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Bayern favored in $1.25M Travers at Saratoga
07:37 AM, 08.22.2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — The 145th running of the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course is set for Saturday, with the speedy Bayern a 2-to-1 favorite.

 
Mercury's Brondello, Griner earn WNBA awards
07:34 AM, 08.22.2014

FILE - This is a July 2, 2014, file photo, showing Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello calling a play during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Chicago Sky in Phoenix. A person close to the situation says Brondello has won the WNBA coach of the year award. The person says Brondello will receive the award Friday night, Aug, 22, 2014, in Phoenix before the Mercury host Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals opener. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)Phoenix's Sandy Brondello is the WNBA's coach of the year for guiding the Mercury to a league-record 29 wins this season, and Mercury center Brittney Griner is the defensive player of the year.


 
McEvoy stunner as Phelps strikes gold at Pan Pacs
07:34 AM, 08.22.2014

Yuki Kobori (L) of Japan and Michael Phelps (R) of US react after the men's 4 x 200m freestyle relay final at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on August 22, 2014Australia's Cameron McEvoy upset a star-studded field to win the 100m freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships Friday as Michael Phelps claimed his first international gold medal since coming out of retirement. McEvoy swam the race of his life to hit the wall in the third-best time this year of 47.82 seconds ahead of US Olympic champion Nathan Adrian (48.30) and dual world champion James Magnussen (48.36). Phelps, the 18-time Olympic champion, led to the turn before finishing fourth in 48.51sec, which clinched his place on the US team for the event at next year's world championships.


 
Pakistan cricket hero's party quits parliament
07:30 AM, 08.22.2014

Supporters of Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, shown in the banner, jostle to get food while in a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Thousands of Imran Khan's and Tahir-ur-Qadri's supporters are besieging parliament in the capital to pressure Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign over alleged election fraud. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's famed cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who has led a week of anti-government protests in the capital, resigned from parliament on Friday in its latest bid to drive Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power over alleged election fraud.


 
Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria
07:30 AM, 08.22.2014

President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. The president said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama said the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.


 
MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout
07:29 AM, 08.22.2014

Family members of Nur Shazana, a Malaysia Airlines crew member who was among the victims onboard Flight MH17, cry during a burial ceremony at Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of the twin tragedies. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies.


 
Death toll from Shi'ite militia attack on Sunni mosque in Iraq hits 68
07:22 AM, 08.22.2014

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll from a shooting attack by Shi'ite militia forces on a Sunni mosque in Iraq on Friday has reached 68, a morgue official said. (Reporting by Raheem Salman; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Alison Williams)

 
Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases
07:20 AM, 08.22.2014

Men carry food aid that was given to them Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at the West Point area, one of the places where the Ebola virus has claimed lives, in Monrovia, Liberia. Calm returned Thursday to a slum in the Liberian capital that was sealed off in the government's attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and security forces, but now the tens of thousands of residents worried about getting food. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.


 
EU candidate Serbia says will not exploit Russian embargo
07:18 AM, 08.22.2014

By Aleksandar Vasovic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia said on Friday it would not subsidise exports to Russia, after the European Union urged the Balkan country - a candidate for accession to the bloc - not to exploit the Kremlin's ban on Western food imports. Serbian food producers hope to take advantage of the trade row but the West-Russia stand-off over Ukraine has put Serbian authorities in a tight spot, caught between their ambition to join the EU and economic and political ties with Russia. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said he had received an aide-memoire this week from an EU official in Belgrade calling on Serbia to refrain from boosting exports to Russia, as a matter of solidarity with the bloc. Vucic told a news conference Serbia had not planned to subsidise exporters to Russia but also would not join the Western sanctions on Moscow.

 
Russia, Ukraine back swift completion of aid convoy mission: Kremlin
07:17 AM, 08.22.2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The presidential chiefs of staff of Russia and Ukraine agreed on Friday on the need for the swift completion of an operation to deliver Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, Itar-Tass news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. He said the two senior officials spoke by phone. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that the entry of the Russian aid convoy into Ukraine represented a violation of international law and called on Moscow to return the situation to an internationally legal footing. (Reporting By Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Christian Lowe)

 
India blocks film on Indira Gandhi assassination
07:13 AM, 08.22.2014

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 file photo, Indian Sikh protesters shout slogans and burn tires during a protest against Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi for his recent remark on the country's 1984 anti-Sikh riots, in Jammu, India. India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Rahul's grandmother, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. India's film certification board said the film glorified the two Sikh bodyguards who killed Gandhi to avenge her suppression of an insurgency that culminated in an army assault on the Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest shrine. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)NEW DELHI (AP) — India has blocked the release of a film on the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, saying it glorifies her killers and could trigger violent protests, officials said Friday.


