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 President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

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Ground forces an option in Iraq

Joint Chiefs chairman leaves door open if a U.S.-led coalition with “no U.S. boots on the ground” proves insufficient to defeat ISIS.

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Child mortality falling short of two-thirds reduction

Six-point-three million children died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday.

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U.K. official at center of child sex scandal quits

Shaun Wright had clung onto his job as police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire in the face of the almost-universal criticism

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Iraq parliament rejects picks for defense, interior

The move left crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against the Islamic State.

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Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

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Ukrainian president travels to U.S., leaving a raft of problems back home

President Petro Poroshenko’s country chafed at the tentative cease-fire and the slow pace of change.

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Belgium grants jailed rapist-murderer euthanasia

A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the nation doesn’t have the death penalty. Confused?

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World Briefs: Car bomb kills 3 soldiers in Afghan capital

PLUS: Mortar fired from Gaza; atrocities in Syria; reprieve for Uber; Uighur prof on trial

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 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland. He issued a warning that Thursday’s referendum is a “once and for all” decision as he made a last-ditch trip north to urge voters to save the union.

Patriotism could play large role in Scottish referendum

Scots living in Scotland will go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

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Kerry wooing Iran on Mideast

Iran wants no part of any anti-Islamic State coalition that won’t have it as a charter member.

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700 feared dead at sea migrating from crises

Two loaded boats wrecked in past week, killing 700 people trying to flee Africa for Europe.

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Maker to cut cost to Third World for its hepatitis C drug treatment

Generic deal will bring cheaper hepatitis C treatment to poor nations.

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 Mexican soldiers Monday try to stop people from looting a convenience store, which was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico peninsula

Baja California in Mexico is hit hard by a Category 3 hurricane, leaving behind disaster zones and crumbled resorts.

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Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Qatar has pivotal role in struggle against global terrorists.

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World briefs: Shells mar Ukraine’s cease-fire

Plus: Death sentences upheld; Dissident writer arrested; Plan to save Barrier Reef; Air France flights canceled.

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 Scotland is close to Queen Elizabeth’s heart. Her mother was Scottish, and she spent much of her childhood there. Her late sister Margaret was born there.

Queen Elizabeth urges Scots to 'think very carefully about the future'

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence over the Scottish independence vote Thursday, which would divide the kingdom.

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 Rolls of toilet paper printed with a portrait of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stand for sale at a vendor's stall Sunday in Lviv, Ukraine. Sporadic fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army. Many people in Ukraine doubt the current cease-fire overtures will lead to an end to the war and blame Mr. Putin for stoking the violence.

Ukraine fighting prompts U.S., Russia to meet as field training exercises begin

Pro-Russian rebels continued to clash with Ukraine troops in several locations including the Donetsk airport.

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 A still image taken from a purported Islamic State video released on Saturday of British captive David Haines before he is beheaded. Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker Haines. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month. Mr. Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED.

Coalition aims to target Islamic State in airstrikes

While no Arab states have publicly committed to military action, several told the U.S. privately they are willing to join in airstrikes.

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Scotland independence vote leaves response to beheading in limbo

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Sunday to take “whatever steps are necessary” to confront the Islamic State.

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World Briefs: North Korea sentences U.S. citizen

PLUS: Sweden shifts in election; hurricane threatens Baja; military threatens vets

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Tug of war for bishop’s body, or its parts, delays sainthood

There has been just one snag in the diocese’s carefully laid veneration plans: the matter of Archbishop Sheen’s body.

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World briefs: Aid reaches battered city in Ukraine

Plus: Pakistan crackdown; Secret access revealed; Journalists intimidated; Criticism disputed.

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As aspiring jihadists heed call of Islamic State, home nations try to stymie them

The United States is pushing a U.N. Security Council bid to force all nations to try to halt the flow of their citizens to militant groups.

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 Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria on Friday after the verdict in his murder trial where he was found guilty of culpable homicide.  AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIAGIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Pistorius Trial Ends, but the Debate in South Africa May Be Just Beginning

Murder trial of Paralympic state Oscar Pistorius ends with culpable homicide finding, but many South Africans are finding the verdict hard

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 Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls, speaks about her fight for girls' education on the International Day of the Girl at the World Bank last October in Washington.

Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

Authorities arrest 10 for attack on teenage activist.

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More than 5,000 dead in Central African Republic

Sectarian violence in Central African Republic has claimed 5,000-plus lives since December, tally finds.

