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US warns of new sanctions on South Sudan leaders

NEW YORK (AFP) – The United States warned Thursday of possible new sanctions on South Sudanese leaders as President Salva Kiir snubbed talks in New York on the nine-month conflict wracking his country. Instead, Kiir sent his foreign minister to join the discussion on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. ”There was a lot […]

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British MPs vote on joining Iraq airstrikes

LONDON (AFP) – British lawmakers vote Friday on whether to bomb Islamic State militants in Iraq, joining United States-led air strikes against a group that has seized control of swathes of the war-torn country. The hours-long debate is to begin with a speech by Prime Minister David Cameron at 0930 GMT and the motion is […]

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Abe makes fresh call for Japan-China summit

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday renewed his call to hold a summit with China, urging both Beijing and Tokyo to make ”quiet efforts” to ease tensions between the two Asian giants. Speaking to a news conference in New York, Abe said he hoped to hold talks with Chinese President Xi […]

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Hundreds protest Iran president outside UN complex

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Thursday in a plaza outside the United Nations to protest what they said was Iran’s continued support of terrorism, its poor record on human rights and its deceptive tactics in nuclear negotiations as the country’s president delivered remarks to world leaders. Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle told […]

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Gambia leader wants UN probe of migrant deaths

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The president of Gambia is calling for a United Nations investigation into what he calls the “man-made sinking” of boats carrying African migrants to Europe. President Yahya Jammeh on Thursday used his address to the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders to blame the deaths of more than 500 Gambians […]

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China state media say 50 killed in far west attack

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media reported Thursday that 50 people, including 40 assailants, were killed in a series of explosions over the weekend in the far western region of Xinjiang, in what officials called a severe terror attack. Regional authorities had earlier said that the explosions Sunday in Luntai county killed at least two […]

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Obama urges world to do more to tackle Ebola

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama, in a sober assessment of international efforts to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak, warned a high-level United Nations gathering Thursday that there is a “significant gap” between what’s been offered so far and what is actually needed to stem the health crises in West Africa. The leaders of […]

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Sierra Leone quarantines 2 million to fight Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone on Thursday took the dramatic step of sealing off districts where more than 1 million people live as it and other West African countries struggle to control the Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives. With three new districts under quarantine, about one-third of Sierra Leone’s 6 […]

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3rd US Ebola patient released from hospital

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — The third American aid worker who contracted Ebola in Africa was released Thursday from a Nebraska hospital. An elated Dr. Rick Sacra said at a news conference that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had cleared him of the Ebola virus. He left the isolation unit at the Nebraska […]

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Second Spanish priest with Ebola dies in Madrid

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish priest who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has died at a Madrid hospital, becoming the second Spanish missionary to fall victim to the deadly virus. The Carlos III hospital said in a statement that Manuel Garcia Viejo, a 69-year-old medical director of the San […]

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