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Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger role in global…

Hong Kong police arrest 19 in pro-democracy scuffles

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said on Tuesday they arrested 19 people during scuffles with pro-democracy activists prompted by China’s decision not to allow the Asian…

Australia to scrap plan for dumping near Great Barrier Reef – AFR

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic metres of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the…

Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation, removal from terror list

EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as U.N. peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their…

U.S. forces carry out operation against al-Shabaab in Somalia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said. “We are assessing…

Lesotho PM calls for regional peace force after ‘coup’ – aide

MASERU (Reuters) – Lesotho’s prime minister has asked southern African states to send peacekeepers into his mountain kingdom to restore order after an apparent coup over the weekend,…

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy. But with economic growth now far more…

Afghanistan expected to send defence minister to NATO summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Afghanistan is expected to send its defence minister to a NATO summit in Wales this week, NATO officials said on Monday, after a political crisis…

NEWS

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing

2 September 2014 Last updated at 07:22 …

VIDEO: Iraq grannies ‘take on IS in Amerli’

The UN Human Rights Council has agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to…

Ukraine in ‘great war’ with Russia

Ukraine in ‘great war’ with Russia

2 September 2014 Last updated at 07:07 …

FBI probes ‘Cloud’ celebrity leaks

FBI probes ‘Cloud’ celebrity leaks

2 September 2014 Last updated at 02:38 …

Iraq forces push against jihadists

Iraq forces push against jihadists

2 September 2014 Last updated at 01:31 …

Ukraine in ‘great war’ with Russia

Ukraine in ‘great war’ with Russia

2 September 2014 Last updated at 00:31 …

FBI probes ‘Cloud’ celebrity leaks

FBI probes ‘Cloud’ celebrity leaks

2 September 2014 Last updated at 02:38 …

Ukraine hit by military setbacks

Ukraine hit by military setbacks

1 September 2014 Last updated at 16:48 …

Ashya parents fight extradition

Ashya parents fight extradition

1 September 2014 Last updated at 17:21 …

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HUMAN RIGHTS

Gruesome evidence of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq as Islamic State moves to wipe out minorities

Fresh evidence uncovered by Amnesty International indicates that members of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in…

Israel must scrap illegal land grab in the West Bank

The Israeli authorities’ outrageous plan to expropriate nearly 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank is illegal and must be rescinded immediately, said Amnesty International. “Israel’s strategy…

Nalanda University reopens after 800 years

India took its first formal step to recapture its erstwhile, middle kingdoms (classical India) glory as an international knowledge destination when the new Nalanda University (NU) opened its…

Moscow warns Dalai Lama: ‘No politics’

The Dalai Lama “must fully distance himself from politics” if he wants to visit Russia, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said, a stance echoing China’s position while…

China rules out open elections in Hong Kong

China insisted Sunday that candidates for Hong Kong’s next leader must be screened in advance, triggering tears and fury in the former British colony where democracy advocates said…

From bad to worse: Looming deadline compounds Egyptian NGOs’ woes

Egypt is tightening its chokehold on civil society, Amnesty International warned, as the country’s independent NGOs face the risk of being shut down if they fail to comply…

OPINIONS

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes.

The hypocrisy of the ideological middle classes. In the week prior to the Local and European elections the National press, Twitter…

Democracy, learning to live with it

Today I tweeted a rather banal statement in which I reasoned that democracy was fine as long as I agreed with…

POLITICS

Brown issues warning over UK debt

Brown issues warning over UK debt

2 September 2014 Last updated at 01:20 Gordon Brown said an independent Scotland refusing to accept a…

Boris Island airport plan ‘rejected’

Boris Island airport plan ‘rejected’

1 September 2014 Last updated at 22:13 An artist’s impression of the airport proposal on the Isle…

China accuses MPs of ‘interference’

China accuses MPs of ‘interference’

