Sweden says 'at least one' vessel operated in its waters

Swedish minesweeper HMS Kullen searches for what the military says is a foreign threat in the waters of the Stockholm Archipelago, on October 19, 2014Sweden said on Friday it appeared that at least one foreign vessel had likely operated in waters near its capital in recent days, calling such activity "unacceptable." "Our assessment is that there was at least one (vessel)," Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad told reporters in Stockholm, hours after the week-long operation for what media speculated was a Russian submarine was called off. "It's the assessment of the defence forces that probably foreign underwater activity has taken place in Stockholm's inner archipelago," he said, calling any foreign activity within Swedish territory "unacceptable."



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FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:



EU leaders agree to raise Ebola aid budget to 1 bln euros

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed on Friday to roughly double their financial support for efforts to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic in Africa to 1 billion euros, the chairman of their Brussels summit, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, said. "EU will increase financial help to 1 billion euros to fight Ebola in West Africa," he said in a Twitter messsage. Total contributions from the 28 nations had been running at about 500 million euros ($630 million) and there had been criticism that the wealthy Europeans were not doing more. (1 US dollar = 0.7908 euro)
Serbia awarded Albania win but docked points after fracas

Serbia's Stefan Mitrovic grabs a flag featuring Albania's national symbol flown over the pitch by drone during the Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade on October 14, 2014UEFA's disciplinary committee on Friday awarded Serbia a 3-0 victory in their aborted Euro 2016 qualification match with Albania, but deducted them three points. Albania's football federation responded by saying they would appeal the decision. The match in Belgrade on October 14 was halted after home fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players after a pro-Albanian flag was carried over the stadium by a drone. The match was goalless when it was abandoned in the 41st minute as Albania players fled to the changing rooms as irrate fans invaded the pitch.



Islamic State push on Syria's Kobane stalls, Iraq fightback months off

A militant of Islamic State (IS) is seen just after an air strike on Tilsehir hill near the Syria-Turkish border on October 23, 2014An attack by the Islamic State group on the Syrian town of Kobane has stalled but, in neighbouring Iraq, government troops are months from mounting a major fightback, US officials said. US-led aircraft have flown nearly 6,600 sorties in the air war against IS in Iraq and Syria, and dropped more than 1,700 bombs, the US military said. The air strikes have helped Kobane's Kurdish militia defenders hold out against the more heavily armed jihadists but have not stopped IS making new gains in parts of Iraq. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged that the results of the air campaign had been "mixed" but insisted that the overall strategy was "working".





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