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- France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor PARIS (AP) — France's president is calling on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel.
- Israelis search Jerusalem forest for missing American student
Israeli police and volunteers searched a forest on the southern edge of Jerusalem on Thursday for a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week while out for a hike. Aaron Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on Friday while walking in woods not far from Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. In June, three Israeli seminary students, all teenagers, were kidnapped while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank, some 30 km (20 miles) south of Jerusalem, and later found dead.
- UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that.
- Cameron suffers blow as MP defects to UKIP
By Andrew Osborn and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a setback on Thursday when a lawmaker from his ruling Conservative party unexpectedly defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) party, which wants Britain to leave the European Union. The move, by Douglas Carswell, a Eurosceptic, comes eight months before a national election in which UKIP threatens Cameron's re-election chances. UKIP won May's European elections in Britain after taking votes from the Conservatives. Carswell, 43, said he was standing down as a Conservative member of parliament with immediate effect because he had lost faith in Cameron's promises to try to renegotiate Britain's EU ties if he wins power again next year.
- UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000
- Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials.
- Vivendi picks Telefonica in GVT fight
By Leila Abboud and Lisa Jucca PARIS/MILAN (Reuters) - French media group Vivendi said it would enter into exclusive talks with Telefonica over the sale of its Brazilian broadband unit GVT, choosing the Spanish group over a rival bid from Telecom Italia . Telefonica bid more than Telecom Italia for GVT to ensure that it won the broadband and pay-TV provider, which it will fold into Brazil's leading mobile carrier Vivo . For Vivendi, the GVT sale caps a tumultuous two-year revamp in which it sold off three telecom businesses and its video games arm so as to pay down debt and focus more on media and content. Vivendi will get 4.66 billion euros($6.14 billion) in cash from Telefonica, which raised the cash part of a previous bid on Thursday to see off the Telecom Italia challenge.
- Scottish business leaders split as Cameron makes case to stay in Britain
By Alistair Smout GLASGOW (Reuters) - A split in Scotland's business elite over independence widened on Thursday, with supporters of secession arguing the economic benefits of going it alone after a rival group had sung the praises of the United Kingdom. On Thursday, a group of 200 Scottish business leaders, including Stagecoach head Brian Souter and engineering tycoon Jim McColl of Clyde Blowers, joined forces in a newspaper letter to back Scotland's breakaway. A day earlier, 130 business leaders, among them the heads of BHP Billiton, temporary power provider Aggreko and HSBC bank, signed an open letter opposing independence, voicing fears of its impact on business. Latest opinion polls show support for independence has gained ground, but is still trailing the pro-union camp.
- Ukraine's OSCE envoy says Russian forces seized city By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said on Thursday that regular Russian forces had seized the southeastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border. Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters that "what we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine". Speaking on the sidelines of an extraordinary OSCE meeting in Vienna, he added: "The city of Novoazovsk and a number of other cities close to this one have been seized by regular Russian forces".
- More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO military officer NATO believes well over 1,000 Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine, a NATO military officer said on Thursday. "We assess well over 1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine," he said at NATO's military headquarters in southern Belgium. "They are supporting separatists (and) fighting with them." Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of bringing troops into the southeast of the country in support of pro-Moscow separatist rebels. The NATO officer showed reporters a satellite picture, dated Aug. 23, of Russian self-propelled artillery lined up inside eastern Ukraine.
- Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers
- Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France
- US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus.
- At least 60 killed in central Nigeria communal battle: police Fighting between Fulani herdsmen and farmers from the Eggon ethnic group has left at least 60 people dead in central Nigeria, mostly from machete cuts, police said on Thursday. The clashes broke out on Wednesday in Nasawrawa state, a week after some Eggon villagers accused Fulanis of stealing cattle, Nasarawa police spokesman Umaru Ismaila said by telephone. "Some bodies were burned beyond recognition." Hundreds have been killed in the past year in clashes pitting the semi-nomadic, cattle-herding Fulani people against settled communities that practice a mix of farming and cattle rearing, driven mostly by disputes over land use. Sometimes communal clashes in Nigeria appear to take on a sectarian character, as in some parts of the "Middle Belt" area around Jos, whose indigenous farming communities are largely Christian, while the Fulanis are overwhelmingly Muslim.
- West African states call for end to border closures over Ebola ACCRA (Reuters) - West African states should reopen borders and end flight bans imposed in a bid to halt the spread of an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,550 people, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said on Thursday. ECOWAS countries and airlines will take their own decisions on whether to reopen borders and end flight bans but the view of the main regional body, expressed at a meeting of ECOWAS health ministers in Ghana's capital, is likely to prove influential. (Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Daniel Flynn)
- US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated WASHINGTON (AP) — US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated.
- France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight
PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.
