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US President Barack Obama walks from the West Wing to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on August 29, 2014 in Washington, DCThe president is not panicking, even though he admits it feels like world is falling apart.


2014-08-30 20:39:41 -0600

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters guard their position on the Jalawla front line in the northeastern district of Baquba near the city of KhanaqinBy Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S.


2014-08-30 23:02:17 -0600

A Chinese national flag is seen in front of the chimney of a heat supply plant in BeijingBy Michael Martina and James Pomfret BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city's Central business district by disappointed democracy activists. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) said it had endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in a 2017 vote for Hong Kong's next leader. All candidates must first obtain majority backing from a nominating committee likely to be stacked with Beijing loyalists. The relatively tough decision by the NPC - China's final arbiter on the city's democratic affairs - makes it almost impossible for opposition democrats to get on the ballot.


2014-08-31 03:50:59 -0600