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China launches experimental moon orbiter

October 24, 2014
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Newnan Times-Herald    

"China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program begun Friday is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spaceship land on the moon, retrieve samples and return to Earth. That would make burgeoning space power China only the third country after the United States and Russia to have carried out such a mission." (10/24/14)

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Mexico: Governor steps aside over disappearances

October 24, 2014
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ABC News    

"The governor of Guerrero state announced Thursday that he's stepping aside while an investigation continues nearly a month after 43 students disappeared and six people were killed in an attack that has implicated local police and politicians in the city of Iguala. Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero said he is putting his duties on hold and will let the state's lawmakers decide who should lead the southern Mexico state." (10/23/14)

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North Korea: US must apologize to free detainees

October 24, 2014
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"The United States government must make a formal apology to secure the freedom of two Americans who remain imprisoned in North Korea after the release this week of Jeffrey Fowle, North Korean legal experts said Thursday. Although North Korea released Fowle, getting Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae out of prison will likely require an official statement of apology and formal request for their release from Washington, according to the two North Korean law experts who spoke to The Associated Press." (10/23/14)

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Belgium: EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

October 23, 2014
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Biloxi Sun Herald    

"European Leaders agreed early Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate negotiations next year." (10/23/14)

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Mexico: Mayor linked to deadly attack on students

October 23, 2014
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ABC News    

"Officials said Wednesday that a drug gang implicated in the disappearance of 43 students in a southern city essentially ran the town, paying the mayor hundreds of thousands of dollars a month out of its profits from making opium paste to fuel the U.S. heroin market. The statements painted the fullest picture yet of the control that is exercised by gangs over a broad swath of Mexico's hot lands in Guerrero state." (10/22/14)

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Libya: Regime troops advance into Benghazi

October 23, 2014
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Omaha World-Herald    

"Libyan army troops on Wednesday pushed into Benghazi, the first time in two months that government forces had entered the eastern city, which has been under control of Islamist militias. The advance was a significant boost to the troops, though fighting was still raging in Benghazi and the army had a long battle ahead, said Meloud al-Zewi, spokesman for Libya's special forces." (01/22/14)

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Missile fired from Egypt wounds two Israeli troops

October 23, 2014
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Atlantic City Press    

"Attackers inside Egypt fired an anti-tank missile and automatic rifles at a military vehicle in Israel on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said. The attack occurred in southern Negev Desert and the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel, it added." (10/22/14)

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Iraq: Kurdish lawmakers OK fighters for Syria

October 23, 2014
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Naples Daily News    

"Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region Wednesday authorized peshmerga forces to go to neighboring Syria and help fellow Kurds combat Islamic State militants in the key border town of Kobani, providing much-needed boots on the ground. The unprecedented deployment will almost certainly depend on the support of Turkey, whose president criticized a U.S. airdrop of arms to Kurdish fighters after some of the weapons wound up in the hands of the extremists." (10/22/14)

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Puerto Rico: Power company officials face charges

October 23, 2014
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ABC News    

"Puerto Rico's justice department has filed fraud and other charges against officials at the troubled state-owned power company in the U.S. territory. Among those charged is Jose Perez Canabal, former vice president of the board of the Electric Energy Authority, along with attorney Francisco Santos Rivera. Also charged is accountant Roberto Torres, who does not work for the company." (10/22/14)

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Mexico: Rights agency says army executed 15 of 22

October 22, 2014
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ABC News    

"Soldiers executed at least 12 and probably 15 people at a warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, the government Human Rights Commission said Tuesday in a sweeping indictment of attempts by the military and civilian prosecutors to cover up the crimes. The commission's report exposed the constantly changing government versions of the killings and the brutality with which they were carried out, and could spell the end of prosecutors' efforts to first deny the killings, and then blame them on three rogue soldiers." (10/21/14)

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Syria: Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

October 22, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government. As U.S. and allied jets swoop freely over towns and cities under control of extremists in northern Syria, the Syrian army has scaled back its air activity over areas of IS control, doing as little as possible there to avoid confrontation." (10/21/14)

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Philippines: US turns over Marine accused of murder

October 22, 2014
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ABC    

"The Philippine military chief says a U.S. Marine suspect in the gruesome killing of a transgender Filipino woman has been flown to the main Philippine military camp in the capital, easing a looming irritant with Washington over his custody. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said Wednesday that the U.S. Marines transported Pfc Joseph Scott Pemberton on board a helicopter to Camp Aguinaldo, the Philippine military's sprawling headquarters in metropolitan Manila where he was to be detained." (10/21/14)

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Puerto Rico: Federal judge upholds marriage apartheid law

