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Fiji: Military says 43 soldiers captured in Golan Heights

August 29, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"Fiji's military has confirmed that 43 of its soldiers, working as U.N. peacekeepers, have been captured by a militant group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Fijian Commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said Friday the soldiers are alive and unharmed. He said talks between the U.N. and the unidentified rebel group had begun and negotiations would be pursued further at daybreak." (08/28/14)

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Vietnam: Filipino man sentenced to death

August 29, 2014
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"State media say a court in Hanoi has sentenced a Philippine man to death for cocaine trafficking. The Law and Society newspaper says that Emmanuel Sillo Camacho, 39, was convicted of trafficking 3.4 kilograms (7.5 pounds) of cocaine from Brazil to Vietnam at a one-day trial Thursday." (08/28/14)

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FL: Jamaican agriculture minister dies

August 29, 2014
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ABC News    

"Roger Clarke, a Jamaican government minister whose affable personality often bridged the Caribbean island's deep political divide, died Thursday in Florida. He was 74. The Jamaican prime minister's office said Clarke experienced chest pains Thursday morning while waiting for a flight at Miami International Airport. Rescuers began CPR and an ambulance rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at around noon." (08/28/14)

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Syria: Second American jihadist killed

August 28, 2014
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Washington Times    

"A Syrian opposition group is reporting that a second American jihadist was killed in battle while fighting for the Islamic State, according to news reports. This most recent report comes just one day after the U.S. confirmed that American Douglas McArthur McCain was killed in Syria fighting for the Islamic State." (08/27/14)

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Niger: Lawmaker flees before being questioned

August 28, 2014
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ABC News    

"The president of Niger's National Assembly has fled the country after his immunity was lifted so he could be questioned about a baby trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class. A statement read out on state television Wednesday night says Hama Amadou fled for neighboring Burkina Faso. Amadou's wife, the country's agriculture minister, and 16 other people have already been arrested over their suspected links to the network involving the trafficking of babies from neighboring Nigeria." (08/27/14)

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Ecuador: Police sentenced for attack on president

August 28, 2014
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ABC News    

"An Ecuadoran court has sentenced six police officers to prison for attempting to kill President Rafael Correa during a protest in 2010. A sentencing tribunal on Tuesday found the six officers were responsible for the attack, which forced Correa to seek refuge in a Quito hospital while soldiers fought against the rebellious police. Prosecutors based their case on witness testimony, documents and photos from the scene." (08/27/14)

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TX: Judge denies restraining order in immigration case

August 28, 2014
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Yuma Sun    

"A federal judge in Texas denied Wednesday a conservative activist's request for an emergency stay to stop the government from transporting immigrants who entered the country illegally in South Texas to other states or releasing them on their own recognizance. In a complaint filed in July, Orly Taitz argued that by sending immigrant children and families to various states while South Texas was overwhelmed by an immigration surge, the U.S. government created a public health risk." (08/27/14)

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UT: Final ruling issued against part of polygamy ban

August 28, 2014
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Wyoming Tribune Eagle    

"A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show 'Sister Wives.' U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups ruled in favor of the stars of the TLC reality show in December, but he held back on a final ruling as he weighed whether Kody Brown and his four wives could collect attorneys' fees." (08/27/14)

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NASA’s new giant rocket system passes milestone

August 28, 2014
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Winston-Salem Journal    

"NASA says its new giant rocket system passed an internal milestone Wednesday, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018. NASA is designing its Space Launch System to take astronauts beyond Earth orbit to an asteroid and eventually to Mars. The rockets will be more powerful than the Saturn V rockets that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon." (08/27/14)

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UK: Sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

August 28, 2014
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness — a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days. But below the drab surface, shock was evident Wednesday as the people of this northern English town learned that for 16 years, girls as young as 11 in their community had been subjected to sexual exploitation on a vast scale." (08/27/14)

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Syria: Obama regime announces it wants war with Assad regime

August 27, 2014
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Washington Post    

"The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared U.S. and Syrian interest in defeating Islamist militants in the region, there will be no cooperation with Assad, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday. 'We’re not going to ask for permission from the Syrian regime,' she said." (08/26/14)

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Gaza truce open-ended, but puts off tough issues

August 27, 2014
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Huntington Herald-Dispatch    

"Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting -- an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult issues. In the end, both sides settled for an ambiguous interim agreement in exchange for a period of calm. Hamas, though badly battered, remains in control of Gaza with part of its military arsenal intact." (08/26/14)

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American militant said killed in Syria

August 27, 2014
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Greensboro News-Record    

"An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday. Investigators were aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain had traveled to the country to join a militant group, but they did not yet have his body and were still trying to verify information about his death, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss by name an ongoing investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity." (08/26/14)

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Afghan president will not attend NATO summit next week

August 27, 2014
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Hartford Courant    

