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3:50 PM

Ukraine's Poroshenko accuses Russia of launching "direct and open aggression"

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of launching "direct and open aggression" which he said had radically changed the balance on the battlefield against Kiev in its fight against pro-Russian separatists.

3:50 PM

Pakistan's PTV channel back on air, under army protection

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's PTV channel returned to air on Monday after the army and paramilitary Rangers cleared its headquarters of protesters and put the building under protection.

3:47 PM

Foreign Minister Timmermans is Dutch EU commissioner candidate - Dutch paper

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has been put forward by the Netherlands as the Dutch candidate for a European Commission post, a newspaper reported on Monday.

3:46 PM

Putin blames Kiev for refusing talks with eastern separatists -agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Kiev's leadership on Monday for refusing to enter into direct political talks with eastern Ukrainian separatists, who he said were pushing government troops away from their current positions.

3:45 PM

Pakistani forces escort protesters out of PTV headquarters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani paramilitary forces escorted anti-government protesters out of the headquarters in Islamabad of the state television channel PTV on Monday and placed the building under army protection, a Reuters witness said.

3:42 PM

Gobind: 135 PPS members to be released on bail by midnight

GEORGE TOWN: The 135 Penang Voluntary Patrol (PPS) unit members will be released by midnight.

3:41 PM

Three stabbed to death at central China school

BEIJING (Reuters) - A man armed with a knife forced his way into a primary school in central China on the first day back from the summer vacation on Monday and stabbed nine people, killing three, state media said.

3:40 PM

Dozens of Turkish police detained over "anti-government plot" - media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said.

3:40 PM

Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Monday used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed a security check-point at a venue where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision not to grant the former British colony full democracy.

3:38 PM

Fighting erupts between Syrian army, rebels on Golan Heights

EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Heavy fighting between Syrian army forces and rebels erupted on the Golan Heights on Monday, a Reuters photographer said, but it was unclear if either of the two sides had gained an advantage to control a key frontier crossing.

3:38 PM

Two missing, eight rescued, after artillery attack on Ukrainian patrol boat - border guard official

KIEV (Reuters) - Two seamen are missing after Sunday's separatist rebel artillery attack on a Ukrainian patrol boat in the Sea of Azov, and eight seamen were rescued, a Ukrainian border guard official said on Monday.

3:37 PM

Australia unveils fresh sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Monday unveiled fresh sanctions against Russia over what Prime Minister Tony Abbott called its "bullying" of neighbouring Ukraine, where the Kremlin is accused of backing pro-Russian insurgent groups battling the government in Kiev.

3:36 PM

Russia's Lavrov says Monday talks should seek immediate Ukraine ceasefire

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukrainian forces must pull back from positions from which they can hit civilian targets, and negotiations taking place on Monday should seek an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

3:35 PM

Pakistani soldiers enter state TV channel besieged by protesters

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces entered the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air.

3:35 PM

Pakistani protesters push closer to PM house, force TV off the air

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani protesters pushed closer to the prime minister's house in central Islamabad on Monday in their bid to force his removal and closed down national television after clashes turned violent over the weekend.

3:35 PM

Car bomb found at Philippines' main airport

Four people were arrested after a bomb was found in a van parked at Manila's international airport, authorities said Monday.

3:31 PM

Dolphin hunting season kicks off in Japan

The controversial six-month dolphin hunting season began on Monday in the infamous town of Taiji, but bad weather would delay any killing, a local official told AFP.

3:27 PM

Soccer-Ajax buy back-up keeper as Vermeer heads to Feyenoord

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Ajax Amsterdam moved quickly to plug the hole left by the impending departure of international goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer by signing Diederik Boer from PEC Zwolle, the club announced.

3:23 PM

Blavatnik's Access Industries bids to buy all of Perform

LONDON (Reuters) - Len Blavatnik's investment group Access Industries said on Monday it planned to buy out the rest of Perform that it did not already own, valuing the entire sports rights firm at 701.6 million pounds.

3:22 PM

Casillas wants improvement from 'horrible' Real Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise early-season setback at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday.

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