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  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • CAIRO, Sept 15- Egypt's tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil does not spread to the Arab world's biggest country, the tourism minister said.

  • JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept 15- As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference.

  • Ukraine shrugs off fears of Greek-style default Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 AM ET
    An Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is due to cross the border on August 13, 2014.

    Ukraine's central bank governor has dismissed fears of a default, even as the country is said to be facing a Greek-style debt controversy.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    The Islamic State group has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries, analysts say. It is selling oil and other goods through generations-old smuggling networks under the noses of some of the same governments it is fighting: Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.

  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects.

  • Fight over World War II-era tank goes to court Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.— A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received. After his death, his family turned them over to the Massachusetts- based Collings Foundation, which put some of them up for auction in Portola Valley in July.

  • *Russia and Iran heavily exposed to falling prices. LONDON/ KUWAIT, Sept 12- The drop in oil prices to their lowest in two years has caught many observers off guard, coming against a backdrop of the worst violence in Iraq this decade, heightened tensions between the West and Russia, and sanctions against Iran.

  • US expands sanctions to Russia's biggest bank Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    The United States its Western allies hit Russia with tougher new sanctions.

  • GOP needs to support Obama's ISIS plan: Kudlow Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    Democrats AND Republicans need to support Obama's new plan for defeating ISIS, says Larry Kudlow. Here's why.

  • Ukraine vows return to union with Crimea Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 5:19 AM ET
    Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko sings the national anthem during the Independence Day military parade, in Kiev, Aug. 24, 2014.

    Ukraine's President has vowed the region of Crimea, which was taken over by Russia earlier this year, will be reunited with Ukraine.

  • Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko says Russia is building a "huge wall" across Europe through aggressive expansion.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the EU and US are ready to lift sanctions if Russia agrees to withdraw troops from Ukraine and close the border.

  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the battle against Russia is a fight for global security.

  • EU imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    The EU put into effect new sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies.

  • We can win back Crimea: Ukraine President     Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:25 AM ET

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he is confident that the country can win back Crimea from Russia through "democratic" means.

  • Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:39 AM ET

    KIEV, Ukraine— European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure.

  • Ukraine needs military aid: Ex-President     Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 1:07 AM ET

    Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko says Ukraine needs "military and technical aid".

  • Swan backs Obama's new plans to fight ISIS     Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 7:32 PM ET

    Wayne Swan, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, says U.S. President Obama has put together practical measures, careful not to repeat the mistakes of his predecessor.