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Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

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BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week. | Video

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

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DUBAI - The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq. | Video

World, U.S. 4:07pm EDT

U.S. military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader

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MOGADISHU - An air strike in Somalia by U.S. armed forces targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Ahmed Abdi Godane, Somali and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but they said it was unclear whether he was killed in the attack.

World, Politics, Africa 11:34am EDT

U.S. military may move Niger drone base to Sahara desert city

WASHINGTON/NIAMEY - The United States is preparing a possible redeployment of its drones in Niger to set up a forward base in the Sahara closer to Islamist militants blamed for attacks across the region, U.S. military and Defense Department officials said.

World, Mali 3:47pm EDT

Canada, China quietly hold top-level meeting on strained ties

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OTTAWA - Senior officials from Canada and China met quietly in Ottawa last week to discuss relations that have deteriorated so badly that they could threaten Prime Minister Stephen Harper's planned visit to China in November.

World, China 4:58pm EDT

Japan's Abe to co-opt rival, draft more women in cabinet reshuffle

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TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to co-opt a rival and draft more women to spruce up his image while keeping key ministers when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, a rejig dictated more by political dynamics than policy matters.

World, Japan 3:22pm EDT

Judge orders immediate release from Spanish jail of ill British boy's parents

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MADRID - A Spanish judge has ordered the immediate release from custody of two British parents detained in Madrid for taking their seriously ill child out of hospital, a court source said on Tuesday, speeding a reunion with their five-year-old son.

World, Spain 3:26pm EDT

Dutchman praised for MH17 crash handling in race for top EU job

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AMSTERDAM - Frans Timmermans, the Netherlands' nominee to join the European Commission, is an experienced Brussels hand who represents his country's last best hope of securing a top job in the European Union's executive.

World, United Nations 3:39pm EDT

Syrian forces escalate assault on rebel-held Damascus district

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BEIRUT - Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups.

World, Syria 12:15pm EDT

African leaders seek fund to fight militant groups

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NAIROBI - African leaders proposed on Tuesday creating a special fund to combat Islamist militant groups growing in strength from Kenya to Nigeria.

World, Africa 1:58pm EDT
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.