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  • Three car bombs, mortars kill 23 in Shi'ite Baghdad districts

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three car bombs were detonated in adjacent Shi'ite Baghdad neighbourhoods on Thursday followed by a dozen mortar rounds, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 50, security and medical sources said. Two of the bombs hit Kadhimiya and one hit the adjacent district of…

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  • UK Muslim leaders call for release of Briton held by Islamic State

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Muslim groups across Britain called on Thursday for the release of British hostage Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker captured in Syria whose life was threatened in a recent video released by Islamic State militants. Henning was part of an aid convoy taking…

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  • U.N. says five peacekeepers killed, three wounded in Mali blast

    DAKAR (Reuters) - The United Nations mission in Mali said five of its Chadian peacekeepers were killed and another three wounded when their vehicle was hit by an explosive device in the north of the country on Thursday. The attack brings the number of U.N. peacekeepers killed in the country this…

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  • Why Ukraine speaks of civilization to Americans

    Ukraine’s crisis is almost a year old, first triggered by its drive for close economic ties with Europe. After a democratic revolution in Kiev, a war that has left thousands dead, and now an uneasy truce, it is more evident why Russian leader Vladimir Putin reacted so harshly.

    Christian Science Monitor56 mins ago
  • Why Congress must vote on Obama's war with IS

    Some wars are necessary. Yet war itself is human folly. Reconciling these two seeming truths will long remain a challenge, President Obama stated in a 2009 speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • To save Africans from Ebola, salve their fears

    As the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Liberia is no longer just a country. It is also now a patient, one that is rapidly coming under the care of the world health community.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Ray Rice case: Can NFL leadership weather media firestorm?

    A week after the Ray Rice video surfaced, the National Football League is still scrambling to douse the media firestorm over the league’s handling of domestic violence by its players.  Commissioner Roger Goodell has come in for heavy criticism over his handling of a domestic abuse case involving…

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  • 6 killed, 14 wounded in east Ukraine city

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported Monday — the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect Sept. 5.

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  • Federal appeals judge: Argentina's bullying a bank

    NEW YORK (AP) — Judges on a federal appeals court panel Thursday said they suspect Argentina has gone rogue, ignoring court orders and bullying a U.S. bank to try to prevent it from obeying a court order.

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  • Jamaica aims to double renewable energy capacity

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Sun-splashed, wind-swept Jamaica positioned itself Thursday to nearly double the amount of electricity it generates from renewable sources.

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  • Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs

    NEW YORK (AP) — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high.

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  • Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

    By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance. The…

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  • United Nations to deploy Ebola mission in worst-affected states

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." U.N.…

    Reuters33 mins ago
  • Polls close in Scotland independence referendum

    Edinburgh (AFP) - Polling booths closed in Scotland's historic referendum on independence at 10:00 pm local time (21:00 GMT) Thursday, and the counting of ballots began with the result expected in the early hours of Friday.

    AFP34 mins ago
  • UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly virus.

    Associated Press38 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 9:00 p.m. GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said. Nine…

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  • Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

    CONAKRY (Reuters) - Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday. "The eight bodies were found in the village…

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