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Pakistan: Army says eight soldiers killed in tribal region

October 30, 2014
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Greensboro News-Record    

"Eight Pakistani soldiers were killed in a major operation against militants in the country's Khyber tribal region Wednesday, as the army declared its four-month old push against a main militant sanctuary in another tribal region, North Waziristan, a success. The clash with troops also left 21 militants dead and several wounded in the Spinqamar area, said an army statement issued late night." (10/29/14)

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Mali: Insurgent clash leaves French soldier dead

October 30, 2014
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"A French soldier has been killed in Mali during an operation by French forces against an 'armed terrorist group' in the north of the country, the French presidency said Wednesday. The air command parachute sergeant was killed early Wednesday morning in the Kidal region's Adrar des Ifoghas massif, the presidential communique said." (10/29/14)

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Zambia: President dies after long illness

October 30, 2014
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Connecticut Post    

"Zambian President Michael Sata, once dubbed 'Mr. King Cobra' for his sharp-tongued remarks, has died in a London hospital after a long illness. Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, became the country's acting president Wednesday, making him the first white leader of a sub-Saharan African nation since 1994 when South Africa moved to majority rule." (10/29/14)

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Turkey: Peshmerga troops cheered by fellow Kurds

October 30, 2014
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Dayton Daily News    

"Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by Islamic State militants. But the ability of the small force to turn the tide of battle will depend on the effectiveness of their weapons and on continued U.S.-led airstrikes against the extremists." (10/29/14)

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Australia: New law targets leakers, not reporters

October 30, 2014
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ABC    

"Australia's attorney-general says a contentious new law that carries a prison term for anyone who reveals information about certain secret security operations was aimed at Edward Snowden-like leakers rather than investigative reporters. Attorney-General George Brandis announced on Thursday that he was adding a safeguard for journalists who might fall afoul of a new counterterrorism law by giving the attorney-general at the time power to veto any media prosecution." (10/29/14)

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ME: Nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says she won’t be “bullied around by politicians”

October 30, 2014
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Baltimore Sun    

"Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights." (10/29/14)

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Russia: Moscow defends vote in seceded republics

October 30, 2014
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Eau Claire Leader-Telegram    

"Russia on Wednesday angrily dismissed the EU's warning that it wouldn't recognize local elections organized by [the governments of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics], saying that the rejection of the vote could derail a fragile cease-fire deal. Moscow has pledged to recognize the vote set for this Sunday, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that the elections would violate a cease-fire agreement reached in Minsk last month." (10/29/14)

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Iraq: Kurds head to fight militants in Syria

October 29, 2014
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ABC News    

"A group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops arrived in Turkey early Wednesday and headed toward the border to help their Syrian brethren fight Islamic State extremists in the embattled town of Kobani. Earlier, they received a rousing send-off from thousands of cheering, flag-waving supporters as they left the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Irbil by plane for Turkey." (10/28/14)

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Venezuela: Government recalls ambassador to Spain

October 29, 2014
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ABC News    

"Venezuela's socialist government on Tuesday recalled for consultations its ambassador to Spain to protest Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's call to free a jailed opposition activist who led anti-government protests earlier this year. Rajoy met with the wife of jailed hardliner Leopoldo Lopez last week in Madrid and posted on Twitter a short message urging his release." (10/28/14)

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UN investigator cautious on North Korea engagement

October 28, 2014
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Aberdeen News    

"A U.N. human rights investigator said Tuesday that he was surprised and gratified that North Korean officials raised the possibility of allowing him to visit their country, but the prospect of such a trip remains deeply uncertain because of demands the North Koreans made in exchange. Marzuki Darusman said North Korea is insisting that a proposed U.N. resolution drop a recommendation that the North be considered for referral to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record." (10/28/14)

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Jordan to request emergency UN meeting on Israel

October 28, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"A spokesman for Jordan's mission to the United Nations says his country will request an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on behalf of the Palestinians, who have written to the council president about 'dangerously escalating tensions' in east Jerusalem. Laith Ibrahim Obeidat confirmed the request in a message Monday and said his country, a council member, will ask the council president to set a date." (10/27/14)

