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In attack by al Qaeda, lines blur between Pakistan’s military, militants

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship…

Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, as demonstrations spread to a…

Amid differences, Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle…

U.S. sends ‘Ironhorse’ tanks to NATO’s nervous Baltic front line

WASHINGTON/RIGA (Reuters) – U.S. troops and tanks will deploy across the three Baltic states and Poland in the next two weeks on a mission designed to deliver an unmistakeable…

Mexico conservative opposition leader Madero stands down – PAN

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The leader of Mexico’s biggest opposition party is stepping aside and will be replaced at the helm by his deputy, the party said in…

Traveller from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S.

(Reuters) – A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States,…

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States – CDC

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of…

Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of…

NEWS

Defiant HK protests on National Day

Defiant HK protests on National Day

1 October 2014 Last updated at 03:41 …

Hong Kong set for holiday protests

Hong Kong set for holiday protests

30 September 2014 Last updated at 21:49 …

First Ebola case diagnosed on US soil

First Ebola case diagnosed on US soil

30 September 2014 Last updated at 23:36 …

Thousands more join HK protests

Thousands more join HK protests

30 September 2014 Last updated at 18:25 …

Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border

Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border

30 September 2014 Last updated at 18:38 …

Iran ‘postpones’ woman’s execution

Iran ‘postpones’ woman’s execution

30 September 2014 Last updated at 17:53 …

Hong Kong leader in protest appeal

Hong Kong leader in protest appeal

30 September 2014 Last updated at 05:28 …

World wildlife populations ‘plummet’

World wildlife populations ‘plummet’

29 September 2014 Last updated at 22:29 …

Japan volcano eruption intensifies

Japan volcano eruption intensifies

30 September 2014 Last updated at 05:45 …

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US News

Two drivers hit 10-year-old girl in Seattle, speed away

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Seattle police said on Tuesday they were searching for two drivers who gravely injured a 10-year-old girl in back-to-back collisions and then “sped away” with…

Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot dead

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The mayor of a small Los Angeles suburb was shot to death by his wife on Tuesday in an apparent domestic dispute, and his…

Idaho polygamous sect member gets 90 days on child injury charges

SALMON Idaho (Reuters) – A member of a breakaway Mormon polygamous group on Tuesday was sentenced by a judge to 90 days in jail on child injury charges…

Sister of accused Boston Marathon bombers pleads not guilty to bomb threat

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges she made a threatening phone call to a woman,…

Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S.

(Reuters) – A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States,…

Advocates file petition to legalize marijuana in Mississippi

(Reuters) – Marijuana advocates in Mississippi have filed a petition to put the legalization of recreational pot use on the politically conservative state’s 2016 ballot, state officials said…

Mayor of Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens shot to death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The mayor of Bell Gardens, California, a small Los Angeles suburb, was shot to death by his wife on Tuesday in an apparent domestic…

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

30 September 2014 Last updated at 23:36 …

California imposes plastic bag ban

California imposes plastic bag ban

30 September 2014 Last updated at 20:54 Single-use plastic bags will be banned at California grocers in July…

Panama opens biodiversity museum

Panama opens biodiversity museum

30 September 2014 Last updated at 22:34 The museum aims to show the evolution of the Isthmus of…

Australian News

Woman burns Aussie flag at memorial

Woman burns Aussie flag at memorial

An Australian flag has been burned at the Sydney War Memorial Source: Supplied AN investigation is underway after an Australian flag…

Warnbro ‘dog theft’ video goes viral

Warnbro ‘dog theft’ video goes viral

Video footage of an alleged dog theft in Warnbro has been watched over 320,000 times after the dogs owner posted it…

Aussie war planes to fly against IS

Aussie war planes to fly against IS

Video Image PM Tony Abbott announces that Australian aircraft will start flying over Iraq in support of allied operations. Ready for…

Media Release: Andrew Colvin appointed as AFP Commissioner

Media Release: Andrew Colvin appointed as AFP Commissioner Release Date: Wednesday, October 01 2014, 02:29 PM Prime…

RAAF rocked by teen sex scandal

RAAF rocked by teen sex scandal

Australian Air Force Cadets instructor Christopher Robert Adams, 24, has been committed to stand trial for allegedly having sex with two…

