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Russia and ISIS take center stage on Obama's Europe trip

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 05:05
President Obama leaves for Europe Tuesday with stops in Estonia and a NATO summit in Wales amid escalating crises in Ukraine and in Iraq and Syria, crises that are having a direct impact on a number of European nations. While the Russian threat in Ukraine will be the focus of the upcoming summit, the meeting also puts President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel face to face with European countries…
Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 05:05
Kiev (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Western powers Tuesday "there is no military solution" to the Ukraine crisis, after the government in Kiev accused Russia of launching a "great war". As NATO prepares to upgrade its combat readiness in eastern Europe, Ban said he was greatly concerned at developments in Ukraine and wanted to avoid further deterioration to "a very chaotic and dangerous situation". "I know the European Union, the Americans and…
U.S. military targets al-Shabab in Somalia
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 04:05
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader. Al-Shabab had attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people a year ago this month and the U.S. had targeted planners of the bloody assault. There was no immediate comment from al-Shabab and U.S.
Peru police display record 7.7-ton cocaine haul
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 01:02
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian police displayed in a Lima airport police hangar on Monday what officials called the largest cocaine haul ever in the Andean nation, 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons). Seized in a raid last week, the drugs were flown to the capital Monday and unloaded in boxes from an Antonov police transport plane by officers wearing white jackets and surgical masks. Interior Minister Daniel Urresti, flanked by the police chief and counternarcotics…
'No military solution' to Ukraine crisis, UN chief warns
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 01:02
Kiev (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Western powers Tuesday "there is no military solution" to the Ukraine crisis, after the government in Kiev accused Russia of launching a "great war". As NATO prepares to upgrade its combat readiness in eastern Europe, Ban said he was greatly concerned at developments in Ukraine and wanted to avoid further deterioration to "a very chaotic and dangerous situation". "I know the European Union, the Americans and…
U.S. military targets extremists in Somalia
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 01:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said. Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. was assessing the results and would provide more information when appropriate. No further details were available. The U.S. action comes after Somalia's government forces regained control of a high security prison in the capital that was attacked Sunday by seven heavily armed suspected Islamic militants who…
Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.
Monday, 01 September 2014 23:00
(Reuters) - McDonald's line cooks, Burger King cashiers and other fast-food restaurant workers across the U.S. plan to walk off the job on Thursday in an ongoing battle with their employers to gain a $15 hourly wage, organizers said on Monday. The protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term…
California high school drops mascot criticized by Arab-American group
Monday, 01 September 2014 20:59
(Reuters) - A California high school has retired its Middle Eastern-themed mascot and accompanying belly dancers and redrawn its logo after criticism from Arab-Americans that they played on harmful stereotypes, a group advocating for the change said on Monday. Coachella Valley High School agreed to use a new image of a stoic-looking Arab man to represent its sports teams, dubbed "the Arabs," said Abed Ayoub, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which worked with…
Chinese opt to study, but not stay, in US: report
Monday, 01 September 2014 18:54
China remains by far the largest source country for foreign students coming to the US for higher education, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. From 2008 to 2012, more than 1.1 million foreign students attended school in the US, and China comprised the largest portion of that group, with 285,000 students entering the US with F-1 student visas, showed the new study The Geography of Foreign Students in US Higher Education: Origins…
US Economy: Obama Pushes For Increase In Minimum Wage, 'Economic Patriotism'
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:54
President Obama Monday pushed for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 and urged Americans not to "reward companies that ship jobs and profits overseas" in a Labor Day speech before an outdoor crowd in Milwaukee. Obama chastised Republicans in Congress for blocking legislation to raise the minimum wage, urging the crowd to keep pushing for it and assuring that eventually "we’ll break those folks down." "That’s how I got Michelle to marry me…

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