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Scottish zoo: ‘Bad news’ for pregnant giant panda

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish zoo has sounded warnings that a female giant panda may have lost her cub.
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As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

Resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa cityBy Isabel Coles and Peter Apps BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the third paragraph, "involving", to make it "evolving") After their lightning takeover in June, flag-waving Islamic State militants paraded through the captured Iraqi city of Mosul in looted U.S.-built Humvees, armored cars and pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns.     Today, many have ditched military-type vehicles that could make them easy targets of U.S. It is unclear how the Islamic State’s tactics will further change as a result of the reclaiming of the strategic Mosul Dam by Iraqi government and Kurdish forces or Sunday’s dramatic retaking of Amerli, where thousands had been cut off from food and water, but clearly battlefield strategies are evolving on both sides.



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Apparent massive hack reveals nude pictures of stars

Oscar-winning American actress Jennifer Lawrence at the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" world premiere in New York on May 10, 2014Anonymous posters to online message boards boasted of having nude images of scores of female stars including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, pop icon Rihanna and top model Kate Upton. Early reports suggested hackers had "ripped" private images from tech giant Apple's iCloud online data storage, but the firm made no immediate comment and other services may have been targeted. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," Lawrence's agent told entertainment media. Among the scores of celebrities whose pictures were allegedly stolen were Scarlett Johansson, Winona Ryder, Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Hayden Panettiere and Hope Solo.



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Shooting suspect nabbed before West Indian parade

Food vendors prepare jerk chicken in drum cookers along Eastern Parkway before the start of the annual West Indian Day Parade in the Brooklyn borough of New York Monday, Sept 1, 2014. Hours before the parade, police reported multiple shootings overnight, one of them deadly, near the route for the political see-and-be-seen event, which celebrates Caribbean culture and echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says a suspect is in custody in a fatal shooting that occurred hours before the start of the nearby West Indian Day Parade.



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Belfast bomb alert snarls roads on IRA anniversary

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness stands in front of the 1916 republican proclamation of independence as he makes a speech to mark the 20th anniversary of the IRA ceasefire at the Rath Mor Sinn Fein Centre in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Sunday Aug. 31, 2014. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the IRA calling a "complete cessation of military operations". (AP Photo / Niall Carson, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESBELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Police say a bomb alert that shut down Belfast's main motorway on the 20th anniversary of the Irish Republican Army cease-fire was the result of an "elaborate hoax."



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Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany’s interest

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009 file picture a German armored infantry vehicle Dingo takes part in a combat training in Letzlingen, eastern Germany. Germany joins other European countries who have pledged to provide arms to the Kurds fighting the Islamic State group that has swept into northern Iraq in recent months. In total, the shipments will include 8,000 G36 assault rifles and the same number of G3 rifles, as well as ammunition; 200 Panzerfaust 3 and 30 MILAN anti-tank systems; and five heavily armored Dingo infantry vehicles. Chancellor Angela Merkel has told German lawmakers Monday Sept.1, 2014 that arming Kurdish fighters battling Islamic extremists in Iraq wasn't an easy decision but is in her country's interest. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz,File)BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq.



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240 rebels depart Central African Republic capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Witnesses say several hundred Muslim rebels have left the capital of Central African Republic and are now heading back to the country’s north about eight months after they were forced from power.
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Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum

In this Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 photo, army personnel man outside the military headquarters in Maseru, Lesotho. Lesotho's prime minister fled to South Africa in fear for his safety and will now meet with leaders of the region there to seek peace, he said Sunday. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said there had been an attempt to take over Lesotho, a country of about 2 million people that is surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho's Defense Forces deny any attempt at a coup although they say the military exchanged gunfire and disarmed two police stations in Lesotho's capital, Maseru, on Saturday. (AP Photo)MASERU, Lesotho (AP) — Police were off the streets and out of uniform in Lesotho's capital on Monday, as the mountainous kingdom experienced a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee.



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Atlantic City’s Revel starts closing after 2 years

Guests leave the lobby of Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City NJ on Monday, Sept 1, 2014, after it closed its hotel. Revel is one of three Atlantic City casinos that will have shut down in a two-week period ending Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling began to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel emptied its hotel.



