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American man from Minnesota died from Ebola virus -NBC

Chicago – A 40-year-old man who died in a Nigerian hospital last week from the ebola virus was an American from Minnesota, his wife told NBC News on Tuesday. Decontee Sawyer told NBC that her husband, Patrick Sawyer, who was working for the Liberian government, collapsed July 20 in Lagos, Nigeria after flying there from […]

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Israel strikes kill 7 on day 24 of Gaza conflict

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories - Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip early Wednesday killed seven people, medics said, bringing to 1,364 the Palestinian death toll from a bloody 24-day conflict. A pre-dawn Israeli air strike killed a man in the central town of Deir al-Balah, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. He said two mid-morning strikes […]

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Rescuers battle rain in search for India landslide victims

Malin, India - Rescuers battled through heavy rains on Thursday in a desperate search for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150. Twenty-three people were confirmed dead and eight pulled alive from the mud and debris in Maharashtra state, but with the rain […]

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Dutch, Australian experts attempt to reach Ukraine crash site

Amsterdam – Experts from the Netherlands and Australia tried on Thursday to reach the crash site in eastern Ukraine of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 after several failed attempts this week. Members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were also part of a team that was trying to navigate a safe […]

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Israel calls up more reservists to boost Gaza operations

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists on Thursday to bolster its forces waging military operations in the Gaza Strip that left more than 100 Palestinians dead in a day. The call-up came after Washington announced it had agreed to restock Israel’s dwindling supplies of ammunition despite its sharp condemnation of […]

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Australian leaders differ on Russian role in war

Canberra, Australia (AP) – Australia’s prime minister and foreign minister on Thursday sent mixed messages on whether Russia was frustrating Dutch and Australian police efforts to retrieve the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner disaster in war-torn east Ukraine. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she feared Russia was behind the daily artillery barrages blocking […]

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Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

Washington (AP) – The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas. The U.S. frustrations were compounded by a flurry of […]

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2018 Olympics organizers elect new president

Seoul, South Korea (AP) – Cho Yang-ho, the South Korean business tycoon who led Pyeongchang’s successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, will take charge of the local organizing committee following the sudden resignation of a top official. The Hanjin Group chairman was unanimously elected in a meeting of 94 committee officials on Thursday […]

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Deaths in shelling of Gaza market, school enrage UN

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – More than 100 Palestinians were killed Wednesday in the bomb-scarred Gaza Strip, among them victims of Israeli fire on a crowded market and a United Nations school. The United States and United Nations condemned the school shelling and Hamas said it fired a salvo of rockets into Israel in […]

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Landslide hits Indian village, killing at least 18

New Delhi (AP) – Rescuers worked in rain Thursday to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said. They had already worked through the night using floodlights mounted on jeeps and earthmoving […]

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