European leaders take part in a group photo at the European Union summit in Brussels August 30, 2014.    REUTERS/Eric Vidal

EU wields Russia sanctions threat but timing vague

BRUSSELS - The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain.  Full Article | Video 

Cameron says he's 'nervous' over Scottish independence vote 2:04am BST

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was nervous but confident Scots would vote against leaving the United Kingdom when they vote in a referendum on independence next month.

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U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amreli, airdrop aid

7:19am BST

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said.

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China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy

6:05am BST

HONG KONG - Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017.

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Iran nuclear talks to continue on fringes of UN assembly - Ashton

30 Aug 2014

MILAN - The six global powers will discuss ways to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Saturday.

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Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier - video

30 Aug 2014

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.

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Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted

30 Aug 2014

MONROVIA/CONAKRY - Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighbourhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.