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Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

Sep 19, 2014

Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from U.S. go unmet

President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of embattled Ukraine to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko renewed his call for American weaponry during ...

Sep 19, 2014

Spaceship designer who helped send Gagarin into orbit dies at 92

A spaceship designer who worked on Yury Gagarin’s Vostok spaceship and was the last to shake his hand before liftoff, Oleg Ivanovsky, died on Thursday at 92, the Russian space agency said. Ivanovsky was a senior designer at the facility codenamed OKB-1, which built ...

Sep 19, 2014

Assad broke chemical arms pact with chlorine gas this year: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of breaking the terms of a global pact on chemical weapons by unleashing chlorine gas this year. “We believe there is evidence of Assad’s use of chlorine, which when you use ...

Sep 19, 2014

Cardinals debate marriage, divorce before crucial meeting

The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis. Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics ...

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. strikes jihadist training camp in Iraq; France to join air war

U.S. warplanes hit an Islamic State group training camp in Iraq Thursday in their first strike not directly supporting Iraqi or Kurdish forces as France announced it will join the air war. The jihadists posted their latest video of a Western hostage, British journalist ...

Northern California wildfire shows explosive growth

Sep 19, 2014

Northern California wildfire shows explosive growth

An out-of-control wildfire that has forced nearly 2,800 people from their homes in Northern California showed explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres, fire officials said Thursday. The fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 sq. miles (287 sq. km), up ...

Sep 19, 2014

Malta turns away ship with suspected Ebola case on board

Malta has turned away a ship travelling from Guinea with a suspected Ebola case on board and seeking medical assistance, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Thursday. The sick Filippino passenger was taken in by Italy, and an initial medical assessment suggested he has hepatitis, ...

Islamic State shows British hostage in new 'program' video

Sep 19, 2014

Islamic State shows British hostage in new 'program' video

he Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British man who identifies himself as a journalist and says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, the man identified himself as John Cantlie, ...

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in Russia

Sep 19, 2014

BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in Russia

A team of BBC journalists was assaulted in southern Russia while researching a story about soldiers “being killed at the Ukraine border,” the company said Thursday after lodging a protest with Russian authorities. The three reporters were working in the southern city of Astrakhan ...