By Andrew Osborn and William James BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters)
- British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half
the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge
he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away
from a schism inside his party over Europe. The promise, which will
cost over 7 billion pounds (11. ...
By Ayla Jean Yackley and Oliver Holmes MURSITPINAR
Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey signalled it may send troops into
Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic
State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on
insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The
government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which
would broaden existing powers and allow Ankara to order military
action to "defeat attacks directed towards our country from all
terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria". ...
By Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will fight against
Islamic State and other "terrorist" groups in the region but will
stick to its aim of seeing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad removed
from power, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday .
The advance of Islamic State insurgents to within sight of the
Turkish army on the Syrian border has piled pressure on Ankara to
play a greater role in the U.S.-led coalition carrying out air
strikes against the insurgents in Syria and Iraq. ...
BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan, an island that China's ruling
Communist Party has long sought to bring into its fold under the
same "one country, two systems" arrangement it has for Hong Kong,
has thrown its support behind Hong Kong's pro-democracy
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday
forging a new constitution after a parliamentary election next year
would be a priority for Turkey, signaling no let-up in his drive to
create an executive presidency. Erdogan, who became Turkey's first
popularly-elected head of state in August after 12 years as prime
minister, has made no secret of his ambition to change the
constitution and bolster the powers of the presidency, a move
opponents fear will herald an increasingly authoritarian rule.
Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Prime Minister David
Cameron detailed his plan for winning the 2015 general election
Wednesday with a raft of measures designed to help struggling
Britons and shut down support for the UK Independence Party.
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — An airline pilot and a ground
crew staff member were among seven people arrested in Greece on
suspicion of participating in a ring smuggling migrants onto
flights from the eastern Greek city of Thessaloniki to other EU
countries, police said Wednesday.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's rapid religious transformation
is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race,
where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues
and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers.
NEW YORK (AP) — A teacher at an elite New York City high school
already accused of sending an indecent photo to a student is now
facing an additional 36-count indictment alleging he victimized six
HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy
protests warned that if the territory's top official doesn't resign
by Thursday they will step up their actions, including occupying
several important government buildings.
(Reuters) - Texas state health officials said on Wednesday
they have no other suspected Ebola cases in the state, where the
first confirmed U.S. case of the deadly virus has been reported.
"We have no other suspect cases of Ebola in Texas at this time,"
the state health agency said in a Twitter post. (Writing by Doina
Chiacu; Editing by Jim Loney)
HONG KONG (AP) — Student leaders of pro-democracy protests in
Hong Kong warned Wednesday that if the territory's leader doesn't
resign by the end of Thursday they will step up their actions,
including occupying several important government buildings. By
raising the stakes in the standoff, the protest leaders are risking
another round of confrontation with the police who are unlikely to
allow government buildings to be stormed. It also puts pressure on
the Chinese government, which has so far remained mostly silent and
preferred to let Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying deal
with the crisis.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The ceasefire in Ukraine offers an
opportunity but Russia still has the power to destabilize the
country, NATO's new Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on
Wednesday. "The ceasefire in Ukraine offers an opportunity but
Russia maintains its ability to destabilize Ukraine. Russia remains
in breach of international law," Stoltenberg told his first news
conference as NATO leader. Stoltenberg also held out an olive
branch to Russia, saying he saw no contradiction between aspiring
for a constructive relationship with Russia and being in favor of a
strong NATO. ...
By Lauren Tara LaCapra NEW YORK (Reuters) - After spending two
years developing a wide-ranging communications tool for Wall
Street, Goldman Sachs Group Inc says it has reached the perfect
pitch. On Wednesday, Goldman and 13 partners
plan to announce a $66 million investment in a new company called
Symphony Communication Services Holdings LLC, according to a draft
press release viewed by Reuters. The partners are all financial
services firms, including major global banks and asset managers.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron promised a
tough stance on Europe and tax cuts for millions in a speech
designed to rally the Conservative faithful and sway other voters
ahead of a national election next year.
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is increasing by 20
percent payments to former political prisoners in communist East
Germany, a move that comes a few weeks before the 25th anniversary
of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
NEW YORK, (Reuters) - America's manufacturing industry expanded
in September, though a tad slower than during August, while
employment in the sector grew at its best pace since March 2012, an
industry report showed on Wednesday. Financial data firm Markit
said its final U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index turned
down to 57.5 last month from 57.9 during August. The preliminary
read for the index was 57.9. A reading above 50 signals expansion
in economic activity. ...
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A train overshot a stop signal and plowed
into another express passenger train in India's northern Uttar
Pradesh state, killing 12 people and injuring dozens, officials
(Reuters) - The New York Times Co said it planned to cut jobs
to lower costs and invest the savings in its "digital future." "The
reduction in positions will vary across the company," the New York
Times said in a regulatory filing. The newspaper said it expected
digital advertising to grow by about 16 percent in the current
quarter as smartphone and video advertising increases. Total
company-wide advertising revenue is expected to be nearly flat in
the quarter, the company said. (Reporting By Subrat Patnaik in
Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
By Abhishek Madhukar DHARAMSALA India (Thomson Reuters
Foundation) - Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi
on Wednesday slammed South Africa's refusal to give fellow laureate
and Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, a visa to attend a
peace conference and said they would boycott the event. The Dalai
Lama, who lives in exile in India and is at loggerheads with China
over Tibet, had been hoping to join a Nobel peace conference in
Cape Town on Oct. 13. ...
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's new coach Javier Aguirre called up
Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Wednesday for friendlies
against Jamaica and Brazil this month, in his first international
duty since leaving Manchester United.