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  • FBI: US girls may have tried to join jihadis
    FBI: US girls may have tried to join jihadis

    DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents' money and flying to Germany, authorities said Tuesday.

  • Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

    By Ahmed Rasheed, Saif Hameed and Ned Parker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad. The vast desert region - where Sunni tribes rose up in 2006 and 2007 to drive out al-Qaeda with the Americans - has throughout 2014 been parcelled up, city by military camp, before the Iraqi government and U.S. forces could act. ...

  • Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops
    Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops

    Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.

  • Cyprus to block Turkey's EU bid over gas dispute

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — European Union member Cyprus will oppose any progress in Turkey's ongoing talks to join the 28-nation bloc in response to a Turkish gas search in waters where Cyprus has already licensed companies to drill, an official said Tuesday.

  • Greek archaeologists unearth head of sphinx in Macedonian tomb

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Archaeologists unearthed the missing head of one of the two sphinxes found guarding the entrance of an ancient tomb in Greece's northeast, as the diggers made their way into the monument's inner chambers, the culture ministry said on Tuesday. The tomb on the Amphipolis site, about 100 km (65 miles) from Greece's second-biggest city Thessaloniki, has been hailed by archaeologists as a major discovery from the era of Alexander the Great. They say it appears to be the largest ancient tomb to have been discovered in Greece. ...

  • NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea
    NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea

    HELSINKI (AP) — NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

  • Russia loses key Western business ally in airport tragedy

    The Kremlin has lost one of its strongest Western supporters in the effort to lift US and European sanctions.

  • Ebola nurse's status upgraded to good from fair

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The medical status of nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola when she helped treat the first patient to be diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, was upgraded to good from fair on Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced. Pham was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16. (Reporting by Sharon Begley)

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