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    Vladimir Putin talks nuclear power as he tells the West to back off over Ukraine

    A week ago the prospect of nuclear war was a dim memory. Now, Russian President Vladmir Putin has put the nightmare firmly back on the agenda in a thinly veiled threat to the west to “back off” over Ukraine. This morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott labelled Russia’s escalating and “open” invasion into Ukraine as “war”.

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    I can take Kiev in two weeks, Vladimir Putin warns European leaders

    Vladimir Putin has boasted to European leaders that his forces could sweep into Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. The Russian president reportedly made the threat to the European Commission president during talks on the Ukraine crisis. Mr Putin told Jose Manuel Barroso: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks,” Italy’s

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    Ukraine crisis: Nato readies a rapid-reaction spearhead force in response to Russian intervention – with sizeable British contingent

    Nato is to form a 4,000-strong spearhead force designed to go into action in 48 hours in response to Russian intervention in Ukraine. Stockpiles of military equipment will be stored at bases in Eastern Europe for the troops to use when they go into operation. The mission, which is expected to have a sizeable British

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    NATO Spokesperson Says ‘Unaware’ of NATO Officers in Ukraine’s Mariupol

    NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Monday that she was unaware of possible presence of NATO officers in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. “On this particular issue I can say that I’m not aware of any NATO officers in Mariupol,” she said. Earlier today, Donetsk People’s Republic representatives said that a group of six NATO

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    Fidel Castro says Mossad behind Islamic State

    uban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at Israel, the United States and Europe on Monday, saying Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was behind the radical Islamic State group and comparing NATO military representatives to the Nazi SS In a column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island’s communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy

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    Fighting breaks out along Syrian border, with captured Fiji troops nearby

    Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Syrian-occupied side of the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from the Philippines escaped after resisting capture.Syria’s three-year civil war reached the frontier with Israeli-controlled territory last week

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    Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

    One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an anonymous grave under plans which threaten to spark discord across the Muslim world. The controversial proposals are part of a consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated

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    Ebola virus: Response to deadly outbreak ‘disastrously inadequate’, World Bank president says

    The head of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim has criticized the world’s “disastrously inadequate response” to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. In a newspaper editorial on Monday, Mr Kim urged wealthy Western nations to share knowledge and resources to help contain the disease that has killed over 1,500 people in the worst

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    Obama Pushes For Increase In Minimum Wage, ‘Economic Patriotism’

    President Obama Monday pushed for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 and urged Americans not to “reward companies that ship jobs and profits overseas” in a Labor Day speech before an outdoor crowd in Milwaukee. Obama chastised Republicans in Congress for blocking legislation to raise the minimum wage, urging the crowd to keep pushing for it and

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    Mass die-off of fish at Lake Cajititlan in western Mexico shrouded in mystery

    MEXICAN authorities say a mass die-off of fish at a lake in western Mexico was not due to natural causes. Over 33 metric tons of rotting dead fish have been removed from Lake Cajititlan in Jalisco state. The cause of the die-off has not been determined but the state environment department said late Sunday it

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    Pacific tuna stocks on the brink of disaster, warns outgoing fisheries head Glenn Hurry

    The Australian who heads fishery management in the Western and Central Pacific has warned an international agreement is urgently needed to avert disaster for the tuna industry. Professor Glenn Hurry said bluefin and bigeye tuna should no longer be harvested, as stocks were dangerously depleted. He also warned “serious action” needed to be taken to

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    Japan tells people to stock up on toilet paper in case of earthquake

    A public information campaign was launched yesterday to persuade people to stockpile toilet paper in case of emergency. The government and paper companies kicked off “Let’s stockpile toilet paper!” to mark Disaster Prevention Day, warning of a possible crisis because nearly half of the supply comes from one of Japan’s most earthquake-prone areas. Officials said

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    Sick boy’s parents arrested in Spain after taking him from U.K. hospital to seek new treatment for brain tumour

    The parents say they want to give their five-year-old-boy with a brain tumour the best chance to live with a revolutionary new treatment they learned about on the Internet. Their British hospital says the boy has a 70% to 80% chance of survival with the treatment it offers, and it’s the parents who are putting

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    UK Social Worker Given Diversity Training After Exposing Pakistani Sex Ring

    A British social worker who noted the Pakistani heritage of sexual predators said she was told to never mention race in her reports on the abuses and was forced to take a two-day diversity training class. Working as a researcher for the British Home Office in 2002, the female social worker told the BBC that she was

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    Robots will soon make bankers — and many more job now done by humans — totally redundant, expert says

    Robots will be running the City within 10 years, rendering investment bankers, analysts and even quants redundant, it has been claimed. Artificial intelligence is about to outpace human ability, according to Dave Coplin, a senior Microsoft executive. Computers will not only be able to undertake complex mathematical equations but draw logical, nuanced conclusions, reducing the

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    Australian banks resist global tax crackdown

    Australian banks are stalling on a deal that will help expose tax evaders to global authorities. The information sharing deal, part of the G20 talks in Australia this year, requires banks to pass on information about their customers to the Australian Tax Office. The deal has been signed by more than 40 countries, including Britain,

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    Fukushima governor accepts ‘temporary’ radioactive waste storage

    The governor of Fukushima has agreed to accept the “temporary” storage of radioactive waste from the 2011 nuclear disaster. Yuhei Sato has been cajoled with the promises of subsidies if he accepts a Japanese government plan to build a depot on land near the battered Fukushima Daiichi plant. “I have made an agonizing decision to

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    Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony,

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    Tripoli under militia control, including US Embassy compound

    LIBYA’S toothless outgoing government admitted it has in effect lost control of Tripoli to armed militias. The interim government led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, which resigned last week, said armed groups, mostly Islamist militias, were in control of ministries and blocking access to government workers. “Ministry and state offices in Tripoli have been occupied

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    Is this Bigfoot’s footprint? Men discover evidence of mysterious six-foot-tall creature in Mississippi woods

    A large footprint unlike one from a human or bear has been found in the woods in Mississippi – raising suggestions that the creature it belongs to is Bigfoot. The large print was found by Peyton Lassiter in Vicksburg on August 12 – nine months after another local man, David Childers, saw a large grey

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