 
Source: Wolves get Young as part of Love trade
07:13 AM, 08.22.2014

FILE - In this April 5, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Thaddeus Young goes to the basket against the Brooklyn Nets during an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves will receive Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. (AP Photo/Michael Perez, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves secured the final piece they wanted in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.


 
Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel
07:12 AM, 08.22.2014

Supporters of Hamas hold posters of three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, who were killed in Thursday's Israeli strikes, during a demonstration to protest against Israel and to support people in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas military commanders.


 
Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors
07:04 AM, 08.22.2014

After speaking with U.S. President Barack Obama by phone, John and Diane Foley talk to reporters, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Their son James Foley was abducted in November 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict. Islamic militants posted a video showing his murder on Tuesday and said they killed him because the U.S. had launched airstrikes in northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants.


 
Gaza rocket strikes Israeli synagogue, wounding several people
07:04 AM, 08.22.2014

A rocket fired from Gaza hit a synagogue in the Israeli city of Ashdod on Friday, wounding three people, police said. "There is damage at the scene and a number of people were injured by shrapnel," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Ashdod is around 30 km (20 miles) from Gaza. Hamas and other militant groups fired more than two dozen rockets into Israel on Friday, injuring two other people, with no signs of a let up in the six-week war.

 
Md. ban on grain alcohol hurts violin makers
07:01 AM, 08.22.2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.

 
Iraq militants kill 46 in attack on Sunni mosque
06:57 AM, 08.22.2014

Iraqi premier-designate Haider al-Abadi meets with Pastor Farouk Yousuf in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Al-Abadi has until Sept. 11 to submit a list of Cabinet members to parliament for approval. Religious and ethnic minorities have called upon him to assemble an all-inclusive government. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, Pool)BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants targeted a Sunni mosque in a province next to the Iraqi capital during weekly prayers on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding over 50 as members of the Islamic State group continue to push through the area, officials said.


 
Ukraine asks international community to condemn Russia's 'illegal actions'
06:56 AM, 08.22.2014

Ukraine said on Friday the entry of Russian aid trucks onto its territory was a "flagrant violation" of international law and it appealed to the international community to condemn Russia's actions as illegal and aggressive. The foreign ministry said in a statement that, while Ukrainian authorities had not given the convoy permission to enter, it had been allowed to cross the border to avoid further provocative action. Earlier, Kiev said Russia had launched a direct invasion of its territory by sending the convoy into eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. "We call upon all international partners to unite in decisively condemning Russia's illegal and aggressive actions," the ministry said in a statement.

 
Russian ban on Polish apples sparks cider debate
06:53 AM, 08.22.2014

Bottles of Polish cider sit on a shelf in a small store in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. A Russian ban on European food imports has sparked a debate in Poland over whether to allow advertising cider. The country is a major global apple exporter and had previously sent half its output to Russia. With officials scrambling to help apple producers, the Economy Ministry says it wants to lift a ban on advertising any alcohol other than beer. That has put it at odds with health advocates and the Health Ministry, which oppose encouraging greater alcohol consumption in a country where some people already drink too much. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Economy Ministry wants the nation of beer and vodka lovers to drink more cider.


 
Britain rules out working with Syria to tackle Islamic State militants
06:50 AM, 08.22.2014

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Friday ruled out negotiating with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the battle against the hardline Islamic State (IS) movement that has bases in northern Syria as well as in over one third of Iraq. With pressure growing for action against the group that beheaded a U.S. journalist this week, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the only way to tackle the threat was by working with the Iraqi government which has troops on the ground and that dialogue with Assad would not advance the cause. ...


 
Serbia says it won't impose sanctions on Russia
06:46 AM, 08.22.2014

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic speaks during a government press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Vucic says the Balkan country will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports despite pressure from the European Union. The EU has warned candidate countries to refrain from “exploiting” the Russian ban by increasing their exports. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.