1 September 2014 Last updated at 23:38 By Laura Kuenssberg BBC Newsnight Benny Tai is a founder…

Thousands in late rush to vote

Thousands in late rush to vote

2 September 2014 Last updated at 01:13 By Lucy Adams BBC News Thousands of people have…

PM outlines new anti-terror plans

PM outlines new anti-terror plans

1 September 2014 Last updated at 18:18 …

Boris Island airport plan ‘rejected’

Boris Island airport plan ‘rejected’

1 September 2014 Last updated at 18:32 The consortium behind the Boris Island airport said it could…

Finance

Kazakhstan’s Al Hilal Islamic Bank eyes regional footprint

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s Al Hilal Islamic Bank, the only sharia-compliant lender in the country, may expand into neighbouring countries as legislative efforts to…

Australia shares up 0.5 pct, biggest gain in two weeks

(Updates to close) Australian shares gave up early losses to finish 0.51 percent higher on Tuesday helped by solid building approvals data and a better-than-expected balance of…

UK housebuilder Redrow’s full-year profit nearly doubles

Sept 2 (Reuters) – Redrow Plc’s full-year profit nearly doubled, spurred by the government’s ‘Help to Buy’ housing scheme and strong consumer sentiment, allowing the British housebuilder…

Islamic finance seeks to go green with environment-based products

Sept 2 (Reuters) – Financial products based on renewable energy and sustainable agriculture are emerging in Islamic finance as asset managers seek a crossover opportunity between ethical…

Australia shares listless, await c.bank policy meeting

* ASX flat as geopolitical tensions hurt sentiment * 93 shares higher vs 90 shares lower, 17 flat (Adds analysis, quotes, stocks on the move) By Swati…

China anti-trust probes not protectionist, regulator says

SHANGHAI, Sept 2 (Reuters) – China’s latest antitrust probes, which have hit firms such as Microsoft and Volkswagen AG, are not protectionist tools that favour domestic firms,…

TRAVEL ADVICE

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Argentina

27 August 2014 27 August 2014 Latest update: Summary – A number of trade union strikes on 28 August are expected to affect some public transport and…

Gabon

26 August 2014 26 August 2014 Latest update: Summary – air and maritime borders closed to prevent the spread of Ebola into Gabon There is no British…

Democratic Republic of Congo

25 August 2014 25 August 2014 Latest update: Health section – confirmation of ebola cases in DRC The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel…

UK TRAVEL NEWS

A259 westbound between A269 near Bexhill (east) and A269 near Bexhill (west) | Westbound | Roadworks

A259 westbound between A269 near Bexhill (east) and A269 near Bexhill (west) | Westbound | Roadworks

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A259 eastbound between B2182 and A269 near Bexhill (west) | Eastbound | Roadworks

A259 eastbound between B2182 and A269 near Bexhill (west) | Eastbound | Roadworks

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M60 clockwise between J24 and J25 | Clockwise | Congestion

M60 clockwise between J24 and J25 | Clockwise | Congestion

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A52 westbound between A453 and A6005 near Nottingham | Westbound | Congestion

A52 westbound between A453 and A6005 near Nottingham | Westbound | Congestion

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A5 southbound between B5440 and B5080 | Southbound | Congestion

A5 southbound between B5440 and B5080 | Southbound | Congestion

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A1 | Bedfordshire | Northbound | Road Closed | Incident

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SPORT UK

Radamel Falcao signs for Manchester United in £6m season-long loan deal

Radamel Falcao signs for Manchester United in £6m season-long loan deal

Manchester United have won the race to sign Radamel Falcao   Colombian has joined on season-long loan and cost £12million He has agreed a deal worth £280,000-a-week Old…

Chelsea cash in on £100m cast-offs as 26 loanees play away from Bridge

Chelsea cash in on £100m cast-offs as 26 loanees play away from Bridge

Chelsea have 26 players loaned out across the globe Nathaniel Chalobah joined Burnley on transfer deadline day for four months Ulises Davila, Islam Feruz, Matej Delac and…

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao could happen twice in a year! 

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao could happen twice in a year! 