October 22, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Puerto Rico’s ban on same-sex marriage remains in place after a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the ban Tuesday, saying the U.S. Supreme Court established a precedent four decades ago. U.S. District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez said in his decision that by dismissing an appeal in Baker vs. Nelson, a 1971 case in which two men sought to marry in Minnesota, the Supreme Court bound all lower courts to assume bans on same-sex marriage do not violate the Constitution." (10/21/14)

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Nigeria declared Ebola-free; “spectacular success”

October 21, 2014
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Palm Beach Post    

"Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West Africa." (10/20/14)

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Canada: Driver shot dead after he hits two soldiers

October 21, 2014
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ABC News    

"A man who was shot and killed by police after he struck two members of the Canadian military with his car Monday in a city near Montreal had become influenced by radical Islam, an official familiar with the case said. Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman David Falls said the suspect 'was known to Federal authorities' and 'authorities were concerned that he had become radicalized.'" (10/20/14)

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Yemen: Suicide bomber kills 10 Houthi rebels

October 21, 2014
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"A suicide car bomb on Monday targeted a house used by Shiite Houthi rebels in a town south of Sanaa, killing at least 10 and injuring 15, security officials said, in an attack that bore all the hallmarks of al-Qaida. The officials said the bombing in the Radaa area in Baydah province hit the house of Abdullah Idris, a top local official with the party of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh." (10/20/14)

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Turkey: Minister says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

October 21, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although activists inside embattled Kobani said no forces had arrived by Monday evening, raising questions about whether the mission was really underway. The statement by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came hours after the U.S. airdropped weapons and ammunition to resupply Kurdish fighters for the first time." (10/20/14)

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Sweden: Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

October 21, 2014
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Newnan Times-Herald    

"Sweden's biggest submarine hunt since the dying days of the Soviet Union has put countries around the Baltic Sea on edge. In a scene reminiscent of the Cold War, Swedish naval ships, helicopters and ground troops combed the Stockholm archipelago for a fourth day Monday for signs of a foreign submarine or smaller underwater craft that officials suspect entered Swedish waters illegally." (10/20/14)

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Government OKs Czech troops to stay in Afghanistan

October 20, 2014
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Palm Beach Post    

"The Czech defense ministry says the government has approved its plan to keep troops in Afghanistan for at least two more years. The ministry said in a statement Monday that up to 350 soldiers will be deployed in Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 as part of a NATO-led force. Monday's approval comes three months after five Czechs were killed by a suicide bomber in the eastern province of Parwan in what was largest number of Czechs killed in a single attack in a mission abroad." (10/20/14)

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Two Koreas exchange gunfire along border

October 20, 2014
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Boston Herald    

"Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries." (10/19/14)

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Australia: Government to deploy 200 special forces in Iraq

October 20, 2014
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Colorado Springs Gazette    

"Australia will soon deploy 200 special forces troops in Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi security forces a month after the Australians were sent to the Middle East, the foreign minister said Monday. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement from Baghdad that she had secured the necessary legal guarantees from the Iraqi government to go ahead with the deployment of the elite troops." (10/19/14)

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Japan: Trade minister resigns over campaign fund charges

October 20, 2014
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ABC    

"Japan's trade minister resigned Monday amid growing controversy over allegations that she misused campaign funds. Yuko Obuchi said at a news conference that the investigation is ongoing, and would interfere with her duties as minister of economy, trade and industry. The questions over Obuchi's use of election funds are the latest in a series of uproars over activities by some members of Abe's Cabinet." (10/19/14)

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Kenya: Five suspected bombers killed

October 20, 2014
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Dayton Daily News    

"Kenyan and Somali soldiers killed five suspected Islamic extremist bombers attempting to cross into the country from Ethiopia in a car laden with explosives and six suicide vests, a Kenyan military spokesman said Sunday. Bogita Ongeri said authorities recovered 100kg (220 pounds) of TNT from the vehicle which was intercepted at Dolo, along Kenya's border with Ethiopia on Saturday." (10/19/14)

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Mozambique: Opposition leaders reject early result

October 20, 2014
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Dayton Daily News    

"The leaders of Mozambique's opposition parties said Sunday they reject early results which show victory for the ruling Frelimo party. The ruling Frelimo party's candidate, Filipe Nyusi, leads by 62 percent of the votes counted so far, while the opposition party Renamo has just under a third of the votes counted and the Mozambique Democratic Movement has just over 10 percent." (10/19/14)

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Cambodia: Tribunal opens first genocide case

October 17, 2014
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South Oregon Mail Tribune    

"A U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal has begun hearing the first genocide case against the country's brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime. Khieu Samphan, the regime's head of state, and Nuon Chea, right-hand man to the goup's late leader, Pol Pot, have already received life sentences in August after being found guilty of charges including crimes against humanity." (10/16/14)

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