Cameron tougher fight with ISIL

Friday, 29 August 2014 10:15
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron says he'll introduce new laws to combat terror suspects, pledging to seize passports to fight what he described as an extremist threat more dangerous than any previously seen. Cameron's remarks came just after authorities on Friday raised the terror threat level to severe, the second highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent.
Syrian rebels continue to hold peacekeepers hostage
Friday, 29 August 2014 09:14
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria on Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations. Both nations remained hopeful the impasse could be resolved without bloodshed. Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said he's been informed his soldiers are unharmed, although he hasn't been able to contact them directly.
Democratic senator's ‘extreme degree of skepticism’ about ISIL strike
Friday, 29 August 2014 07:14
Sen. Chris Murphy says he would be "very unlikely" to support expanding America's military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict. While a vote on launching a new U.S. intervention in the Middle East might put vulnerable Democrats further at risk come November, that's not an excuse for Congress not to…
Pilot in Virginia F-15 crash was killed
Thursday, 28 August 2014 21:04
DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Ground teams planned to resume searching Thursday for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia, according to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman. Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said ground search efforts would start again at 8 a.m. for the missing pilot after being suspended at midnight. Search teams have been searching for the missing pilot since shortly after the jet…
UN: Ebola disease caseload could reach 20,000
Thursday, 28 August 2014 19:02
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine. Ebola has menaced Africa for 40 years, but previously struck in remote villages and was contained fairly quickly. This time, it has spread to…
Army wives urge Russia to come clean on soldiers in Ukraine
Thursday, 28 August 2014 19:02
Several dozen women gathered outside a military base in central Russia on Thursday to demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent to Ukraine. The women -- mostly in their 20s, a few with small children -- huddled outside a base that houses paratroopers in Kostroma, around 300 kilometres (200 miles) north of Moscow. Some 350 soldiers from the city were this month…
Obama on ISIL: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’
Thursday, 28 August 2014 19:02
Declaring “we don’t have a strategy yet,” President Obama poured cold water Thursday on talk that he was poised to order imminent U.S. military strikes on fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria. “My priority at this point is to make sure that the gains that ISIL made in Iraq are rolled back and that Iraq has the opportunity to govern itself effectively and secure itself,” Obama told reporters…
Senator: Time to call conflict a ‘war'
Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:00
With Russian forces apparently rolling across eastern Ukraine, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told Yahoo News on Thursday that it is past time to call the escalating conflict a “war” and to label Moscow’s actions an “invasion.” “By any conventional definition of war, there is war happening between Ukraine and Russia. And it’s been occurring essentially since the invasion of Crimea” in February, Murphy, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations, said in a telephone interview.
Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers
Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:54
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed dozens of government soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base this week. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the militants seized the soldiers in the countryside near the Tabqa airfield on Wednesday. Observatory's director Rami Abdurrahman says the extremists then killed up to 65 soldiers. He says some were shot to death, while others were killed with knives.
Spanish economy grows at fastest pace since 2007
Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:53
Madrid (AFP) - Spain's economy posted its strongest quarterly expansion since 2007 between April and June due to stronger domestic demand, official data showed Thursday, in a further sign of recovery from recession. The Spanish economy, the eurozone's fourth-largest, grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months, the National Statistics Institute said, confirming its preliminary estimate. Year on year the economy grew by 1.2 percent, following four consecutive quarters…
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