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Ukraine Fearful of ‘Russian Invasion’ as Rebel Forces Open New Front

Ukraine Fearful of ‘Russian Invasion’ as Rebel Forces Open New Front

iStock/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday because of what he described as a “Russian invasion,” with rebel forces opening up a new front in the conflict.Heavy fighting was reported in the southeast of Ukraine near the town of Novoazovsk.Petro Poroshenko canceled a visit to Turkey for the inauguration of newly elected president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and called a snap session of Ukraine’s security council.”I have decided to cancel my visit to Turkey because of the sharp escalation of the situation in the Donetsk region … as Russian forces have entered Ukraine,” he said.Control of the area would give Russia a direct land corridor between Russia and the Crimean peninsula. The maneuver points to long-term strategic planning by Russia, a spokesman for the Ukrainian anti-terrorist command told ABC News.Colonel Konstantin Hivrenko, spokesman for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, said Ukraine has “proof beyond any doubt” that Russian troops are now directly involved in the fighting.“There are now steady and large-scale deliveries of Russian hardware. Armored convoys are crossing the border day and night,” he said. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense also claims there are “uncountable” Russian tanks and artillery pieces at the Ukrainian border.Ukrainian troops have been battling against separatist rebel forces in the region since April.Prime Minister Donald Tusk told the Polish parliament that NATO had concrete proof of Russian troops operating on the territory of Ukraine. In a phone call early Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded an explanation from Russian President Vladimir Putin. French President Francois Hollande called a news conference Thursday morning saying that Russian incursions into Ukraine were “intolerable.”The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, told Russian TV that 3,000 to 4,000 Russian soldiers were supporting the rebels.“We have never hidden from anyone that there are many Russians amongst us,” he said. “Without their help, we would have struggled and it would have been more difficult to fight.”In reaction to Russia’s continuing military build-up on NATO’s eastern flank, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the preparation of a Readiness Action Plan. In an interview with German newspaper Suedduetsche Zeitung, Rasmussen said NATO would form a quick reaction force to counter a possible Russian threat to countries on NATO’s eastern border.Ukrainian PM Arseny Yatseniuk appealed to the United Nations to call a Security Council meeting in response to “growing military threat from Russia.”“Putin started a war in Europe,” he said.
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Afghan Election Audit Hits Another Bump

Afghan Election Audit Hits Another Bump

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The audit in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election continued Wednesday without observers from either candidate.This latest development only complicates things further as both Afghans and the U.S. wait to see who will succeed outgoing President Hamid Karzai.Candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who first raised the issue of widespread fraud following the runoff election that put challenger Ashraf Ghani in the lead, pulled his observers Wednesday, contending that more deception was occurring during the audit.As a result, the United Nations, which denounced Abdullah’s action, requested that Ghani also recall his observers.The rechecking of eight million ballots has been going on for weeks and is not close to being completed. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš speculated that the audit could be finished around Sept. 10. Recently, the candidates agreed to abide by the results, with the loser accepting a post in the new government that would amount to power sharing.Last week, a New York Times reporter was expelled by the Karzai regime for a story that alleged Afghanistan’s current leaders would stage a coup if the audit dragged on with no clear winner.
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Netanyahu Brushes Off Criticism of Ceasefire Deal

Netanyahu Brushes Off Criticism of Ceasefire Deal

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(JERUSALEM) — Amid grumbling by right-wing politicians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that air and ground operations against the militant group Hamas in Gaza achieved “great military and diplomatic achievements.”Netanyahu went on to say that, “We set a clear objective: to deliver a heavy blow to Hamas. And I can say that Hamas has indeed been hit severely.”His remarks came a day after the two sides agreed to an open-ended ceasefire following seven weeks of intense fighting that left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead and destroyed over 17,000 Gaza homes.
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The Israelis suffered 68 fatalities, all but four of them soldiers.However, while mass reconstruction gets underway in Gaza, some of Netanyahu’s critics at home have faulted him for not destroying Hamas, which remains a threat to Israeli security.Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote in a Facebook post, “So long as Hamas controls Gaza, Israeli citizens cannot be guaranteed security, and reaching a diplomatic arrangement is impossible. …Despicable murderers should not and cannot be trusted.”
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Centcom Confirms Three More Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Iraq

