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  • Russia, Egypt seal preliminary arms deal worth $3.5 billion: agency

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Egypt have reached a preliminary deal for Cairo to buy arms worth $3.5 billion from Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted the head of a Russian state arms agency as saying on Wednesday. Speaking during an arms trade exhibition in South Africa, the head of the Federal…

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  • Liberia hopes US Ebola aid pushes world to do more

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president is welcoming promised U.S. military aid to fight Ebola and says she hopes it spurs the international community into further action.

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  • Bissau president picks close confidant as army chief

    BISSAU (Reuters) - Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz has appointed a close confidant and head of the presidential guard as army chief to replace Antonio Indjai who was dismissed early this week, a statement said Wednesday. No reason was given for the sacking of Indjai, a powerful figure in the…

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  • For Obama, Ebola one day, Islamic threat the next

    TAMPA, Florida (AP) — President Barack Obama is consulting with military officials about the U.S. campaign against Islamic State fighters, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa — seeking to show resolve on two distinct threats that are costing lives and…

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  • Radwanska, Pliskova reach Korea Open quarters

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland won 6-0, 6-0 for the fourth time in a WTA main draw on Wednesday.

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  • 80 missing in Central Africa riverboat sinking

    Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) - Around 80 people are missing in Central African Republic after their boat sank last week on the M'poko River south of the capital Bangui, the government said on Wednesday.

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  • South African inflation rises to 6.4%

    Johannesburg (AFP) - South African consumer prices ticked up to an above target rate of 6.4 percent last month, heaping pressure on the central bank as it decides whether or not to raise interest rates.

    AFP
  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT

    SUVA, Fiji (AP) — There was excitement among thousands of voters and relief from the international community Wednesday as Fijians cast ballots in a landmark election they hope will end more than a quarter-century of political turmoil and eight years of autocratic rule. But democracy may not have…

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  • Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants in Syria.

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  • Australia promises $6.4 million to fight Ebola

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced on Wednesday it will immediately provide an additional 7 million Australian dollars ($6.4 million) to help the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

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  • Genia returns to Wallaby Rugby Championship squad

    SYDNEY (AP) — Scrumhalf and former captain Will Genia has been recalled to an Australian squad for the last two rounds of the Rugby Championship that will be without giant young lock Will Skelton.

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  • New Zealand still team to beat a year out from World Cup

    Paris (AFP) - New Zealand remain firm favourites to retain the Rugby World Cup title they won on home soil in 2011, a year out from the 20-team tournament in England.

    AFP
  • US cools talk of combat role in Iraq

    Washington (AFP) - The White House and the US military scrambled to play down a suggestion by the nation's top officer that deploying ground forces in Iraq to fight Islamic State jihadists was an option.

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  • Captain Clarke ruled out of ODI series vs Pakistan

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke will miss the limited-overs cricket series against Pakistan next month due to a hamstring injury that forced him home early from a recent series in Zimbabwe.

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  • Obama meets with generals planning IS assault

    Tampa (AFP) - President Barack Obama meets Wednesday with generals planning his assault against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as he wraps up a two-day trip devoted to sudden national security crises over jihadism and Ebola.

    AFP
  • Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise

    By Laura Onita LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said on Wednesday. The majority were in Asia, where 19…

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