama to business: tell your lawmakers to renew Ex-Im Bank

    Saturday, 11:55 AM

    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from Martha's VineyardBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which could halt any new financing Sept. 30 - as some conservative Republicans hope it will - if lawmakers fail to act. Obama said in his weekly radio address that if Congress lets the bank close, it would be stunting U.S. "If Congress fails to act, thousands of businesses, large and small, that sell their products abroad will take a completely unnecessary hit," the president said.

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