 
Dutch say fight against Islamic State insurgents must go to Syria
06:46 AM, 08.22.2014

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said on Friday that the fight against Islamic State insurgents can only be successful if the jihadi militants are confronted in Syria as well as Iraq. Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States have said they are ready to send arms to bolster the capabilities of Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State in northern Iraq, and Washington has carried out several air strikes on IS positions there.

 
Gaza gunmen execute 18 "collaborators" in Gaza; Israel pursues air strikes
06:44 AM, 08.22.2014

A Hamas militant grabs a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to be killed in the six-week war. Seven people were shot dead in front of worshippers outside a mosque in one of Gaza's main squares, witnesses said, the first public executions in the Palestinian enclave since the 1990s. A further 11 were killed at an abandoned police station near Gaza City, Hamas security officials said. In the public execution, militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down the suspects, whose faces were covered and hands bound, as worshippers emerged from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, one of Gaza's busiest districts.


 
Islamic State militants stone man to death in Iraq: witness
06:43 AM, 08.22.2014

Islamic State militants in Iraq stoned a man to death in the northern city of Mosul after one of their courts sentenced him to die for the crime of adultery, a witness said on Friday. The stoning, which happened on Thursday, was the first known instance of the punishment by al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State militants in Iraq, although it had been reported previously in Syria. Members of the hardline Sunni group, which seized Mosul in June and also controls swathes of territory in neighboring Syria, have shot, beheaded and crucified prisoners and blown up and bulldozed Shi'ite mosques. The United States began air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq this month, and in retaliation the group published a video of one of its black-clad fighters beheading U.S.

 
Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 30 Sunnis
06:43 AM, 08.22.2014

Peshmerga fighters are seen in vehicles with Kurdish flags as they guard Mosul Dam in northern IraqBy Raheem Salman and Alexander Dziadosz BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni Islamists whose rise has alarmed Western powers. One Iraqi security source said 30 people had been killed when the militias attacked the mosque in Baquba, capital of Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, on the Muslim day of prayer. The bloodbath marks a setback for Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, from the majority Shi'ite community, who is seeking support from Sunnis and ethnic Kurds to take on the Islamic State insurgency that is threatening to tear Iraq apart. In the northern city of Mosul, Islamic State stoned a man to death, witnesses said, as the United States raised the prospect of tackling jihadist safe havens across the border in Syria.


 
Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a 'direct invasion'
06:39 AM, 08.22.2014

The first trucks of the convoy roll on the main road to Luhansk near the village of Uralo-Kavkaz, after it passed the border post at Izvaryne, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The first trucks in a Russian aid convoy crossed into eastern Ukraine on Friday, seemingly without Kiev's approval, after more than a week's delay amid suspicions the mission was being used as a cover for an invasion by Moscow. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)DAVYDO-MYKILSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion."


 
Zimbabwe's opposition leader hints at anti-Mugabe protests
06:36 AM, 08.22.2014

Zimbabwe opposition party Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai addresses a news conference in HarareBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday said his party could roll out protests against President Robert Mugabe's government over its inability to improve a flagging economy. Tsvangirai has led the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) since 1999 and in April he sacked his secretary general who was calling for him to step down after losing a third election to Mugabe in 2013, which some Western observers said was rigged. Tsvangirai, a former trade union leader, said the country had an unsustainably high unemployment rate, estimated above 80 percent, which forced many people into informal employment. Previous anti-Mugabe protests, the last one in 2007, have been met by a heavy police and military resistance, but Tsvangirai said the veteran leader would be making a mistake by setting security forces against the public.


 
Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
06:23 AM, 08.22.2014

A Campbellsville Fire Department truck with the ladder extended remained at the scene where two firefighters were injured during an ice bucket challenge during a fundraiser for ALS on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Campbellsville, Ky. Officials say the ladder got too close to a power line and electricity traveled to the ladder, electrocuting the firefighters. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan)CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."


 
Nigeria confirms two new cases of Ebola, 14 in total
06:21 AM, 08.22.2014

Nigeria's Minister of Health Chukwu speaks at the media briefing on updates about the Ebola outbreak in NigeriaLAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria confirmed two new cases of Ebola, both in patients who caught the disease from people who were primary contacts of the Liberian man who first brought it to Lagos, the health minister said on Friday. The total number of recorded cases in the country is now 14, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told a news conference. 


 
Stocks dip on Ukraine, ahead of Yellen talk
06:17 AM, 08.22.2014

Trader Tommy Kalikas, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)HONG KONG (AP) — European stock markets turned lower on Friday, while Wall Street was expected to open flat, amid concerns of an escalation in the Ukrainian crisis after a Russian aid convoy entered the country.


