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Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in…

Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing Islamic State advance

SANLIURFA Turkey (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized…

Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan

MANILA (Reuters) – Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including…

Turkish hostages seized in northern Iraq are free – Davutoglu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June have…

Alice, steampunk and a false name: enigma of an American jailed in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) – Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named “Preston Somerset”,…

Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

VIENNA (Reuters) – Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People’s Party after a documentary film showed them singing…

French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/PARIS (Reuters) – French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have…

Third term beckons for New Zealand government as polls open

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s ruling centre-right government of John Key looks poised to be returned for a third term as voting opened in the national election on…

NEWS

Brown vows to ‘lock in’ Scots powers

Brown vows to ‘lock in’ Scots powers

20 September 2014 Last updated at 10:45 …

Politicians ponder Scotland’s future

Politicians ponder Scotland’s future

20 September 2014 Last updated at 06:17 …

Turkish hostages in Iraq released

Turkish hostages in Iraq released

20 September 2014 Last updated at 07:03 …

Ukraine deal with eastern rebels

Ukraine deal with eastern rebels

20 September 2014 Last updated at 04:02 …

Salmond to go after Scotland No vote

Salmond to go after Scotland No vote

19 September 2014 Last updated at 18:47 …

GSK fined in China for bribery

GSK fined in China for bribery

19 September 2014 Last updated at 10:26 …

French launch first strikes on IS

French launch first strikes on IS

19 September 2014 Last updated at 10:42 …

Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

19 September 2014 Last updated at 10:12 …

Scotland votes no to independence

Scotland votes no to independence

19 September 2014 Last updated at 06:36 …

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US News

Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich…

Kentucky preservation society cracking century old bourbons

LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) – A Louisville preservation society will raise a glass in December to toast the end of the Prohibition Era, but not with just any ordinary…

Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect’s parents

CANADENSIS PA. (Reuters) – A massive police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania state…

Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking…

California governor rejects bills to help men change diapers

(Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed two bills that aimed to make baby diaper changing tables in public restrooms as accessible to men as they…

Missing Texas deputy found dead in Lake Austin

(Reuters) – The search for a missing Texas sheriff deputy who was swept away during heavy rains in Austin earlier this week concluded on Friday when police discovered…

Weather helps crews make gains against California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening…

Virginia storm temporarily halts probe into girls’ 1975 disappearance

(Reuters) – Authorities said bad weather on Friday cut short the work of investigators in rural Virginia probing the abduction and murder of two young sisters who disappeared…

Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league’s poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of…

Three peanut company officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Three former peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal…

Australian News

Fears ASIO could use torture

Fears ASIO could use torture

Not since the dreadful Cronulla Riots has the tension on our streets been so volatile, with angry Muslims blaming police for…

Media Release: Clarification of Operation Appleby numbers

Media Release: Clarification of Operation Appleby numbers Release Date: Saturday, September 20 2014, 02:42 PM The JCTT…

Jacqui Lambie puts her foot in it, again

Jacqui Lambie puts her foot in it, again

Palmer United Senator Jacqui Lambie in her office at Parliament House in Canberra. Source: News Corp Australia SENATOR Jacqui Lambie has…

‘We won’t shut the door on Putin’

‘We won’t shut the door on Putin’

Video Image A former senior US diplomat says the Russian leader should be invited to the G20 summit in Brisbane. Russian…

MH370 search to resume this month

MH370 search to resume this month

Video Image Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will not give up the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight…

Abbott’s terror plea: Keep calm and carry on

Abbott’s terror plea: Keep calm and carry on

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned Australia’s involvement in the Iraq conflict could last ‘many months’. PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has…

Why are we putting work first?

Why are we putting work first?

Chained to the desk … The country’s 11.7 million workers have 128 million days of leave owing, or over two weeks…

Now people 30-plus to ‘wait for dole’

Now people 30-plus to ‘wait for dole’

Video Image Official figures show Australia’s unemployment rate fell to 6.1 per cent in August. Overhaul of welfare system … Federal…

Muslim protesters: Who are they?

Muslim protesters: Who are they?

Video Image A hardline Islamic group has criticised a crackdown on ‘homegrown terror plots’ saying the raids are unjust. One of…

POLITICS

Brown vows to ‘lock in’ Scots powers

Brown vows to ‘lock in’ Scots powers

20 September 2014 Last updated at 12:49 …

Labour attacks England-only MP votes

Labour attacks England-only MP votes

20 September 2014 Last updated at 11:02 Labour has warned against creating “two classes of MP”,…

Salmond to quit after Scots vote No

Salmond to quit after Scots vote No

19 September 2014 Last updated at 19:20 …

Row brewing over English powers

Row brewing over English powers

19 September 2014 Last updated at 19:43 …

Miliband queries PM devolution plan

Miliband queries PM devolution plan

19 September 2014 Last updated at 18:47 Mr Miliband has said the English regions must have a…

Salmond to quit as first minister

Salmond to quit as first minister

19 September 2014 Last updated at 16:34 …

Finance

Noyer says QE not on ECB agenda at the moment -magazine

* ECB waiting for results of current stimulus steps * Noyer says euro zone “certainly not in deflation” * But inflation too low for too long is…

WRAPUP 1-As G20 chases growth goal, members differ on how to get there

* Germany pushes back at US calls for more fiscal stimulus * Goal of faster global growth more distant as forecasts cut * G20 seeking billions in…

