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Major Muslim, Jewish holidays coincide

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Major holidays for both Muslims and Jews are both being marked this Saturday across the Middle East, the first time this has happened since 1981. The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur coincide once every 33 years, as Judaism …

Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies

Haiti — Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier has died of a heart attack. The ex-leader’s attorney Reynold Georges says he died at home of a heart attack on Saturday. …

NBC cameraman tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

NEW YORK — An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment.

India satellite orbits Mars

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NEW DELHI — India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars on Wednesday morning and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. Scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter’s engines completed 24 minutes of burn time and maneuvered into its designated place around the red planet.

US: Ebola cases could hit 1.4 million by mid-Jan.

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New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically — the U.S. says up to 1.4 million by mid-January in two nations alone — unless efforts to curb the outbreak are significantly ramped up.

2 al-Shabab suspects arrested in Frankfurt

German authorities have arrested two suspected members of the Somali-based extremist group al-Shabab after they landed at Frankfurt airport.

Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremism

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Pope Francis called Sunday for moderate Muslims and all religious leaders to condemn Islamic extremists who “pervert” religion to justify violence, as he visited Albania and held up the Balkan nation as a model for interfaith harmony. “To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman,” Francis told representatives of Albania’s Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities during his half-day visit to Tirana.

Yemen’s prime minister resigns: state media

Yemen’s prime minister resigned Sunday, the state news agency reported, following days of violence that left more than 140 dead and prompted thousands to flee their homes. The official SABA news agency gave no details on the move by Mohammed Salem Bassindwa, and it was not immediately clear if his resignation had been accepted by the president.

El-Sissi says he’s ready to back anti-Islamic State fight

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Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but called for a “comprehensive strategy” to tackle the roots of extremism across the region.

Australian police: 15 detained as raids thwart Islamic State beheading plot

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Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, though nine of those brought in were freed before the day was over.

A guide to Scotland as it votes on independence

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The people of Scotland are deciding Thursday whether to end a partnership with the rest of the United Kingdom that has lasted more than 300 years. Here is a guide to Scotland as the historic vote nears.

Scots reject independence in historic vote

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EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent Thursday against independence in a vote that saw an unprecedented turnout.

Scientists’ colossal squid exam a kraken good show

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It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface.

King Richard III died painfully on battlefield

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The reviled king suffered nearly a dozen injuries on the battlefield, but the fatal blows were probably only sustained after he had to abandon his horse, according to a new paper.

World Health Organization: Nearly $1 billion needed to contain Ebola

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The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could cost nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.