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Liberia’s president closes schools amid Ebola outbreak fears

Liberia’s president late Wednesday ordered the nation’s schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as an Ebola outbreak that already has killed more than 130 people in the country deepened.

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

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Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers claimed at least 116 Palestinian lives.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

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European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.

Body of young stowaway found in U.S. military plane in Germany

A stowaway aboard a military plane is a significant security breach. “Security is going to be looked at here. Obviously it would be,” Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. “We try to provide as much security as we can for our aircraft when they’re operating in remote locations, and this will all be part of the investigation.”

Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

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Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists.

Hamas demands for cease-fire and Israel’s concerns

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Hamas rulers have presented a list of demands to stop their fire on Israel in the Gaza war. Israel has said it doesn’t want to reward Hamas for its rocket campaign, but has other reasons to oppose the demands — mostly based on security.

West African airline suspends flights amid Ebola

The West African airline that transported a passenger sick with Ebola last week says it’s now suspending flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone, the two cities hardest hit by the disease.

15 killed, 90 injured as tank shells hit UN school in Gaza: officials

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Several Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school used as shelter for refugees in the Gaza war early on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 90, a Palestinian health official and a U.N. official said. The Israeli army had no immediate comment.

Israel targets Hamas symbols in heaviest strikes on Gaza in 3 weeks

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early Tuesday in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a “prolonged” campaign in Gaza. The overnight strikes hit the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, as well as government offices and the headquarters of the Hamas satellite TV station.

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

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WASHINGTON — In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and Putin’s grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

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Heavy fighting raged Monday around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once again preventing an international police team charged with securing the site from even getting there.

Liberia president orders new anti-Ebola measures

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Liberia’s president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.

Israeli prime minister speaks of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a “prolonged” military operation in the Gaza Strip and will “act aggressively and responsibly” until the mission is completed.

UN Security Council calls for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in Gaza

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight Monday morning.

The council met as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking …

Israel extending truce for 24 hours as death toll crosses 1,000

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BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war.

Despite the Hamas rejection, Israel’s Cabinet decided to extend …