Australia to crack down on international tax loopholes from 2017

Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:18am BST Source Article from http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/09/20/g20-australia-tax-idUKL3N0RK6B820140920?feedType=RSS&feedName=rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews…

American Airlines reaches tentative deal with flight attendants

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc said on Friday it struck a tentative contract agreement with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, an…

UPDATE 1-Merrill Lynch fires brokers for promoting outside hedge fund -source

(Adds URL for BrokerCheck website) NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Merrill Lynch fired two veteran brokers from its Private Banking and Investment Group two weeks ago…

RPT-G20 expects Russia at leaders summit – Australia’s Hockey

(Repeats to attach to alert) CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said on Saturday the Group of 20 expects Russia to attend the…

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…

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

18 September 2014 18 September 2014 Latest summary: This advice has been reviewed and reissued without amendment Download map (PDF) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise…

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.…

Hong Kong

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

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

QPR 0-1 Stoke City: Mame Biram Diouf gives the Potters the lead at Loftus Road

QPR 0-1 Stoke City: Mame Biram Diouf gives the Potters the lead at Loftus Road

Joey Barton is replaced midway through the first-half with a hamstring injury in place of Matt Phillips Mame Biram Diouf gives the visitors the lead after 11…

Jose Enrique sends out warning to Liverpool team-mates after catching Martin Skrtel and Co asleep

Jose Enrique sends out warning to Liverpool team-mates after catching Martin Skrtel and Co asleep

The Liverpool trio were caught on camera sleeping on their way down to London by one eagle-eyed team-mate Brendan Rodgers’ side take on West Ham at Upton…

Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho reveals AC Milan pulled out of a deal to sign him….because of bad teeth!

Aston Villa defender Aly Cissokho reveals AC Milan pulled out of a deal to sign him….because of bad teeth!

AC Milan agreed a £12m deal to sign the defender from Porto in 2009  President Adriano Galliani claimed he was the best left-back in the world But…

REVEALED: How Premier League stars prepare for the big game

REVEALED: How Premier League stars prepare for the big game

QPR tweet out sheet ahead of televised clash with Stoke  Teams run out on the pitch four minutes before kick-off  Coin toss is 80 seconds before start…

Alex Song first met Steven Gerrard as a kid… and the West Ham midfielder can’t wait to do battle with his idol  

Alex Song first met Steven Gerrard as a kid… and the West Ham midfielder can’t wait to do battle with his idol  

Alex Song signed for West Ham United in August  The Cameroonian can’t wait to face Steven Gerrard at Upton Park His cousin Rigobert Song passed on Gerrard’s…

Paul Gustard reveals how he brought bite back to the ruthless Saracens Wolf Pack

Paul Gustard reveals how he brought bite back to the ruthless Saracens Wolf Pack

Saracens coach Paul Gustard reveals the secrets behind the Quins rout The forwards and defence coach works closely with the ‘Wolf-pack’  Gustard was a flanker at Leicester…

SPORT US

10 Things to See in Sports: AP’s top sports photos

Here’s a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. This week’s collection of images includes Serena Williams’…

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…

ALL SPORTS

“Step down won’t stop me getting to the top,” insists Worcester Warrior Sam Smith

“Step down won’t stop me getting to the top,” insists Worcester Warrior Sam Smith

Sam Smith believes his England ambitions will be helped rather than hindered by playing in the Championship for Worcester. The winger, who made his…

Young Gun: George Wacokecoke – Bath wing

Young Gun: George Wacokecoke – Bath wing

As the biggest player on the field, it was hard to understand why rugby was not just about running through people and scoring tries…

RFU and Premiership Rugby reach agreement over World Cup row

THE Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby have agreed a range of measures to address the demands of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2015…

Brendan Gallagher: When rugby passed its screen test

Brendan Gallagher: When rugby passed its screen test

Gareth Thomas is launching his new updated biography Proud on Thursday – which is probably why that amiable old Hollywood slugger Mickey Rourke was…

Aviva Premiership round 3 teams

Bath v Leicester Bath: Luke Arscott; Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Kyle Eastmond, Matt Banahan; George Ford, Chris Cook; Paul James, Rob Webber, David Wilson;…

Greene King IPA Championship round 3 teams

Bristol v Cornish Pirates Bristol: Auguy Slowik; Ryan Edwards, Gareth Maule, Ben Mosses, Andy Short; Matthew Morgan, Craig Hampson; James Hall, Max Crumpton, Anthony…

HEALTH

Ebola health team killed in Guinea

Ebola health team killed in Guinea

19 September 2014 Last updated at 09:58 Some villagers in Guinea have been scared by the appearance…

Cancer test ‘Jolie effect’ found

Cancer test ‘Jolie effect’ found

19 September 2014 Last updated at 09:56 By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website Angelina Jolie…

Ebola team ‘found dead in Guinea’

Ebola team ‘found dead in Guinea’

18 September 2014 Last updated at 22:26 Some villagers in Guinea have been scared by the appearance…

Syria infant deaths ‘due to mix-up’

Syria infant deaths ‘due to mix-up’

18 September 2014 Last updated at 11:17 This girl survived the immunisation mistake but 15 other children…

Ebola team ‘held captive in Guinea’

Ebola team ‘held captive in Guinea’

18 September 2014 Last updated at 17:59 Some villagers in Guinea have been scared at the appearance…

French MSF worker contracts Ebola

French MSF worker contracts Ebola

18 September 2014 Last updated at 12:53 MSF has played a big role in combatting the outbreak…