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Report finds 1,400 children exploited in UK town

Tue Aug 26, 2014

About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. Full Story

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Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

Thu Aug 28, 2014

Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps. Full Story

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IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France's finance minister. Full Story

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UK sex abuse report prompts outrage, reflection

Thu Aug 28, 2014

Rotherham is a working-class town that is remarkable in its ordinariness -- a collection of charmless discount stores, betting shops and kebab counters, surrounded by sleepy residential streets lined with brick houses that have seen better days. Full Story

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Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Divers near a Maltese island have found an ancient ship's cargo that experts say is yielding what could be some of the oldest Phoenician artifacts. Full Story

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Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

Wed Aug 27, 2014

The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power would significantly degrade what some have called a "terrorist army." Full Story

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Kenya rangers murder ivory poachers: report

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers are killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the criminals slaughtering the country's elephants, a rights group alleges. Full Story

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Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic. Full Story

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Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

Thu Aug 28, 2014

Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops. Full Story

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Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist." Full Story

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Syrian rebels seize border crossing with Israel

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Syrian rebels, including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights on Wednesday after heavy clashes with President Bashar Assad's forces, activists and rebels said. Full Story

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Erdogan rules out obedient role for successor

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday rejected claims that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is set to replace him as prime minister, would merely do his bidding as he continues to rule Turkey from behind the scenes. Full Story

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Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

Wed Aug 27, 2014

France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone. Full Story

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Another group splits from Pakistani Taliban

Wed Aug 27, 2014

Several militant commanders and their followers have split from the Pakistani Taliban, the second group this year to part ways with the umbrella organization in a move that analysts said Wednesday would further weaken the Taliban. Full Story

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Iceland lowers aviation alert level from volcano

Tue Aug 26, 2014

Iceland lowered its aviation alert level to orange from red Sunday, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano. And scientists at the Icelandic Meteorological Office said their announcement Saturday that the volcano had experienced a subglacial eruption was wrong. Full Story

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UN scientist with Ebola in Germany for treatment

Wed Aug 27, 2014

A scientist who was infected with Ebola while working for the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment Wednesday in a Hamburg hospital after being flown overnight to Germany. Full Story