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  • Hezbollah commander killed in Iraq: sources

    A Hezbollah commander has died during a mission in Iraq, sources familiar with the incident said on Wednesday, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the region. Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shi'ite Islamist group, has…

    Reuters
  • U.S. blacklists North Korea shipping firms over arms shipments

    The United States on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean shipping firms that it said tried to conceal arms shipments from Cuba to North Korea, following a similar move by the United Nations. The ship, Chong Chon Gang, was discovered last July near the Panama Canal hiding a large amount of arms,…

    Reuters
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  • Sierra Leone president declares state of emergency over Ebola

    By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has declared a state of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicenters of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement. "I hereby proclaim a State of…

    Reuters38 mins ago
  • Three ways Middle East fighting threatens US national security

    “Is there going to be peace in the Middle East?” Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), asked himself aloud last week, before an audience of national security specialists. Pentagon analysts are increasingly grappling with what this growing unrest means for US…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Rebels and oligarchs: 7 key players in eastern Ukraine

    Known by his nom de guerre Strelkov, or “shooter,” Igor Girkin is a prominent rebel commander. A native of Russia, Mr. Girkin oversaw rebel forces in Slovyansk before being pushed back to Dontesk by an Ukrainian offensive. He has a long history of participating in conflicts including those in…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • What do 'social inclusion' rankings tell us about the child migrant crisis?

    For the third year, America's Quarterly has ranked Latin American countries and the United States based on social inclusion, sifting through multiple variables like access to education, housing, and employment, as well as basic political, civil, and human rights. Violence in Guatemala, El…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Populist appeal to single women could turn Senate races, Democratic group says

    Look at the most competitive US Senate seats up for grabs in 2014, and you might be surprised that they are, in fact, competitive. Mitt Romney won those states in 2012 – six by double digits.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Israel calls up another 16,000 reserves

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers in a three-week-old war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis.

    Associated Press29 mins ago
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  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.

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  • Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical, ignorant or both. And in an echo-chamber fed by ubiquitous updates on…

    Associated Press
  • AP PHOTOS: At least 17 die in Gaza school attack

    JEBALIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shelling of a school crowded with refugees in Gaza early Wednesday killed at least 17 people and wounded 90 more, according to Palestinian health officials.

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  • Fast food ambitions in China hurt by safety scares

    BEIJING (AP) — Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day.

    Associated Press30 mins ago
  • Argentina slides into default as debt talks fail

    NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy.

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  • German jobless rate edges up to 6.6 pct in July

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's jobless rate has edged up to 6.6 percent in July on an expected seasonal rise as students register as unemployed, but the underlying trend in Europe's biggest economy remained positive.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
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  • Aussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The Australian team says weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation after being arrested over an alleged assault in the athletes' village in Glasgow.

    Associated Press17 mins ago
  • Israel PM says military will dismantle Hamas tunnels 'with or without a cease-fire'

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel PM says military will dismantle Hamas tunnels 'with or without a cease-fire'

    Associated Press20 mins ago
  • Spain evacuates embassy staff from Libya

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's Foreign Ministry says it is temporarily evacuating its ambassador and most embassy staff from Libya because of the worsening security situation in the capital, Tripoli.

    Associated Press21 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT

    MALIN, India (AP) — Rescue workers and desperate villagers dug through deep mud, rocks and the debris of shattered homes Thursday after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 30 people and trapping more than 150, authorities said. Two days of torrential rains…

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  • Tibetan monk cremated in Nepal without protests

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of Tibetan exiles recited prayers and offered white and orange scarves Thursday during the cremation ceremony for a revered Tibetan monk, whose funeral in Nepal nearly fell victim to regional politics.

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • Eurozone inflation drops further to 0.4 percent

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Official data show the inflation rate in the 18-nation eurozone fell further in July, to 0.4 percent from 0.5 percent a month earlier.

    Associated Press24 mins ago
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