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Ukraine & separatists agree ceasefire from today
Friday, September 5, 2014

MINSK, September 5, 2014: Ukraine's Russian-backed separatists said they had agreed with Ukrainian officials on a ceasefire starting today, at peace talks here.
 
"Representatives of Ukraine and Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic signed a ceasefire protocol from 6pm today," the Twitter account of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic said, without providing further details....

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US calls for international coalition to destroy IS
Friday, September 5, 2014

NEWPORT, September 5, 2014: The United States today called for the creation of a broad international coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by the time of the UN General Assembly this month.
 
"There is no time to waste in building a broad international coalition to degrade and, ultimately, to destroy the threat posed by ISIL," Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a joint statement....

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West mulls response to Islamic State threat
Friday, September 5, 2014

NEWPORT, September 5, 2014: Western powers today discussed the emerging threat from Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq, on the second day of a NATO summit dominated so far by the actions of their old foe Russia over Ukraine.
 
The US is trying to build up a coalition of the willing to take on jihadists and the talks brought together foreign ministers from 10 countries: Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Turkey and the United States....

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Malaysia determined to gather more MH17 remains
Thursday, September 4, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, September 4, 2014: Malaysia is appealing for a truce between the warring factions in Ukraine so that it can gather evidence and any remains left at the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 went down, killing all 298 people on board. This was stated today by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who said Malaysia was striving hard to have its...

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Britain joins US on frontlines after beheading video
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

LONDON, September 3, 2014: Britain joined the United States on the frontline against the Islamic State today after a British hostage's life was threatened in a gruesome video, with the government saying it would not rule out taking part in air strikes if necessary.
 
"I can assure you that we will look at every possible option to protect this...

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Indonesian energy minister named corruption suspect
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

JAKARTA, September 3, 2014: Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption agency today named the energy minister a suspect in a corruption case, the third member of the Cabinet to become embroiled in a graft scandal in recent times. Jero Wacik stands accused of extortion of state funds and abuse of power, and is suspected of swelling his ministry's budget by almost 10 billion rupiah ($850,000) through illicit activities, the agency said....

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Second US reporter murdered as Iraq forces advance
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014: The Islamic State has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another propaganda video today showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.
 
In the latest footage, 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff addresses the camera to say he is a victim of President Barack Obama's decision to press on with air strikes against the jihadists....

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First MH17 crash report due in two weeks
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

THE HAGUE, September 2, 2014: Dutch air crash investigators said today an initial report into what brought down flight MH17 in Ukraine will be released this week or the next. Of the 298 passengers killed when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 exploded over strife-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17, 193 were Dutch citizens. ...

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Doubts raised over British PM's anti-jihadist plans
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LONDON, September 2, 2014: British media on today voiced scepticism over vague plans announced by Prime Minister David Cameron to counter the threat of jihadist fighters travelling to Iraq and Syria.
 
Cameron said that among the measures envisaged was a plan to give border police powers to seize passports from departing would-be jihadists and restricting the movement of suspects.
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China accuses Britain of interference over HK inquiry
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BEIJING, September 2, 2014: China today accused London of interfering in its domestic affairs, over a British parliamentary inquiry into democratic reforms in its former colony Hong Kong.
 
The public rebuke followed reports yesterday that Chinese authorities had written to the parliamentary foreign affairs select committee to demand the probe be dropped.
 
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