Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Russia is and will be a reliable supplier of natural gas to Europe, in response to warnings from Kiev that Moscow could cut off fuel to the continent this winter. "Russia was, is and will be a reliable supplier of energy resources to Europe," Peskov told journalists.
STRATFORD, N.J. (AP) ? Authorities say a New Jersey man fatally shot his hospitalized wife, tried to kill himself, and a body was found later at the couple's home.
By Josephus Olu-Mammah and Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Ebola is causing enormous damage to West African economies, draining scarce public funds and slashing economic growth by up to 4 percent as foreign businessmen leave and projects are canceled, the African Development Bank president said. As transport companies suspend services, cutting off the region, governments and economists have warned that the worst outbreak of the hemorrhagic Ebola fever on record could crush the fragile economic gains made in Sierra Leone and Liberia following a decade of civil war in the 1990s. Air France, the French network of Air France-KLM said on Wednesday it had suspended flights to Sierra Leone after advice from the French government. France did not recommend suspending flights to Nigeria or Guinea.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Southern California administrators are examining the conflicting stories surrounding the injuries of cornerback Josh Shaw, whose heroic tale of rescue has been disputed.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) ? Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.
The mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria. Last week's murder of journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State has focused attention on other American hostages, including 31-year-old freelancer Steven Sotloff. Another US journalist, Peter Theo Curtis, returned home Tuesday after nearly two years captivity, but US media reported the Islamic State is still holding a 26-year-old female aid worker who has yet to be publicly identified. The masked militant seen beheading Foley in a video released by the group also threatened to kill Sotloff unless US President Barack Obama orders a halt to air strikes against the group.
ROME (AP) ? The European Commission agreed Wednesday to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.
NEW YORK (AP) ? The release of U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis by Syrian captors has prompted "60 Minutes" to issue portions of an interview with a fellow hostage that the show had edited last year to remove references to Curtis.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucuses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
NEW YORK (AP) ? William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning producer and co-host of the groundbreaking television show "Black Journal" and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died.
Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday. The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area, captured the Quneitra post on the Syrian side from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad after fierce clashes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The crossing is monitored by the United Nations, which oversees traffic between the two enemy countries but the distance between the two warring adversaries' posts is some 200 meters(656 feet). During the fighting, two Israelis were wounded by stray bullets, a soldier and a civilian, both in the Golan Heights.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) ? In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards and raising his profile as he builds a likely presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be the top draws for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event in September.
Suresh Raina's dynamic century laid the platform for world champions India's crushing 133-run win over England in the second one-day international at Cardiff on Wednesday. Victory gave India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series following Monday's washout in Bristol and saw them return to winning ways after their 3-1 defeat by England in the preceding Test series. Man-of-the-match Raina's innings was the cornerstone of India's imposing 304 for six after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss. England, chasing a rain-adjusted 295 off 47 overs in reply, were well-placed at 54 for none.
BOSTON (AP) ? If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello and Krista D'Agostino seem to have found it.
NEW YORK (AP) ? Once a sure bet to stick around for a while at Grand Slam tournaments, Sloane Stephens suddenly can't even win there.
ST. LOUIS (AP) ? Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed a new state public safety director, giving his administration its only black Cabinet member nearly three weeks after the shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer led to violent protests in a St. Louis suburb.
PHOENIX (AP) ? "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.
The mother of an American journalist held captive by militant group Islamic State released a video on Wednesday appealing directly to the group's leader for his release. "I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. She added that her son is an "honorable man and has always tried to help the weak." Sotloff, 31, went missing in Syria last year while covering the conflict there.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse before it gets better.
The mother of an American freelance journalist held hostage and threatened with death by Islamic militants pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video message aimed directly at his captors.
The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.
PARIS (AP) ? Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A prosecutor told a federal jury on Wednesday that four Blackwater guards unleashed a hail of gunfire on more than 30 innocent Iraqi civilians seven years ago, leaving "bloody, bullet-riddled corpses" at Nisoor Square in downtown Baghdad.
NEW YORK (AP) ? ABC has chosen its next "Bachelor."
SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) ? Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town, knocking pilings from under the Malibu Pier and drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning waves as crowds of spectators lined the shore.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday new military incursions on Ukraine's eastern border indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in two Ukrainian towns. "These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway in Donetsk and Luhansk," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a daily briefing. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Eric Beech)
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) ? Hundreds of Cypriots have staged a protest outside the presidential palace against proposed legislation aimed at helping the bailed-out country's beleaguered banks collect on bad loans.
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) ? The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big price, especially to long-suffering Palestinians in Gaza.
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah will reject the results of a UN-supervised audit of the election, his spokesman said Wednesday, tipping the country deeper into crisis just a week before the scheduled inauguration. Fears grew of a violent backlash against the eventual result after Abdullah withdrew his observers from the audit earlier Wednesday in the latest twist of a dispute over allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 election. The United Nations moved rapidly to try to save Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power by asking Ashraf Ghani, the other presidential candidate, to also remove his observers from the vote-checking process. "We will be out of the process, and any kind of result from the process will not be acceptable for Dr Abdullah," Muslim Saadat, one of his spokesmen, told AFP after Abdullah's observers did not attend the audit on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.
CLEVELAND (AP) ? Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended the entire NFL season for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
American journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.