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Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said.
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Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  posted 21 minutes ago
Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm.
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Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency

Brahima Ouedraogo, Associated Press  |  posted 31 minutes ago
Burkina Faso's leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup.
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Norway to send training troops to Iraq

The Associated Press  |  posted 51 minutes ago
Norway's prime minister says her country will send 120 soldiers this year to join the international campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and help train local troops there. Another 75 Norwegian soldiers will go to Afghanistan next year.
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Spokesman: Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency after violent protests

The Associated Press  |  posted 51 minutes ago
Spokesman: Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency after violent protests.
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New UN envoy on Syria briefs Security Council

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 12:12pm
The outspoken new U.N. envoy on Syria said Thursday he is pursuing an "action plan" that involves freezing the conflict in certain areas, possibly starting with Aleppo, to allow for humanitarian aid and local steps of a political process toward wider peace.
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Family of held Egypt activists on hunger strike

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 12:10pm
The mother and sister of two jailed pro-democracy Egyptian activists are on hunger strike to press demands for their release and show solidarity with other activists detained for breaking a draconian law on street protests.
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9 Niger security forces killed in militant attacks

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 11:50am
Niger's military says nine security forces have been killed in three simultaneous attacks in the country near the border with Mali.
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Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police

Sameer N. Yacoub, Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 11:50am
The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule.
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Central Europe, Britain oppose Ukraine rebel vote

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 11:41am
The foreign ministers of four Central European countries and Britain have condemned a plan by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine to hold local elections.
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NATO vigilant amid spike in Russian flights

Nicholas Paphitis, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 11:21am
NATO is increasing its readiness and air policing following a spike in Russian air force activity in Eastern Europe, the alliance's new chief said Thursday.
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Israel to reopen Jerusalem holy site

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 11:21am
Israeli authorities say they have decided to reopen a key Jerusalem holy site for Muslim worshippers on Friday.
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EU holds largest-ever cyber-security exercise

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 11:10am
The European Union on Thursday carried out its biggest exercise to prevent cyber-attacks on Europe's public utilities and communications networks.
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Malala donates prize money to rebuild Gaza school

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 11:00am
The U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has donated $50,000 to rebuild a U.N. school in Gaza damaged during this summer's Israel-Hamas war.
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Bodies of 5 men found inside car in Brazil slum

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 10:11am
Brazilian police have found the bodies of five men inside a car abandoned in one of the slums of Rio de Janeiro. At least one body was decapitated.
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US condemns renewed violence in South Sudan

Jason Straziuso, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 9:40am
The United States on Thursday condemned a recent outbreak of violence around an oil-rich town in South Sudan, as experts predicted a return to mass violence in the coming weeks.
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N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 9:20am
North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.
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Syrian official slams Turkey 'aggression'

Albert Aji, Diaa Hadid, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 9:11am
Syrian President Bashar Assad's political adviser accused Turkey on Thursday of committing "aggression" against the country by allowing rebels to cross into the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to battle the Islamic State group.
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Larson named AP's West Africa bureau chief

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 9:11am
Krista Larson, who has covered the Ebola outbreak and the deadly conflict in Central African Republic for The Associated Press, has been named bureau chief for West Africa for the news cooperative.
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Amnesty: Libyan militias committing war crimes

The Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 8:51am
Amnesty International said rival militias and armed groups in Western Libya are committing "mounting war crimes" with impunity.
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Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 8:40am
Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June, an international rights group said on Thursday.
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Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 8:31am
Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.
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Zambia: President's body to return Saturday

Noel Sichalwe, Associated Press  |  posted Oct 30th - 8:11am
The body of President Michael Sata, who died in London after a long illness, will be flown to Zambia on Saturday, the Zambian government said.
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