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U.S. health officials Tuesday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January — or peak well below that, if efforts to control the outbreak are ramped up.
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Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

Didi Tang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 3:22pm
A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said.
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Wife of hostage held in Syria receives life plea

Sylvia Hui, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 3:20pm
The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group said Tuesday she has received an audio message from him pleading for his life.
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Arab states single out Israel at IAEA

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 3:01pm
Arab countries have circulated a resolution at a nuclear meeting that singles out Israel for special attention over its alleged nuclear arsenal.
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German-US reporter held in Somalia is freed

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 3:00pm
A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali pirates who had held him.
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Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000

Desmond Butler, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 2:31pm
Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants.
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EU increases Syria refugee aid by $280 million

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 2:20pm
The European Union is increasing its aid to those affected by the civil war in Syria by 215 million euros ($280 million).
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US: Syria failed to confront Islamic State havens

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 2:10pm
The U.S. has told the U.N. secretary-general that airstrikes against Islamic State group strongholds in Syria have begun because Syria's leaders have failed to stand up to the threat.
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Yemeni Shiite rebel leader vows to fight al-Qaida

Ahmed Al-Hajj, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 2:01pm
The leader of Shiite rebels who swept through Yemen's capital vowed on Tuesday to go after al-Qaida's branch in the country, a show of the group's strength and confidence as it ignored calls by the government for its fighters to leave the city.
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Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism

Albert Aji, Ryan Lucas, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 1:41pm
President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.
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Algerian troops search for kidnapped Frenchman

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 1:31pm
Algerian police and soldiers today have been searching a mountainous region for a kidnapped Frenchman. Residents say roads have been filled with military trucks, as helicopters fly overhead and security forces fan out through the rugged region -- which has long been a hotbed for extremist groups.
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Algerian troops search for kidnapped Frenchman

Aomar Ouali, Paul Schemm, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 1:11pm
Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a former al-Qaida commander.
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Mexico rights agency probes death of 22 in clash

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 1:11pm
Mexico's governmental human rights agency said Tuesday it is investigating the deaths of 22 people in a clash with the army that one witness has described as a massacre.
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Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers

Sameer N. Yacoub, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 1:01pm
The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded captured Iraqi troops through the streets of a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents said.
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US: Over 50 countries agree to fight extremists

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 12:50pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says more than 50 countries have joined the coalition to fight the Islamic State extremist group.
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Ukraine: Cease-fire being upheld on both sides

Laura Mills, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 12:30pm
A cease-fire in east Ukraine is being upheld by both government troops and Russia-backed rebels, a senior Ukrainian official said Tuesday, in a first step toward enforcing a truce that has been riddled by repeated violations since it was imposed earlier this month.
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Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found in lockdown

Clarence Roy-MacAulay, Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 12:21pm
Health teams that went door-to-door in Sierra Leone found 130 confirmed cases of Ebola during a nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the disease, an official said Tuesday, as authorities consider repeating the unprecedented exercise.
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Cameron: Queen 'purred' after Scottish vote

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 12:11pm
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has been overheard describing his nervousness about the Scotland referendum and how Queen Elizabeth II appeared relieved when he called to tell her the result.
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UN: More than 3,500 killed in Ukraine conflict

Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 12:11pm
The U.N. human rights office says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 3,543 if the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are included.
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Ebola threat to EU is 'low' but readiness needed

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 11:21am
EU health ministers say the chance that the deadly Ebola virus might spread to Europe is "low" but that they must improve coordination and prevention measures just in case.
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Ukraine: Cease-fire being upheld on both sides

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 10:51am
A Ukrainian official says a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is being upheld both by government troops and by rebels backed by Russia.
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UK Labour leader lays out vision for the future

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 10:50am
Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband laid out his vision Tuesday for the country's top job ahead of national elections in 2015, offering a 10-year-blueprint for the future.
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Azerbaijan nabs 26 alleged militants

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 23rd - 10:12am
Authorities in Azerbaijan said Tuesday they have arrested 26 citizens of the ex-Soviet nation accused of joining militants in Syria, including the Islamic State group.
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