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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.
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Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

Dalton Bennett, Jim Heintz, Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  posted 18 minutes ago
Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict.
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UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 7:40pm
An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.
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Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 7:40pm
It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia."
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North Korea says no cheerleaders for Asian Games

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 7:21pm
North Korea says it has scrapped an earlier decision to send cheerleaders to the upcoming Asian Games in rival South Korea though it still plans to dispatch athletes to the games.
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Rescuers seek survivors of China landslide

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 7:21pm
Hundreds of rescuers hunted Friday for survivors of a massive landslide in southwestern China that killed at least 14 people.
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Asian tourists injured in Canada bus crash

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 7:11pm
Police say a bus carrying Asian tourists has rolled over on a mountain highway in British Columbia and dozens of people have been injured, six of them critically.
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UN: Islamic State group threatens Syria aid access

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 6:40pm
The Islamic State group is taking violence against civilians in Syria "to a new level," threatening the cross-border humanitarian aid operations recently approved by the Security Council, a top U.N. aid official said Thursday.
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Doubts surround plane in Brazil campaign

Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 5:51pm
Doubts surrounding the legality of the purchase of a small private plane used by the Brazilian Socialist Party have placed the campaign of presidential hopeful Marina Silva under scrutiny this week.
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Attempt to call missing jet may alter search area

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 5:31pm
Shortly after the missing Malaysian airliner disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's flight path.
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Ranger in Africa's oldest park wounded by grenade

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 5:31pm
A ranger in Africa's oldest national park has been seriously wounded by a grenade during a confrontation with poachers.
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Dominican legal status still elusive for migrants

Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 4:50pm
The Dominican Republic will soon issue the first residency and work permits for migrants under a new program that will enable them to avoid the risk of deportation, officials said Thursday, conceding that so far few have managed to qualify.
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UN Security Council members lament Ukraine crisis

Cara Anna, Trenton Daniel, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 4:02pm
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday accused Moscow of having "outright lied" about its role in Ukraine, as alarmed members of the Security Council demanded that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the unfolding crisis and threatened sanctions.
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Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

Zeina Karam, Ryan Lucas, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 4:01pm
The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.
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Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

Asif Shahzad, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 3:21pm
Pakistan's powerful military returned to the political arena on Thursday, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.
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Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

Stan Lehman, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 2:50pm
The "largest deforestation gang" active in Brazil's Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said Thursday.
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Russia defends actions in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 2:21pm
Russia's U.N. ambassador is defending his country's actions in Ukraine, saying the government there is "waging war against its own people."
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Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 1:51pm
Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the oath office as Turkey's first popularly elected president on Thursday, a position that will keep him in the nation's driving seat for at least another five years, and promptly appointed his close ally to form a new government.
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Europe seeks role in postwar Gaza

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 1:41pm
European nations are offering to help enforce the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, a scenario that could provide key international backing for maintaining the peace and step up the pressure on Hamas militants to relinquish power.
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France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 1:40pm
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands.
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Egypt militants post beheading video

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 1:22pm
An al-Qaida-inspired militant group in Egypt has posted an online video showing the beheading of four men in the Sinai Peninsula accused of spying for Israel, whose bodies were found earlier this month.
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Hundreds mourn famed Egyptian rights advocate

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 1:21pm
Hundreds of activists, lawyers and other admirers gathered on Thursday to pay a final farewell to one of Egypt's leading civil rights advocates, a lawyer who defended Islamists, atheists and homosexuals alike and worked to hold Egypt's decades-old police state accountable for torture and abuse.
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Docs: Ford made players roll in goose droppings

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 28th - 12:11pm
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford once made players on a high school football team roll in geese droppings, according to newly released documents.
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