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Ukraine accuses Russia of 'open aggression' as rebels advance

By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffer major reverses in the war with pro-Moscow separatists. Ukraine's military said its forces had been ordered to pull back from a vital airport in the east of the

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri,

Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

By Baz Ratner EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels erupted on Monday on the Golan Heights, where the militants have wrested control of a key frontier crossing which had been operated by the United Nations. It was not clear whether the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had managed to retake control of the Quneitra crossing f

Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy

By Clare Jim and Diana Chan HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy. China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee set the stage for a political showdown on Sunday when it rejected democrats' demand

Britain to pass new laws to counter homegrown Islamist fighters

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce new laws on Monday to try to stop radicalized Britons returning from Syria and Iraq launching attacks on British soil, after a video purportedly showed a London-accented man beheading a U.S. The announcement, expected around 1030 ET, comes after Cameron raised Britain's terrorism alert to its second-highest level last week saying Islamic State (IS) in S

Both sides guilty of atrocities in Iraq fight: U.N. debate

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Both Islamist fighters and Iraqi government forces have killed civilians and committed atrocities in three months of fighting, senior U.N. officials said in an emergency debate on the conflict on Monday. There was "strong evidence" that fighters from Islamic State and linked groups had carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, sexual a

Philippines foils car-bomb plot at airport, shopping mall

The Philippines on Monday foiled a bid to plant car-bombs at its main airport and a nearby shopping mall, authorities said. The motive for the bomb plot was not immediately clear but in the past such attacks in Manila, the capital, and other parts of the largely Christian Philippines have been blamed on al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf group. Agents of the National Bureau of

19 new dengue cases in Japan, linked to Tokyo park

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is urging local authorities to be on the lookout for further outbreaks of dengue fever, after confirming another 19 cases that were contracted at a popular local park in downtown Tokyo.

Iraq violence killed at least 1,420 in August: U.N.

At least 1,420 people were killed in Iraq in August, the United Nations said on Monday, as sectarian violence raged in the center and north of the country. Another 1,370 Iraqis were wounded and 600,000 people forced to flee, the U.N. added, as Islamic State militants, who have grabbed large areas of territory since June, pushed into land controlled by Kurdish troops and targeted religious minoriti

Bosnia police detain 13 Serb ex-soldiers, police suspected of war crimes

Bosnian police on Monday detained 13 former Bosnian Serb soldiers and policemen suspected of taking part in the murder and persecution of hundreds of Bosnian Croats and Muslim Bosniaks early in the country's 1992-95 war. The case was handed over to the Bosnian prosecutors from the Hague-based U.N. war crimes tribunal, which has been relegating cases to the judiciary in ex-Yugoslav countries before

Japan and India agree to boost strategic ties at summit

By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and agreed to accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi also agreed to speed up talks on a so-far elusi

Parents of UK boy with tumor face Spanish hearing

MADRID (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice were at a Madrid courthouse awaiting the start of proceedings Monday on whether to extradite them to the U.K.

Green joins Hamburger SV on loan from Bayern

BERLIN (AP) — Julian Green joined Hamburger SV on a season-long loan from Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich on Monday.

Death toll from Paris building explosion rises to seven

Rosny-sous-Bois (France) (AFP) - The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to seven on Monday, with rescue workers scrambling against time to find one last man still missing. Local prefect Philippe Galli said a woman in her 80s who lived on the first floor was buried under the rubble after the four-storey residential block in the Paris suburb of Rosny-sous-Bois

UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

GENEVA (AP) — Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.

'Blair-like' PM divides French Socialists

Splits in France's ruling Socialist Party, which sparked an emergency government reshuffle last week, continue to widen as members on the left flank snipe at a prime minister they see as attempting a "Tony Blair"-style lurch to the right. President Francois Hollande's party, meeting this weekend to plot their strategy for the coming year, is embroiled in a crisis that mirrors that of France as a

Top Asian News at 10:30 a.m. GMT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on

UEFA charges Legia Warsaw for fans' snarky banner

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Legia Warsaw's legal problems this season continued Monday, when UEFA charged the club over a banner criticizing its disputed exit from the Champions League.

UN says Iraq deaths drop to 1,420 in August

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says the number of Iraqis reported killed in violence has ebbed slightly in August compared to the previous month, with some 1,420 killed.

Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs: rights group

Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria's regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The New York-based group, citing reports from local Kurdish officials and photographic evidence, said IS fighters had used cluster bombs on July 12 and August 14. The group said it was believed to be the first time

Liberia extends stay-home order amid Ebola crisis

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released Monday.

Rwanda disqualification from African Cup upheld

The Confederation of African Football upheld a decision to throw Rwanda out of the African Cup for fielding an ineligible player, saying the country's federation knew that striker Dady Birori had a "double identity" and was using different names and passports for club and international games.

Iraq presses fightback after breaking months-long jihadist siege

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by American strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking the 11-week siege of a Shiite town. The breakthrough to the town of Amerli is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group overran much of the Sunni Arab heartland north a

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activist said.

Parents of British boy with brain tumour appear in court

Brett King, 51, and his wife Naghemeh King, 45, were arrested at the weekend in southern Spain on a European arrest warrant after they removed their son Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, from a southern England hospital barely a week after he had undergone surgery.

Moscow urges Ukraine talks to back cease-fire

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister urged those holding a new round of talks Monday on easing Ukraine's crisis to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.

McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Europe captain Paul McGinley will make his three wild-card picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, with five players seemingly in contention for a late call-up.

Ukrainian forces pull back from airport at Luhansk: Kiev military

Ukrainian forces have pulled back from the main airport at Luhansk in the east of the country after being given the order to do so, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Monday. Earlier, a military statement said Ukrainian paratroopers were fighting a Russian tank battalion in a bid to hold onto the airport outside Luhansk, a separatist stronghold on the border with Russia. "In the Luhansk direct

1,420 people killed in Iraq in August: UN

Violence in Iraq left at least 1,420 people dead in August as Iraqi forces fought to regain areas overrun by jihadist-led militants, the United Nations said on Monday. It said the figures did not include Anbar province, west of Baghdad, and that there were difficulties in verifying incidents in areas where there was fighting or which were outside government control. Kurdish fighters with US air

Top Asian News at 10:00 a.m. GMT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech Monday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on


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