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Tiebreak King Raonic blast way past Burgos at U.S. Open

30 August, 2014 - 15:22

(Reuters) - Fifth seed Milos Raonic blasted his way into the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) win over Victor Estrella Burgos on Saturday, pounding 22 aces past the shellshocked Dominican. The big-hitting Canadian has used his booming serve to great effect at Flushing Meadows, particularly in the tiebreaks, winning all six he has faced in three matches including three against Burgos. ...

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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

30 August, 2014 - 15:10

By Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - 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. Pakistan has been gripped by unrest for more than two weeks, with protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahir ul-Qadri saying they will not back back down unless Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns. Pakistan's military stepped in this week to try to defuse the unrest. Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 180 million, has been ruled by the military for half of its entire history and has repeatedly oscillated between civilian and military rule.

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Syria rebels reinforce siege of UN peacekeepers on Golan Heights - U.N. sources

30 August, 2014 - 15:02
Islamist militants surrounding 40 Filipino peacekeepers in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have reinforced their siege with fighters who arrived in more than 20 vehicles, U.N. diplomatic sources told Reuters on Saturday. The United Nations says 32 other Philippine peacekeepers were rescued in a firefight earlier on Saturday. The militants surrounding the peacekeepers have been battling the Syrian army on the Golan Heights. Another 44 Fijian peacekeepers have been detained by militants nearby since Thursday.
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Bahrain detains Shi'ite rights activist on arrival at airport

30 August, 2014 - 15:00
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. Maryam is the daughter of Shi'ite Muslim activist Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja, who has been detained in the Sunni monarchy since 2011 and is on hunger strike. "Maryam told me that she will be transferred to the court tomorrow," her mother, Khadija al-Musawi, told Reuters, adding that her daughter, who holds dual Bahraini and Danish citizenship, was coming back from Denmark. Charges against al-Khawaja include insulting Bahrain's king, and assaulting a policewoman at the airport, her mother said.
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Health workers strike at Sierra Leone Ebola hospital

30 August, 2014 - 14:46
Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters on Saturday. Sierra Leone's government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, that has killed more than 1,550 people across West Africa, with the rate of infection still rising. "The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools," said Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the clinic in the city of Kenema, in the country's east. Clothing to protect health workers being infected is inadequate and there is only one broken stretcher which is used to carry both patients and corpses, Mehemoh added.
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Pakistan Protests: 144 Injured, 4 Women Dead as Police Fires Tear Gas on Protesters near PM House

30 August, 2014 - 14:45

As anti-government protesters marched towards Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's official residence to overthrow the government on Saturday (30 August), security forces fired at the protesters with tear gas, targeting a majority of women and children, injuring 144 and leaving 4 women reportedly dead, confirmed ARY News. No one forced women and children to take part in the protests, they joined in willingly. Approximately 144 people are injured, with a majority of casualties reportedly being women and children. Four women have also been confirmed dead at the Polyclinic Hospital in Islamabad, reported ARY News.

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Tunisia says 36 migrants dead in latest Mediterranean shipwreck

30 August, 2014 - 14:37
The Tunisian coast guard on Saturday recovered the bodies of 21 migrants, most probably Syrians, who drowned when their boat sank in the Mediterranean near the maritime border with Libya, officials said. They said the total number of victims found after the sinking was 36, adding that the overcrowded boat probably started its ill-fated journey to Europe in neighbouring Libya, a frequent departure point for illegal migrants. "The coast guard recovered on Saturday 21 other bodies. The death toll rose to 36," Mustapha Abd El Kabir, an official in Ben Guerdan city, said.
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Pakistan prime minister says he will not quit despite protests

30 August, 2014 - 14:10
(Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday he would not resign following weeks of anti-government protests that have destibilised the nuclear-armed nation of 180 million. (Reporting by Maria Golovnina)
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Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted

30 August, 2014 - 14:07

By James Harding Giahyue and Saliou Samb MONROVIA/CONAKRY (Reuters) - Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighbourhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Faced with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, West African governments have struggled to find an effective response. More than 1,550 people have died from the hemorrhagic fever since it was first detected in the forests of Guinea in March. Residents of the impoverished seaside district of West Point in Monrovia were forcibly cut off from the rest of the capital in mid-August after a crowd attacked an Ebola centre there, allowing the sick to flee.

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Italy's Mogherini says EU must keep diplomatic path open on Ukraine

30 August, 2014 - 13:57
Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, appointed the European Union's new foreign policy chief, said on Saturday that the EU must keep the path to a diplomatic solution of the Ukraine crisis open even as it worked on new sanctions against Russia.
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U.S. to push for coalition to fight 'cancer' of Islamic State - Kerry

30 August, 2014 - 13:55

Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilising the region and beyond. "With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries," Kerry wrote in an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Saturday. Public anger over the beheading of American journalist James Foley has led President Barack Obama to consider military strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. So far, the United States has limited its actions to the group's forces in Iraq.

