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Russia places top billionaire under house arrest, alleges money-laundering

Sep 17, 2014

Russia places top billionaire under house arrest, alleges money-laundering

Russian authorities said Tuesday they had placed a top billionaire, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, under house arrest, accusing him of money-laundering. With a fortune of $9 billion (€7 billion), Yevtushenkov, the 65-year-old head of Russian holding company AFK Sistema, is Russia’s 15th-richest man, according to Forbes ...

Sep 17, 2014

Ukrainian people make history with EU pact, U.S. says

The United States on Tuesday welcomed Ukraine’s ratification of a landmark EU pact and new laws granting self-rule to the east, urging Moscow to implement a cease-fire deal in return. “We congratulate the people of Ukraine on making history today,” State Department deputy spokeswoman ...

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

Sep 17, 2014

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn’t have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he’s a menace to society and can’t live knowing ...

Taliban suicide bomber kills three foreign troops in Kabul

Sep 17, 2014

Taliban suicide bomber kills three foreign troops in Kabul

A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after ...

Scotland's 'Yes' campaign winning Facebook battle

Sep 17, 2014

Scotland's 'Yes' campaign winning Facebook battle

Scotland’s “Yes” campaign appears to have the edge online, figures released by Facebook on Tuesday showed, even though it is still trailing slightly in the polls despite a late surge. Facebook users have totted up about 10 million “interactions” relating to Thursday’s historic vote ...

Sep 17, 2014

China's Xi pledges maritime security with Sri Lanka

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday announced increased “maritime security” cooperation with Sri Lanka, whose Beijing-funded strategic port developments have caused unease in neighboring India. Xi said his proposal for a 21st century maritime silk road and his host President Mahinda Rajapakse’s vision to turn ...

Sep 17, 2014

Gaza mortar round hits Israel for first time since truce: army

Palestinians fired a mortar round into southern Israel Tuesday in the first attack since an Aug. 26 cease-fire, without causing any casualties, the Israeli army said. “For the first time since operation Protective Edge, a mortar shell fired from Gaza hit southern Israel,” Lt. ...

Sep 17, 2014

Daredevil Nik Wallenda to walk over portion of Chicago skyline

Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who last year completed a high-wire walk over the Grand Canyon, announced on Tuesday plans for an untethered tightrope walk between Chicago skyscrapers on a night in November. “This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,” ...

California wildfire grows rapidly as others ease

Sep 17, 2014

California wildfire grows rapidly as others ease

While crews gained ground on a wildfire that damaged 100 homes in far Northern California, another blaze east of the state capital is growing rapidly — threatening homes and forcing evacuations. Hundreds of additional firefighters have been brought in to battle the fire near ...

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Sep 17, 2014

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has declared “total war” on the West African country and the situation “must be handled with all the seriousness it deserves,” Senate President David Mark said. “The escalation of violence and the heinous crimes daily perpetrated by insurgents ...

Islamic State jihadists downed Syria warplane, rights monitor says

Sep 17, 2014

Islamic State jihadists downed Syria warplane, rights monitor says

Jihadists shot down a Syrian warplane conducting strikes on the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqa on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. “IS fighters fired on a military aircraft which crashed,” the Britain-based group said. “It is the first ...