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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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Russia: Two US journalists detained over workshop

October 17, 2014
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South Carolina professor Randy Covington, were detained for several hours by immigration authorities as they began teaching their first workshop in St. Petersburg." (10/16/14)

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Bahrain: Activist detained for “insulting” the king

October 16, 2014
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"A Bahraini activist who is eight months pregnant was detained for 'insulting' the king after she tore up his photograph in court, a human rights organization said Thursday. Human Rights Watch said Zainab al-Khawaja appeared before a Bahraini court to face charges related to two previous incidents in which she had torn up photographs of the king. Once in the courtroom on Wednesday, she pulled out and ripped up another photograph of the monarch." (10/16/14)

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Hong Kong: Top pol offers talks as anger mounts

October 16, 2014
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"Hong Kong’s besieged chief executive said Thursday that he wants to start talks with pro-democracy protesters next week -- an olive branch, but one unlikely to stem anger over a video Wednesday that showed police beating an unarmed man. Chief Executive C.Y. Leung, also known as Leung Chun-ying, said intermediaries have been in touch with student leaders and others to convey the government wishes in hopes of ending street occupations that started nearly three weeks ago." (10/16/14)

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Ireland: Two children hurt in petrol bomb attack

October 16, 2014
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Billings Gazette    

"Police say two girls aged 1 and 11 have suffered serious burns after a petrol bomb was thrown through the living room window of their family home in the southeast Irish city of Waterford. No group claimed responsibility for Thursday night's attack. Police say they arrested a man in his mid-20s on suspicion of involvement." (10/16/14)

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Argentina launches its first home-built satellite

October 16, 2014
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ABC News    

"Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite Thursday. The ARSAT-1 satellite is the first to be constructed with local technology in Latin America. It was built by a crew of about 500 scientists over seven years at a cost of $250 million. The satellite was launched from a base in French Guyana and is to orbit 22,000 (36,000 kilometers) above Earth." (10/16/14)

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Afghanistan: Insurgent attacks kill 10

October 16, 2014
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Connecticut Post    

"A car bombing during a local security force operation and an insurgent ambush killed 10 people across Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. The deadliest attack, the car bombing, struck Afghan soldiers during an operation targeting the hideout of suspected suicide bombers in the eastern province of Khost late Tuesday night, according to a statement from the provincial governor's office." (10/15/14)

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Saudi court convicts outspoken Shiite cleric

October 16, 2014
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"A widely revered Shiite Muslim cleric was convicted Wednesday in Saudi Arabia of sedition and other charges and sentenced to death, raising fears of renewed unrest from his supporters in the kingdom and neighboring Bahrain. Sheik Nimr al-Nimr, an outspoken government critic who was a key leader of the 2011 Arab Spring-inspired Shiite protests in eastern Saudi Arabia, was found guilty in the Specialized Criminal Court, set up in 2008 to handle terrorism cases." (10/15/14)

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Yemeni man sues German government over US drone strikes

October 16, 2014
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"A Yemeni man filed a suit against the German government Wednesday for allegedly letting the United States use an air base in Germany for lethal drone strikes. In a lawsuit filed with an administrative court in the western city of Cologne, Faisal bin Ali Jaber claims his brother-in-law, Salim bin Ahmed Ali Jaber, and nephew, Waleed, were killed by a U.S. drone in a Yemeni village in August 2012. The drone was allegedly controlled via the U.S. air base at Ramstein in southwestern Germany." (10/15/14)

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Syria: Kurds draft hundreds of young men into army

October 16, 2014
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Eau Claire Leader-Telegram    

"Police in Syria's beleaguered self-ruled Kurdish areas have rounded up hundreds of young men to press them into military service recently made compulsory, activists and Kurdish officials say. The unprecedented move, criticized by human rights groups, underlines the desperation of Syria's Kurds as they fight off an onslaught by the Islamic State extremist group in Kobani, a town near the Turkish border." (10/15/14)

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Philippines: Police file charges against US Marine in murder case

October 16, 2014
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Baltimore Sun    

"Police in the Philippines filed murder charges on Wednesday against a U.S. Marine over the death of a transgender Filipino he met in a bar outside the former U.S. naval base of Subic Bay. The Philippine government also wants to take custody of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton while he stands trial, said a senior Philippine official, who warned that the case could damage military ties between the allies." (10/15/14)

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Brazil: Presidential race remains deadlocked

October 16, 2014
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ABC News    

"Brazil's presidential race remains deadlocked after the first debate between President Dilma Rousseff and her challenger in the runoff election. A survey released Wednesday night by the Datafolha polling group says opposition candidate Aecio Neves has support from 51 percent of voters against Rousseff's 49 percent. The poll, which had an error margin of two percentage points, got the same result as a Datafolha poll last week." (10/15/14)

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Saudi Arabia: US citizen killed by gunman

October 15, 2014
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Detroit News    

"A gunman on Tuesday opened fire on two American employees of a U.S. defense contractor, killing one and wounding the other at a gas station in Saudi Arabia’s capital, security and diplomatic officials said. Saudi security forces tracked down the gunman and exchanged fire with him, before wounding and arresting him, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. It did not provide further details about the shooter." (10/14/14)

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Turkey: Strikes on Kurds complicate anti-IS fight

October 15, 2014
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Quincy Patriot Ledger    

"In a fresh test for U.S. coalition-building efforts, Turkey is launching airstrikes against Kurdish rebels inside its borders this week despite pleas from the Obama administration to instead focus on an international campaign to destroy Islamic State militants wreaking havoc in the region. Media reports about the Turkish strikes surfaced Tuesday as President Barack Obama and military chiefs from more than 20 nations gathered in Washington in a show of unity against the Islamic State group." (10/14/14)

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