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Pakistan: Experts expect more defections to the Islamic State

October 28, 2014
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Macon Telegraph    

"Experts in Pakistan’s insurgency say they expect hundreds of radical Islamists to join the Islamic State as a result of the Pakistani military’s campaign in the country’s North Waziristan region. As the military takes control of what had been insurgent-dominated areas of North Waziristan, the militants who’d thrived in that area are searching for a new group with which to affiliate." (10/27/14)

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Poland in defense shift as anti-Russia mood grows

October 28, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"Poland is planning a major realignment of its military structure because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine, the country's defense minister said Monday, a move that could shift thousands of troops to its eastern border. 'The geopolitical situation has changed. We have the biggest crisis of security since the Cold War and we must draw conclusions from that,' Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told The Associated Press." (10/27/14)

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As Marines depart Afghanistan, legacy lingers

October 28, 2014
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Janesville Gazette    

"The Marines' handover of Camp Leatherneck to the Afghans is more than a signal that America's longest war is ending. It is a reminder that the Marines' battlefield gains were tempered by losses: 378 killed, nearly 5,000 wounded. Camp Leatherneck is the sprawling base in Afghanistan's Helmand province from which the Marines surged against the Taliban in 2009." (10/27/14)

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As Congress mulls reining in NSA phone records collection, attention turns to court challenges

October 28, 2014
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    

"While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA's collection of Americans' telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are looking to legal challenges already underway in the courts to limit government surveillance powers. Three appeals courts are hearing lawsuits against the bulk phone records program, creating the potential for an eventual Supreme Court review." (10/27/14)

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Mexico: Search for missing students finds more dead

October 27, 2014
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ABC News    

"Mexican authorities searching for 43 missing college students have found human remains in a new area of southern Guerrero state and are testing to see if they belong to the young men who last were seen in police custody a month ago, a government official said Monday. Authorities came upon the new location based on statements from four people arrested early Monday, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press." (10/27/14)

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Iraq: Regime troops retake control of Sunni town

October 27, 2014
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Boston Herald    

"Iraqi soldiers backed by Shiite militiamen retook control Sunday of a Sunni town seized previously by Islamic militants, said an Iraqi official and state-run TV, a rare victory for Iraqi security forces that have been battling to regain areas lost to the militants. The provincial official said that government forces entered Jurf al-Sakhar, which fell to fighters from the Islamic State group in late July." (10/26/14)

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Coalition seeks to send North Korea to international court over rights abuses

October 27, 2014
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Santa Fe New Mexican    

"Seven months after a groundbreaking report documenting how North Korea tortured and starved its citizens, a broad coalition of countries is pushing for the first time to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court for prosecution of crimes against humanity. Japan and the European Union circulated a draft resolution last week among United Nations member states that encourages the Security Council to refer North Korea to the tribunal in The Hague; 43 countries have so far signed on in support." (10/26/14)

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Ukraine: Pro-Western parties lead vote

October 27, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic's drift away from Russia. Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko's party will secure a narrow win in the parliamentary election, falling substantially short of an outright majority. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Popular Front followed close behind." (10/26/14)

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Uruguay: Vazquez tops president vote, faces runoff

October 27, 2014
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ABC News    

"Former President Tabare Vazquez won the most votes in Uruguay's presidential election Sunday, but he fell short of the outright majority needed to avoid a Nov. 30 runoff, exit polls said. Three polls indicated that the left-leaning Vazquez, 74, the candidate of the outgoing president's Broad Front coalition, would face center-right challenger Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou, 41, of the National Party in a second-round vote." (10/26/14)

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Tunisians in historic vote spurred by Arab Spring

October 27, 2014
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Sacramento Bee    

"Tunisians voted Sunday for their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring, with the main secular party declaring an early victory over the once-dominant Islamists. Although official results would not be ready before Wednesday, Nida Tunis (Tunisia's Call) claimed that pollsters and its own research showed it came in first place. But the powerful Islamist Ennahda Party cautioned against jumping to conclusions and expressed optimism for its own future." (10/26/14)

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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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