August 30th, 2014

World News

EU leaders give Russia 1 week to scale back Ukraine intervention or face new sanctions

By Juergen Baetz And Jim Heintz, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

BRUSSELS – The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions. EU summit chairman Herman Van Rompuy said early Sunday that the bloc’s 28 leaders tasked its executive body to “urgently undertake preparatory work for consideration within a week.” He says “everybody is ... Read More »

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Obama signals new sanctions coming on Russia, talks to Harper about NATO summit

By The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that the U.S. might impose new economic sanctions on Russia, blaming it squarely for the warfare in eastern Ukraine. But he ruled out any military options and proposed no shift in an American-led strategy that has yet to convince Moscow to halt operations against its far weaker neighbour. ... Read More »

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Al Pacino gets the red carpet, twice, at Venice Film Festival

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

VENICE, Italy – Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go. But fear not – the actor says he’s not about to lower the curtain on his own career. Pacino plays a small-town Texas ... Read More »

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EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia in response to military incursion in Ukraine

By Juergen Baetz And Jim Heintz, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

BRUSSELS – The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who briefed a summit of the 28-nation EU’s leaders in ... Read More »

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Dog turns on stove, which catches laptop resting on burner on fire and sends smoke out roof

By The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Police say a New Jersey family’s dog turned on the stove, which caught the laptop resting on the burner on fire and sent smoke through the roof. The fire was reported early Friday evening in Lacey Township while the owners were away. Police tell the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1uanK1O) that investigators ... Read More »

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EU to slap new sanctions on Russia as leaders forge response to military incursion in Ukraine

By Juergen Baetz And Jim Heintz, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

BRUSSELS – The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who briefed a summit of the 28-nation EU’s leaders in ... Read More »

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Ebola’s toll on health care in W. Africa hits hard, will be felt for years to come

By Michael Duff And Sarah Dilorenzo, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to co-ordinate with the Ministry ... Read More »

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Corvette Museum board decides to fill in entire sinkhole that swallowed 8 prized sports cars

By Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

A massive sinkhole that swallowed eight sports cars won’t be a permanent attraction at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. The museum’s board voted Saturday to fill in the entire hole that opened up in February and became a sensation. Curiosity over the hole revved up attendance and revenue for the museum in Bowling Green. ... Read More »

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International group says Gaza housing reconstruction to take 20 years

By Peter Enav, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

JERUSALEM – An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza’s battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel. The assessment by Shelter Cluster, chaired by the Norwegian Refugee Council with the participation of the U.N. refugee agency and the Red ... Read More »

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Lesotho military disarms police in act it says done for security; Prime minister condemns act

By Carley Petesch, The Associated Press on August 30th, 2014

JOHANNESBURG – Lesotho’s military seized two police stations Saturday as gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom. The country’s prime minister said the actions amounted to a coup, though an army spokesman said the soldiers were only securing the country. Political tensions have been high in the tiny kingdom that is completely ... Read More »

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