• Record 4.1 million in Syria got food aid in August, U.N. says

    A record 4.1 million people in Syria received food rations in August due to more convoys being able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the U.N.'s World Food Program (WFP) said on Tuesday. "We are reaching more people every day with urgently needed food assistance – many of…

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  • UK's fate in the balance as poll shows record support for Scottish independence

    By Alistair Smout and Guy Faulconbridge EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) - A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question on Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote on whether to secede. The poll by YouGov showed the…

    Reuters59 mins ago
  • Attack on Egypt security convoy kills 11 in Sinai: security sources

    An attack on a convoy killed 11 members of the Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, security and medical sources said. Two were killed by a roadside bomb and the others were shot as they tried to flee, the security sources said. Security sources said earlier that the attack…

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  • Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water

    Over the past couple of decades, easier access to clean water has become a reality for a huge portion of the world’s population. According to a publication released by the World Health Organization, an arm of the United Nations that monitors the health and well-being of people around the world,…

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  • The answer to Islamic State: by sword – or word?

    As world leaders try to counter the killing spree of the militant group Islamic State, better known as ISIS, they should take note of this trend: More Muslim leaders are challenging the group’s core message that faith can be compelled by the threat of violence. Rather, the Islamic State is also…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Texas and Louisiana abortion laws blocked, but how many clinics remain?

    In a matter of three days, two judges might have kept as many as 19 abortion clinics in Texas and Louisiana open – at least temporarily. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas blocked implementation of a Texas law that would have required abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards of…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Ukraine rebels say they are willing to talk peace with Kiev

    East Ukraine's Russian-backed rebels now say they are willing to talk with Kiev about a political settlement that would keep Ukraine united but would grant sweeping autonomy to their war-torn regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Barely a week ago, rebel prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko insisted he…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

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  • UN warns food prices rising in Ebola-hit countries

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields, a U.N. food agency warned Tuesday.

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  • Relatives of missing Iraq soldiers storm Baghdad parliament

    Baghdad (AFP) - Angry relatives of missing Iraqi security personnel stormed the parliament building in Baghdad on Tuesday, attacked MPs and began a sit-in in its main chamber, an official said.

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  • Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO

    An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday. "There are now 31 deaths," Eugene Kambambi, the WHO's head of communication in DR Congo,…

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  • Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens

    By Syed Raza Hassan and Maria Golovnina ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. Sharif, who enjoys a solid…

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  • Indian troops kill 3 rebels in Kashmir fighting

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian government forces killed three suspected rebels in a gunbattle Tuesday in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, where many residents oppose India's decades-long rule, officials said.

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  • AP NewsAlert

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen officials tell AP that president dismisses Cabinet amid standoff with Shiite rebels.

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  • After Gaza war, poll finds support for Hamas rises

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.

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  • TV cook Mary Berry has 'no wish to live to 100'

    Celebrity baker Mary Berry has admitted she would rather her children "give her a pill" than become a burden on them in her old age. The 79-year-old judge of hit BBC TV show "Great British Bake Off" said she had no wish to live as long as her mother, who reached the age of 105.

    AFP26 mins ago
  • Game on for Scottish independence campaign after poll boost

    Scotland's prospects of independence after a referendum in two weeks' time received a boost Tuesday when a second opinion poll showed the "Yes" camp within touching distance of victory. While all the polls have put the "No" camp ahead, the latest YouGov survey was the second in four days to…

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