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Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people." Full Story

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Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

Tue Sep 02, 2014

The international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone." Full Story

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Russia sanctions put squeeze on area gun owners

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Sanctions on Russia by the Obama administration include a ban on importing AK-47s, which are produced in Russia. Full Story

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A look at dangers posed by the Islamic State group

Tue Sep 02, 2014

The Islamic State militant group that has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq and declared a self-styled caliphate poses one of the most significant threats to stability in the Middle East in years. But what danger does it immediately pose? Full Story

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Ukrainian troops routed as Russia talks tough

Tue Sep 02, 2014

The ferocity of the attack on the fleeing Ukrainian troops was clear, days after the ambush by Russian-backed separatist forces. Full Story

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US family grieving over new beheading video

Tue Sep 02, 2014

A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants. Full Story

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US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

Tue Sep 02, 2014

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia may have killed the leader of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, with a militant commander saying Tuesday that he was in a car that was struck and that six people died. Full Story

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Germany opens memorial to Nazis' disabled victims

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Germany on Tuesday inaugurated a memorial to more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities killed by the Nazis after their lives were deemed "worthless." Full Story

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AP Interview: Iran says it disrupts nuclear plots

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Iran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's nuclear department told The Associated Press. Full Story

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Ill UK boy's parents freed from custody in Spain

Tue Sep 02, 2014

The British parents who took their critically ill child for treatment abroad without doctors' consent were released from custody in Spain on Tuesday after authorities in the United Kingdom dropped charges of child cruelty against them. Full Story

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Austrian police arrest suspected Mideast fighter

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Austrian police say they have detained a man suspected of having fought with Islamic extremists in Syria as he was planning to leave the country. Full Story

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Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

Tue Sep 02, 2014

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and -- watched by officials as they spoke -- called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Full Story

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Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

Tue Sep 02, 2014

The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. Full Story

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Pakistan lawmakers back premier amid mass protests

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Pakistan's lawmakers rallied behind the country's embattled prime minister Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster. Full Story

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Officials: Egypt bombing kills 11 police officers

Tue Sep 02, 2014

RISH, Egypt (AP) -- A roadside bomb exploded Tuesday near an armored police vehicle traveling in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, killing 11 police officers, including a senior official, security and medical officials said. Full Story

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US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Mon Sep 01, 2014

Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. Full Story

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Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers' luggage

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Full Story

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Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do. Full Story

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Gunmen in Tunisia attempt to kill politician

Tue Sep 02, 2014

A secular Tunisian parliamentarian narrowly escaped assassination by six masked gunmen who surrounded his home late at night in a city near the Algerian border, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. Full Story