August 21, 2014

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Fed debates merits of earlier rate hike given US jobs gains

The US Federal Reserve hinted that a surprisingly strong jobs market recovery could lead it to raise interest rates earlier than it had been anticipating.

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US Supreme Court blocks gay marriage in Virginia

The US Supreme Court has stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban.

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Obama: The US will do what it must to protect its citizens

US President Barack Obama has affirmed that the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants "shocked the conscience of the entire world" and he vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens.

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Death toll from Ebola outbreak reaches 1,350

The death toll from the Ebola oubreak in West Africa has risen to 1,350, the World Health Organization said today, with 106 new deaths reported between August 17-18 in three countries.

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Dutch pay 461,000 euros to fence off royals' holiday home

The Dutch government paid 461,000 euros ($615,000) to erect a fence around King Willem-Alexander's seaside villa in southern Greece, RTL News reported today, drawing media criticism and demands for an explanation.

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US Attorney General visits Ferguson after protests

US Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson, Missouri, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

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Dow, S&P 500 rise after Federal Reserve minutes reassure on rates

US stocks ended mostly higher, with the S&P 500 just missing a record close, after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting gave investors reason to believe that the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates.

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Islamic State militants release video 'beheading' US reporter

Islamic State militants have posted a video that purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against the insurgents in Iraq.

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Hamas accuses Israel of trying to kill its military chief as Gaza war rages on

An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.

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