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Cameron to woo voters with healthcare spending pledge

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BIRMINGHAM England - British Prime Minster David Cameron will on Wednesday promise increased healthcare spending if voters re-elect him next year -- a political carrot aimed at balancing the stick of welfare cuts set out by his finance minister earlier in the week.

Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations. | Video

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British jets launch their first attacks against Islamic State

LONDON - British Tornado fighter jets have launched their first attacks against Islamic State targets in Iraq since parliament approved combat operations last Friday, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday.

30 Sep 2014

Asian shares slip, dollar near highs; Hong Kong unrest eyed

TOKYO - Asian shares got off on the back foot on Wednesday as continued civil unrest in Hong Kong sapped confidence, while the dollar index was in sight of a four-year high after marking its best quarterly gain in six years.

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Wave of attacks in Shi'ite parts of Baghdad kill 35

BAGHDAD - At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

World, Iraq, Middle East 30 Sep 2014

In al Qaeda attack, lines between Pakistan military, militants blur

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.

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Wife of Briton held by Islamic State calls for his release

LONDON - The wife of a British aid worker being held by Islamic State insurgents made a renewed appeal for his release on Tuesday, a week after receiving an audio message from her husband.

30 Sep 2014

BoE should avoid being too specific when it comes to rates guidance - Miles

LONDON - The Bank of England should avoid being too specific when it tries to guide the public about the future path of interest rates and broadly stick to its current approach, one of its policymakers said on Tuesday.

30 Sep 2014

Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. | Video

Syria, Iraq, World, Middle East 4:21am BST

Catalonia suspends formal campaign on Spain independence vote

MADRID/BARCELONA - Catalonia's regional government said on Tuesday it would temporarily suspend campaigning for a vote on independence from Spain, after Madrid filed a legal block to the referendum.

World, Spain 30 Sep 2014
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