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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:40:08 -0400

In this Friday, May 27, 2011, file photo, journalist James Foley responds to questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Boston. A video by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of Foley by the militant group was released Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)Journalist "gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," says mother.


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:45:08 -0400

A worker repaints a star yellow at the top of a Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow blue, on August 20, 2014. The star was painted in yellow and blue, the Ukrainian national colors, by unknown peopleA Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper within sight of the Kremlin on Wednesday, officials said, as fighting in eastern Ukraine has frayed bilateral ties. The Soviet star crowning the Stalin-era skyscraper, located just a kilometre (half a mile) from the Kremlin, was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag. "The flag was attached by unidentified criminals to the top of the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment skyscraper," a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry, Roman Kilkeyev, told AFP. Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have soared since Viktor Yanukovich was chased from power in Ukraine and replaced with a pro-Western government in February.


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:10:28 -0400

A boy looks into a Leopard tank barrel during an army picnic following a military parade marking Polish Armed Forces Day, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Aug.15, 2014. Poland is holding its biggest military parade in years with tanks and soldiers moving through central Warsaw and military aircraft flying overhead. The parade comes on the August 15 holiday that honors a stunning Polish victory against Russian Bolsheviks in 1920. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is prepared to send arms to Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq fighting Islamic State militants, Germany's foreign and defence ministers said on Wednesday. Military equipment such as helmets and security vests would be sent immediately, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, adding that Berlin had agreed also to send weapons. "We can imagine providing further equipment, including weapons. Great Britain, Italy and France have decided to send such goods and we are prepared to do so too," he told reporters. ...


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:33:57 -0400

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry points a finger as he arrives in Sydney. In its latest personal attack on a prominent official, North Korea has called Kerry a wild dog with a "hideous lantern jaw." (AP Photo/Peter Parks, Pool)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw."


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:36:06 -0400

JSDF soldiers and police officers carry the body of a victim in a plastic bag at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in HiroshimaBy Toru Hanai HIROSHIMA (Reuters) - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:13:33 -0400

A man is arrested as police try to disperse a crowd in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Despite some clashes, the overall scene was more restrained than the past five nights.