PM: I wish burqas weren’t worn

PM: I wish burqas weren’t worn

Video Image PM Tony Abbott says he wishes burqas weren’t worn, and insists debate over the burqa should be treated as…

Australia’s new top cop named

Australia’s new top cop named

Video Image PM Tony Abbott announces Andrew Colvin as the next AFP Commissioner. Key appointment … Andrew Colvin, newly-appointed head of…

Lazarus rising: Glenn gives himself a $21,000 pay rise

Lazarus rising: Glenn gives himself a $21,000 pay rise

Palmer United Party Senator Glenn Lazarus attempts to introduce a motion in the Senate in Canberra tonight to bring on an…

Budget cuts will fund the war on IS

Budget cuts will fund the war on IS

Video Image Live stream No retreat … Joe Hockey and Mathias Cormann say no key budget measures are on the backburner.…

POLITICS

Cameron vow to protect NHS spending

Cameron vow to protect NHS spending

1 October 2014 Last updated at 05:10 David Cameron will say his goal is to help people…

Tory party donor defecting to UKIP

Tory party donor defecting to UKIP

1 October 2014 Last updated at 08:03 Conservative Party donor Arron Banks is set to…

RAF jets strike first IS targets

RAF jets strike first IS targets

30 September 2014 Last updated at 19:45 RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on…

May: Our values will beat extremists

May: Our values will beat extremists

30 September 2014 Last updated at 15:36 …

PM vows seven-day GP access by 2020

PM vows seven-day GP access by 2020

30 September 2014 Last updated at 07:40 By Brian Wheeler Political reporter, Conservative conference, Birmingham Everyone…

May: New extremism powers needed

May: New extremism powers needed

30 September 2014 Last updated at 07:03 Mrs May says the new strategy will address the “full…

Finance

Events organiser UBM buys US rival Advanstar for $972 mln

Oct 1(Reuters) – Communications and events company UBM Plc said it would acquire Advanstar Communications, a privately-held trade show organiser, for $972 million in cash to increase…

UPDATE 1-UK financial watchdog to investigate Tesco accounting scandal

(Adds details) LONDON Oct 1 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog has launched a full investigation into the accounting scandal at Tesco which wiped 3 billion pounds ($4.9…

UK watchdog launches investigation into Tesco accounting scandal

LONDON Oct 1 (Reuters) – Tesco said Britain’s financial watchdog had started a full investigation into the company in the wake of an accounting scandal which wiped…

Three Japan lenders, Bangkok Bank receive limited Myanmar bank licences

TOKYO/BANGKOK Oct 1 (Reuters) – Three major Japanese banks are among foreign banks that have been granted limited operating licences in Myanmar, a move that Myanmar’s government…

Australia shares claw higher on ‘Big Four’ banks, retail sales disappoint

* ASX 200 rise as banks claw back from red * Disappointing retail sales data hits stocks in the sector * 102 shares higher, 88 shares lower,…

UPDATE 1-Australia home price growth slows, in relief to RBA

* Home prices almost flat in Sept, annual growth slows to 9.3 pct * RBA to face Senate inquiry on risks of tougher lending rules * Retail…

TRAVEL ADVICE

Mali

Mali

30 September 2014 30 September 2014 Latest update: this advice has been reviewed and reissued without amendment Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise…

Niger

Niger

30 September 2014 30 September 2014 Latest update: this advice has been reviewed and reissued without amendment Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise…

Sudan

Sudan

18 September 2014 18 September 2014 Latest update: Summary – anniversary of September 2013 demonstrations Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all…

Syria

Syria

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Switzerland

18 September 2014 18 September 2014 Latest update: FC Basel v Liverpool Liverpool take on Basel in the Champions League on 1 October. See this information and…

Macao

17 September 2014 17 September 2014 Latest update: Summary – removal of advice about Typhoon Kalmaegi The typhoon season in Macao normally runs from April to October.…

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 and the blogosphere were, to a…

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 its conclusions, (tweet) “I support democracy…

SPORT UK

Lancaster signs England deal to 2020

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has signed a new contract with the Rugby Football Union that will keep him in the job until 2020.…

Phelps ‘arrested for drink driving’

Phelps ‘arrested for drink driving’

30 September 2014 Last updated at 21:09 Phelps retired after winning an unprecedented 22nd Olympic medal in…

Man City lack Champions League belief

Man City lack Champions League belief

Manchester City’s acquaintance with the Champions League continues to be uncomfortable – for the fourth time in succession they failed to win their opening home group game…

