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Palestinians decry Israel’s closing of holy site after slaying of suspect

Israel barredl access to the Jerusalem Old City holy site Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims have identified as the Noble Sanctuary.

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Burkina Faso army topples government, as country’s president vows to stay on

Army seizes control and dissolves all institutions in Burkina Faso.

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Islamic State fighters execute 220 Iraqi men

Islamic state militants execute at least 220 Iraqi members of a Sunni Muslim tribe west of Baghdad, many of them police or militia members.

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7 nations where Americans can study for free (or almost free)

Seven nations, mainly in Europe, let Americans take college courses, in English, either cheaply or free.

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Sweden recognizes Palestinian State.

Plus: SAT cheating scandal; Presidential palace; Ebola crackdown; Union curbs proposed; U.S. drone strike

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 A convoy of peshmerga vehicles is escorted Wednesday by Turkish Kurds in the town of Kiziltepe on their way to the Turkey-Syria border. Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey en route to the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break a siege by the Islamic State.

Peshmergas cheered by fellow Kurds in Turkey

The militiamen made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by Islamic State militants.

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 Guy Scott

Zambian becomes first white African leader in 20 years

Guy Scott takes over for President Michael Sata, who died in a London hospital at age 77.

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Gas deal still eludes Ukraine and Russia at EU talks Ukraine, Russia try to strike a deal over gas

Officials cancelled an evening news conference at which they had hoped to announce a deal after months of negotiation.

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Hundreds feared dead in mudslide in Sri Lanka

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses Wednesday at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka.

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Egyptian forces demolish homes for buffer zone along Gaza border

The evacuations of hundreds of houses started Tuesday, part of a sweeping security response by Egypt's government.

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World Briefs: U.N. forces free hostages in Africa

PLUS: French soldier killed; Hong Kong lawmaker; celebrations canceled; oil spill near Stockholm.

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Obama rejects quarantine for Ebola medics

President rejects returning medical workers’ quarantine as undermining efforts to fight Ebola in West African zone where outbreak began.

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Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops heading to Turkey, then Syria to aid fellow Kurds besieged by Islamic State militants in Kobani.

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India slides, U.S. gains in gender equality ranking

The World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index finds United States in 20th place, Nordic nations at top, and India falling behind.

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Pope Francis says evolution is real and God is no wizard

Pope Francis says the Catholic Church sees no contradiction between believing in God and in the Big Bang theory and evolution.

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 Despite the fact Australia is headed into summer, Jonathan Northall remains devoted to his favorite ice hockey team.

New Penguins fan club rises in Australia

A diehard supporter moved from Great Britain, and now tries to find more team followers in his new country.

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 Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak

Poland shifting troops eastward in reaction to crisis in Ukraine

Poland is shifting thousands of troops to its eastern border out of concern for the threat Russia poses in the wake of the Ukraine uprising.

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U.S. to allies: Combat IS ideology

The United States wants Arab nations to strengthen efforts to counter Islamic State militants’ propaganda.

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Israel expedites east Jerusalem housing

Israel’s prime minister says planning for 1,000-plus more East Jerusalem apartments will be fast-tracked.

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Ukraine talks eye coalition; Russia weighs aid to east

Pro-Europe parties triumph in Ukraine balloting, and coalition talks are underway.

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World Briefs: Pistorius could face new trial

Plus: Egypt expands military trials; new Toronto mayor; death penalty pushed; parliamentary balloting; 34 die in car bombings.

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 Oscar Pistorius leaves North Gauteng High Court following the third day of sentencing Oct. 15 in Pretoria, South Africa.

S. African prosecutors say they will appeal Pistorius verdict, sentence

Pistorius started serving his sentence Tuesday after he was acquitted of murder and found guilty of a lesser charge of culpable homicide.

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 Edwina Kinchington, far right, talks as her Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy prepares for Tuesday's video conference on Ebola. Nineteen students at the school are part of a group of 19 schools taking part in the conference.

Pittsburgh-area students to take part in video conference on Ebola

Organizers say they hope the video conference will raise awareness of issues surrounding the outbreak.

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 An elderly voter looks at her ballot at a polling station during parliamentary elections Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine.

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

President Petro Poroshenko touts results as an endorsement of a “European course” for the nation.

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Pro-democracy movement’s vote in Hong Kong abruptly called off

Dissension in protester ranks casts uncertainty over the future of the movement.

