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A Ukraine security spokesman says 2 columns of tanks from Russia have entered strategic town. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:48:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hamas official: Extended cease-fire reached with Israel ]]> Lead story image

A senior Hamas official says a cease-fire has been reached with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 people. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:57:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies ]]> Lead story image

A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country’s information minister said Monday.ww ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Whisky’s worries mirror economic fears in Scotland ]]> Lead story image

Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:14:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ France’s Socialist govt dissolves in internal feud ]]> Lead story image

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government on Monday after open feuding among his Cabinet over the country’s stagnant economy. Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing France’s outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his blunt criticism of the government’s policies. Hollande accepted the resignation and ordered Valls to form a new government by Tuesday. France has had effectively no economic growth this year, unemployment is hovering around 10 percent and Hollande’s approval ratings are sunk in the teens. The country is under pressure from the 28-nation European Union to … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gaza fighting rages on as new truce talks rumored ]]> Lead story image

Fighting between Israel and Gaza militants raged on Monday despite claims of new cease-fire efforts as hundreds of Israelis living in communities near the coastal strip were fleeing their homes following a deadly mortar attack over the weekend. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:12:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ American journalist freed after being held hostage in Syria ]]>

WASHINGTON — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The freed American is 45-year-old Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:21:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Islamic authority: Extremists no ‘Islamic State’ ]]> Lead story image

The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an “Islamic State.” ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast ]]>

Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province dominated by the extremist group, activists and state media said. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza ]]> Lead story image

Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site ]]>

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, without offering further details. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000 ]]> Lead story image

The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a ‘direct invasion’ ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:44:06 -0500