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Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal


KIEV - - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion. | Video

Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq a day after mosque shooting

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Bombings across Iraq killed at least 35 people in attacks that appeared to be revenge for an assault on a Sunni mosque that has deepened sectarian conflict. | Video

6:17pm BST

Egypt calls for Gaza ceasefire as fighting rages

GAZA/CAIRO - Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt hostilities and resume peace talks but both sides kept up attacks, including an Israeli air strike which destroyed a residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City. | Video

Israel, World, Middle East, Egypt 7:54pm BST

Britain plans tougher laws to tackle UK jihadists

LONDON - Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley.

1:33pm BST

Forces from Libyan city of Misrata say they seized Tripoli airport

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI Libya - Forces from the Libyan city of Misrata on Saturday seized Tripoli's main airport after more than a month of fighting with a rival group, a Misrata spokesman said.

World, Libya, Middle East 8:42pm BST

Ferguson protest march marks two weeks since police shooting

FERGUSON Mo. - Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, gathered in intense heat on Saturday to pray and mark two weeks since a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager, while supporters of the officer said in a separate rally miles away that the shooting was justified. | Video

7:36pm BST

Boat with 170 Africans on board sinks off Libyan coast

TRIPOLI - A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk in rough seas off the Libyan coast, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Saturday.

World, Africa, Libya, Middle East 3:36pm BST

Fed's Yellen calls for caution on rates; Draghi says ECB ready to act

JACKSON HOLE Wyo. - The Federal Reserve should move cautiously in deciding when to raise interest rates given the U.S. labour market remains bruised from the Great Recession, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday amid calls from policy hawks for a near-term rate hike.

22 Aug 2014

Sierra Leone makes harbouring Ebola victims a crime

FREETOWN/ABIDJAN - Sierra Leone's parliament has made the harbouring of Ebola victims a crime punishable by two years' jail in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus, the justice minister said on Saturday.

World, Africa 8:46pm BST

Yemen government offers to resign to end Houthi protests - source

SANAA - Yemen's government offered on Saturday to resign within a month and to review an unpopular decision to cut fuel subsidies, in an attempt to end protests by the Shi'ite Houthi movement, a government source told Reuters.

Yemen, World, Middle East 4:08pm BST
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