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Defending arming of Kurds, Merkel calls Islamic State a threat to Europe

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government’s taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, telling parliament on Monday that the group posed a major security threat to Germany and Europe. A day after Berlin announced it would send anti-tank rockets, assault rifles and hand grenades to the Kurds, Merkel said Germany had a responsibility to intervene in the conflict to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq, citing evidence of ethnic cleansing by Islamic State fighters.
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Aid flows into Iraq Shiite town after siege broken

In this photo provided by the Iraqi government, outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, is surrounded by residents and security forces after his arrival in Amirli, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Al-Maliki praised residents for fending off attacks by Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the siege a day earlier. (AP Photo/Iraqi Government)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's outgoing prime minister travelled to a small northern Shiite town Monday, praising its residents for fending off attacks by Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke the siege a day earlier.



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Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fadesFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.



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Frances McDormand feted in Venice as HBO series premiers

US actress Frances McDormand poses during the photocall of "Olive Kitteridge", presented out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2014 at Venice LidoThe Venice film festival feted the career of Frances McDormand Monday, the Oscar winning actress of "Fargo" fame, ahead of the premier of a new HBO mini-series she called the culmination of her life's work. McDormand, who is married to director Joel Coen and has starred in several Coen brothers films including "Fargo" and "Burn After Reading", was presented with the Visionary Talent Award for a career that began on Broadway in 1984. The 57-year-old American told journalists ahead of the ceremony that she felt developing, producing and acting in the four-part mini-series "Olive Kitteridge" was "the culmination of everything that I have attempted to do."



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NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media ahead of the NATO summit in Wales, at the Residence Palace in Brussels, Monday Sept. 1, 2014. Russia and Ukraine will be the top story this week when NATO heads of state attend the NATO summit in Wales, starting Wednesday. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance's secretary general said Monday.



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Obama promoting economic gains as elections near

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama greets supporters before speaking on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest in Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. The last time President Barack Obama came to Wisconsin to celebrate workers' rights on Labor Day, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that was to come just months later as public employees fought unsuccessfully to retain their ability to collectively bargain. Now, four years later, as the architect of the law that stripped unions of that power faces re-election, Obama is coming back to Milwaukee for an event also featuring Gov. Scott Walker's Democratic challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.



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David Muir takes over at ABC’s ‘World News’

In this Wed., Aug. 27, 2014 photo provided by ABC, Diane Sawyer, left, signs off on her last broadcast as anchor of "World News," with new anchor, David Muir, right, looking on in New York. Among the stories Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor in early September, is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Among the stories David Muir will introduce during his first week as ABC's "World News" anchor is one he reported about a generation of Syrian refugees missing out on an education.



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Muscular dystrophy fundraiser raises $52 million

CHICAGO (AP) — The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s nationally broadcast annual telethon has raised about $52.3 million in contributions over the Labor Day weekend.
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Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain

Ashya King parents's lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz, arrives at the National court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents, Brett and Naghemeh, against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)LONDON (AP) — The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy.



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Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

Policeman fires his weapon as he runs away with others from supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, during the Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in IslamabadBy Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the state television headquarters in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and firebrand Muslim cleric Tahir ul-Qadri have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Protests descended into deadly chaos over the weekend, with demonstrators clashing with police in a central area near many government buildings and embassies. The state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters.



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Putin’s ‘statehood’ gambit raises stakes in east Ukraine

By Mark Trevelyan MOSCOW (Reuters) – A shift in President Vladimir Putin’s language on the conflict in eastern Ukraine reflects a transformation in the situation on the battlefield and sounds a warning to Kiev to negotiate sooner rather than later. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quick to tell journalists that the Kremlin leader was not demanding independence for pro-Russian separatists when he said on Sunday that talks should take place immediately “on the political organization of society and statehood in southeastern Ukraine”. It was the first time that Putin had publicly talked about “statehood” in the eastern Russian-speaking regions where rebels are fighting to break away from Ukraine, in a war that has killed some 2,600 people since April. The implication was that if Ukraine fails to reach a quick settlement with the rebels on “federalization”, the term Moscow has previously used for enhanced autonomy in the east, then it may find itself facing demands for something much bigger.
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Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.