"President Hamid Karzai will not attend a key NATO summit next week because of his disagreements with Washington over Afghan security needs after most foreign troops leave his country at the end of 2014, his spokesman said on Tuesday. The Sept. 4-5 summit in Wales is meant to determine how much aid Afghan security forces will get after NATO's combat mission ends." (08/26/14)

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Peru: Police seize 3.3 tons of cocaine

August 27, 2014
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ABC News    

"Peruvian police say they have seized at least 3.3 tons of cocaine, the year's biggest haul, hidden in a shipment of coal that was bound for Belgium and Spain. Counter-narcotics police chief Vicente Romero flew reporters from the capital to see the drugs Tuesday near the northern port of Trujillo." (08/26/14)

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Syria warns US: No unilateral strikes on militants

August 26, 2014
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Elkhart Truth    

"Syria said Monday it was ready to help confront the rising threat from the Islamic State group, but warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes without Damascus' consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. In seeking to portray itself as a partner for the international community, Syria seemed intent on capitalizing on the growing clamor among some U.S. officials, including military leaders, to expand the current American air campaign against the Islamic extremists in Iraq and to hit them in Syria as well." (08/25/14)

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Ukraine: Poroshenko dissolves parliament

August 26, 2014
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"Ukraine's president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions. President Petro Poroshenko announced in a statement posted on his website that he has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections on October 26." (08/25/14)

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Costa Rica: Police seize cocaine, $1.5 million in cash

August 26, 2014
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ABC    

"Costa Rican authorities say they have seized a small plane carrying $1.5 million in cash and 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of cocaine. Officials also detained four Costa Rican and two Mexican men. Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police said in a statement Monday the plane traveled from Guatemala and landed at a clandestine landing strip in Guanacaste province, where four men were ready to load the drugs when officials arrested them." (08/25/14)

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Mexico to increase surveillance of railroad lines

August 26, 2014
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El Paso Times    

"A Mexican federal official says the government plans to improve railway surveillance and increase the speed of northbound trains in hopes of deterring Central American migrants from riding on top of freight cars. Federal official Humberto Mayans said Monday that the measures aim to fight human trafficking, strengthen railway security, and protect migrants who historically have jumped on the trains they call 'The Beast' to get to the U.S.-Mexico border." (08/25/14)

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Yemen: Shiite rebels harden their protest demands

August 26, 2014
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram    

"Yemen's Shiite rebel group on Monday presented the government with new demands in order to stop their protests, hardening their positions and prolonging the standoff that has brought protest tents to the capital. The demonstrations by tens of thousands of members of the heavily armed Hawthi group have put security authorities on alert. Tanks and armored vehicles have been deployed to the capital to protect government buildings and foreign embassies." (08/25/14)

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South Sudan war monitor dies while held by rebels

August 26, 2014
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Fremont Tribune    

"An East African regional bloc says one of its officials monitoring a cease-fire in South Sudan died while being held by rebel fighters. The regional bloc, IGAD, said the monitors had landed in Unity state Sunday for a routine inspection mission before being arrested." (08/25/14)

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Palestine: Abbas prepares new UN appeal

August 25, 2014
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of lands captured in the 1967 Mideast war and make way for an independent Palestinian state. President Mahmoud Abbas was expected to unveil his proposal as part of a 'day after' plan following the current war in the Gaza Strip, likely at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on Tuesday, said the aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not yet been made public."

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Syria: US journalist freed

August 25, 2014
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Macon Telegraph    

"Al Qaida’s Syrian affiliate on Sunday unexpectedly freed an American writer from nearly two years captivity after secret international negotiations for his release that were apparently led by Qatar. The Nusra Front may have freed Peter Theo Curtis as a gesture to distinguish itself from its more reviled rival, the Islamic State, which declared a caliphate on the huge swaths of Syria and Iraq that it has overrun in offensives marked by mass executions and other atrocities." (08/24/14)

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DPR: Captured Ukrainian soldiers publicly abused

August 25, 2014
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    

"To shouts of 'Fascists!' and 'Hang them from a tree!' captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and tomatoes. The spectacle of the bruised and filthy soldiers being marched hands bound and surrounded by gun-toting pro-Russian insurgents came as Ukrainians in Kiev celebrated their country's independence from the Soviet Union — a stark display of the growing divisions between east and west." (08/24/14)

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Brazil: Two beheaded, one more killed in prison riot

August 25, 2014
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ABC News    

"Two prisoners were beheaded and at least another one died after being thrown off the roof in a riot that erupted Sunday in a prison in southern Brazil, authorities said. Inmates of the penitentiary in the city of Cascavel took at least two agents and several other inmates hostage in the uprising, said military police Capt. Ricardo Pinto. He said negotiations for better conditions in the prison were still under way 12 hours later." (08/24/14)

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