Ukraine: Russia attacked airfield in east

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A Russian army tank attacked airfields in eastern Ukraine on Monday, Ukrainian military officials said, amid worsening tensions between Kiev and Moscow.

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Twenty years on, Schaeuble pleads again for core Europe

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble attends a news conference at the Bercy Finance Ministry in ParisGerman Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble renewed a call for a core group of European Union countries to move ahead faster with economic and political integration, 20 years after his ground-breaking proposal fell on deaf ears in key partner France. In an article published in the Financial Times on Monday, Schaeuble proposed creating an EU commissioner with the power to reject national budgets that breach the bloc's fiscal rules, and establishing an inner-core parliament for the euro zone. "In order to make progress in all of these areas, we should keep using the approach that proved its mettle back in 1994: to establish cores of co-operation within the EU that enable smaller, willing groups of member states to forge ahead," Schaeuble wrote in the article, co-authored by fellow German Christian Democrat Karl Lamers. They acknowledged that many EU countries remain reticent about closer political union that would involve transferring more sovereignty to Europe.


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Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics

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Gov. Bobby Jindal of LouisianaThe measure, signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in June and due to take effect Sept. 1, would require doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. "Plaintiffs will be allowed to operate lawfully while continuing their efforts to obtain privileges," Federal Judge John deGravelles wrote in the decision. Abortion rights activists applauded the decision, the latest in a string of rulings against similar measures, saying it would give doctors more time to seek hospital privileges. "Today’s ruling ensures Louisiana women are safe from an underhanded law that seeks to strip them of their health and rights," said Nancy Northup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued to block the law on behalf of three of the state's five clinics.


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Iran says possible response to new U.S. sanctions could not be ‘pleasant’

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives at the airport in BaghdadIranian leaders reacted with dismay to Friday's announcement that Washington was going to penalize a number of Iranian and other foreign companies, banks and airlines for violating sanctions against Tehran, most of which are tied to a decade-old dispute about its nuclear program. Washington said the moves were a signal that there would be no let-up of sanctions while international talks were underway to ease the economic measures in exchange for Iran's agreement to curb its nuclear activities.. Iran says its nuclear program is for civilians ends only and denies allegations from the West that it may want to develop nuclear weapons. On Saturday President Hassan Rouhani said the new curbs were unconstructive and against the spirit of the talks, although he added he was not pessimistic.


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Cruz Sounds Like He’s Running In 2016

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Firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz is sounding increasingly like he’s made up his mind to run for president in 2016.

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Car tied to suspected threat against Obama found in Connecticut

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U.S. President Obama walks on the South Lawn towards Marine One at the White House in WashingtonBy Richard Weizel HAMDEN Conn. (Reuters) – A car sought in connection with a suspected threat against President Barack Obama has been located in Connecticut, authorities said on Saturday. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, had asked state police for help in locating the car in connection with a possible threat to the president, State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said. Both the state police and the Secret Service declined to specify the nature of the threat. The Secret Service, in a statement on Saturday, said that it had investigated information about a suspicious person and vehicle and was working to determine its validity.


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EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko shakes hands with EC President Van Rompuy, prior to an EU summit at the European Council building in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine on Saturday but officials and diplomats said the bloc was not yet ready to order additional penalties. At a summit in Brussels that may hand one of the Union's top jobs to Poland's prime minister, giving Vladimir Putin's critics in ex-communist Eastern Europe new influence over EU policy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko received a demonstrative welcome from senior officials whom he urged to set new sanctions. Those include Germany, Britain and France, as well as Italy, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas and expects to secure the post of EU foreign affairs chief.


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Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager steps down

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A little more than two months before Election Day, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stepped down Friday, resigning amid a long-brewing controversy involving Benton’s ties to Ron Paul’s presidential bid in 2012.

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