McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards

Luke Donald, of England, hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)When three of Europe's biggest names failed to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team, the equation appeared simple for captain Paul McGinley as he prepared to select his three wild cards.



Aid flows into Iraq Shiite town after siege broken

Shiite militiamen patrol in Amirli, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against the Sunni militants' positions, officials said. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Aid began to flow to a small northern Shiite town in Iraq on Monday, a day after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by Sunni militants.



Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

Policeman fires his weapon as he runs away with others from supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, during the Revolution March towards the prime minister's house in IslamabadBy Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the headquarters of the state television channel PTV in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. Protesters led by opposition leaders Imran Khan, a hero cricket player turned politician, and Tahir ul-Qadri, a firebrand cleric, have been on the streets for weeks trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Protests descended into deadly chaos over the weekend, with demonstrators clashing with police in a central area near many government buildings and embassies. The state PTV channel and its English-language PTV World service were taken off the air after protesters stormed its headquarters.



Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the election of contradictions.
Merkel defends arming Kurds, calls IS a threat to Europe

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's taboo-breaking decision to send arms to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, calling the group a major security threat to both Germany and Europe. "The far-reaching detribalization of an entire region affects Germany and Europe," Merkel said in a speech to parliament on Monday, a day after Berlin published a list of weapons, including machine guns and hand grenades, that it will send to the region. ...


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