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Wilshere excited by Walcott return to fitness at Arsenal

5 hours 36 min ago

LONDON (Reuters) - England international Theo Walcott's imminent return cannot come soon enough for Arsenal team mate Jack Wilshere. Walcott needed surgery after rupturing knee ligaments against Tottenham Hotspur in January but his rehabilitation is almost complete and England midfielder Wilshere believes the winger's comeback will spark the north London club's season. "I've never played with someone before who times their runs so perfectly and keeps doing it, time after time," Wilshere told Arsenal's website (www.arsenal.com) on Monday. "He gives us something different, he gives us pace. ...


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U.N. rights boss urges Venezuela to free opposition leader

5 hours 39 min ago

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Top United Nations human rights official Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein called on Monday for the release of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and scores of others detained in a crackdown on protests that began in February. Zeid said in a statement issued after meeting Lopez' wife Lilian Tintori in Geneva on Friday that the "prolonged and arbitrary detention" of political opponents and protesters was only exacerbating tensions in the oil-rich Andean country. A U.N. ...


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U.N. would offer humanitarian support in Syria safe zones - Amos

5 hours 41 min ago
By Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - The United Nations would offer humanitarian assistance for proposed "safe zones" inside Syria even if they were created without a Security Council resolution, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official Valerie Amos said on Monday. An estimated 3 million people have fled Syria since 2011, when an uprising began against President Bashar al-Assad. About half of them are in neighbouring Turkey, which wants the zones to be set up in Syria close to the its border where civilians could be protected from the civil war. ...
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Benghazi attack suspect Khatallah pleads not guilty to murder

5 hours 43 min ago
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a Libyan militant accused of participating in the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, pleaded not guilty on Monday to 17 new charges related to the attack, including some that carry the death penalty. Khatallah appeared at the brief hearing wearing a green prison jumpsuit with his hair trimmed but long beard intact. He did not speak, and his lawyer, public defender Michelle Peterson, entered the plea on his behalf. ...
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Our Passé President

5 hours 44 min ago

For a president once mocked by his critics as little more than a celebrity, it was the ultimate indignity: Scores of people left a packed campaign rally Sunday before President Obama finished speaking.


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Obama praises Supreme Court's gay marriage orders

5 hours 44 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage orders may have the biggest impact of any ruling of his presidency.
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EU offers benefits of 'orphan' disease status to Ebola drugs

5 hours 44 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's medicines regulator said on Monday it was ready to offer Ebola treatments and vaccines the benefits of "orphan" drug status -- including extended market exclusivity -- in a bid to encourage their development. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said orphan status could be granted for experimental drugs intended for life-threatening conditions affecting no more than five in 10,000 people in the European Union, as is the case for Ebola. ...
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At least 30 killed in northeast Nigeria clashes despite 'truce'

5 hours 46 min ago
MAIDUGURI (Reuters) - At least 25 suspected Boko Haram insurgents were killed in clashes between soldiers and the Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria and five civilians were killed in fighting elsewhere in the region, a military source and residents said on Monday. A ceasefire agreement between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government was expected to lead to the liberation of more than 200 school girls kidnapped by the militants six months ago, and talks were due to continue in neighbouring Chad on Monday. ...
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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata air bags

5 hours 48 min ago

By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States on Monday because of potentially defective front passenger air bag inflators from Japan's Takata Corp that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to U.S. safety regulators. That raised the number of vehicles affected by regional recalls launched in June by several automakers due to the Takata air bags to more than 4.5 million. ...


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Williams, Halep enjoy opening wins at WTA Finals

5 hours 54 min ago

By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia's Ana Ivanovic to open the defence of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament on Monday. In the second match, Romania's Simona Halep joined Williams at the top of the Red Group standings after the world number four brushed aside Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-3 on the purple hardcourt at Singapore's Indoor Stadium. ...


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DCCC raises $17M in September, NRCC raises $11M

5 hours 58 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite long odds of toppling Republicans' majority, House Democrats' campaign committee raised $16.7 million last month and began October with more than $34 million for the final weeks before Election Day, officials said Monday.


