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As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight.
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UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

John Heilprin, Associated Press  |  posted 13 minutes ago
The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than a million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history.
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Pro-Russia separatists in control of coastal town

Peter Leonard, Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  posted 23 minutes ago
Pro-Russia separatists, relaxed and well-equipped, held firm control on Friday of the strategic coastal town of Novoazovsk, a day after Ukraine claimed tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia.
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Pakistani premier denies asking army to mediate

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  posted 43 minutes ago
Pakistan's prime minister on Friday denied asking the country's military chief to mediate with opposition leaders and protesters who have camped for two weeks outside parliament in the capital, Islamabad, demanding his resignation over alleged voting fraud.
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Myanmar discovers it has only 51 million people

The Associated Press  |  posted 43 minutes ago
Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people — far less than the previously estimated 60 million.
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Boat flips near Dominican coast; at least 1 death

The Associated Press  |  posted 43 minutes ago
Dominican authorities are searching for survivors after a boat carrying about 20 migrants apparently capsized off the eastern tip of the country.
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Ebola arrives in Senegal as outbreak accelerates

Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  posted 43 minutes ago
A man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, bringing the disease to that country for the first time in an outbreak that has hit four other West African nations and killed more than 1,500 people, the Ministry of Health said Friday.
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SAfrica: 4 guilty in murder try on Rwandan general

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  posted 53 minutes ago
A South African court found four men guilty Friday of an attempt to murder an exiled former Rwandan general in front of his home in Johannesburg, an attack that the general said was ordered by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
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Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 9:01am
Prime Minister David Cameron says he'll introduce new laws to combat terror suspects, pledging to seize passports to fight what he described as an extremist threat more dangerous than any previously seen.
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Dutch government clamps down on radicalization

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 9:01am
The Dutch government unveiled a package of measures Friday aimed at countering radicalization of Muslims in the country, a day after police announced the arrest of two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
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Iran confirms US Coast Guard fired at fishing boat

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 8:41am
The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard navy confirmed in remarks published Friday that a U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired on an Iranian fishing boat in the Persian Gulf this week but insisted the incident was not a "clash."
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US delivers military aid to Lebanese army

Diaa Hadid, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 8:41am
The United States has delivered its first emergency shipment of weapons to Lebanon, officials said Friday, to help bolster military forces as part of a broader regional response to combat the growing threat posed by Islamic extremists.
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EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

Juergen Baetz, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 8:41am
Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with more sanctions.
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Palestinian leader say Hamas caused prolonged war

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 8:31am
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused Hamas of needlessly extending fighting in the Gaza Strip, causing a high death toll.
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Israel identifies body as missing American student

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 8:00am
Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said, adding that he had been buried near Jerusalem.
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44 Fijian soldiers held captive by rebels in Syria

Pita Ligaiula, Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 8:00am
Forty-four Fijian soldiers working as U.N. peacekeepers remained captive to a militant group in Syria on Friday while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the rebels, according to the two Pacific nations.
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Libyan interim government submits resignation

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 7:31am
Libya's interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament it said on Friday, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed, while militias in the capital accepted a U.N. call for a cease-fire.
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Britain's home secretary says terror threat level raised from substantial to severe

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 7:10am
Britain's home secretary says terror threat level raised from substantial to severe.
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2 Rwandan army officers charged over incitement

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 7:10am
Two Rwandan army officers have been charged with inciting the public against the government of President Paul Kagame.
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Senegalese minister of health confirms 1st case of Ebola virus in the West African country

The Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 6:31am
Senegalese minister of health confirms 1st case of Ebola virus in the West African country.
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4 Iraqi soldiers killed in clashes with militants

Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 6:10am
Iraqi police officials say that clashes between Iraqi soldiers and militants with the Islamic State group south of Baghdad have killed four soldiers.
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Icelandic officials say eruption near Bardarbunga

BY Jenna Gottlieb, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 6:10am
Icelandic authorities briefly raised the aviation warning code to red Friday after a small fissure eruption near Bardarbunga volcano, but no volcanic ash has been detected by the radar system.
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Turkey's Davutoglu announces new government

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  posted Aug 29th - 5:10am
Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday reappointed all key ministers who served under the new president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, setting a course of continuity for the new government.
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