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Iran: Ukrainian Citizen Arrested On Espionage Charges

A Ukrainian citizen allegedly working for the United States and the United Kingdom was arrested in Iran and charged with espionage for trying to disrupt ties with Russia, a senior lawmaker said, FARS News Agency reported Sept. 8.

EU: IMF Head Says There Is Not Too Much Austerity

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that she supports the actions of the European Central Bank and that there is not too much austerity in Europe, Les Echos reported Sept. 8.

Iran: Khamenei Undergoes Surgery

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei underwent successful prostate surgery, Reuters reported Sept. 8, citing Iranian state television.

Iraq: Islamic State Militants Kill 17 In Gunboat Attack North Of Baghdad

Islamic State militants on Sept. 8 attacked Dhuluiya, a riverside town 70 kilometers (45 miles) north of Baghdad, using gunboats and a car bomb, security sources said, Reuters reported.

Taiwan: Trade Talks With China Resume

Taipei and Beijing plan to resume talks on a bilateral trade agreement Sept. 8, Taipei Times reported.

North Korea: Senior Official Heads To Europe

A secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and a prominent figure in North Korea's foreign affairs, Kang Sok-ju, began a visit to several European states Sept. 7, South China Morning Post reported.

Russia: New Sanctions May Cause Closure Of Russian Airspace

Russia will respond "asymmetrically" if the West adopts new sanctions against its energy sector or expands restrictions on the financial sector because of the crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, Itar-Tass reported Sept. 8.

U.K.: London To Offer More Autonomy If Scotland Rejects Independence

Britain will allow Scotland more autonomy if it votes against the Sept. 18 referendum on independence, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Sept. 7, Bloomberg reported.

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