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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. | Video

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Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions


KIEV/BRUSSELS - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis. | Video

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Sat, Aug 30 2014

Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue


ISLAMABAD - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.

World, Middle East 30 Aug 2014

Fiji says no word on location of UN peacekeepers seized in Golan Heights


UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights - The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers seized by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued but he worried there had been no word on where his men are being held.

Syria, Israel, World 9:07am BST

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


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.

Iraq, World, Middle East 7:19am BST

Solidarity veteran takes Poland to Europe's top table


WARSAW - The son of a carpenter, Donald Tusk came of political age in the cauldron of Poland's "Solidarity" movement, which presaged the fall of communism a quarter of a century ago.

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Macau 're-elects' new leader as authorities stifle democratic rumblings


HONG KONG - Macau, the world's largest gambling hub, re-elected its leader and sole candidate Fernando Chui on Sunday, a widely expected result after the pro-China government stifled an unofficial referendum on democracy.

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Lesotho's deputy premier 'takes reins' in absence of PM - minister


MASERU - Lesotho's deputy prime minister, Mothetjoa Metsing, is in charge of government in the absence of the premier, a government minister said on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Thomas Thabane accused the military of staging a coup.

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Turkish deputy PM Babacan to maintain oversight of economy -officials


ANKARA - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan will retain overall responsibility for the economy in the new government, senior officials told Reuters late on Saturday, a move likely to ease concerns of a turf war within the cabinet.

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Bahrain detains Shi'ite rights activist on arrival at airport

MANAMA - Bahraini authorities detained prominent human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja on Saturday on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport, her mother told Reuters.

World, Bahrain, Middle East 7:21am BST

UK’s strong GDP has a soft centre

The headline - 0.8 percent second-quarter growth - sounds good. But construction shrank and industrial production was weak. Only services were strong. It sounds like a warning of future problems. Expectations of a UK interest rate rise may be delayed, leading the pound down.