Rodgers warning on Sturridge fitness

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned striker Daniel Sturridge will not be fit enough to play for England in next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.…

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller penalty seals Champions League win

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller penalty seals Champions League win

CSKA Moscow vs Bayern Munich at Luzhniki Stadium played behind closed doors as Uefa punish Russian champions’ fans following racist chants Bayern take lead in 22nd minute…

Jose Mourinho hails ton-up John Terry after Chelsea captain reaches 100 Champions League appearances

Jose Mourinho hails ton-up John Terry after Chelsea captain reaches 100 Champions League appearances

John Terry is sixth Englishman to play 100 Champions League games Jose Mourinho labels Terry ‘historic’ after match Chelsea beat Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Portugal Nemanja Matic…

SPORT US

Rice appeals against indefinite NFL suspension for knocking out wife

By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ray Rice appealed against his indefinite suspension by the National Football League on Tuesday for a one-punch knockout of his wife…

Orioles, Nats clinch Major League Baseball division titles

Baltimore (AFP) – After 17 years, the Baltimore Orioles are back on top of Major League Baseball’s American League East division. Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes both…

NFL players union appeals Rice assault suspension

NFL players union appeals Rice assault suspension

New York (AFP) – The NFL Players Union appealed the indefinite suspension meted out to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after video showed him punching his…

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

By Steve Ginsburg and Anjali Athavaley (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch publicly chastised the National Football League on Tuesday for its handling of domestic violence cases, making the NFL’s…

Rihanna, CBS bench opening number for Thursday football

Rihanna, CBS bench opening number for Thursday football

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – R&B singer Rihanna’s record label on Tuesday said it has refused to license a song to CBS for its “Thursday…

Sponsors nervy as league struggles with violence

Sponsors nervy as league struggles with violence

Los Angeles (AFP) – The National Football League faced a backlash from sponsors on Tuesday as it battled to stem negative headlines from a string of violent…

ALL SPORTS

Andrew Sheridan confirms retirement

As reveled on August 1, Andrew Sheridan today confirmed he has been forced to retire from professional rugby on medical ground. The former Lions…

England U20s announce 2015 Six Nations venues

England U20s will kick off their home 2015 Six Nations campaign at Plymouth Albion RFC against Italy on February 13. The reigning World Champions…

Aviva Premiership round 4 highlights

London Welsh 10 Gloucester 46 Saracens 40 Sale Sharks 19 Northampton Saints 31 Bath 24 Coming soon. Leicester Tigers 19 London Irish 22 Wasps…

Exeter and Wasps claim Sunday wins

Exeter Chiefs claimed their first home win of the season beating Harlequins 36-13 at Sandy park yesterday. A convincing first-half from the Devon side…

Doncaster and Cornish Pirates secure bonus-point win

Doncaster continued their good start to the season by claiming the derby against the Yorkshire Carnegie 32-23 at Headingley. A penalty try and the…

Ben Kay joins Leicester Tigers board of directors

Leicester Tigers today announced the addition of World Cup winner Ben Kay MBE to the club’s board of directors. After joining the club from…

HEALTH

Thousands of Ebola orphans ‘shunned’

Thousands of Ebola orphans ‘shunned’

30 September 2014 Last updated at 13:42 Liberia has been worst-hit by Ebola, accounting for 1,830 deaths …

Ebola leaves ‘thousands orphaned’

Ebola leaves ‘thousands orphaned’

30 September 2014 Last updated at 11:34 Liberia has been worst-hit by Ebola, accounting for 1,830 deaths …

Children hit by tooth decay at three

Children hit by tooth decay at three

30 September 2014 Last updated at 00:28 More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth…

Antibiotic ‘link to child obesity’

Antibiotic ‘link to child obesity’

30 September 2014 Last updated at 05:02 By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter, BBC News Antibiotics targeted at…

Liberia chief doctor in quarantine

Liberia chief doctor in quarantine

27 September 2014 Last updated at 15:15 The outbreak has overwhelmed Liberia’s health services Liberia’s chief…

French launch crackdown on smoking

French launch crackdown on smoking

25 September 2014 Last updated at 16:37 The new law would require packaging to be “the same…