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Polish PM says appointment to chair EU summits means Poland's future is in euro zone

30 August, 2014 - 13:50
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was appointed to chair European Union summits for the next two and a half years, said on Saturday his nomination meant the future of Poland was in the euro zone. Tusk, who will have to take up his new job in Brussels from Dec 1, said he would be ready to discuss the new line-up of the Polish government next week. (Reporting By Jan Strupczewski)
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Ukraine's Poroshenko says close to point of all-out war with Russia

30 August, 2014 - 13:46
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday he believed that efforts to halt violence with pro-Russian rebels were very close to a "point of no return" and that failure could lead to "full-scale war". The point of no return is full-scale war, which already happened on the territory controlled by separatists," he told a news conference in Brussels after meeting EU leaders. Poroshenko was answering a question about an earlier comment he had made about the "point of no return." (Reporting by Alastair Macdonald;
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Finnish PM says Russia trying to irritate with airspace violation

30 August, 2014 - 13:43
Russia is trying to irritate Finland by its repeated violations of Finnish airspace, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said on Saturday, while playing down suggestions that the Nordic country was edging closer to NATO. EU member Finland has accused Russia, its eastern neighbour and former ruler, of violating its airspace with state planes three times in less than a week and added it would step up airborne monitoring of flights. Stubb, who took part in the EU summit in Brussels on Saturday which focused on the Ukraine crisis, said he was concerned over the airspace incidents and demanded an explanation. "It is a bad message (from Russia).
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Poland's Tusk - Possible to combine fiscal discipline, growth

30 August, 2014 - 13:38
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, chosen by European Union leaders to chair their summits, said on Saturday that it was possible to combine fiscal discipline and economic growth in Europe. He also pledged to address the concerns of Britain, where Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on continued EU membership by 2017. "My experience as prime minister points to the fact that fiscal discipline on one side and economic growth on the other, combining these two challenges is possible," Tusk told a news conference in Brussels.
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Pakistan police fire teargas on large crowd demanding PM resign

30 August, 2014 - 13:27
Pakistani police fired teargas after thousands of protesters threatened to march on the prime minister's house to force him to resign, a police source said. At least 8,000 protesters have been rallying in the centre of the capital Islamabad for more than two weeks, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation, but so far the demonstrations have been peaceful. On Saturday night, protesters threatened to move on Sharif's residence.
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French prime minister, booed, hopes Socialists can bridge divides

30 August, 2014 - 13:24

By Natalie Huet and Elizabeth Pineau PARIS/LA ROCHELLE France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was jeered on Saturday on the way to his Socialist Party's end-of-summer gathering, where attacks on the government's pro-business economic policy highlighted an uncomfortable divide within France's left. Stepping off the train in the western port town of La Rochelle, booed by left-wing militants and unionists, Valls said it was healthy for a party to debate policy, but warned that Socialists needed to stand united or risk losing voters. Valls reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday, evicting rebel leftist ministers who had urged President Francois Hollande for an economic policy U-turn away from budgetary rigour, and further angering many on the Socialist party's left wing.

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African, Somali troops retake town on way to rebel stronghold

30 August, 2014 - 13:00
By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - African peacekeeping troops and Somali forces recaptured a southern town from Islamist al Shabaab rebels on Saturday, bringing them a step closer to the insurgent stronghold of Barawe, commanders said. Al Shabaab ruled most of the southern region of Somalia from 2006 until 2011 when African troops marched into the capital. We have chased the al Shabaab and the operation will continue until its goals of securing the entire country is achieved," Abdirizak Khalif, Somalia's deputy military commander, told Reuters. He did not give casualty figures, but a spokesman for the African Union force AMISOM, Colonel Ali Aden Houmed, said a Ugandan soldier was killed and two soldiers wounded.
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Remy set to become Torres replacement at Chelsea

30 August, 2014 - 12:58

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy is heading for Chelsea after the 2012 European champions activated a 10.5 million pounds buyout clause in the French international's contract on Saturday. Manager Harry Redknapp said QPR's west London neighbours had secured a bargain in their efforts to sign a replacement for AC Milan-bound Fernando Torres. He had a buyout clause." A QPR official confirmed the buyout clause was 10.5 million pounds, a figure that brought a smile to Redknapp's face.

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Captives held by Islamic State prove tough quandary for Obama

30 August, 2014 - 12:49

By Mark Hosenball and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After Islamic State's beheading of journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama's administration is making little headway in efforts to secure the release of three other Americans held by the insurgent group in Syria, officials said. Journalist Steven Sotloff and two others whom Reuters is not naming are among fewer than 10 Westerners that Islamic State (IS) is holding in kidnappings that until recently were aimed at simply raising ransoms, they said. Washington has contacted about two dozen countries for help in freeing the three, but no foreign government appears to have influence over or even significant contact with IS, which has declared an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

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