Centcom Confirms Three More Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Central Command acknowledged three more airstrikes conducted against targets related to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria near Erbil and the Mosul Dam on Wednesday.Centcom said that the latest strikes destroyed an ISIS Humvee, a supply truck and three armored vehicles. An ISIS-held building was also damaged. In total, the U.S. Central Command has conducted 101 airstrikes in Iraq since Aug. 8, in the interest of supporting Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces and to protect infrastructure and U.S. personnel.
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Canadian Flight En Route to Cuba Diverted Due to Disruptive Passengers

Canadian Flight En Route to Cuba Diverted Due to Disruptive Passengers

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — A pair of North American Aerospace Defense Command fighter jets were diverted to escort a Sunwing Airlines flight that returned to Toronto after disruptive behavior by a pair of passengers.According to Sunwing, a pair of female passengers “consumed a significant quantity of their duty-free alcohol purchase in the lavatory and lit a cigarette,” which triggered the plane’s smoke detector. After that, the two women got into a physical altercation. Sunwing says a threat was made against the aircraft, at which point it was diverted back to Toronto. The plane had been en route to Cuba.The fighter jets escorted the plane to the Canadian border, a U.S. law enforcement official said. The flight landed at Pearson Airport, where it is expected to take off again at 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sunwing said in a statement that passengers were provided with complimentary meal vouchers.
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UN Report Details War Crimes Committed by Syrian Government, Militant Groups

UN Report Details War Crimes Committed by Syrian Government, Militant Groups

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GENEVA) — A United Nations report released Wednesday detailed the war crimes committed by all sides of the conflict in Syria, including by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.According to the report, atrocities committed by both government forces and non-state militant groups have caused “immeasurable suffering to civilians.” The report, produced by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, included information gathered from over 400 interviews and documentary material. In areas controlled by ISIS, the U.N. report indicates weekly “executions, amputations and lashings in public squares.” Civilians, the report notes, “are urged to watch” these acts of violence.The U.N. also notes that the Syrian government continues to commit violations, including indiscriminate firing of missiles, preventing injured citizens from passing through checkpoints to reach hospitals, and in April and May, government forces used chemical agents in at least eight separate incidents.The report called on the international community to act, calling its current lack of action a “failure…to protect civilians, halt and prevent atrocities and create a path toward accountability.”
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CDC Staffer Returns to US After Low-Risk Contact with Individual Infected with Ebola

CDC Staffer Returns to US After Low-Risk Contact with Individual Infected with Ebola

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) — An employee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in West Africa will return to the United States by charter flight, the CDC announced, after low-risk contact with a patient infected with Ebola.According to the CDC, the staff member will rotate back to the United States as scheduled and will be monitored for 21 days following contact with an international health worker who tested positive for the disease. The staff member worked in close proximity with the international health worker, but is believed to be at low risk of infection.The staffer will travel by private means for 21 days as part of the CDC’s interim guidance for dealing with those potentially exposed to Ebola. The individual does not show signs of the disease, and has not been determined to have contracted the disease. While the individual remains under observation, there is no Ebola risk to friends, family, co-workers or the public.
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Russian Counteroffensive ‘Likely Under Way’ in Eastern Ukraine, State Department Says

Russian Counteroffensive ‘Likely Under Way’ in Eastern Ukraine, State Department Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DONETSK, Ukraine) — Recent Russian activity in eastern Ukraine is concerning to the U.S. State Department, spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.Psaki mentioned the presence of Russian troops pushing into Ukraine, recent reports of shelling towns near the border and heavy fighting near the Donetsk Airport during Wednesday’s briefing. “These incursion — incursions — indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely under way in Donetsk and Luhansk. Clearly, that is of deep concern to us,” Psaki said.The U.S. is also worried that Russia is “sending its young men into Ukraine,” according to Psaki, “but…are not telling them where they’re going or telling their parents what they’re doing.””These are not steps that, certainly, you take when you are operating in a transparent manner,” Psaki said of the Russian activity.
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USAID Pledges Additional $5 Million to Combat Spread of Ebola

