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France tells citizens, Air France to avoid Liberia, Sierra Leone over Ebola

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government on Wednesday recommended its nationals avoid Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the risk associated with the Ebola virus and asked Air…

Talks optimism fades as Ukraine says Russia makes new incursion

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border on Wednesday, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed…

Turkey’s Erdogan says new cabinet to be announced on Friday

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday, and a new…

Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base – social media

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group of them hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at…

Japan PM Abe sent condolences to memorial for convicted war criminals

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a condolence message to a ceremony honouring “martyrs” convicted as war criminals after World War Two, his top spokesman…

WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola

FREETOWN/KINSHASA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola,…

Poroshenko to seek ceasefire after "very tough" talks with Putin

MINSK (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent ceasefire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in…

Silva surges in Brazil election race, threatens Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff’s lead in Brazil’s presidential race, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, paving the way for…

NEWS

IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

IS accused of Syria mass atrocities

27 August 2014 Last updated at 12:48 …

IMF’s Lagarde under investigation

IMF’s Lagarde under investigation

27 August 2014 Last updated at 12:30 …

US girl, nine, kills gun instructor

US girl, nine, kills gun instructor

27 August 2014 Last updated at 09:54 …

Ukraine leader vows peace ‘roadmap’

Ukraine leader vows peace ‘roadmap’

27 August 2014 Last updated at 04:50 …

Colombia frees hired killer ‘Popeye’

Colombia frees hired killer ‘Popeye’

27 August 2014 Last updated at 05:13 …

Brazil holds TV election debate

Brazil holds TV election debate

27 August 2014 Last updated at 05:26 …

American ‘fighter’ dies in Syria battle

American ‘fighter’ dies in Syria battle

27 August 2014 Last updated at 00:07 …

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

Long-term Gaza ceasefire agreed

26 August 2014 Last updated at 21:25 …

Hollande names new French cabinet

Hollande names new French cabinet

26 August 2014 Last updated at 21:02 …

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HUMAN RIGHTS

Viet Nam: Police beatings outside court amid crackdown on activism

The Vietnamese authorities must stop attacks on peaceful activists, Amnesty International said today after three human rights defenders were sentenced to jail and police beat and arrested their…

Dalai Lama: ‘Hope for the best – prepare for the worst’

On the sidelines of his visit to Hamburg, the Dalai Lama talked exclusively to Deutsche Welle about his optimism for Tibet, the situation in Iraq and Syria, and…

Taiwan chases away Chinese fighter planes from its airspace

Taiwanese officials said Tuesday that its air force had to chase away two Chinese fighter jets that breached its airspace without warning. One Chinese maritime patrol aircraft entered…

Dalai Lama’s security upgradation in limbo as suggested technology unavailable in India

Even as the Tibetan government-in-exile remains apprehensive over the threat perception to the Dalai Lama — particularly from Shugden followers, the upgradation proposed in the security of the…

China executes Tiananmen Square attackers

China has executed eight people for “terrorist attacks”, including three it described as “masterminding” a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 2013, state media announced. The…

China, Tibet, and Marxist Propaganda

China, Tibet, and Marxist Propaganda

Claude Arpi By Claude Arpi ON THE WEB, 23 August 2014 Xinhua recently released a text called the ‘Lhasa Consensus’. It is said to be the resolutions reached…

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

Abuse report police chief to stay

Abuse report police chief to stay

27 August 2014 Last updated at 16:45 …

Brown and Darling in referendum call

Brown and Darling in referendum call

27 August 2014 Last updated at 17:08 …

Bercow ‘open’ to splitting clerk job

Bercow ‘open’ to splitting clerk job

27 August 2014 Last updated at 14:36 Sources close to John Bercow insist Carol Mills was chosen…

Met chief backs ‘new control orders’

Met chief backs ‘new control orders’

27 August 2014 Last updated at 13:57 Measures similar to control orders should be re-introduced…

Anti-independence firms make case

Anti-independence firms make case

26 August 2014 Last updated at 22:17 More than 130 businesses have signed a letter saying…

Primary school places budget squeeze

Primary school places budget squeeze

27 August 2014 Last updated at 08:22 By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent Schools have faced…

Finance

UPDATE 1-ECB hires BlackRock to help develop ABS plan

(Adds context, response from BlackRock) FRANKFURT Aug 27 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank has hired BlackRock Solutions to provide consultancy services in its preparations for a…

U.S. SEC adopts final rules for credit agency reforms

WASHINGTON Aug 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, in a public vote, adopted final rules to reform credit rating agencies, which played…

UPDATE 1-Valeant, Ackman get Oct. 6 trial over Allergan special meeting

(Adds details and background, paragraphs 3-8) By Tom Hals WILMINGTON, Del. Aug 27 (Reuters) – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc and activist investor William Ackman got their request…

UK’s FTSE perked up by Petrofac

* FTSE 100 closes up 0.1 pct at 6,830.66 points * Petrofac rises on positive broker comments * Sainsbury and Tesco fall on weak sales data By…

UPDATE 1-Helaba, BNY Mellon team up for German companies’ Asian push

* Helaba, big savings banks, BNY Mellon form joint venture * Move to help German “Mittelstand” boost trade with Asia * Helaba says strongly capitalised for ECB…

UPDATE 3-RBS mortgage fine deals blow to boss McEwan

* Failings found in mortgage affordability assessments * 30,000 customers sold mortgages during review period * RBS writing to customers inviting them to raise concerns * RBS…

