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Woman in shoe-throwing case ordered to Arizona

Judge tells woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton to stay with mom in Arizona
Kimberly Pierceall, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton in Las Vegas to live with her mother in Arizona while she awaits sentencing for trespassing.

Alison Michelle Ernst also was told not to have contact with any people or places protected by the Secret Service.

Ernst, 36, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour trespassing. A judge previously dismissed a misdemeanour violence charge.

'Kerry Air' grounded again, this time in Vienna

Kerry forced to fly home commercially (again) as Air Force plane breaks down in Vienna
Bradley Klapper And Matthew Lee, The Associated Press

VIENNA - The United States may be the mightiest military and economic power in the world but when it comes to shuttling its top diplomat around the globe, it's beginning to look like a poor orphan.

For the fourth time this year — and the second time in three months, Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to fly home commercially when his aging Air Force Boeing 757, known in military parlance as a C-32, was grounded on Thursday with a mechanical problem in Vienna.

Falling oil prices shake up global economies

Oil exporting nations feeling pinch of low oil prices, oil importing ones feeling some relief
Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years.

New film tells Holocaust story of Polanski ally

New documentary tells improbable Holocaust survival story of Roman Polanski's producer
Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland - They were both Holocaust survivors from Poland who suffered through unspeakable tragedies. But when director Roman Polanski and producer Gene Gutowski teamed up in the 1960s they never spoke of the war, preferring to focus on life by making movies and partying hard.

Even when the two reunited decades later for the 2002 Holocaust film the "The Pianist," they didn't talk about the horrors they had seen.

AP NewsBreak: Iran looks at compromise nuke offer

AP NewsBreak: Diplomats say Iran considering compromise US proposal on larger nuke program
George Jahn, The Associated Press

VIENNA - Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.

2018 Olympic ceremonies to be held in Pyeongchang

Organizers drop plans to hold 2018 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies outside Pyeongchang
The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea - Pyeongchang organizers have scrapped plans to stage the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympic outside of the host city.

Lee Jong-deok, South Korea's minister for culture, sports and tourism, provincial mayor Choi Moon-soon and 2018 Olympic organizing committee president Cho Yang-ho met this week to decide whether or not to renovate an existing sports stadium in nearby Gangneung to stage the ceremonies or build a new facility in Pyeongchang.

Obama: Ebola monitoring must be 'more aggressive'

Obama says US must monitor Ebola in 'much more aggressive way'
Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday that his administration would respond in a "much more aggressive way" to cases of Ebola in the United States and warned that in an age of frequent travel the disexcase could spread globally if the world doesn't respond to the "raging epidemic in West Africa."

What's at stake in Iran nuclear talks?

Iran nuclear talks: What's at stake and what stands in the way of a deal
Bradley Klapper And George Jahn, The Associated Press

VIENNA - An Iranian nuclear agreement is the Obama administration's grandest foreign policy objective, a legacy-defining endeavour that holds the prospect of ending the gravest potential threat to Israel and the Middle East and reintegrating Iran into the world community.

But reaching a deal is no easy matter. Even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waded into more than six hours of talks on Wednesday with Iran's foreign minister, many challenges beset the diplomacy.

Kurds hold their own against militants in Syria

Aided by US strikes, Kurds prove remarkably resilient in fight against militants in Syria town
Lefteris Pitarakis And Zeina Karam, The Associated Press

MURSITPINAR, Turkey - Intensified U.S.-led airstrikes and a determined Kurdish military force on the ground appear to have had some success in halting advances by Islamic State fighters on a strategic Kurdish town near Syria's border with Turkey — at least for now.

On Wednesday, the Kurdish militiamen were fighting ferocious street battles with the Sunni extremists in Kobani and making advances on some fronts, hours after the U.S.-led coalition stepped up its aerial campaign.

Putin to focus on Ukraine during trip to Milan

Putin set for diplomatic blitz in Milan focusing on Ukraine
Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Trying to manoeuvr out of the worst Russia-West crisis since the Cold War, President Vladimir Putin is unleashing a diplomatic blitz involving a series of meetings with Western leaders during his visit to Italy.

Putin's two-day trip to a Europe-Asia summit in Milan, which begins Thursday, offers him the first chance to discuss the Ukrainian crisis with EU leaders since his visit to France in June to attend the D-Day anniversary.

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