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China: Media Workers Arrested

Shanghai police have arrested eight people as part of a probe of media companies for alleged extortion, Sing Tao Daily reported Sept. 4.

EU: Additional Funding To Counter Russian Import Ban

The European Commission confirmed Sept. 4 that it will allocate an additional 30 million euros ($39 million) of funding to Common Agricultural Policy promotion programs starting in 2015, Euractiv reported.

Iraq: Britain May Arm Kurds

Britain is considering whether to arm and train Kurdish forces to fight against Islamist insurgents, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sept. 4, Reuters reported.

India: Al Qaeda Announces India Wing, States On Alert

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Sept. 4 announced the formation of an Indian branch of al Qaeda, Reuters reported.

Russia: Moscow Opposed To Ukraine Joining NATO

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Russia's opposition to Ukraine joining NATO, Reuters reported Sept. 4.

France: Delivery Of Mistral Warship To Russia Halted Over Russian Involvement In Ukraine

France will halt its delivery of the first of two Mistral amphibious assault ships to Russia in response to Russia's involvement in the crisis in Ukraine, a Sept. 3 statement from French President Francois Hollande said, Reuters reported.

Iraq: Islamic State Vows To Overthrow Putin

Islamic State militants in a video message posted to YouTube on Sept. 3 threatened to "dethrone" Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad, AFP reported.

Ukraine: Russian President Outlines Cease-Fire Demands

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sept. 3 that a cease-fire with Ukraine could be established by Sept. 5 if Ukraine met certain demands, including withdrawing troops around population centers and allowing a corridor for the movement of refugees and Russian humanitarian aid, Interfax reported.

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