Promoter Arum is convinced mega fight will finally happen in 2015 A double-your-money re-match could happen later in the year Mayweather and Pacquiao have avoided a fight…

US OPEN 2014: All the results from the men’s and women’s singles

(1) Serena Williams (USA) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-3 6-1  (15) Carla Suarez-Navarro (Spa) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (Cro) 3-6 6-2 6-1  Nicole Gibbs (USA) bt Caroline Garcia…

Danny Welbeck signs for Arsenal from Manchester United for £16m 

Danny Welbeck signs for Arsenal from Manchester United for £16m 

Arsenal have completed a £16m transfer for England international Welbeck The Manchester United striker arrives as a replacement for Olivier Giroud who has been sidelined with a…

Falcao caps record summer spending

Falcao caps record summer spending

Radamel Falcao’s loan move to Manchester United was the major deadline day signing as Premier League summer spending hit a record £835m. The…

SPORT US

Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

Athens Olympics leave mixed legacy, 10 years later

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In an obscure corner of a park sits a forlorn reminder that, 10 years ago, Athens hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics. The crumbling…

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

Schools invest millions preparing for SEC Network

The Southeastern Conference’s new network debuts Thursday, promising more than 1,000 live events this year and a reach that includes most major television providers in the South.…

FCC’s Pai supports repeal of NFL TV blackout rules

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ajit Pai called the NFL’s television blackout rules “outdated,” and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having…

Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a California court…

Ward crafted reputation as wheelman before death

Ward crafted reputation as wheelman before death

PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ward Jr. was crafting a reputation as a wheelman, the kind of driver who could race vehicles on any track without…

Watson still considering Woods for Ryder Cup

Watson still considering Woods for Ryder Cup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. captain Tom Watson said he would be foolish not to consider Tiger Woods as one of his three wild-card selections for the…

ALL SPORTS

Saracens sign Eagles hooker

Phil Thiel has joined Saracens on a short-term contract. The US Eagles hooker will cover for Schalk Brits who is away with South Africa…

I want that No15 shirt back for World Cup, Ben Foden warns Mike Brown

I want that No15 shirt back for World Cup, Ben Foden warns Mike Brown

Bullish Ben Foden has set his sights on becoming England’s first choice full-back once again, warning incumbent Mike Brown: “I’m gunning for your place.”…

Andy Powell’s fighting for his last chance with Wales

Andy Powell’s fighting for his last chance with Wales

Revitalised Andy Powell wants to stake a claim for a place in the Wales squad at next year’s Rugby World Cup by helping to…

Young Gun: Tom Bliss – Wasps and USA scrum-half

Young Gun: Tom Bliss – Wasps and USA scrum-half

Tom Bliss is expected to make his Wasps debut today against London Welsh in a pre-season friendly at Adams Park. Joining the club’s academy…

Jeff Probyn: Delaying EPS selection is big step in right direction

Jeff Probyn: Delaying EPS selection is big step in right direction

It has taken time but at last there has been some common sense from the Premiership in their relationship with the England squad. The…

Peter Jackson: Wales pay price for the pursuit of money

Peter Jackson: Wales pay price for the pursuit of money

Gareth Edwards achieved many famous things, not least playing 53 consecutive matches for Wales. From start to finish, it took him fully 11 years.…

HEALTH

Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’

Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’

29 August 2014 Last updated at 18:00 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website The…

Japan tackles dengue fever outbreak

Japan tackles dengue fever outbreak

2 September 2014 Last updated at 06:47 Japanese officials are working to eradicate mosquitoes at Yoyogi park …

Sniffing faeces ‘detects infection’

Sniffing faeces ‘detects infection’

1 September 2014 Last updated at 09:51 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website …

Plain packs ‘no illegal smoking link’

Plain packs ‘no illegal smoking link’

29 August 2014 Last updated at 01:15 How cigarette packets now look in Australia after the introduction…

Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’

Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’

29 August 2014 Last updated at 18:00 By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website The…

Plain packs ‘no illegal smoking link’

Plain packs ‘no illegal smoking link’

29 August 2014 Last updated at 01:15 How cigarette packets now look in Australia after the introduction…