- Ukraine, NATO, US: Russian forces inside Ukraine NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO and U.S. officials backed up that assessment.
- Phone call data may alter Malaysia jet search area
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone.
- Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power
By Gulsen Solaker and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's 12th president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in what his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian rule. Reading the oath of office in a ceremony in parliament, Erdogan vowed to protect Turkey's independence and integrity, to abide by the constitution and by the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern secular republic. Moments after being sworn in, Erdogan appointed outgoing foreign minister as acting prime minister, according to an announcement in the official gazette. Members of parliament from Turkey's main opposition CHP walked out moments before Erdogan took his oath, while party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu boycotted the event entirely, accusing Erdogan of breaching the constitution by remaining in office as prime minister after his presidential victory.
- Turkish President Erdogan appoints Davutoglu acting prime minister ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appointed outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu as acting prime minister on Thursday, according to an announcement in the official gazette, moments after being sworn in as Turkey's 12th head of state. Davutoglu will oversee Turkey's existing cabinet until Erdogan asks him to form a new government, whose members are expected to be announced on Friday. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Jonny Hogg)
- German lawmaker says EU must impose new sanctions on Russia Europe needs to respond to the escalation of violence in Ukraine by agreeing to further sanctions against Russia at a European Union meeting this weekend, a leading German conservative and close ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. The chairman of the German parliament's foreign policy committee, Norbert Roettgen, told Reuters in an interview that further sanctions were needed as a preventative measure. "There must be new sanctions as an answer and that needs to be discussed at the summit and, ideally, agreed to right away," Roettgen said. "Any hesitation would be seen by (Russian President Vladimir) Putin as European weakness that would encourage him to keep going." "We've now got a situation in which it is clear that Russia is militarily present in Ukraine with tanks and soldiers." (Reporting Andreas Rinke;
- Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al Jazeera -security sources Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite news channel, security sources said on Thursday. Relations between Qatar, a Gulf Arab state, and Egypt have been tense since mid-2013 when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled the Islamist Mursi after mass protests against his rule. Qatar supported Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood.
- Spanish economy grows at fastest pace since 2007
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. It is Spain's best quarterly growth figure since the final three-month period of 2007, when the economy grew by 0.7 percent.
- Qantas slumps to record loss of US$2.65 billion
Australian flag carrier Qantas on Thursday posted a record annual net loss of Aus$2.84 billion (US$2.65 billion), but chief executive Alan Joyce insisted clearer skies lie ahead after aggressively cutting costs. Qantas's underlying loss before tax in the 12 months to June 30 -- its preferred measure of financial performance, which excludes one-off costs and writedowns -- was Aus$646 million, slightly better than forecast. Qantas in February announced it was axing 5,000 jobs, deferring aircraft deliveries, freezing growth at Asian offshoot Jetstar and cutting routes in a bid to turn around its fortunes. With our accelerated Qantas Transformation programme we are already emerging as a leaner, more focused and more sustainable Qantas Group.
- Deliveries roll following deal in supermarket feud TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of a New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that the beloved former CEO is back in control after buying the entire company.
- Ebola vaccine trials being fast-tracked: researchers
Safety trials on an Ebola vaccine are being fast-tracked, meaning it could be given to healthy volunteers as early as September, researchers said Thursday. The vaccine will be given to volunteers in Britain, the Gambia and Mali in a bid to tackle the spread of an epidemic which has spread across west Africa, killing 1,552 so far. The move was announced by pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline -- which is developing the vaccine with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) -- and London-based medical charity Wellcome Trust, which is contributing to a grant to pay for the trials. "A candidate Ebola vaccine could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK, the Gambia and Mali as early as September, as part of a series of safety trials of potential vaccines," the statement said.
- Ebola death toll 'could reach 20,000' before outbreak ends
Ebola-hit nations met for crisis talks on Thursday as the death toll topped 1,500 and the World Health Organization warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000 before the outbreak is stemmed. Nigeria meanwhile announced the virus had reached its oil-producing hub, dashing hopes that the country had successfully contained its spread outside its biggest city, Lagos. Health ministers from member states of the West African regional bloc ECOWAS were meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to discuss how to strengthen its response to the devastating outbreak. As of August 26, 1,552 people had died from the virus in four countries -- Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria -- while 3,062 had been infected, the WHO said in Geneva.
- Syria air strike kills Islamic State commanders: monitor A Syrian government air strike killed commanders of the Islamic State group in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor on Thursday, including Syrians, Arabs and foreigners, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war, said. Syrian state TV reported that the army "eliminated more than 10 terrorists" in an attack east of Deir al-Zor airport, including two men it named as Islamic State leaders in the province, and destroyed 14 armored vehicles. The Observatory, which says it gathers information from all sides in the Syrian conflict, reported that Syrian war planes had struck a building used as a headquarters by Islamic State while a meeting of its commanders was underway.
