Obama orders 350 more US troops to Baghdad: White House

President Barack Obama ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said. The Sunni extremist group has declared an Islamic "caliphate" in regions under its control in Iraq and Syria, after it swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north of Baghdad and then stormed minority Christian and Yazidi areas. The US has been carrying out air strikes on IS positions in Iraq and already has hundreds of personnel shoring up diplomatic security in Iraq. "The president authorized the Department of Defense to fulfill a Department of State request for approximately 350 additional US military personnel to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq," a White House statement said.



UN: 4 peacekeepers killed in north Mali, 15 hurt

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — At least four U.N. peacekeepers were killed and 15 wounded when their convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a spokesman said.
Following his own rules, Monfils into US Open QFs

Gael Monfils, of France, reacts after a shot against Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, during the fourth round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)NEW YORK (AP) — Gael Monfils follows his own rules.



HK activists say Beijing 'brutally strangled' democracy, vow action

A pro-democracy activist is detained by the police during a confrontation in Hong KongA pro-democracy movement that has threatened to blockade Hong Kong's financial district has said Beijing "brutally strangled" its fight for full democracy and vowed to take action. On Monday, Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists after China's parliament had rejected democrats' demands for the right to freely choose Hong Kong's next leader at an election in 2017. "We Hongkongers won't accept failure in our road to democracy," the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement said in a statement emailed to reporters late on Tuesday.



2.8 bln risk ill health from home air pollution

A man uses his wood stove at his home in Orgeres, northwestern France, on December 21, 2012"These smoky, dirty fuels are often used in an open fire or simple stove, resulting in high levels of household air pollution in poorly ventilated homes," said a statement, released Wednesday. Led by Stephen Gordon of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and William Martin of Ohio State University, the team concluded that 600-800 million families worldwide are at higher risk of respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, asthma, lung cancer and other ailments as a result of the air they breathe at home. Studies in India have found that household air pollution can be three times higher than on a typical London Street, and well above the World Health Organization's recommended safety levels. "Estimates suggest that household air pollution killed 3.5 to four million people in 2010," wrote the team.





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