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Obama to deploy 3,000 troops as Ebola crisis worsens

Health workers bring woman suspected of having contracted Ebola virus to an ambulance in front of a crowd in MonroviaBy Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Tuesday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control. The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials told reporters. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:40:33 -0400
Islamic State supporter warns of attacks against U.S.: SITE

Flight deck crew member confirms the deck is all clear before a F/A-18C Hornet take offs USS George H.W. Bush in the GulfBEIRUT (Reuters) - A supporter of Islamic State militants has warned of attacks on the United States and its allies if they continue to carry out military action against the group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, the SITE monitoring service said. The message on a well-known militant Islamist online forum is one of the few responses from supporters of Islamic State to Washington's announcement last week that it was prepared to extend airstrikes against the group into Syria. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:57:05 -0400
Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

Union flag fairy lights are pictured outside a cottage supporting the "No" campaign on North Uist in the Outer HebridesBy Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence. With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare spending and the future of the revered National Health System have formed a central part of nationalist Alex Salmond's case for secession. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:11:28 -0400
Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers special status to rebels

Ukraine's President Poroshenko clasps hands with Prime Minister Yatseniuk after a ratification of a landmark association agreement with the European Union during a parliament session in KievBy Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine ratified a sweeping agreement with the European Union on Tuesday - an issue at the heart of the Russia-West crisis over its future - and sought to blunt the independence drive of Russian-backed separatists by offering them temporary and limited self-rule. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:08:09 -0400
U.S. Congress poised to approve aid to moderate Syrian rebels

Rebel fighters make improvised mortar shells inside a weapons factory in IdlibBy Emily Stephenson and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants. The House of Representatives began debating an amendment to a stopgap funding bill that would authorize support for the moderate rebels, who are fighting both the Islamic State and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:28 -0400
Suicide car bomber kills 3 foreign troops in Afghan capital

By Mirwais Harooni and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. troops and a Polish soldier in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. The attack near the heavily fortified embassy wounded 13 Afghan civilians nearby. It came amid a months-long political stalemate and an emboldened insurgency, with a presidential election still unresolved as most foreign combat troops prepare to leave by the end of the year. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:56:58 -0400
Scotland took long road to independence vote

Yes campaign supporters and members of a Scottish historical re-enactment group Ed Hastings right and his wife Sandy Hastings, second right, wearing historical Scottish outfits chat to tourists beside Scotland's National Monument on Calton Hill, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring _ and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago. It's a fitting image for the country as seen by independence campaigners, who hope voters will finish Scotland's incomplete journey to statehood by backing separation from Britain in a referendum on Thursday. Polls suggest the outcome will be close. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring and unfinished, ever since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:24:16 -0400
Valls vows to preserve French social model before vote

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in ParisBy Emile Picy PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms ahead of a parliament confidence vote on Tuesday in which left-wingers have threatened to abstain in protest. The centrist leader is tipped to win parliament backing for his new government, reshuffled after he and President Francois Hollande purged it of rebel ministers last month. But it remains to be seen if he will emerge with enough authority to revamp the euro zone's second largest economy and cut its public deficit. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:23:18 -0400
Iraqi lawmakers reject picks for interior, defense

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 15, 2014 file photo, then Shiite lawmaker and Deputy Parliament Speaker Haider al-Abadi speaks to the media after an Iraqi parliament session in Baghdad. Iraq's new Prime Minister al-Abadi has renounced his British citizenship since assuming office last week, three government officials close to the premier said Sunday, Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)BAGHDAD (AP) Iraq's parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic extremists who have seized a third of the country.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:21:36 -0400
U.S. strikes in Syria won't be 'shock and awe', top general says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday. "We will be prepared to strike ISIL targets in Syria that degrade ISIL's capabilities," General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, using the acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the group's former name. "This won't look like a 'shock and awe' campaign because that's simply not how ISIL is organized. ...

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:19:20 -0400
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