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World briefs: West levies new Russia sanctions

PLUS: Ukraine truce touted; Knife attack sentences; WHO: Ebola overwhelms

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 Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday. A judge today found him guilty of culpable homicide.

Judge: Pistorius is guilty of culpable homicide

Judge Thokozile Masipa said she found Oscar Pistorius had no intention to kill Reeva Steenkamp.

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Pitt scientists collaborate in effort to combat the deadly MERS virus

Camels are believed to be the source infecting humans with a contagious and deadly virus spreading through the Middle East.

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 Two men argue about the Scottish referendum for independence during a rally Wednesday in Glasgow, Scotland.

Independence in Scotland could hinge on economics

Better Together campaign to keep United Kingdom united may be short on appeal, but pragmatic financial concerns could prove decisive.

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Kerry gathers wider Arab support

U.S., Arab diplomats agree to boost military and financial efforts against Islamic State.

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U.S., allies levy new sanctions on Russia

U.S., Europe to levy more economic sanctions against Russia for its promotion of separatist war in Ukraine, despite a fragile cease-fire.

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U.S. offensive in Syria uncertain

U.S. combat operations in Syria haven’t been authorized yet, defense officials say.

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World briefs: Envoys work for high-level Asian parley

Plus: Peacekeepers freed; Thai junta criticized; Saudis cut oil output.

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 The ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right. Earth's protective but fragile ozone layer is finally starting to rebound, says a United Nations panel of scientists. Scientists hail this as rare environmental good news, demonstrating that when the world comes together it can stop a brewing ecological crisis.

Scientists: Ozone layer recovering but not healed

Scientists said the development demonstrates that when the world comes together, it can counteract a brewing ecological crisis.

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 Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock in Pretoria, South Africa, today as Judge Thokozile Masipa says that prosecutors have not proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the double-amputee Olympic athlete is guilty of premeditated murder.

Cleared of murder, Pistorius faces other charges

Paralympic start Oscar Pistorius declared not guilty of murder, but still faces prospect of culpable homicide verdict.

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Obama asks Congress to aid training of Syria rebels

Authorizing aid to moderate rebel groups in Syria would result in lawmakers being on record backing his strategy against the Islamic State.

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 Indian army soldiers rescue a Kashmiri woman from her flooded house Wednesday in Srinagar. Flood waters started receding in Indian Kashmir, giving rescue teams a chance to reach tens of thousands of villagers stranded by the heaviest rainfall in half a century. Floods and landslides have killed at least 450 people in India and Pakistan and cut off more than 1 million people from basic services.

In Kashmir, floodwaters are receding but anger is rising

Some are seeing a slow response to the flooding that began last week and has left hundreds dead in India and Pakistan.

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 Palestinian graduates attend their graduation ceremony Wednesday as they hold posters of students who were killed in the seven-week Israeli offensive and were supposed to be among those graduating at the University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza City.

Israel to launch probe into cases of possible misconduct by troops

It was an implicit acknowledgment of sensitivity to the widespread criticism that Israeli forces had used excessive firepower.

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Watchdog agency: Chlorine used as a weapon in Syria

The conclusion appeared to indicate that the Syrian government was continuing to use chemical weapons in the country’s civil war.

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Islamic State no unstoppable juggernaut

The Islamic State’s outsized influence comes from the fanaticism of its hardcore adherents, its foes’ divisions and a social media campaign.

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Putin promises new weapons to fend Western threats

The military successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a nuclear submarine.

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Gates Foundation offers $50 million to fight Ebola

The United Nations has estimated that stopping the disease’s spread in Africa will cost at least $600 million.

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World Briefs: Most Russian forces out of Ukraine

PLUS: Japan OKs nuke plant; Libyan forces attacked; Pistorius verdict due; Amazon deforestation.

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 President Barack Obama addresses the nation Wednesday from the Cross Hall in the White House.

Obama orders Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State militants.

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Obama to seek arms for Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama was to outline his plans tonight in a rare prime-time address to the nation.

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Britons cancel PM’s question time amid hand-wringing over Scotland

British politicians insist that they are not panicking. But their actions suggest otherwise.

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 Marino Cordoba and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli talk about their work as union organizers in Colombia that have led to assassination attempts.

Colombia worker advocates seek aid

Colombians are asking Congress to protect workers rights as part of the trade agreement.

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 Syrian President Bashar Assad

Shift in Islamic State’s favor does not appear to have registered with Syria’s Assad

Syria’s Bashar Assad may be blamed as leader who let Islamic terrorists flourish and now can’t halt them.

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