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Afghanistan orders US reporter to leave over election story

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Afghan election commission workers display ballot papers during an audit of the presidential run-off vote in Kabul on August 4, 2014Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over election results. The attorney general's office said the article was "against the national interests and the national security of Afghanistan" and that Matthew Rosenberg must leave within 24 hours. "This decision was taken after the attorney general considered his story on the election deadlock and suggestion of an interim government, quoting unknown high ranking government officials," the attorney general's office said. "Since the election, the New York Times has repeatedly published such articles sourcing them to unknown government officials."


Afghanistan gives NYT reporter 24 hours to leave country

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Afghan President Karzai, presidential candidates Abdullah and Ghani attend celebrations to commemorate Afghanistan's anniversary of independence in KabulBy Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan has given a New York Times reporter 24 hours to leave the country, accusing him of not cooperating with an investigation into his reporting, the Attorney General's office said on Wednesday. Matthew Rosenberg, 40, was summoned for questioning on Tuesday after the newspaper ran a story about officials discussing plans to form an interim government and "seize power" if a deadlock over the presidential election failed to break soon. "Due to the lack of proper accountability and non-cooperation, the Attorney General's office has decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave Afghanistan within 24 hours," the office said in a statement. "We were also never informed of a formal investigation and we do not understand how insisting on the right to a lawyer is not cooperating.” Afghanistan is in the midst of a ballot that has dragged on for months, with both candidates claiming victory after the June 14 run off and allegations of mass fraud threatening to derail the process.


Mother of US journalist Foley 'never prouder' of son

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US freelance reporter James Foley (L) is seen at work in Sirte, Libya, on September 29, 2011The mother of American journalist James Foley, apparently executed by Islamic State jihadists, on Wednesday paid tribute to her son who she said had died trying to expose the suffering of the Syrian people. Condolences and shocked messages poured in after the Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant beheading a man resembling Foley, who has been missing since he was seized in Syria November 2012. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people," Foley's mother Diane said in a Facebook message to supporters. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.


Turkish soldier killed in clashes with Kurdish militants

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At least one Turkish soldier was killed and another wounded in clashes with Kurdish militants in eastern Turkey as tensions escalated, local media reported, potentially undermining government efforts toward direct peace talks. A group of fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fired at a military border patrol unit near the Iran border in the eastern province of Van. A Turkish lieutenant was killed, and another soldier was injured in the clash late on Tuesday, according to Turkish media. A Kurdish protester was shot dead and two others were wounded in southeastern Turkey earlier on Tuesday as they clashed with security forces dismantling a newly erected statue of a prominent Kurdish militant.

Poland says are signs Russia is extending food imports ban to transit

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Poland is receiving information that Russia is trying to extend its embargo on imports of foodstuffs from the European Union to goods in transit through Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said on Wednesday. "We are receiving the first indications that Russia's customs and other authorities are trying to widen the embargo also to the transit of goods," Piechocinski told reporters. "I will personally intervene on various diplomatic levels in this case." Piechocinski said any "transport war" would harm relations between the EU and the Customs Union led by Russia.

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

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Iraq Shiite fighters prepare to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug 18, 2014. Fighters of the voluntary armed group formed after the radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr called to protect holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants are appealing to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the U.N. prepared to launch a massive aid push to help Iraqis uprooted by the extremists.


Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

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Dan Sullivan, candidate for the Republican candidate for election to the U.S. Senate, waves signs along a busy street on the morning of Alaska's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.


Iran's parliament votes out moderate minister

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Bank of England splits over rate hike for first time in 3 years

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Pedestrians walk past the Bank of England in the City of LondonBy David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England policymakers have broken ranks over interest rates for the first time in three years, with two of them unexpectedly voting to tighten policy, in a move that revives speculation about a 2014 rate hike. Martin Weale and Ian McCafferty - external members of the BoE's nine-member Monetary Policy Committee - voted to raise interest rates to 0.75 percent from 0.5 percent, according to minutes of the MPC's Aug. 6-7 meeting released on Wednesday. Their dissenting votes ended the longest period of unanimity in the MPC's history. Sterling strengthened and government bonds fell as expectations an early rise in British interest rates were revived.


Liberian security forces seal slum to halt Ebola

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Children surround a man, left, that fell down while walking on a street suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The World Health Organization says the outbreak has killed more than 1,200 people, while authorities struggle to contain its spread and treat the sick. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Security forces deployed Wednesday to enforce a quarantine around a slum in the Liberian capital, stepping up the government's fight to stop the spread of Ebola and unnerving residents.


Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief

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Pope Francis attends his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Saying "even the pope has a family," Pope Francis has expressed thanks for the prayers and condolences sent him after the death of a nephew's wife and her two young children in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.


Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic extremists have launched an attack on a major air base in northeastern Syria, aiming to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is an Islamic State stronghold.

UK's Cameron returns to London from holiday to discuss Islamic State video

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will interrupt his holiday and return to London on Wednesday after a video released by the Islamic State purportedly showed the beheading of a U.S. journalist featuring comments by a man with a British accent. "If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved," a statement from Cameron's office said. "He will meet with the Foreign Secretary and senior officials from the Home Office, Foreign Office and the agencies to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by ISIL terrorists. ...

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