- EU seeks to secure winter gas supply in Ukraine crisis: Oettinger European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday the bloc was seeking to fill its gas storage facilities and de-escalate a row between Ukraine and Russia in order to safeguard its own gas shipments from Russia in the 2014/15 winter. Ukraine warned Europe on Wednesday Russia could cut off gas to the continent this winter, but Moscow said the supplies would continue regardless of the political situation. Oettinger told Germany's ARD television diplomacy to defuse tensions between Kiev and Moscow was of the highest importance. "We need a solution that prevents an escalation between Ukraine and Russia," he said.
- Ukraine rebel leader says Russian soldiers in their ranks: Russian state TV East Ukrainian pro-Russian separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko said serving Russian soldiers, on leave from their posts, are fighting Ukrainian troops alongside the rebels, Russian state television reported. "Among us are fighting serving soldiers, who would rather take their vacation not on a beach but with us, among brothers, who are fighting for their freedom," said Zakharchenko in an interview posted on Vesti.ru, the Internet site of a Russian state television station.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko says Russian troops have been brought into Ukraine Ukrainian President Poroshenko said on Thursday Russian forces had been "brought into Ukraine" and he called an urgent meeting of Ukraine's security and defense council to decide the next steps to take in the crisis. "I made the decision to cancel a working visit to the Republic of Turkey in connection with the rapidly deteriorating situation in Donetsk region, in particular in Amvrosiyivka and Starobesheve, as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine," he said in a statement on the presidential website.
- Ukraine rebel leader says targeting strategic port By Anton Zverev DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow rebel forces in Ukraine gained a foothold on the Sea of Azov on Thursday and their objective is to fight their way down the coast to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, the leader of the main separatist entity said. Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told Reuters in an interview that about 3,000 Russian volunteers were serving in the rebel ranks. "Today we reached the Sea of Azov, the shore, and the process of liberating our land, which is temporarily occupied by the Ukrainian authorities, will keep going further and further," Zakharchenko said in the city of Donetsk, the main rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine.
- Oettinger says EU's Russian gas via Ukraine probably safe European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday he does not expect Europe to suffer interruptions of Russian gas supplies that go through Ukraine, but he could not rule it out completely. Addressing a meeting of German and Balkan leaders in Berlin, Germany's EU commissioner said it was important not to allow the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom to become too powerful when it comes to the ownership of gas pipelines. Russia, Europe's biggest supplier of gas meeting almost a third of demand in the region, cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June in a dispute over unpaid bills but Russian gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine have been flowing uninterrupted since.
- France's Hollande says 'unacceptable' if Russian troops in Ukraine PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that it would be "intolerable and unacceptable" if it was proved true that Russian troops had entered Ukrainian territory. "Europe will maintain (sanctions), even increase them if the escalation increases. I don't want it because it is neither in Russia's nor our interest," Hollande told an annual conference of French diplomats in Paris. "Russia cannot hope to be a 21st century power yet not respect the rules." (Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Andrew Callus)
- Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk asks U.S., EU and G7 to freeze Russian assets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk appealed to the United States, European Union and G7 countries on Thursday to freeze Russian assets until Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian territory. At a government meeting, Yatseniuk asked "the U.S., and EU, G7 countries to freeze Russian assets and finances until Russia withdraws armed forces, equipment and agents." He also said the finance ministry would sell $340 million to the central bank to support reserves and help stabilize the hryvnia. ...
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- Search efforts to resume for missing pilot
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.
- Russian village's graves may tie Kremlin to fighting in Ukraine By Denis Pinchuk VYBUTY Russia (Reuters) - In a public cemetery in an area of north-west Russia dominated by the Pskov military base are two freshly-dug graves that some locals believe hold the bodies of two Russian paratroopers killed last week fighting alongside rebels in Ukraine. It is difficult to find out who is in the graves, possibly because the identity could raise awkward questions for Russia. The Kremlin has denied helping the pro-Moscow rebels fighting government forces but Ukraine says Russia has sent in troops and the rebels say they have Russian soldiers in their ranks. A social media page announcing the death of the man in the photograph appears to have disappeared.
- Doctor dies of Ebola in Nigeria's oil hub Port Harcourt
A doctor in Nigeria's oil industry hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola fever, after he was infected by man linked to the first case in Africa's most populous country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Heath Ministry spokesman Dan Nwomeh said on his Twitter feed that the doctor had treated a primary contact of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who brought Ebola to Lagos. His death brings the number of Ebola fatalities in Nigeria to 6. The total number of recorded cases had risen by two to 15, Nwomeh said, the other one being the wife of the doctor who is showing Ebola symptoms and whose test results are awaited.
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