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Falcao leads Europe transfer frenzy

Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao gives a thumbs up before the French L1 football against Lille on August 30, 2014 at the Louis II stadium in MonacoManchester United swooped from nowhere on Monday to make striker Radamel Falcao the surprise big signing on the last day of Europe's record-breaking summer transfer window. British media said the Colombian would have to pass a medical to seal the move from Monaco in a one year loan that pushes United's spending since the opening of the transfer market on June 9 above £150 million ($250 million). Teams from the top leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France have laid out more than $2.1 billion during the transfer window and the frenzied last day is likely to see the figure rise substantially. Manchester United have been the single biggest spenders, ahead of Spain's Real Madrid.



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Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he would bring in new laws to give police the power to seize the passports of suspected Iraq and Syria-bound Islamist fighters. “We will introduce specific and targeted legislation … providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned,” Cameron told parliament, announcing measures designed to tackle the threat of radicalized Britons fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) militants. …
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Cake of Hungary 2014 – the Somlói Revolution

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Cake of Hungary 2014 - the Somlói Revolution

Tasted at Pécs, Mecsek Café – in the evening…
This year again Hungary organized the cake of Hungary competition, with the winners (Cake of Hungary, Sugar-free Cake of Hungary) announced at the time of the biggest national holiday – 20th of August. The cakes can be tasted at the official stand of the cake of Hungary during the festivities next to the Danube and are available at selected patisseries after the 20th of August. The recipes are also officially available from this day.
The winner of the Cake of Hungary Award 2014: Somlói Revolúció (Somlói Revolution) by Damniczki Balázs (Székesfehérvár). (You may read the recipe in the link): whilehewasout.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/cake-of-hungary-aw…
Magyarország tortája idén a Somlói revolúció, Damniczki Balázs székesfehérvári cukrászmester alkotása (recept!): eletszepitok.hu/somloi-revolucio-magyarorszag-tortaja-201…
Pécs, Mecsek cukrászda

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Iraq presses fightback after breaking jihadist siege

Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege of a Shiite town. The military gains came as a senior UN rights official said the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has carried out “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale” in Iraq, while caretaker premier Nuri al-Maliki vowed the country would prove the group’s “graveyard”. The breakthrough to the town of Amerli on Sunday was the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS-led militants overran much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June. The United States carried out limited air strikes in the area during the operation, the first time it has expanded its more than three-week air campaign against IS beyond the far north of Iraq.
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Thirteen killed, 45 wounded in clashes in Libya’s Benghazi: medics

BENGHAZI Libya (Reuters) – At least 13 people have been killed and 45 wounded in clashes between Islamists and forces of renegade general allied to the regular army in Libya’s eastern Benghazi city, medics said on Monday. Islamist forces including members of Ansar al-Sharia launched on Monday a new attempt to take the city’s civilian and military airport held by forces of renegade general Khalifa Haftar and army special forces.
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Pakistan anti-PM protesters storm state TV

Pakistani supporters of Canadian cleric Tahir ul Qadri sit on the lawn at the Parliament premises following clashes with police in Islamabad on August 31, 2014Hundreds of protesters trying to topple Pakistan's government briefly seized the state broadcaster on Monday, intensifying a fortnight-long political crisis that has shaken the nuclear-armed nation. Transmissions of the main Pakistani Television (PTV) news channel were cut after protesters armed with clubs stormed the building in Islamabad's high-security "red zone", before being removed by security forces after around half an hour. The occupation came after fresh street clashes between riot police and followers of opposition politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, in which officers were pelted with rocks and responded with teargas. Beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held talks with the powerful army chief and opposition leaders in a bid to find a way out of the crisis, which has weakened his hold on power.



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Kenyan commandos on frontline of poaching war

A family of white rhinos is pictured at the Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary in Nairobi on August 7, 2014With camouflage uniforms, assault rifles, night vision goggles, thermal imaging devices and radios, wildlife rangers in Kenya's Ol Jogi rhino sanctuary prepare for night patrol in the "war" against poaching. As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky outcrops, Ol Jogi's armed rangers get set for another tough night on patrol. "It sounds crazy, but it's actually a war," said Jamie Gaymer, head of security for the vast reserve. Trained by the Kenya Wildlife Service and police, the 32 men in the security force are also reserve police officers, allowed to carry weapons.



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