Big guns in east Ukraine fall silent, two more die from wounds in Kiev protests

KIEV (Reuters) - A fragile truce between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be holding on Tuesday as both sides made a renewed effort to silence their guns and make the much-abused ceasefire work.









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US stock markets off more than 2.8% at close as China’s troubles spread west – as it happened

IMF chief fears ‘bumpy’ ride and warns that global growth is weaker than hoped, as China’s manufacturing shrinks at fastest rate since 2012

A long day of down selling without much respite across the globe has ended with the US’s Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index closing down lower in a single day than it has since the country’s national debt was downgraded by Standard & Poor’s. The Nikkei lost a full 3.8% today and the FTSE lost 3.03%, with other European markets faring poorly as well.

The bad news that appears to have kicked off the crunch comes primarily from the Chinese manufacturing sector, which was lower Monday than it has been in three years. Those specific economic woes aren’t solely Chinese: the French manufacturing sector contracted at a faster rate in August than it had the month prior, and growth in US manufacturing has slowed, as well.

The Dow, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 all closed far below their opening prices today after a day of panicked selling of a kind not seen since Black Monday 2011.

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Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.









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US markets plunge as Chinese economy fears revive global jitters

Dow Jones loses more than 450 points, or 2.8%, at closing bell in sell-off that came after more signs of weakness in China’s economy

World stock markets got off to a rocky start in September closing sharply down on fears that China’s slowing economy will hurt economies across the globe.

In the US all the major indices closed down, the second fall of the week, following similar falls in Europe and Asia. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 2.8% at 469 points, the S&P 500 closed down 2.95% and the Nasdaq down 2.95%. US stocks are on course for their worst performance since the end of 2011.

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U.S. Remains the Great Satan, Hard-Liners in Iran Say

Denunciations by a top general and cleric signaled a struggle over domestic influence because of the nuclear deal with six world powers, including the United States.

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US Open 2015: Roger Federer v Leonardo Mayer – live!

...and it’s been as one-sided as it sounds. Federer has raced out of the blocks so consistently on his serve, it’s as if he’s starting with a 30-0 handicap. A late double fault makes it 30-15 after two aces, but a third brings up two match points. Another exemplary first serve is shanked wide by Mayer, and that is that.

Federer* 6-1, 6-2, 5-1 Mayer (*denotes next server) So, just like that, Mayer is serving to stay in the set. He makes it to 40-15 when Federer sends a slice long, actually drawing gasps from a few members of the crowd. The Argentinean delays the inevitable, and takes his fifth game of the match; Federer got to 5-0 in under fifteen minutes.

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Iran nuclear deal backers near votes to protect pact in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of the international nuclear agreement with Iran moved within one vote of mustering enough support to protect the deal in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday when two more Democratic senators said they would support the pact.









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Rob Ford and Canadians laugh off Scott Walker’s ‘off the wall’ border idea

After the Wisconsin governor called a possible border wall ‘a legitimate issue’, Canada’s defence minister calls idea old-fashioned as others ridicule Walker

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford says Canada has no plans to invade the United States – and that Americans can rest assured the threat from the north is receding.

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Video ​shows Texas officers shooting man who appears to have his hands up

In video footage shot by a student and provided to local news network, there is no visible attempt by the deputies to use non-lethal force

A Texas sheriff’s department is coming under pressure from civil rights groups following the release of the full version of a video that shows two officers shooting and killing a man who appears to have his hands up.

Gilbert Flores was killed on Friday after deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez responded to a domestic disturbance call at 11.30am, according to the Bexar county sheriff Susan Pamerleau, who said they found a woman who had suffered a cut on her hand “and a baby … who appeared to have possibly been injured”. It is unclear when and under what circumstances the officers encountered Flores.

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Trumka vs. Trump: Labor leader warns that ‘racist’ rhetoric is dangerous

RIchard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, also weighed in on the candidates running for president at a breakfast for reporters hosted by The Christian Science Monitor.

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