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Iraq ends militant siege

 September 1, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Baghdad - Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western...

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Putin talks 'statehood' for east Ukraine

 September 1, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Moscow - Seeming to be searching for the right word during a prerecorded television interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Sunday that one of the issues to be resolved in the Ukrainian conflict is "statehood" for the eastern...

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Gold miners rescued from tomb of rock, mud

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Bonanza, Nicaragua - Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still...

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EU warns Russia of new sanctions

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Brussels - Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders today stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.Instead, the 28-nation bloc's heads of...

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Liberian health worker recovering from Ebola praises experimental drug

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 12:47 pm

A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that...

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Russian forces cross border, seize towns, Ukraine says

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Kiev, Ukraine - Russian soldiers, tanks and heavy artillery began rolling into southeastern Ukraine in earnest Thursday, the Ukrainian government said, as well-armed detachments captured key towns, burned buildings and sent the...

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Jihadists massacre Syrian soldiers

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Beirut - The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid...

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Experimental Ebola drug heals monkeys in study

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 2:26 pm

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.

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Britain raises terror threat level to severe

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 10:51 am

Britain raised the country's terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely.

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Arctic was home to ancient hermits

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

New genetic research on ancient bones reveals that a prehistoric population of hunters migrated into the high Arctic of North America and Greenland and survived for 4,000 years in almost complete isolation from the rest of humanity. Then, about...

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New data may shift search for lost plane

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Canberra, Australia - Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's...

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WHO says mutating Ebola could infect up to 20,000

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

The Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa will get significantly worse before it subsides, infecting as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday, even as U.S. researchers announced plans to begin human safety...

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Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 5:02 pm

Washington — President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine. 

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Rebels open new front in Ukraine

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:23 pm

Novoazovsk, Ukraine - Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops.The...

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Britain's nuclear program at stake in Scottish independence vote

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

Helensburgh, Scotland - For decades, Britain's contribution to the threat of global Armageddon has found a home on the tranquil shores of Gare Loch, where soaring green mountains plunge into murky gray waters plied by sporty kayakers,...

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UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 2:16 pm

An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.

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Mother of U.S. reporter in Syria begs for his life

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

Beirut - The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the...

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Israel, Hamas reach cease-fire deal

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Gaza City, Gaza Strip - Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets Tuesday to celebrate the announcement that Hamas and Israel had agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that has killed more than 2,200...

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UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 2:46 pm

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Presidential welcome

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 12:04 am

An honor guard forms up before a welcoming ceremony for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Monday outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.

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Egypt, UAE airstrikes target Libya militias

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

Washington - The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have carried out a series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, U.S. officials said Monday, marking an escalation in the chaotic war among Libya's rival militias that has driven...

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VIDEO: Large Palestinian crowds celebrate Gaza truce

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 5:16 pm

Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas agreed Tuesday to an open-ended cease-fire after seven weeks of fighting — an uneasy deal that halts the deadliest war the sides have fought in years, with more than 2,200 killed, but puts off the most difficult...

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Israel destroys 2 Gaza high-rises in escalation

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 8:05 am

Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rises with dozens of homes and shops Tuesday, collapsing one building and severely damaging the other in a further escalation of seven weeks of cross-border fighting with Hamas.

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American held in Syria is freed

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

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...

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Israeli airstrikes destroy Gaza apartment house

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 1:01 am

Palestinians inspect the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower Saturday following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower, collapsing the building, sending a huge...

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