Turkey says Syrian town about to fall as Islamic State moves in

Posted by Forexsq 23 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Turkey's president said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault has cost a reported 400 lives.

The prospect that the town on the Turkish border could be captured by the militants has increased pressure on Turkey, with the strongest army in the region, to join an international coalition t

Hong Kong Protests Dwindle as Negotiations Ease Tensions

Posted by Forexsq 24 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong saw their ranks thinned today as they prepared for formal talks with the government on demands for free elections.

Civil servants poured back into offices after students removed some barricades in response to an ultimatum from the city’s leader to restore access or face possible police action. Protesters won’t withdraw totally until there are concessions f

Democrats to Obama: Shut Up

Posted by Forexsq 28 days ago (http://www.bloombergview.com)
img Democrats, especially members of Congress in competitive elections this fall, have a simple ask of President Barack Obama: cool it.

Specifically, they would like the president to keep as low a profile as possible for the next five weeks, to foil Republican efforts to make him the centerpiece of the midterm elections. They are particularly concerned about news-making interviews. The latest flap

Hong Kong resident travels 3,000 miles to fight for democracy

Posted by Forexsq 28 days ago (http://money.cnn.com)
img How far are Hong Kong residents willing to go in their stand for democracy?

For Jennifer Moberg, the answer is nearly 3,000 miles. After hearing from friends that pro-democracy protests in the city were escalating and that police were using tear gas on protesters, she immediately decided to return from Afghanistan, where she is working as a music teacher.

Hong Kong Protesters Step up Pressure on Leung to Quit

Posted by Forexsq 29 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests swelled for a sixth day as student leaders renewed an ultimatum for Leung Chun-ying to resign after jeering the city’s top official at a ceremony to mark China’s National Day.

Demonstrators poured back into the three main protest areas at 6 p.m. local time after crowds thinned this morning. With Hong Kong celebrating two days of holidays, numbers may grow bey

Hong Kong protesters are so freaking nice

Posted by Forexsq 29 days ago (http://money.cnn.com)
img Big demonstrations are always a little uncomfortable. Trash piles up, personal space is non-existent and bathrooms are in short supply.

Add the threat of tear gas, pepper spray or the sting of a police baton, and political protests can often make for angry crowds.

Not so in Hong Kong, where protesters will help you over a police barricade, recycle your water bottle, ply you with fruit, and

Police use tear gas as 'Occupy' comes to Hong Kong

Posted by Forexsq 31 days ago (http://money.cnn.com)
img Key traffic arteries in Hong Kong remained blocked Monday after a forceful crackdown by police failed to dislodge pro-democracy protesters from the streets of the financial capital.

Police fired volley after volley of tear gas at protesters on Sunday, an unusually heavy-handed response that appeared only to galvanize public support and draw thousands of additional demonstrators into the street

‘Imminent Attack’ in U.S. Prompted Airstrikes on Khorasan

Posted by Forexsq 37 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Airstrikes against the militant Khorasan Group in Syria were prompted by plans for an “imminent” terror attack on U.S. soil, the Pentagon said.

“We believe the individuals plotting and planning it were eliminated” in the eight U.S. airstrikes overnight, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said today in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” program.

Israel Shoots Down Syrian Warplane After Flight Over Golan

Posted by Forexsq 37 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Israel shot down a Syrian fighter jet after it flew over the Golan Heights, the Israeli army said today, the first such incident in almost 30 years and the neighbors’ most serious clash since the start of Syria’s civil war.

The Sukhoi fighter was downed by a U.S.-made Patriot missile fired by Israeli military personnel, and the crew ejected over Syrian territory across the Golan frontier, the

Ditching Monarchy Is Step Too Far for Scots Nationalists

Posted by Forexsq 44 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img After Elizabeth I died childless in 1603, her closest royal relative James VI of Scotland came down to take the throne and unite the two crowns, becoming James I of England. He only went back once.

More than four centuries later, Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond says that if his campaign for independence prevails in this week’s referendum, he would keep Queen Elizabeth II, the 12th

British PM tells Scots: I would be heartbroken if you rip apart our UK 'family of nations'

Posted by Forexsq 50 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Prime Minister David Cameron begged Scots on Wednesday not to rip apart Britain's "family of nations", visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep last minute rise in secessionist support ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on independence.

In a sign of new panic in the British ruling elite over the fate of the 307-year-old union, Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband scrapped their weekly

Scottish Independence Looms as Iceberg Moves Toward U.K.

Posted by Forexsq 52 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Scottish independence increasingly looks like an iceberg that could sink Prime Minister David Cameron’s government and the opposition Labour Party. And like the passengers on the Titanic, they never saw it coming.

Yesterday’s YouGov Plc (YOU) poll putting the Yes vote on 51 percent sparked a fresh effort from supporters of the union to urge Scots to come back from the brink. About 100 Labour l

Putin, Poroshenko Largely Agree on Ukraine Cease-Fire Steps

Posted by Forexsq 57 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko agreed on steps toward a cease-fire in Ukraine’s easternmost regions, where a bloody conflict has raged for more than five months.

Putin backs the idea of an immediate truce, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. A conversation between the two leaders resulted in an agreement on a “cease-f

Ukraine Fighting Surges as Russian-Backed Forces Gain

Posted by Forexsq 62 days ago (http://www.bloomberg.com)
img Separatists in eastern Ukraine are battling government forces on two fronts near the Sea of Azov and south of Donetsk as NATO reports a surge of Russian troops and advanced equipment into the war-zone.

The U.S. and the European Union are threatening Russian President Vladimir Putin with further sanctions, even as the EU began talks in Moscow today aimed at a temporary deal with Ukraine to allo

Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance

Posted by Forexsq 63 days ago (http://www.reuters.com)
img Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and conferring with defense chiefs because of the "rapidly deteriorating situation" in the eastern Donetsk region, "as Russian troops have

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