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U.S. and British troops end combat operations in key Afghan province

While U.S. some troops will remain in the country, the move leaves Afghans in control of a tumultuous region.

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In Cold War, U.S. spy agencies used 1,000 Nazis

Government agencies concealed the use of many for decades.

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World briefs: Police view Canadian killer’s video

PLUS: Brazil’s president wins; 815 deaths in Kobani; Lebanon battle rages.

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 A man spreads out a Canadian Flag near the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Wednesday.

After last week's attacks in Canada, a 'loss of ignorance'

The nation is not a land of innocence. But last week's attacks on soldiers and Parliament brought a new dose of reality.

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Rights groups condemn Iranian execution

Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed Saturday after being convicted of killing a physician who she said tried to rape her.

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 A doctor for tropical medicine and a nurse demonstrate the decontamination procedure as part of Ebola treatment at Station 59 at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling Ebola cases.

Ebola cases in Germany test plans made long ago

Despite quarantine centers set up 10 years ago, Ebola treatment still presents challenges.

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Islamic State beaten in fight at key town, Iraqis claim

Capture of Jurf al-Sakhar would be the first major success for Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who took power in September.

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Syrian’s kidnapping shows IS reach into Turkey

Deep roots have already been established with Syrian immigrants in Turkey.

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Britain’s attention shifts to rights for England

The English are irked by what many see as a sweetheart deal for the Scots that will come at England’s expense.

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Afghan mullah who raped girl in mosque gets 20 years

The mullah was successfully prosecuted under a 2009 law meant to fight violence against women.

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World briefs: Egyptian leader vows retribution

PLUS: 16 killed in coal mine; S. Korea leaflets launch; Israeli troops kill teen

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 Dr. Amesh A. Adalja

Pittsburgh Ebola expert Amesh Adalja in demand all over the world

A senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Dr. Adalja has become the go-to expert for media to talk about Ebola.

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Pennsylvania sets Ebola monitoring protocol

The Allegheny Department of Health will be responsible to monitor travelers from West Africa who arrive here for signs of Ebola infection.

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Militant group said to be using chlorine bombs

Iraq officials say Islamic State militants are using chlorine gas as a weapon there, and Syrian officials say the extremists also have been

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World briefs: Two attacks in Egypt kill more than 30

Plus: Rights chief faults Mexico; EU hikes Britain’s fees; Dominique Strauss-Kahn business partner dies; Ex-Hong Kong leader speaks.

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China's Communist leaders vow legal reform — under party authority

China pledges legal reforms to allow judges more independence from local officials’ interference, but the party still rules, and the

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 burial team in protective gear buries a person suspected to have died of Ebola Oct. 18 in Monrovia, Liberia.

Cremation fears leave empty Ebola beds in Liberia

Half of Liberian capital’s treatment beds lie empty because the government ordered that all victims’ bodies be cremated, a violation of the

1 week ago


World briefs / U.S.: Jihadi oil revenues declining

Plus: EU greenhouse gas accord; abductions in Nigeria;13 killed in Pakistan raids; Japan Cabinet scandals; N. Korea Ebola curbs.

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 A man is led away by police today near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife, Laureen, were laying flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Police say a gunman fatally shot reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the memorial before setting his sights on Parliament Hill Wednesday.

Canada's prime minister vows tighter security after Parliament attack

Police arrested a man at gunpoint just steps from the prime minister as Mr. Harper and his wife were laying a wreath.

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 The Canadian flag flies at half staff on top of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today.

Mother of shooting suspect in Canada says she cries for victims, not son

In a brief and tear-filled telephone call Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.

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 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from right, and New York Gov. Andrew Coumo, second from right, lead a news conference at Bellevue Hospital to discuss Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday.

New York physician tests positive for Ebola

A physician with Doctors without Borders who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola.

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 Police surround Parliament Hill in Ottawa Wednesday after at least one gunman killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial and then ran into parliament.

Parliament’s lax security at main entry drawing criticism

Canada’s governmental security is questioned in wake of Wednesday’s shootings at the national war memorial and inside Parliament building.

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Canada probes possible suspect in Ottawa shooting

Two U.S. officials said U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam.

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Ebola survivors turn caregivers, testing their immunity

As an Ebola survivor, Amie Subah believes that she is now immune.

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It's official: the U.S. drug war in Afghanistan is a $7.6 billion failure

The U.S. government wasted $7.6 billion on an ill-conceived drug war in Afghanistan that was doomed to failure from the start.

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