USAID Pledges Additional $5 Million to Combat Spread of Ebola

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday pledged an additional $5 million to help fight the continuing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.In total, USAID has committed approximately $19.6 million since the outbreak began in March. Jeremy Konyndyk, director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, said in Monrovia, Liberia, on Wednesday that “it will take a coordinated effort by the entire intentional community to contain the spread of Ebola.” The U.S. has worked closely thus far with the World Health Organization and the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, the countries impacted by the disease.Also on Wednesday, the World Health Organization confirmed that the disease has spread to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. USAID funding will be used to provide equipment and supplies as well as training for additional health care workers. The most recent shipment from USAID to Liberia included 16 tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment.
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New Ebola Outbreak Emerges in Congo

New Ebola Outbreak Emerges in Congo

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two dozen suspected Ebola cases have emerged hundreds of miles from West Africa in what health officials are calling a second “unrelated” outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The virus has already killed more than 1,427 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. In fact, nearly half of all Ebola deaths recorded since the virus’s discovery in 1976 have occurred in the last five months, according to WHO data.
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UN Details War Crimes in Syria

UN Details War Crimes in Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In ISIS controlled territory, Friday is the day for public beheadings and amputations for people who violate its strict Islamic rule, and whippings for women if their clothing offends ISIS’ sense of propriety. In some a…

Thousands of Wasps Found Nesting in UK Home

Thousands of Wasps Found Nesting in UK Home

John Birkett, Longwood Services Pest Control(LONDON) — A home in the U.K. was invaded by a monstrous colony of wasps, and the infestation was like a scene out of a 1960s Hitchcock movie, a local pest controller said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” John Birkett, an employee at Longwood Services Pest Control, told ABC News on Wednesday, referring to the nest of an estimated 5,000 wasps. “It was like the horror film Birds but [with] wasps.” Birkett said he got a call from the homeowner’s son on Sunday about a nest that had taken over a bed in a spare bedroom in the home in Worchester, Hampshire. The colony was devouring the bedding. In more than 40 years of working in the pest control business, Birkett said this was the largest nest he had ever seen. “I got dressed up looking like Batman and Robin and went into the little tiny bedroom. I was spraying them left right and center,” Birkett said. After two hours of swatting and spraying, Birkett said he was able to get rid of the wasps and even salvage the crocheted blanket they were nesting on. The nest had grown so large because the family rarely uses the room on the second floor of their five-bedroom home, he said. The wasps snuck in through an open window and used the bed as their home for nearly three months, chewing through eight inches of the mattress and two pillows, according to Birkett. The family most likely didn’t hear the wasps accumulating because they are silent while nesting, he said.
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Mother of American Hostage Pleads with ISIS ‘Caliph’ for Mercy

Mother of American Hostage Pleads with ISIS ‘Caliph’ for Mercy

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — The mother of an American writer being held hostage by ISIS pleaded directly with the leader of the Iraqi terror group in a new video, begging him to “please, release my child.”“As a mother, I ask you justice be merciful and not [to] punish my son for matters he has no control over,” Shirley Sotloff says, speaking directly to the camera in the new video and addressing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as the “caliph.” “I ask you to use your authority to spare his life.”“I want what every mother wants, to live to see their children’s children. I plead with you to grant me this,” Shirley Sotloff says.

