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From Washington, this is VOA News.  

Russian President Putin floats  'Action Plan' for Ukraine cease-fire....

President Obama warns Islamic State militants....
I'm Ray Kouguell reporting from Washington. 
Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled steps he says are needed for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. Mr. Putin says his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, is in broad agreement about the 7-point plan to halt the separatist rebellion.  The Russian plan calls for a large-scale Ukrainian military pullback in the Russian-speaking east and the deployment of international monitors. Hours later, Mr. Poroshenko released a statement that avoided direct reference to details in Mr. Putin's announcement.  But he acknowledged the talks with the Russian leader ," saying "there is no denying that people must stop dying."
President Barack Obama condemned Russia's intervention in Ukraine Wednesday as a "brazen assault" on the country's integrity and assured  Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia that NATO would defend them against any aggression by Moscow.  “First we will defend our NATO allies and that means every ally.  In this alliance there are no old members or new members, no junior partners or senior partners.  They're just allies pure and simple." President Obama spoke to a crowd of two thousand  people in a concert hall in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, after meeting with the leaders of the three Baltic states that joined the U.S.-European military alliance in 2004.
President Obama says the United States will not be intimidated by the beheading of a second American journalist, vowing to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State. Mr. Obama said in Estonia Wednesday that the killers of Stephen Sotloff and journalist James Foley last month  have failed in whatever they are trying to achieve because the world is "repulsed by their barbarism."
In the northeast state of New Hampshire, Vice President Joe Biden used blunt language concerning U-S resolve to fight the Islamic State. "We will follow them to the Gates of Hell, until they are brought to justice, because Hell is where they will reside!  Hell is where they will reside." U-S Vice President Joe Biden.
The United Nations World Health Organization is calling for a coordinated global response to combat the growing Ebola outbreak affecting parts of West Africa. Margaret Chan, director-general of the global health body, says the outbreak has so far killed more than 19-hundred  people and infected at least 35-hundred others  in the region. The W-H-O estimates that it will cost upwards of 600 million dollars to tackle the epidemic.
Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane  returned to the capital, Maseru, four days after he fled to South Africa after an apparent bid by the military to oust him. The prime minister arrived in the country on Wednesday guarded by South African police. Mr. Thabane fled Lesotho on Saturday. He accused the army and Deputy Prime Minister Mo-the-tjoa Metsing of seeking to oust him from power. The military denied staging a coup.
Pakistan's military says it killed more than 900 militants and lost 82 soldiers since June when it launched a major counter-insurgency offensive in a volatile tribal region near the Afghan border. It claims eliminating terrorist bases from major towns of North Waziristan, including its administrative center, Miranshah.
A new report by the World Economic Forum ranks the most competitive nations.  Lisa Schlein looks at the results:
Switzerland comes out on top for the sixth year in a row followed by Singapore and the United States, which has moved up two places to third position in the competitiveness rankings. Completing the list of the top 10 most competitive economies are five European countries plus Japan and Hong Kong. Senior Economist at the World Economic Forum, Benat Bilbao, tells VOA very little separates the top 10 in the rankings.  He says they all score high in areas such as structural reforms, health and primary education, and technological readiness.  Lisa Schlein for VOA News, Geneva.
Israel says its 50-day war against Hamas militants in Gaza cost more than two-and-a-half billion dollars. Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says that a large part of the cost came from more than six thousand  attacks Israeli forces carried out on targets in the Gaza,  mostly airstrikes.
And the second biggest drug store chain in the U-S will no longer sell tobacco products. Goodbye says C-V-S.  I'm Ray Kouguell in Washington. That's the latest world news from VOA.




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