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Euro zone banks to repay 4.5 billion euros of LTRO money next week - traders

6 hours 6 min ago

(Reuters) - Banks in the euro zone will next week repay 4.5 billion euros (3.56 billion pounds) of the long-term loans taken roughly three years ago to weather the financial crisis, a Reuters poll of euro zone money market traders found. That is down from 5.8 billion to be repaid this week. The European Central Bank's asset quality review will enhance transparency and help restore confidence in the continent's banking system, 16 of 21 traders polled said. "All banks were treated with the same criteria and therefore it's more transparent. ...


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Aquino rejects call to annul U.S.-Philippines forces agreement over murder case

6 hours 8 min ago

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino rejected on Monday calls to tear up the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States after an American serviceman was charged with the murder of a transgender Filipino outside a former U.S Navy base. U.S. Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton is accused of murdering Jeffrey Laude, who also goes by the name Jennifer, in Olongapo City, about 50 km (30 miles) north of Manila. Pemberton is under the custody of his superiors aboard USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship docked in Subic Bay, a former U.S. ...


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U.S. reports 12 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq

6 hours 10 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military conducted six air strikes against Islamic State militants near the Syrian border town of Kobani on Sunday and Monday, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement. U.S. forces, in coordination with Iraqi ground troops, also conducted six air strikes against the militant group in Iraq near Fallujah and Bayji with help from France and the United Kingdom, Central Command said. In Iraq, three of the U.S. ...
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Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga spokesman says prepared to send fighters to Kobani

6 hours 10 min ago
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi Kurdish region is prepared to send backup forces from its Peshmerga militia to the Syrian town of Kobani to join the fight there against Islamic State jihadists, a regional government spokesman said. "There are efforts and we are prepared to send some back-up forces either by land or air," said Jabar Yawar, spokesman for the government's peshmerga ministry. Turkey said earlier on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in Kobani. (Reporting By Isabel Coles, Ned Parker, editing by John Stonestreet)
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Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 29

6 hours 15 min ago

By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - A programme to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles has approved two new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 29, according to a report released on Monday by the lawyer overseeing the programme. Since it began accepting claims on Aug. 1, the programme has received a total of 1,517 claims for deaths and injuries, according to the report by the office of Kenneth Feinberg, who GM has tapped to run the programme. ...


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EU governments agree to ban jet fuel exports to Syria

6 hours 16 min ago
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union governments agreed on Monday to ban the export of jet fuel to Syria because it is being used for air attacks on civilians, the EU said. The step is part of a tightening of EU sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which is locked in a three-year-old civil war. EU governments "reached a political agreement to impose an export ban on jet fuel and relevant additives being exported to Syria as they are being used for indiscriminate air attacks against civilians," an EU statement said. ...
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Israelis quietly expand enclave in Palestinian district of Jerusalem

6 hours 25 min ago

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli guards quietly occupied two purchased residential buildings in a Palestinian district of East Jerusalem on Monday, expanding a Jewish settler project in defiance of U.S. criticism. A previous move on Sept. 30 by settlers into homes bought in the Silwan neighbourhood, in an area captured by Israel in a 1967 war, coincided with a U.S. visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and drew White House condemnation. ...


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Hope and obstacles as Russia and Ukraine seek gas deal

6 hours 30 min ago
By Vladimir Soldatkin and Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - A tentative agreement between the Ukrainian and Russian presidents has raised hopes of ending a dispute in which Moscow has halted natural gas supplies to Kiev, but several obstacles still have be overcome. Movement on the gas row was the only sign of progress at talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko on Friday which failed to resolve differences over fighting in eastern Ukraine and a deep crisis in relations. ...
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Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

6 hours 39 min ago

By Fransiska Nangoy and Wilda Asmarini JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high, but pressing economic problems and sceptical rivals set to test the former furniture salesman. Widodo won a narrow victory over a former general in a July election with promises of clean government and tackling entrenched interests. It was the first time in the young democracy's history that a president was elected from outside the established military and political elite. ...


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