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Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State, with the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists and warning: "Our reach is long.

Op-Ed: In the Islamic State there is no 3-R's

Nothing is more valuable than the education of young minds to any nation's longevity. In what was called the Syrian Arab Republic, now the Islamic State, the education of the country's youth is firmly in the hands of radical Islamists.

Obama and US lawmakers turn up heat on IS

Barack Obama and US lawmakers ratcheted up the pressure on the Islamic State on Wednesday, the president declaring there was no hiding place for the jihadists and warning: "Our reach is long.

Snowden: NSA shares Americans' private communications with Israel

The US National Security Agency routinely intercepts Americans' private communications and shares them with Israeli intelligence, according to the latest revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Argentina tries doctors for dictatorship baby thefts

Two doctors and a midwife went on trial in Argentina on Wednesday accused of delivering political prisoners' babies and helping the country's former military regime steal them from their parents.

First French Ebola victim to be flown home from Liberia

The first French Ebola patient was set to be flown home Thursday, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in west Africa.

Russian tycoon's arrest sparks fears of 'second Yukos'

The arrest of a top billionaire sent shockwaves through Russia's business and political circles on Wednesday and prompted fears of a state-orchestrated asset grab similar to the prosecution of ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Fiji coup leader surges ahead in election count

Military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama was on course Thursday to win the South Pacific nation's first election since he staged a bloodless coup in 2006, official data showed.

Air France pilot strike to enter fourth day as talks sputter

Striking Air France pilots dug in their heels Wednesday, rejecting government calls to go back to work and new assurances from management that low-cost operations would not threaten their jobs.

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

21 geniuses just won $625,000 to spend however they want

The names of 21 MacArthur Fellows were revealed early Wednesday. These talented individuals will receieve a gift of $625,000, paid out over five years, to be spent anyway he or she chooses.

Ebola 'fear factor' risks economic disaster, World Bank warns

The World Bank warned Wednesday that fear of the deadly Ebola virus is choking off economic activity in West Africa with potentially "catastrophic" results.

Moscow hails Ukraine self-rule olive branch for east

Russia hailed Wednesday Ukraine's offer of self-rule for separatist rebels in the east under a peace plan seen as the best chance yet of halting five months of bloody warfare.

Boko Haram blamed as 13 die in Nigeria college shooting, blast

Boko Haram insurgents were blamed on Wednesday after at least 13 people were killed during a shoot-out between police and suspected suicide bombers at a teacher training college in northern Nigeria.

Thousands of small businessmen duped into ads in fake cop mags

In a daring and well-thought-out scam, 52 people allegedly conned around 150,000 small businesses and self-employed persons out of 15 million euros ($19.5 million) over a period of 14 years, by pretending to be representatives of the police.

China tries Uighur professor for separatism

Chinese authorities put a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority on trial for separatism Wednesday as critics warned the prosecution will worsen tensions in violence-wracked Xinjiang.

Nigerian preacher under pressure over fatal church collapse

A popular Nigerian preacher and televangelist was under mounting pressure on Wednesday to co-operate with the authorities after a fatal building collapse in Lagos that claimed at least 67 lives.

South Sudan won't expel foreign workers

The government in war-torn South Sudan said Wednesday it will not be expelling any foreign workers, reversing a policy announcement made the previous day that caused a storm of protests from aid agencies and neighbouring countries.

Deadly gunbattles in east Ukraine despite autonomy offer

Fierce gunbattles erupted around the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Wednesday, with two civilians killed just a day after lawmakers in Kiev held out an offer of self-rule to the pro-Russian separatists.

Iraq Jihadists face growing pressure, but no US troops

Elite Iraqi troops backed by US jets battled jihadists near Baghdad Wednesday as President Barack Obama insisted US ground troops would not be deployed to battle the Islamic State group.

Clashes in Bangladesh after top Islamist spared death sentence

Bangladesh's highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.

Iran's current uranium enrichment not acceptable says US

Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable, the top US negotiator said on Tuesday ahead of new nuclear talks with global powers.

EU, Iran to hold fresh nuclear talks

EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in New York for further talks on Tehran's contested nuclear programme, her spokeswoman said.

China's Xi arrives in India on maiden visit

China's President Xi Jinping arrived in India on Wednesday on a maiden visit that will set the tone for relations between Asia's two superpowers.

Thai PM questions if 'tourists in bikinis' safe after murders

Thailand's military ruler on Wednesday questioned whether tourists in bikinis are safe in the kingdom, in comments following the murder of two Britons whose battered bodies were found on a Thai island.

Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

More air attacks on Islamists in Libya

General Saqr Jarrushi, an aide to CIA-linked General Hafter, claimed that their forces carried out an air strike on the town of Gharyan, 120 kilometers southwest of the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Mexico readies airlift of tourists stranded by hurricane

Mexican military and commercial airplanes began to airlift tourists stranded in the Los Cabos resorts after Hurricane Odile left luxury hotels and communities in tatters.

Scotland braces for historic independence vote

The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire on the eve of a knife-edge vote on Thursday that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers.

Wildfires rage across drought-hit California

As many as 6,000 firefighters were battling a wave of wildfires raging across California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures.

Fiji returns to democracy with trouble-free vote

Fijians flocked to vote on Wednesday in the South Pacific nation's first election since a 2006 coup, with officials declaring the poll trouble free and military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama saying he would win.

Seven police dead in Colombia ambush

At least seven police officers were killed and seven wounded when gunmen from the FARC rebel group ambushed their convoy in remote northwestern Colombia, officials said.

Ebola crisis 'spiraling out of control' warns Obama

President Barack Obama issued a global call to action to fight West Africa's Ebola epidemic, warning the deadly outbreak was unprecedented and "spiraling out of control," threatening hundreds of thousands of people.

South Korea detains American trying to swim to the North

South Korean soldiers detained a US citizen trying to swim across the river border into North Korea -- reportedly to meet leader Kim Jong-Un -- the South's defence ministry said on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: The anatomy of perpetual deception in a post-9/11 world

After all we've been through since 9/11 — after fighting a prefabricated enemy created by Washington — Americans still haven't learned a thing. Another illegal war predicated on deception will only make things worse.

French parliament approves jihadist travel ban

France's parliament approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

Iran's current uranium enrichment not acceptable says US

Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable, the top US negotiator said ahead of new nuclear talks with global powers.

US cools talk of combat role in Iraq

The White House and the US military scrambled to play down a suggestion by the nation's top officer that deploying ground forces in Iraq to fight Islamic State jihadists was an option.

How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?

Russia could go even further in Ukraine with the "frozen conflict" strategy it has tried and tested in other countries, and may even end up annexing around half of Ukrainian territory, analysts say.

Who are the 'terrorists' the world needs to fight?

From Washington and Paris to Tehran and Damascus, it seems everyone agrees on the growing need to fight "terrorism". What exactly the word means is another matter entirely.

Russia places billionaire Yevtushenkov under house arrest

Russian authorities said Tuesday they had placed a top billionaire, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, under house arrest pending the results of an investigation of charges against him of money-laundering.

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