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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to lawmakers in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

- Associated Press

Ukraine’s parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.

A Kashmiri man sits in the compound of a hospital which resumed its services after the floods hit Srinagar, India, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. About 200 people have died in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where floodwaters have receded, enabling people to return to their homes. Medical teams in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-held Kashmir, were stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Militants attack Pakistani post near Afghan border

- Associated Press

A group of militants attacked a Pakistan army post from neighboring Afghanistan Tuesday morning, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed, the military said, as government warplanes killed 20 local militants elsewhere in the northwest.

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French President Francois Hollande, left,  watches U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, right, shaking hands with Russian Foreign Minister  Sergey Lavrov, back to the camera, before a family photo at the international conference intended to come up with an international strategy against  Islamic State extremists, in Paris, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. Partially hidden at center is French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski; Pool)

Iraq calls for end to extremist 'sanctuaries'

- Associated Press

Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants "by any means necessary" as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary. Iran and the United States ruled out coordinating with each other, leaving Baghdad's government caught between two powerful and antagonistic allies.

France's President Francois Hollande, left, talks with Iraqi counterpart Fouad Massoum ahead of a conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French President Francois Hollande and diplomats from around the world, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

'No time to lose' in global push against militants

- Associated Press

With reconnaissance planes already in action, France's president said there was "no time to lose" in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group as he opened an international conference to attack the problem - minus the two countries who share most of Iraq's borders.

UN Security Council to meet on Ebola

- Associated Press

The United States called an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Thursday on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, saying the situation on the ground is "dire" and getting worse every day.

Residents wave to pro-Russian rebels atop an armored personal carrier during a parade in the town of Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city

- Associated Press

Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5.

Despite popular support for a visa regime with former Soviet republics, Russian President Vladimir Putin has opposed such a move, saying "A visa regime would mean that we are pushing former Soviet republics away, but we need to bring them closer." (Associated Press)

Immigration surge brings economic benefits, tension to Russia

When President Obama said in a recent interview that "immigrants aren't rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity," it was obvious he hadn't spent much time on the streets of the Russian capital.

FILE - In this March 2, 2013 file photo, a view of an oil field under control of Kurdish militias near the town of Deriq, in a Kurdish area of Syria, near the border with Iraq. The Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf nations for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. The group, which has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, 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. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

Associated Press

Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

Analysts say the latest round of sanctions announced tightens the noose around Russia's energy sector, making it particularly hard to invest in long-term projects to tap into new sources of oil and gas. Such sanctions might tempt Moscow to halt the flow of gas and oil, particularly the large share of gas exported through the Gazprom pipeline that crosses through Ukraine. (Associated Press)

Russia sanctions risk lasting damage to Europe's shaky economy

- The Washington Times

The tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the West that heated up last week are only adding to fears that Europe's economy will fall back into recession or experience "lost decades" comparable to the downturn in Japan that left the Asian giant's economy drifting, deflated and diminished in global influence.

US Secretary of State John Kerry  leaves after a family photo at the conference intended to come up with an international strategy against  Islamic State extremists in Paris, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski; Pool)

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

- Associated Press

Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry is trying to broker a power-sharing deal between Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah (left) and Ashraf Ghani (right). The U.S. is spending billions of dollars to rebuild Afghanistan, which is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Additional U.S. dollars could be wasted through poor planning and the influence of drug trafficking. (Associated Press)

U.S. on long-term track to waste billions of dollars in Afghanistan

- The Washington Times

On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama used the occasion last week to remind Americans that "our combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end" in three months. But the cost to U.S. taxpayers for reconstruction in Afghanistan will continue.

Egypt seeks broader alliance with US over Libya

- Associated Press

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought Egyptian support on Saturday for an international coalition to combat jihadi groups, Egypt pressed for broader international efforts to fight militants in its troubled neighbor, Libya.

Records: Last 9 nominees to drop out cited clause

Associated Press

State records show that a Democratic U.S. Senate nominee seeking to get his name off the ballot is the only candidate since 2010 to fail to use wording that Secretary of State Kris Kobach says is required.