The new video appeared Wednesday on the Middle Eastern news outlet Al Arabiya and was obtained by ABC News.Freelance reporter Steven Sotloff, 31, was last seen alive at the end of the disturbing video, which showed the beheading of American journalist James Foley. The black-hooded ISIS militant in the video spoke directly to President Obama, calling on him to end American airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq.“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the masked man says, holding Sotloff by the collar of his shirt.Despite the shocking video and strongly-worded message from Sotloff’s captors, the U.S. has not yet halted the air strikes.
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Russian and Ukrainian President Discuss Crisis in Eastern Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian President Discuss Crisis in Eastern Ukraine

iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Amid news that 10 Russian paratroopers had been captured in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met for the first time since the conflict between the two countries began last winter.Neither side spoke about what happened during the two-hour session following an economic summit in Minsk although Putin told reporters beforehand that both he and his Ukrainian counterpart feel that hostilities can’t be solved militarily.Putin’s press secretary also mentioned that the president would bring up the “Ukrainian domestic crisis and the terrible humanitarian disaster in the east of the country, as well as the need for a ceasefire.”Poroshenko has accused Moscow of both encouraging and supplying separatists with arms in eastern Ukraine’s bid to join the Russian Federation. The crisis was spurred by the ousting of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president last February and the decision by Crimea to secede from the central government in Kiev.Since then, more than 2,000 deaths have been reported with hundreds of thousands of people displaced as the Ukraine military has stepped up attacks on rebels in the east.Adding to the tensions was the capture Monday of Russian paratroopers near the Russian border in the Donetsk region. They were seen being interrogated on a website.The Russian government said the soldiers accidentally strayed into Ukrainian territory while Kiev accused them of being on “a mission.”
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Family Finds 10-Foot Python in Their Home

Family Finds 10-Foot Python in Their Home

BananaStock/Thinkstock(MIDLAND, Ontario) — For weeks Rachel Leck and Stephen Sagar feared their family’s home was being haunted.They came to this conclusion after finding that objects had been moved from their original positions. Other items, including wine glasses and decorations, had been knocked over.Sagar told CTV he and his wife thought there was a ghost in their home in Midland, Ontario.The reality turned out to be not so supernatural but no less scary: a very large snake had taken up residence.Rachel Leck and her son, Xavier, 10, eventually spotted the uninvited guest near the sofa.”I saw it because it was dangling down as I was about to sit down on the couch,” Leck said. “I jumped up, grabbed my kid and ran out of the house screaming.”It was the snake — a 10-foot long reticulated python — that had been knocking over items in the home. The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world. It can grow up to 30 feet in length and 300 pounds.

Police and animal control officers came to the home and removed the reptile.Police found the owner of the python — a neighbor of Leck and Sagar — and discovered he had a second snake — an anaconda — in his home. The man was cooperative and received a $100 fine for owning exotic pets, which is illegal, police said.Both snakes were released to a local zoo.
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American Jihadi Killed in Syria Fighting, White House Says

American Jihadi Killed in Syria Fighting, White House Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ALEPPO, Syria) –  A Chicago-born jihadist has been killed while fighting in Syria, the White House said Tuesday — purportedly for the terrorist group ISIS.Douglas McArthur McCain, a 33-year-old rapper, was among several ISIS militants the Free Syrian Army claimed on Twitter had been killed over the weekend in fighting for the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said the administration was “aware” McCain was in Syria and “can confirm” his death.“We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return,” Hayden said.The McCain family had been notified of the death by the State Department Monday, CNN reported. Jen Psaki, a State Department spokesperson, declined to comment on the matter earlier Tuesday “out of respect for the family,” telling reporters, “There’s typically a process that needs to be gone through before any confirmation can be made.””I really don’t understand why and how and I have no words,” says a Facebook post by Lisa Roland, who identifies herself as McCain’s sister. “I never thought this will be the way we say goodbye… This is absolutely unreal to me I love you big brother.”McCain was born in Chicago, and spent many years in Minnesota before moving to San Diego, according to public records. More than a decade ago, McCain shared a Minnesota home address with a classmate, Troy Kastigar. A young man by the same name reportedly was killed in 2009 in Somalia while fighting with an al-Qaeda group there.“If you guys only knew how much fun we have over here – This is the real Disneyland. Come here and join us,” Kastigar said in a recruitment video for the terror group al-Shabab before his death. On Facebook in 2013, McCain paid tribute to Kastigar.A Twitter feed attributed to McCain says that he converted to Islam a decade ago, which he called the “best thing that ever happened to [him].” In June, the account retweeted another ISIS supporter who said, “It takes a warrior to understand a warrior. Pray for ISIS.”NBC News first reported McCain’s purported death in the conflict, citing the FSA as well as pictures posted on Twitter that appear to show McCain after he was killed. The FSA tweet claimed two Americans had been killed in the same bout of fighting, but the second American has not been identified.McCain is not the first American to die in the brutal fighting in Syria. U.S. officials say Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha blew himself up in a coordinated suicide attack in Syria in May. Abu-Salha was reportedly fighting for al-Nusra, a rival rebel group to ISIS.More troubling to U.S. officials, Abu-Salha was able to return to the U.S. for months after receiving training in Syria, before he went back to the front lines.U.S. and European security officials have been sounding the alarm for months over their citizens traveling to the conflict in Syria and Iraq, receiving terror training and potentially returning home to wreak havoc. U.S. officials have estimated more than 12,000 foreign fighters have joined extremist groups in Syria, some 100 of them Americans.
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Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Plan to End War Against Hamas

Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Plan to End War Against Hamas

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — After 50 days of fighting in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas have agreed to a new open-ended cease-fire that began at noon eastern time on Tuesday.Shortly after the truce began at 7 p.m. local time, a number of rockets were fired onto Southern Israel, but now the attacks have stopped and Israeli is holding its fire.The strongest indication that this conflict may have finally ended is the reaction on the streets of Gaza — thousands of Palestinians have poured into the streets, singing, and waving flags, celebrating what Hamas is calling its “victory.”  
At the State Department, spokesperson Jen Psaki says the United States “strongly supports” the move.”We call on all parties to fully and completely comply with its terms,” Psaki said. “We hope very much that this ceasefire will prove to be durable and sustainable. That it will put an end to rocket and mortar attacks and that it help to bring about an enduring end to the conflict.”
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UK Police Ask Public to Help Identify Potential Homegrown Terrorists

UK Police Ask Public to Help Identify Potential Homegrown Terrorists

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan Police Service in London said on Tuesday that there have been five times as many terrorism-related arrests made in the U.K. in 2014 than at this point last year.In an appeal to the public to “help identify aspiring terrorists” who may be traveling abroad, returning, or “showing signs of becoming radicalised,” Rowley referenced the death of American journalist James Foley — the video of which was posted on the Internet earlier this month — noting the apparent British nationality of Foley’s killer.The MPS is working to identify individuals who may be susceptible to radicalization and also hopes to have extremist material removed from the Internet when found.
In addition to the terror arrests, high-priority operations — particularly those involving potential attack plans — have “increased greatly,” while port stops and cash seizures have jumped by about 50 percent, Rowley said.
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Pentagon Confirms Incident Between US Coast Guard and Iranian Fishing Boat

Pentagon Confirms Incident Between US Coast Guard and Iranian Fishing Boat

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed on Tuesday that the U.S. Coast Guard had fired a single shot at a small Iranian fishing boat.Kirby said at Tuesday’s briefing that the Iranian boat, a small dhow, had been the subject of a brief incident. The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard boat, which regularly patrols the Persian Gulf, spotted the dhow, and saw a “machine gun or small arms weapon” pointed at the Coast Guard boat, Kirby said.The Coast Guard then fired a single shot at the dhow in response. Kirby could not confirm whether the shot was a warning shot or if it hit the vessel, but said that the Iranian boat “pulled away” and that “nobody was hurt.”
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US Military Conducts Two More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

US Military Conducts Two More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ERBIL, Iraq) — U.S. military forces conducted a pair of airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, bringing the total number of strikes in Iraq since Aug. 8 to 98.The strikes were confirmed by U.S. Central Command on Tuesday evening. Centcom says that the two strikes utilized attack aircraft and destroyed two of ISIS’ armed vehicles and damaged a third.The latest strikes were part of the ongoing effort to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces. Centcom also says that the strike also served to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities.
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