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Obama, allies vow firm response to Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq....
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Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops....
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AP Analysis: Steep obstacles to any Gaza deal
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Renewed Israel-Hamas fighting after the collapse of truce talks in Cairo highlights the steep obstacles to ending the Gaza war. Israel's leadership is under domestic pressure not to hand achievements to Hamas after the Islamic militant group fired thousands of rockets at Israel in the past six weeks. Hamas feels it can't afford to settle for vague Israeli promises about an easing of the blockade of the strip after a war that killed more than 2,000 Gazans an...
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Militants use British killer as propaganda
LONDON (AP) -- Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message - not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger....
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Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam....
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Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city....
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Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa....
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Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight....
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AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats - 175 of them at last count....
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Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan ordered a New York Times correspondent Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement....
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