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U.S. military says advisers needed in embattled Iraq province

Oct 31, 2014

U.S. military says advisers needed in embattled Iraq province

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States needs to expand a limited advise-and-assist mission in Iraq into embattled Anbar province, where some Iraqi forces are isolated and in defensive positions against Islamic State, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday. But General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces

Oct 31, 2014

Niger says insurgents kill nine members of security forces

NIAMEY (Reuters) - At least 12 people - including nine members of Niger's security forces - were killed in attacks by unidentified insurgents on Thursday in the western Tillabry region near the border with Mali, the government said. "Terrorist elements carried out simultaneous attacks in Tillabry. Five policemen, two gendarmes and two national guards were killed," it said in the statement signed by the West African state's defence and interior ministers. #Yahoo! #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #cookie #values #aut #rch
Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights

Oct 31, 2014

Myanmar calls meeting of political, military heavyweights

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's president and powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented high-level meeting on Friday with major political parties and ethnic minority groups as cracks widen in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year. The talks are the first of their kind and will see opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet for the first time with the powerful armed forces chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing - talks the Nobel laureate has sought since she became a lawmaker in 2012. Friday's hastily arranged get-together in the capital Naypyitaw comes as a complex peace process with armed ethnic rebels teeters on the brink of collapse and tensions linger over moves by Suu Kyi's party - backed by 5 million petitioners - to amend the constitution and reduce the political clout of a military that ruled Myanmar brutally for 49 years. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #cnt
Bike-riding U.S. nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor

Oct 31, 2014

Bike-riding U.S. nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor

(Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the virus's maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. LePage's office said negotiations with Hickox "have failed despite repeated efforts by state officials" and that he would "exercise the full extent of his authority allowable by law." Hickox left her home in the small Maine town of Fort Kent, along the Canadian border, and television news images showed her taking a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #typeof-registered #cnt
Syrian air strikes kill over 200 civilians in 10 days - monitor

Oct 30, 2014

Syrian air strikes kill over 200 civilians in 10 days - monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Bombing runs by the Syrian air force over the past 10 days have killed at least 221 civilians, a third of them children, a group monitoring Syria's civil war said on Thursday. The intensifying offensive by President Bashar al-Assad's forces has heightened concerns among his opponents that he may be taking advantage of U.S.-led air raids on Islamic State insurgents to regain territory elsewhere in the country. Since Oct #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Orbital Sciences' unmanned rocket explodes on liftoff in Virginia

Oct 29, 2014

Orbital Sciences' unmanned rocket explodes on liftoff in Virginia

(Reuters) - An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but officials said no one was hurt. The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. EDT/2222 GMT carrying a Cygnus cargo ship bound for the space station #content #wcnts #typeof-social #cookie #values #aut #rch #cnt
In Ebola response, Obama's 'czar' stays behind the curtain

Oct 29, 2014

In Ebola response, Obama's 'czar' stays behind the curtain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's not often that a White House official gets mocked on both Saturday Night Live and a major daily newspaper before he makes his first public appearance. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #undefined #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Orbital Sciences' unmanned rocket explodes on liftoff in Virginia - NASA

Oct 29, 2014

Orbital Sciences' unmanned rocket explodes on liftoff in Virginia - NASA

REUTERS - An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, marking the first accident since NASA turned to private operators to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but officials said no one was hurt. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #undefined #cookie #values #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God

Oct 29, 2014

Pope Francis says Big Bang theory does not contradict role of God

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis said on Tuesday. Addressing a meeting of the Pontificial Academy of Sciences, an independent body housed in the Vatican and financed largely by the Holy See, Francis said scientific explanations for the world did not exclude the role of God in creation. "The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it derives directly from a supreme principle that creates out of love," he said. #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #undefined #cookie #values #aut #rch #typeof-registered
Qatar emir to face questions on militant funding on UK state visit

Oct 29, 2014

Qatar emir to face questions on militant funding on UK state visit

LONDON (Reuters) - The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is expected to reject allegations that his country is funding Islamic State (IS) militants during a three-day state visit to Britain which began on Tuesday. Sheikh Tamim's first official visit to Britain since becoming emir in 2013 will include talks with Prime Minister David Cameron and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth #Yahoo! #content #wcnts #wcntn #typeof-social #cookie #values #rco #aut #rch #typeof-registered #cnt
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