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- Liberia police fire on protesters as West Africa's Ebola toll hits 1,350
By Clair MacDougall and James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Police in the Liberian capital fired live rounds and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood, as the death toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1,350. In the sprawling oceanfront West Point neighbourhood of Monrovia, at least four people were injured in clashes with security forces, witnesses said. It was unclear whether anyone was wounded by the gunfire, though a Reuters photographer saw a young boy with his leg largely severed just above the ankle. Liberian authorities introduced a nationwide curfew on Tuesday and put the West Point neighbourhood under quarantine to curb the spread of the disease.
- U.S. military failed in rescue attempt for journalist Foley
Foley, 40, was beheaded by an Islamic State militant in a video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the execution and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens.
- Former POW Bergdahl seeks to return to civilian life, lawyer says
"He is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life," Bergdahl's attorney, Eugene Fidell, told Reuters. "He would like to get a college education." Bergdahl, 28, an Army sergeant, was released by the Taliban in May in exchange for five Taliban prisoners who were taken to Qatar from the U.S. The prisoner swap triggered an outcry from critics of the Obama administration amid accusations by some members of Bergdahl’s Army unit that he had deserted before being captured by the Taliban. "People who have had this kind of experience, in my understanding, tend not to remain in the service," Fidell said. "It is time for Sergeant Bergdahl to just become plain old Bowe Bergdahl and move on with his life." An Army general is investigating how Bergdahl, from Hailey, Idaho, came to be a prisoner of the Taliban.
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- Trayvon Martin's mom pens letter to parents of Michael Brown
The mother of Trayvon Martin has written an open letter of support to the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose killing at the hands of a white police officer, Darren Wilson, has touched off days of violent protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri — and drawn comparisons to Martin's killing.