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Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

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DUBAI - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq.

Top News, World 10:05am IST

Despite dangers, Sotloff was determined to record Arab Spring's human toll

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WASHINGTON - Even for a freelance journalist covering the tumult in the Arab world, Steven Sotloff's travels seemed nonstop.

Top News, World 10:41am IST

Hong Kong activists say China "brutally strangled" democracy

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HONG KONG - Hong Kong activists threatening to blockade the financial district in protest against China's curbs on democracy said Beijing had "brutally strangled" their hopes but that they would persevere with the struggle.

12:26pm IST

Israel lobbies U.S. anew as another Iran nuclear deadline looms

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JERUSALEM - Israel is lobbying world powers anew against any Iranian nuclear deal that would let Tehran retain potential bomb-making technologies, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday as another deadline for the international diplomacy loomed.

World, Israel 11:54am IST

Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday.

World, South Asia, Iraq 7:51am IST

Macau poll reveals democracy urges amid Hong Kong row with China

HONG KONG Sep 3 - An unofficial referendum on democracy in the southern Chinese gambling hub of Macau showed 89 percent of nearly 9,000 people who took part don't trust their leader, who was re-elected on Sunday as the sole candidate.

10:10am IST

Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

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BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week.

Top News, World 7:12am IST

Australian PM Abbott doesn't rule out boots on ground in Iraq

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SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday declined to rule out sending combat troops to support U.S. air strikes in Iraq, amid a growing confrontation with radical Islamists who have seized large swaths of that country and neighbouring Syria.

World, Iraq 7:57am IST

Crew of doomed S. Korea ferry drank beer while awaiting rescue - media

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SEOUL - Some crew of a ferry that capsized in April in South Korea's worst maritime disaster in 44 years drank beer while waiting for rescue, one of them told a court, in an admission likely to fuel anger at their conduct during the final moments of the mishap.

Top News, World 9:22am IST

Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts

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TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

World, Japan 11:16am IST