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Germany To Send Iraqi Kurds Enough Weapons For 4,000 Fighters

A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga force fires a mortar at Islamic State positions, Aug 31, 2014. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants. Pic: Reuters BERLIN: Germany will send enough weapons to arm 4,000 Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq battling against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, whose advances threaten to destabilise the Middle East, the Defence Minister said yesterday.

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Britain May Temporarily Bar UK Islamist Fighters From Returning

Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers react after breaking a siege by the Islamic State extremist group on Amerli Aug 31, 2014. Britain says it may temporarily bar Islamist fighters from coming back to the country. Pic: ReutersLONDON: Britain could temporarily ban British Islamists who go to fight for militants in Iraq and Syria from returning home, the BBC reported, citing a government source.

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Car Bomb Found At Manila’s International Airport

Pic: www.destination360.comMANILA: Four people were arrested after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila’s international airport, authorities said today.

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Hong Kong Police Use Pepper Spray To Disperse Pro-Democracy Protesters

Pro-democracy lawmakers hold up a banner and signs during a protest as Li Fei (seen on screen), deputy general secretary of the National People's Congress (NPC) standing committee, speaks during a briefing session in Hong Kong September 1, 2014. Pic: ReutersHONG KONG: Hong Kong police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed a security check-point at a venue where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision not to grant the former British colony full democracy.

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China: No Open Nominations For Hong Kong Leader

Pic: AFPBEIJING: China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."

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Obama To Go Spell Out Message To Putin

US President Barack Obama is escorted by US Air Force Colonel John Millard as Obama, his daughters Sasha and Malia and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic WASHINGTON— Setting the stage for a NATO summit dominated by the worst East-West tensions in decades, President Barack Obama will go to Estonia this week with a simple message for Vladimir Putin—don’t mess with NATO’s ex-Soviet members.

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Syrian Jihad ‘Recruiter’ Arrested In France

Kurdish People's Protection Units fighters eat watermelons while resting in villages surrounding Jazaa, in Qamishli countryside, after they seized control of the area from Islamic State fighters, on the Iraqi-Syrian border August 30, 2014. — Reuters pic PARIS— A 22-year-old man suspected of acting as a recruiter for jihadist groups in Syria has been arrested at an airport in the south of France, the interior ministry said yesterday.

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New Thai PM Prayuth Gives Top Cabinet Posts To Junta Inner Circle

Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends a meeting with representatives from the Thai-European Business Association at the Royal Thai Army headquarters in Bangkok August 27, 2014. — Reuters pic BANGKOK— Military ruler General Prayuth Chan-ocha has named an interim cabinet dominated by members of the security forces to govern Thailand through at least a year of political reforms before he permits an election.

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Ebola: Health Workers Death Toll Mounts In West Africa

A boy's temperature is taken using an infrared digital laser thermometer at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. — Reuters pic LAGOS— Nigeria yesterday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in west Africa hit by the epidemic.

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Nicaragua Gold Mine Collapse: 22 Miners Rescued So Far

Relatives and friends of miners trapped in a gold mine due to a landslide stand outside the mine at the El Comal community in Bonanza August 31, 2014. — Reuters pic BONANZA — Rescue workers have freed 22 miners who were trapped in a gold mine after a landslide in northern Nicaragua, and the government on Saturday vowed to continue search efforts for several workers that remained stuck underground.

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