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French President Francois Hollande (R) and Finance Minister Michel Sapin take part in the assizes for financing and investment at the Elysee Palace in Paris, September 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Alain Jocard/Pool

France defies EU partners with 'no austerity' budget

1 October 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - France laid down the gauntlet to EU partners on Wednesday with a 2015 budget setting out how it would bring its borrowing back to within EU limits two years later than promised, a retreat it blamed on a fragile economy.

Turkey may let foreign troops use its bases in Islamic State campaign

1 October 2014

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey may send troops into Syria and Iraq and allow foreign soldiers to use its bases for cross-border incursions against Islamic State militants, according to a government proposal to be debated by parliament on Thursday.

Some financial firms moving to back-up sites amid Hong Kong protest fears

1 October 2014

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Some banks and other financial firms have begun moving staff to back-up premises on the outskirts of Hong Kong to prevent growing unrest in the financial hub from disrupting trading and other critical functions, two business services firms said.

Syria-linked militants release Lebanese soldier - sources, media

1 October 2014

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist militants have released a Lebanese soldier they seized last month from a town at the border with Syria where they have clashed with the Lebanese army, security sources and state media said on Wednesday.

Thai soldiers stand guard outside the Royal Thai Army Headquarters as members of the Radio and Satellite Broadcasters gather in Bangkok June 18, 2014. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Thai junta approves $3 billion stimulus to spur growth - PM

1 October 2014

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government has approved stimulus measures worth more than 100 billion baht (1.85 billion pounds) to boost the country's stuttering economy, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

A policeman is silhouetted in the Swat valley region, located in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

In attack by al Qaeda, lines blur between Pakistan's military, militants

1 October 2014

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.

U.S. sends 'Ironhorse' tanks to NATO's nervous Baltic front line

1 October 2014

WASHINGTON/RIGA (Reuters) - U.S. troops and tanks will deploy across the three Baltic states and Poland in the next two weeks on a mission designed to deliver an unmistakeable message of NATO resolve to Moscow.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses members of the parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara September 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkey, frustrated with West, clings to fading vision for the Middle East

1 October 2014

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Frustrated by Western failure to heed his advice in Syria and Iraq and still smarting over the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu makes no apology for a foreign policy that has left his country isolated.

Winter season heightens Russia-Europe gas game

1 October 2014

PRAGUE/BERLIN (Reuters) - A cat and mouse game is on between Europe and Russia over gas supplies as the continent switches into the winter heating season.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington March 3, 2014.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Amid differences, Israel's Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran

1 October 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants.

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