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  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant
    From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there.

  • Sierra Leone capital at standstill as Ebola lockdown begins

    By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone began a three-day lockdown on Friday in an effort to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, as President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents to comply with the emergency measures. Streets in the normally bustling seaside capital Freetown were deserted, barring vehicles carrying police officers and health workers. Radio stations played Ebola awareness jingles on repeat and encouraged residents to stay indoors. ...

  • Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke
    Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides.

  • Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska
    Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

    Two Russian fighter jets recently entered a U.S. "air defense identification zone" and were intercepted by American warplanes near Alaska, two US defense officials said Friday.

  • Actress detained by police refuses to apologize
    Actress detained by police refuses to apologize

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders.

  • Jack Ma set to be one of the world's 20 richest?
    Jack Ma set to be one of the world's 20 richest?

    Alibaba founder Jack Ma is already the richest man in China... but could Friday's listing make him one of the 20 richest people in the world?

  • After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide
    After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.

  • North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. Matthew Miller, 25, of Bakersfield, California, had prepared his story in advance and written in a notebook that he was seeking refuge after failing in an attempt to collect information about the U.S. government, state media said. ...

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