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UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

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The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.

Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases

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Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday.

Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a ‘direct invasion’

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Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev’s approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government’s stalling tactics.

Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

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Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel’s deadly airstrikes against top Hamas military commanders.

Second US worker with Ebola released from Atlanta hospital

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At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.

Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

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An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization’s morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel’s intelligence services.

U.S. launched secret mission to rescue American hostages in Syria

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.

Car crash in Argentina kills 3 relatives of pope

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in critical condition Tuesday after a car crash on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and a local police official said. The small car carrying a nephew of the …

Israeli leader recalls team from cease-fire talks

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian effort to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to collapse Tuesday after Israel walked out on the talks in response to a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire. The Israeli …

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis also said …

Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

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Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday. However, the military acknowledged that another one of its fighter planes was shot down by the separatists.

Chilean military chief who followed Pinochet dies

Ricardo Izurieta, the general who succeeded dictator Augusto Pinochet as head of Chile’s military, has died. He was 71.

Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq’s largest dam

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Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq’s largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said.

UK police identify cargo stowaways as Afghan Sikhs

Police investigating the death of a migrant inside a ship’s cargo container say the victim and 34 survivors are Afghans from the country’s tiny Sikh community.

Iran ready to cooperate on nuclear probe: UN

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Iran’s president has promised to back a United Nations probe into suspicions that the country secretly worked on nuclear arms, the U.N.’s chief nuclear inspector said Sunday after talks in Tehran.