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Hong Kong: Pro-democracy protests expand

September 29, 2014
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Boston Herald    

"Pro-democracy protests expanded in Hong Kong on Monday, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing's decision to limit political reforms defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong's top leader to go home. And with rumors swirling, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reassured the public that speculation that the Chinese army might intervene was untrue." (09/28/14)

 

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Syria: Airstrikes hit oil refinery

September 29, 2014
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"Airstrikes likely carried out by the U.S.-led coalition struck an oil refinery in Syria held by the Islamic State group on Sunday, shaking buildings and sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border, a witness and activists said. Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate meanwhile warned that Muslims would attack countries taking part in the coalition air raids, which have targeted both the Islamic State extremist group -- with which al-Qaida is at war -- as well as hardline militants battling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad." (09/28/14)

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Mexico: 22 police held following violence

September 29, 2014
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ABC    

"Authorities said Sunday that 22 local police have been arrested following the deaths of six people in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Unidentified gunman and numerous officers were involved in several violent incidents that killed six people late Friday and early Saturday in Iguala, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Mexico City." (09/28/14)

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Turkey: Syrian rebels battling Islamic State say airstrikes haven’t helped

September 26, 2014
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"In the skies over Syria, U.S. and Arab combat aircraft have bombed Islamic State targets 20 times since Tuesday. But on the ground, commanders for rebel groups that are part of a CIA-run program say they’ve pleaded in vain for arms, ammunition and even field rations so they can fight the same extremists. Although they are among the few chosen to receive aid under the covert U.S. program, the commanders say the U.S. has done little to help them as they struggle to hold onto their main supply route from Turkey against a determined Islamic State offensive." (09/25/14)

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Indonesia: Parliament votes to scrap direct elections

September 26, 2014
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ABC    

"Indonesia's outgoing parliament voted Friday to scrap direct elections for local officials and return to the electoral system in place under dictator Suharto, in what was widely regarded as a setback to the country's democracy. The vote represents an early defeat for President-elect Joko Widodo, whose party had voted against the change, and suggests he will face a struggle to govern effectively." (09/25/14)

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Sierra Leone: Government quarantines two million to fight Ebola

September 25, 2014
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"Sierra Leone on Thursday took the dramatic step of sealing off districts where more than 1 million people live as it and other West African countries struggle to control the Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives. With three new districts under quarantine, about one-third of Sierra Leone's 6 million people are now living in areas where their movements are heavily restricted. In parts of Sierra Leone and in neighboring Liberia where these cordons have been used in this outbreak, food prices have soared, some markets have shut and the delivery of goods has slowed." (09/25/14)

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Islamic State prisoners to Guantanamo? White House says no

September 25, 2014
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Macon Telegraph    

"So far the U.S. military’s aerial offensive in Iraq and Syria has killed, not captured suspected insurgents. But if a regional ally were to turn over Islamic State or Khorasan fighters to the United States, the White House has no intention of holding them at Guantanamo Bay, the prison the president keeps promising to close. 'This administration has not added a single person to the Guantanamo population since President Obama took office and we don’t intend to,' White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Wednesday." (09/24/14)

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American Samoa grants amnesty to more than 4,000

September 25, 2014
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ABC    

"A U.S. territory has granted immigration amnesty to more than 4,000 foreigners who are physically present in American Samoa without current lawful immigration status. The bill signed by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga also grants amnesty to those who are lawfully in the territory but subject to specific numerical limitations on their registration by country." (09/24/14)

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Guinea: Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead

September 25, 2014
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Worcester Telegram & Gazette    

"A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa's current outbreak.  One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in Tuesday's attack in Forecariah, according to Benoit Carpentier, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies." (09/24/14)

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US DOJ investigates Ferguson police

September 24, 2014
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Richmond Times-Dispatch    

"Department of Justice investigators on Wednesday heard one story after another about police harassment and brutality in Ferguson, the suburban St. Louis city where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer last month. At least 300 people crammed into a room at St. Louis Community College's Florissant Valley campus for the meeting hosted by the department's Civil Rights Division. The investigators were seeking direct input from residents who live in and near Ferguson." (09/24/14)

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India puts spacecraft into Martian orbit

September 24, 2014
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San Antonio Express-News    

"India has triumphed in its first interplanetary attempt by successfully putting a satellite into orbit around Mars. Scientists broke into wild cheers Wednesday morning as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time and maneuvered into its designated place around the red planet." (09/23/14)

