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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with ministers on budget planning on Sept. 11, in Moscow.
Here are some of the top stories we're following Thursday at NBC News:
Read all about it: Putin pens newspaper op-ed
He rules a nation. He wrestles bears. He deep-sea dives. And now, Russian President Vladimir Putin is penning op-ed pieces in the New York Times. It Thursday’s edition, Putin warned against a U.S. strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks. Read more at NBC News.
US-Russia talks get underway in Geneva
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart, seeking to ensure that a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons will be intrusive enough and enforceable to bolster a new diplomatic initiative to hold Syria to account for using the banned arms. Read more at NBC News.
Report: North Korea restarting nuclear reactor
A U.S. research institute and a U.S. official said on Wednesday satellite imagery suggested North Korea had restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons. The U.S. special envoy for North Korea said any activity at the Yongbyon nuclear complex would be a serious matter. "If it turns out these reports are true ... It would violate a series of U.N. Security Council resolutions," Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies told reporters in Tokyo. Read more at NBC News.
Flash floods ravage Colorado; 1 confirmed dead
Days of heavy rains caused flash flooding in Colorado's Boulder County early Thursday that has flooded streets, triggered mudslides, prompted evacuations, and left one person dead. Hundreds of university students living near a creek in the city of Boulder have been evacuated. Read more at NBC News.
Pastor arrested before Quran burn
Anti-Islam pastor Terry Jones was arrested on a felony charge in Florida on Wednesday, police said, after announcing plans to burn nearly 3,000 copies of the Koran on a barbecue grill. Jones was towing the grill and the kerosene-soaked holy books in the back of his pickup truck to a park in Mulberry, Fla., according to witnesses. Read more at NBC News.
His Royal Highness to retire from active military duty
Prince William's tour of duty is over. Kensington Palace and the British Ministry of Defense confirmed Thursday that The Duke of Cambridge will leave operational service as a chopper pilot in the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force after more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service.
Jets quarterback grounded by shoulder injury
Mark Sanchez’s once-promising football career with the New York Jets continues to unravel. Doctors confirmed that the quarterback has a labral tear in his right shoulder and he is likely to undergo surgery that would end his 2013 season. Sanchez suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of a preseason game. Read more at NBC Sports.