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…

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…

Cape Verde

20 August 2014 20 August 2014 Latest update: Summary – Guidance on Ebola virus disease There is no British Embassy in Cape Verde. If you need consular…

Guinea-Bissau

20 August 2014 20 August 2014 Latest update: Summary and Political situation section An outbreak of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia…

UK TRAVEL NEWS

A40 eastbound access from A4137 | Eastbound | Other Unplanned

A40 eastbound access from A4137 | Eastbound | Other Unplanned

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A500 northbound between A52/A5006 and B5045 | Northbound | Overturned Vehicle

A500 northbound between A52/A5006 and B5045 | Northbound | Overturned Vehicle

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A500 northbound between A50 and A52/A5007 | Northbound | Congestion

A500 northbound between A50 and A52/A5007 | Northbound | Congestion

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A40 eastbound between A4137 and A49 | Eastbound | Accident

A40 eastbound between A4137 and A49 | Eastbound | Accident

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M25 anti-clockwise between J21 and J20 | Anti-clockwise | Congestion

M25 anti-clockwise between J21 and J20 | Anti-clockwise | Congestion

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M25 Buckinghamshire | Anti-clockwise | Serious Incident | Road closed

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SPORT UK

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will not choose a new captain until transfer window has closed

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will not choose a new captain until transfer window has closed

Spurs skipperMichael Dawson has left the club to join Hull City Younes Kaboul has captained Tottenham in the Premier League so far But Mauricio Pochettino says he…

Roma defender Ashley Cole visits the Colosseum in Rome ahead of Serie A debut against Fiorentina 

Roma defender Ashley Cole visits the Colosseum in Rome ahead of Serie A debut against Fiorentina 

Ashley Cole posted a picture of himself outside the Colosseum on Twitter Former Chelsea defender says he is ‘loving the Rome summer lifestyle’ Cole could make his…

Manuel Almunia retires after Cagliari discover former Arsenal man has heart problem

Manuel Almunia retires after Cagliari discover former Arsenal man has heart problem

Manuel Almunia was close to completing a deal to join Cagliari  However the Spaniard failed a medical due to a problem with his heart Almunia will now…

Cheshire girl wins £1250 after accidentally betting on MK Dons to beat Manchester United 4-0

Cheshire girl wins £1250 after accidentally betting on MK Dons to beat Manchester United 4-0

Holly Griffiths won £1250 on a free bet 20-year-old bet on MK Dons to beat Manchester United 4-0 in League Cup Griffiths said she had meant to…

Manchester City can avoid Champions League ‘group of death’ after improved seeding, says Pablo Zabaleta 

Manchester City can avoid Champions League ‘group of death’ after improved seeding, says Pablo Zabaleta 

Manchester City will be seeded higher in this year’s Champions League Pablo Zabaleta hopes City can avoid a difficult group City have faced Bayern Munich, Barcelona and…

Button’s McLaren career uncertain

Button’s McLaren career uncertain

Jenson Button’s Formula 1 career is hanging in the balance as McLaren continue their pursuit of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. McLaren have been…

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

20 Questions: Seb Stegmann – London Welsh wing

20 Questions: Seb Stegmann – London Welsh wing

Much of a break this summer? Didn’t seem like it. We were straight back after three weeks but I managed to squeeze in a…

Jeremy Guscott’s verdict: You only get one shot with this brilliant side… take it!

Jeremy Guscott’s verdict: You only get one shot with this brilliant side… take it!

We have only to see a little sign of weakness to jump on a bandwagon thinking that this New Zealand side are over the…

Nick Cain: Let’s draft top young talent each season

Nick Cain: Let’s draft top young talent each season

What do Dan Cole, Billy Twelvetrees, Tom Youngs and Owen Farrell of the current England squad have in common? The answer is that they…

Dream Team: Pete Browne – London Welsh and former Harlequins & Newcastle lock

Dream Team: Pete Browne – London Welsh and former Harlequins & Newcastle lock

1. Joe Marler – A great player, Supreme at the scrum and can also make a big impact in the loose. Thoroughly deserves the…

EXCLUSIVE: Clubs in threat to play during World Cup

EXCLUSIVE: Clubs in threat to play during World Cup

Simmering tensions between Premiership Rugby and the RFU over World Cup compensation are set to explode, with increasingly angry clubs threatening to play through…

Team bases confirmed for 2015 Rugby World Cup

England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, has today announced the list of 41 Team Bases which will host the…

HEALTH

Nigeria closes schools over Ebola

Nigeria closes schools over Ebola

27 August 2014 Last updated at 10:58 Children in Nigeria will be on holiday for a further…

Hormone ‘protects premature babies’

Hormone ‘protects premature babies’

27 August 2014 Last updated at 09:01 By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website Premature birth…

‘Ban E-cig use indoors,’ says WHO

‘Ban E-cig use indoors,’ says WHO

26 August 2014 Last updated at 14:33 By Smitha Mundasad Health reporter, BBC News There are more…

Hormone ‘protects premature babies’

Hormone ‘protects premature babies’

27 August 2014 Last updated at 00:04 Premature birth can have long-term health effects for children …

UK Ebola patient gets test drug

UK Ebola patient gets test drug

26 August 2014 Last updated at 17:25 William Pooley volunteered to look after patients in Sierra Leone…

‘UK Ebola nurse gets test drug’

‘UK Ebola nurse gets test drug’

26 August 2014 Last updated at 16:42 William Pooley volunteered to look after patients in Sierra Leone…