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Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

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TALLINN, Estonia — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO’s security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border.

Doctors Without Borders warns the world is losing the battle against Ebola

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The international group Doctor Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been “reduced to places where people go to die alone” as authorities race to contain the disease.

Islamic State claims to have executed US journalist Steven Sotloff

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Internet video purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State group.

US strike in Somalia kills six militants

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A member of the Somali group al-Shabab says its leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night in a U.S. military strike but the spokesman would not say if the leader was among the six militants who were …

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

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Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group’s removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.

U.S. military targets extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia

U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday in Somalia, the Pentagon said. Spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. was assessing the results and would provide more information when appropriate. No further details were available.

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

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North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Putin to Ukraine: begin immediate talks on east

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Senegal Ebola case ‘a top priority emergency’: WHO

The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.

Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

Israel and several Arab countries should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip while disarming Hamas militants who rule the territory, Israel’s finance minister said Sunday.

Islamist-allied militia group guards U.S. Embassy in Tripoli

A commander for the Dawn of Libya group, Moussa Abu-Zaqia, said his forces had been guarding the residential compound since last week, a day after it seized control of the capital and its international airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia. Abu-Zaqia said the rival militia from Zintan was in the compound before his troops took it over.

Britain raises terror threat level

LONDON (AP) — Britain raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely. Home Secretary Theresa Mays said the decision to raise the threat level was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but that …

Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters. …

2 tank columns from Russia enter Ukraine: official

A Ukraine security spokesman says 2 columns of tanks from Russia have entered strategic town.

US hostage held by Islamic State is female aid worker

Family members and U.S. officials say the Islamic State militant group has been holding a young American woman hostage in Syria since last year.