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Turkey will fight Islamic State, wants Assad gone: President Erdogan

By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will fight against Islamic State and other "terrorist" groups in the region but will stick to its aim of seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad removed from power, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday . The advance of Islamic State insurgents to within sight of the Turkish army on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to play a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the insurgents in Syria and Iraq. ...

Man to be sentenced for plot to bomb holiday event

FILE - A Nov. 27, 2010, file photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office, shows Mohamed Mohamud. Nearly four years after 19-year-old Mohamud showed up at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., and triggered what turned out to be a fake bomb provided by the FBI, he is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man convicted last year of trying to bomb Portland's downtown square during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.


Coca-Cola to revise executive pay plan

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is revising its pay plan for executives after shareholders including Warren Buffett expressed disapproval and called it excessive.

General Mills plans to cut about 700 to 800 jobs

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2011 file photo shows the General Mills logo on a box of Fiber One cereal, in Philadelphia. In a Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 regulatory filing, General Mills said it plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.


Ireland unit seeking secret IRA graves finds body

DUBLIN (AP) — Forensic experts searching for the long-hidden graves of Irish Republican Army victims found the remains Wednesday of a body during a month-long search, the latest in a long line of grim discoveries that seek to resolve old grievances of the Northern Ireland conflict.

US companies add jobs at healthy clip in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses continued hiring at a solid pace in September, according to a private survey. The result marks the the sixth straight month of solid gains.

Djokovic extends China Open winning streak to 21

Novak Djokovic of Serbia return a shots to Vasek Pospisil from Canada during the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)BEIJING (AP) — Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the China Open to 21 straight matches, beating Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5 under the roof on center court on a cold, rainy Wednesday.


Britain drops terrorism charges against vocal ex-Guantanamo inmate

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A British man who was once held at Guantanamo Bay will be freed from prison, police said on Wednesday, after prosecutors dropped accusations that he had attended a terrorism training camp in Syria a week before he was due to go on trial. Moazzam Begg, 46, who became a high-profile human rights campaigner after being released without charge from the U.S. military prison in Cuba in 2005, had been held for seven months in custody on charges of facilitating terrorism and possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist. ...

Turkey's role in Islamic State fight may hinge on ancient tomb

the entrance of the memorial site of Suleyman ShahBy Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...


Only Ukraine and EU can change trade deal, Barroso tells Putin

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Amendments to a EU-Ukraine trade deal at the centre of tensions between Russia and the West can only be agreed between Brussels and Kiev, the head of the European Commission has said. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to see three-way negotiations to amend the accord, which Russia says will hurt its economy, and has threatened to curtail Ukraine's access to Russian markets if Kiev implements the deal as it is. ...

UK's Cameron promises tax cuts, EU battle

British Prime Minister David Cameron, left and The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson walk through the International Convention Centre, (ICC), in Birmingham, England, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, on their way to an event, during the Conservative Party conference. (AP Photo/PA, Stefan Rousseau) UNITED KINGDOM OUTLONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a tough stance on Europe and tax cuts for millions in a speech designed to rally the Conservative faithful and sway other voters ahead of a national election next year.


Jeter launches site to connect athletes to fans

FILE - New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter addresses the media during a baseball news conference, in this Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 file photo taken at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Jeter was one of the world’s most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. Now, he’s joining the media with a new website "The Players Tribune" devoted to delivering athletes “unfiltered” views to the fans. In a statement on the site that posted Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 Jeter said wants it to “transform how athletes and newsmakers share information, and bring fans closer than ever to the games they love.”(AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter was one of the world's most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. Now, he's joining media with a new website devoted to delivering athletes' "unfiltered" views to the fans.


Special Report: In foreign hands, British automakers overtake France

File photo of Peugeot miniature model vintage cars lined-up at French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen headquarters in ParisBy Costas Pitas and Gilles Guillaume LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - When Britain lost its last native car company 20 years ago, it was lamented across the political spectrum as a national catastrophe. "The sheer stupidity and immorality of this betrayal is too scandalous to be ignored," wrote a columnist in the conservative Times of London. The left-leaning Guardian bemoaned: "No one can conceive of Renault, Fiat or indeed BMW fattening themselves up after years of emaciation, ready for sell-off to a foreign rival. ...


New Polish premier wants more US military presence

Poland's new prime minister Ewa Kopacz delivers her inaugural speech in the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Kopacz took over the post from Donald Tusk, who will head the European Council starting Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's new prime minister says she will seek a greater U.S. military presence in Poland because the conflict in neighboring Ukraine has made Poland's security and the U.S.-Polish relationship even more important.


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