 
Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect
06:12 AM, 08.22.2014

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday.

 
Iraq officials say at least 40 people killed in attack on Sunni mosque in Diyala province
06:09 AM, 08.22.2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq officials say at least 40 people killed in attack on Sunni mosque in Diyala province.

 
At least 30 killed in Shi'ite militia attack on Sunni mosque in Iraq
06:07 AM, 08.22.2014

At least 30 people were killed when a Shi'ite Muslim militia opened fired inside an Iraqi Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province on Friday, an Iraqi security source said. The security source said at least 30 bodies had arrived at the hospital in the city of Baquba in Diyala province. Such sectarian violence could hurt efforts by Iraq's new prime minister, moderate Shi'ite Haider al-Abadi, to form a government that can unite Iraqis against Islamic State, the Sunni militants who have seized large parts of the country. Ambulances transported the bodies to the town of Baquba, the main town in Diyala province, where Iranian-trained Shi'ite militias are powerful and act with impunity.

 
Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision
05:56 AM, 08.22.2014

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York. During a Pentagon briefing Thursday, Dempsey said it's possible to contain the Islamic State militants, but it can't be done permanently without going after the group in Syria. Speaking to reporters with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Dempsey said he wasn't predicting U.S. airstrikes in Syria, but said the problem must be addressed diplomatically, politically and militarily by America and its regional partners. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.


 
Kenya bourse chief to leave office after completing two terms
05:41 AM, 08.22.2014

The chief executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), Peter Mwangi, will step down in November after completing the two three-year terms market rules allow, the NSE said on Friday. Mwangi oversaw the exchange's long-term goal of opening up ownership of the stock market to non-brokers through an initial public offering that closed last week. The NSE said in a statement the search for a new boss would start immediately. Founded 60 years ago in a hotel in the capital Nairobi, the NSE serves as the main entry point for foreign investors seeking a foothold in east Africa's fast-growing economies.

 
National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
05:37 AM, 08.22.2014

Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Protesters again gathered Thursday evening, walking in laps near the spot where Michael Brown was shot. Some were in organized groups, such as clergy members. More signs reflected calls by protesters to remove the prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, from the case. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.


 
UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000
05:26 AM, 08.22.2014

FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 file photo made by a citizen journalist provided by the Media Office Of Douma City which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian men lying on the ground as they wait for treatment after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces, according to activists in Douma town, Damascus, Syria. An international human rights group says on the anniversary of the deadly chemical attack outside Damascus that “justice remains elusive” for the victims and their families. (AP Photo/Media Office Of Douma City, File)GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.


 
Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion after aid convoy crosses border
05:26 AM, 08.22.2014

Trucks of a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drive onto the territory of Russia-Ukraine border crossing point "Donetsk" in Russia's Rostov RegionBy Dmitry Madorsky DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - Ukraine declared on Friday that Russia had launched a "direct invasion" of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting government forces. Moscow, which has thousands of troops close on the Russian side of the border, warned against any attempt to "disrupt" the convoy but did not specify what action it was prepared to take if Kiev's forces intervened. Kiev, for its part, said Ukrainian forces would not attack the convoy and had allowed it to pass to avoid "provocations". "Ukraine will liaise with the International Committee of the Red Cross so that we, Ukraine, are not involved in provocations (accusations) that we have been holding up or using force against the vehicles of so-called aid," he told journalists.


 
WHO says drawing up 6-9 month strategy to combat Ebola
05:23 AM, 08.22.2014

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that it had drawn up a draft strategy plan to combat Ebola in West Africa over the next six to nine months, implying that it does not expect to halt the epidemic this year. "WHO is working on an Ebola road map document, it's really an operational document how to fight Ebola," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing in Geneva. "It details the strategy for WHO and partners for six to nine months to come. ...

 
Phelps 4th in 1st final back at international meet
05:11 AM, 08.22.2014

Michael Phelps of the U.S. leans on a lane rope after his men's 100m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Cameron McVoy of Australia won the race ahead of Adrian in second and James Magnussen of Australia in third.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Michael Phelps placed fourth in his first international final since coming out of retirement, with Cameron McEvoy upstaging the most decorated swimmer of all time to take the 100-meter freestyle title at the Pan Pacific championships.


 
 
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