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Obama to spell out message to Putin on former Soviet land

Washington (AFP) – Setting the stage for a NATO summit dominated by the worst East-West tensions in decades, President Barack Obama will go to Estonia this week with a simple message for Vladimir Putin — don’t mess with NATO’s ex-Soviet members. With Europe and the United States accusing the Russian president of sending his troops […]

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WHO: Senegal Ebola case ‘a top priority emergency’

Dakar, Senegal (AP) — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. Senegal faces an “urgent need” for support […]

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Celebration in Liberia slum as Ebola quarantine lifted

Monrovia/Conakry,(Reuters) – Crowds sang and danced in the streets of a seaside neighborhood in Liberia on Saturday as the government lifted quarantine measures designed to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Faced with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, West African governments have struggled to find an effective response. More than 1,550 people […]

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Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

Kiev, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels have recently opened a new offensive along the […]

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Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

Tripoli, Libya (AP) — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire […]

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Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

New York (AP) — Severe thunderstorms across the U.S. Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning. The men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as […]

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Air strikes, aid provide relief for Iraqi town

Washington —Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. US air strikes supported the humanitarian mission. Thousands of Shiite Turkmen have been stranded in the […]

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400 injured in Pakistan protest clashes

Islamabad —One person was killed and more than 400 wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn. The violence, which began late Saturday and continued early Sunday, erupted after around 25,000 people marched from parliament to the prime minister’s […]

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Unchallenged Macau leader re-elected

Hong Kong —Macau re-elected its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest Sunday as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability. The booming city’s sole chief executive candidate Fernando Chui was voted in for a second term by 95 percent of a 400-strong pro-Beijing electoral committee, […]

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Ebola reaches Senegal; riots erupt in Guinea

Dakar/Conakry – The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea’s remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 […]

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