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German-American reporter held in Somalia is freed

September 24, 2014
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Arizona Daily Star    

"A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali pirates who had held him. The journalist, identified by the German weekly Der Spiegel as 45-year-old Michael Scott Moore, was immediately flown to Kenya's capital, Nairobi, after being freed, Somali police official Mohamed Hassan said by phone from the town of Galkayo in north-central Somalia." (09/23/14)

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Turkey: Erdogan considers military role against ISIS

September 24, 2014
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he is considering expanding support for Western and Arab operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement. His comments Tuesday to Turkish reporters in New York mark a potential shift in Turkey's position on international efforts to fight the group, hours after the U.S. and Arab allies launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria." (09/23/14)

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Vatican puts former Dominican envoy under house arrest

September 23, 2014
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Palm Beach Post    

"The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters. Josef Wesolowski had already been defrocked in June after the Vatican's canon law court found him guilty of abuse and imposed its toughest penalty under church law: laicization, or returning to life as a layman." (09/23/14)

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Australia: Police shoot suspected terrorist dead

September 23, 2014
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ABC News    

"A terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two Australian counterterrorism police officers had his passport canceled recently on national security grounds, top police officials said Wednesday. Some experts suspect Tuesday's attack was inspired by the Islamic State group's call to supporters to wage terror in their home countries." (09/23/14)

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Yemen: Shiite rebel sweep into capital kills 340

September 23, 2014
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"In a stunning sweep of the Yemeni capital, the country's Shiite rebels seized homes, offices and military bases of their Sunni foes on Monday, forcing many into hiding and triggering an exodus of civilians from the city after a week of fighting that left 340 people dead. It was the latest development in the Hawthi blitz, which has plunged volatile Yemen into more turmoil, pitting the Shiite rebels against the Sunni-dominated military and their Islamist tribal allies." (09/22/14)

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Afghanistan: New president promises equal rights for women

September 23, 2014
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South Oregon Mail Tribune    

"Afghanistan's new president-elect pledged in his victory speech on Monday to give women prominent roles in his government and told his nation that women are important to the country's future. The remarks by President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came a day after the landmark power-sharing deal signed by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates." (09/22/14)

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Turkey: Erdogan tentatively admits Islamic State prisoners swap

September 23, 2014
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Boulder Daily Camera    

"Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan indicated for the first time Monday that his country may have traded Islamic State group prisoners it held captive in exchange for 49 Turkish hostages held by the militants. Asked about it in New York on Monday, Erdogan said 'such things may be possible.' He said Israel released 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli hostage. 'So you see, it's possible,' he added." (09/22/14)

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UN members endorse “Indigenous Peoples’ rights”

September 23, 2014
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Sacramento Bee    

"The United Nations General Assembly on Monday approved a document strengthening the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. The Outcome Document was endorsed by consensus at the start of the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The gathering brought together more than 1,000 delegates from indigenous communities along with various heads of state and UN officials." (09/22/14)

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Yemen: Government signs peace deal with Shiites

September 22, 2014
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that have left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, giving no details on the content of the agreement. UN Envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomer said in a statement Saturday that the document 'will lay the foundations for national partnership and for security and stability in the country.'" (09/21/14)

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MA: Three Afghan soldiers missing from Cape Cod base

September 22, 2014
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Eau Claire Leader-Telegram    

"Three Afghanistan National Army soldiers have been reported missing from a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base. U.S. military officials say the soldiers had been participating in a Regional Cooperation training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod. They arrived at Camp Edwards on Sept. 11 and were last seen at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis." (09/21/14)

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US says other countries willing to launch air strikes in Syria

September 22, 2014
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Baltimore Sun    

"The United States says other countries are willing to launch air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants and its U.N. ambassador predicted on Sunday: 'We will not do the air strikes alone.' Washington is trying to build an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the radical Sunni Muslim group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East." (09/21/14)

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Russia: Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting

September 22, 2014
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Dayton Daily News    

"Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict. An Associated Press reporter estimated the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000." (09/21/14)

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Afghanistan: New president, but vote totals kept secret

September 22, 2014
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ABC    

"Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president Sunday only hours after the leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive. The commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and next president and noted that his one-time rival, Abdullah Abdullah, will fill the newly created position of chief executive, a post akin to prime minister." (09/21/14)

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Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

September 22, 2014
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Greensboro News-Record    

"A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Mo." (09/21/14)

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