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Police will be given temporary powers to seize passports at UK borders of Britons they suspect are travelling abroad to fight with terror groups. It is one of the new measures announced by the Prime Minister to deal with the threat to the UK from Islamist militant groups fighting in Iraq and Syria. David Cameron said IS was a direct threat to every European nation, and claimed around 500 British nationals had gone to the region to fight in the conflicts there. It is feared some could return to the UK with battlefield experience and try to carry out terror attacks at home.
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World markets advanced on Monday despite the conflict in Ukraine, focusing on whether the European Central Bank will announce plans for economic stimulus when it meets this week. Ukraine reported its forces were under fire from Russian tanks again on Monday, as new signs emerged that the turmoil was damaging the European economy. Latin American stocks mostly rose, with Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index leading gains after an opinion poll showed declining re-election chances for President Dilma Rousseff, accused by investors of being excessively interventionist in the economy. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression", after warning over the weekend of a possible "full-scale war." European Union leaders were drawing up new sanctions against Moscow.
By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Popular environmentalist Marina Silva looks capable of winning Brazil's presidential election in October but a major campaign gaffe and mounting attacks from other candidates and the media suggest the race is still wide open. Polls have shown Silva with a lead of about 10 percentage points over President Dilma Rousseff if the Oct. 5 election goes to a runoff, as seems likely. Silva's meteoric rise has led Brazilian stocks to rally 10 percent in the last three weeks on hopes she would be more business-friendly than Rousseff and help stir a stagnant economy.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans was due to meet the president of the European Commission on Tuesday about a senior role in the European Union's executive body, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported on Monday. The Netherlands hoped that by sending Timmermans, a long-serving diplomat who has worked in the European Commission before, the Netherlands could secure a big portfolio. The reports said the Netherlands hoped Timmermans might be named the commision's first vice-president. The Netherlands is seeking a vice president commission post with for Timmermans, de Volkskrant daily said earlier on Monday, citing unnamed sources in Brussels.
On the third day of renewed clashes between anti-government protesters and security officials in Pakistan's capital city Islamabad, the political deadlock continues while the army remains on the sidelines.
French President Francois Hollande and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi agreed on Monday that deflation and weak growth were threatening the European Union's economy, an official in the president's office said. Draghi called last week for greater emphasis on fiscal stimulus over austerity - comments that irritated German leaders but were welcomed in France because they hinted at a shift away from a current emphasis on budgetary austerity. "I think the diagnosis is a shared one," an advisor to Hollande told reporters after an hour-long meeting between the Socialist president and Draghi at the Elysee presidential palace. The two men shared the view that weak growth and a threat of deflation in the European Union were problems that needed to be addressed, the advisor added.
The UK's police and security services will broadly welcome the package of new anti-terror measures announced by the Prime Minister. But one of the key issues over what to do about returning jihadists from Iraq and Syria remains unresolved. David Cameron has been keen to emphasise the British Government’s response to the emerging threat from the terror group Islamic State should be a considered one and not knee-jerk. So in the House of Commons, we got news of a rather modest clutch of targeted measures which the Government believes will help the security services address some of the gaps in national security when it comes to British nationals fighting in Iraq and Syria.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account. "We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told the U.N. Human Rights Council which adopted a resolution tabled by Iraq and France at an emergency sitting of the 47-member state forum in Geneva. The Council aims to send 11 investigators, with a total budget of $1.18 million, to report back by March 2015.
Ukraine's defence minister has stated that a "great war" has broken out between the country and Russia, one which could claim the lives of "tens of thousands". "A great war has arrived at our doorstep - the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II. Unfortunately, the losses in such a war will be measured not in the hundreds but thousands and tens of thousands," Valeriy Geletey wrote on his Facebook page. Geletey said Kiev was ready to "immediately mount defences against Russia, which is trying not only to secure positions held by terrorists before but to advance on other territories of Ukraine". His comments come as Ukrainian troops retreated from the strategic Luhansk airport and representatives from Kiev, Moscow and the separatists held negotiations in the Belarussian capital of Minsk.
Alberto Contador, who fractured a shin bone at the Tour de France in July, said on Monday that he had changed his mind and would now be targeting victory in the Tour of Spain. A late attack in Sunday's ninth stage lifted the Tinkoff-Saxo rider to second in the overall standings, three seconds behind Colombian Nairo Quintana. Quintana's Movistar team mate Alejandro Valverde of Spain, who started the day in the red leader's jersey, dropped to third, eight seconds off the pace. "I am now able to say I will try to win the Vuelta, another thing is if I have the legs or not," Spaniard Contador told a news conference on the rest day.
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby, who spent some of last season on loan at Fulham, returned to the Bundesliga on Monday, joining Hamburg SV in another one-year loan deal. The 23-year-old, who joined Tottenham from Schalke 04 in January 2013, failed to hold down a regular starting spot with Spurs and was loaned out to Fulham in the January transfer window. Holtby, a former Germany international, has also played for German clubs VfL Bochum and Mainz 05, scoring 16 goals in 99 Bundesliga games.
(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur have signed defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said in a statement on Monday. Stambouli, 24, was a member of the team that won the Ligue 1 title in 2012. He made 14 appearances for the French under-21 team and played 137 league games for Montpellier, scoring three goals. (Reporting by Tim Collings, editing by Tony Jimenez)