*Hong Kong unrest saps risk appetite. LONDON, Oct 1- Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, as lacklustre economic data and civil unrest in Hong Kong kept investors cautious before a European Central Bank meeting later this week. Federal Reserve on the one hand and the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan on the other.» Read More
BAGHDAD, June 10- Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency after Sunni Islamist insurgents seized control of most of the country's second largest city, Mosul.
*Ukraine's president has vowed to put down rebellion. MARYNIVKA/LUHANSK, Ukraine, June 9- Ukrainian border guards stand grim-faced and nervous at the remote Marynivka checkpoint on the frontier with Russia, fearing an attack by pro- Moscow separatists at any time.
MOSCOW, June 9- Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the "Russophobes" who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia. His website Ruxpert may not command the viewer numbers of Wikipedia which inspired it, but inside Russia it holds a prominent position in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West.
Western officials hope that informal contacts between Putin and Poroshenko during the event can help ease tensions over Ukraine's future.
The gathering of veterans in Normandy, France, is "very poignant", but diplomatically all eyes are on Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.
WASHINGTON, June 4- The Keystone XL oil pipeline would be vulnerable to attacks threatening water supplies for millions of homeowners and farmers, according to a report by NextGen Climate, a political group led by billionaire activist Tom Steyer.
The former AIG CEO made the decision to stay in China in 1989, even as other Western businesses fled the country.
*Japan home to 110 active volcanoes. TOKYO, June 4- In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15 billion to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.
DAMASCUS, June 3- Syrians voted on Tuesday in an election expected to deliver an overwhelming victory for President Bashar al-Assad but which his opponents have dismissed as a charade in the midst of Syria's devastating civil war. Assad, looking relaxed and wearing a dark blue suit and light blue tie, voted at a central Damascus polling station with his wife Asma.
LUHANSK, Ukraine, June 3- Stepping over shrapnel strewn across a leafy park in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, pro-Russian rebel leader Vasily Nikitin gives his version of what happened in the few seconds of violence that killed eight people in broad daylight.
President Barack Obama is urging Congress to support a $1 billion initiative to boost U.S. military activity in Europe, the White House said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, June 3- President Barack Obama on Tuesday his administration's operation to rescue Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity, saying the United States was committed to freeing its prisoners of war regardless of how they were captured.
*Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia and Ukraine agreed on Monday to consider a proposal for Kiev to pay off a multi-billion-dollar gas bill that has soured relations between Moscow and Kiev, while fighting raged all day in eastern Ukraine.
*Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia gave Ukraine a breathing space on Monday in a multi-billion-dollar gas dispute but balanced the concession with fierce denunciations of Kiev and NATO, while fighting raged all day in eastern Ukraine.
Russia has called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to introduce a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Ukraine.
*Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia accused Ukrainian authorities on Monday of escalating violence against civilians in the rebel-held east of the country, even as it offered Kiev a brief respite in a dispute over billions of dollars' worth of unpaid gas bills.
NAIROBI, June 1- Recent bombings in Kenya have dented President Uhuru Kenyatta's plans to boost tourism and undermined his pledge to restore security after last year's Westgate shopping mall attack.
President Barack Obama appeared with the parents of a U.S. soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan, saying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was "never forgotten."
Thai anti-coup protesters have tacked the golden arches on signs and McDonald's could take action if they don't stop. NBC News reports.
*Reports mount of volunteer fighters coming into Ukraine from Russia. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, May 30- Ukraine's government vowed on Friday to press ahead with a military offensive against separatists, despite a deadly attack on an army helicopter, amid increasing reports that volunteer fighters from Russia were involved in rebellions in the east.