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Sectarian divisions haunt Iraq refugees

By Betsy Hiel
DOHUK, Iraq – Inside a school in this northern Kurdish province, Mohamed Yousef recalls the day when ISIS entered the city of Sinjar. “First, they …

Iraqi forces break militant siege of Shiite Turkmen town

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli. In Anbar western province, a suicide bombing …

United Nations, Fiji say no word on location of peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights

By Reuters
The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday that negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers abducted by an al-Qaida-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued as the United Nations said it had …

Clashes between police, protesters violent in Pakistani capital

By The Associated Press
ISLAMABAD — Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police on Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and the powerful military cautioned the prime minister against further use of force in the crisis that has triggered the biggest …

China limits options for Hong Kong election

By McClatchy Newspapers
BEIJING e_SEmD China’s top legislative body on Sunday struck a blow to democracy advocates in Hong Kong, ruling that Beijing can effectively veto candidates it …

EU preps further sanctions on Russia as ‘full-scale war’ looms in Ukraine

By The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told European Union leaders at a summit in Brussels that his country is “close to a point of no …

Peacekeepers, rebels clash near Golan Heights

By McClatchy Newspapers
Syrian rebels, including fighters from al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, clashed on Saturday with U.N. peacekeepers amid a tense two-day standoff near the disputed Golan Heights, according …

White House threat sparks call for wider immigration debate

By Carl Prine
With the White House drafting a plan to let as many as 9 million illegal immigrants stay in the United States, some lawmakers and criminologists …

Guatemalan village expels Jewish group

By Reuters
SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA, Guatemala — A few months after moving from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala for religious freedom, a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews has been forced out of their homes in a bitter  conflict with villagers. …

20 rescued from gold mine shaft

By The Associated Press
BONANZA, Nicaragua — Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, …

Polish leader, Italian diplomat to fill key EU posts

By Bloomberg News
The European Union on  Saturday picked Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as chief diplomat in a bitterly …

Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

By The Associated Press
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the United States in months if there is …

Terror threat not foreign, Cameron tells Brits

By From Wire Reports
LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Friday to plug gaps in Britain’s armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the …

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

By The Associated Press
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the …

With eyes on China, Japan seeks record defense budget

By The Associated Press
TOKYO — Japan’s Defense Ministry on Friday requested money for F-35 stealth fighter jets as part of its biggest-ever budget to bolster its ability to defend remote southern islands, including ones also claimed by an increasingly assertive China. Plans to …

Beijing expected to restrict Hong Kong candidates

By The Associated Press
HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s simmering summer of discontent will get even hotter on Sunday when Beijing is expected to recommend restricting the first direct elections for the Chinese-controlled financial hub’s leader, stepping up chances of a showdown with democracy …

Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

By The Associated Press
CHAHUITES, Mexico — Mexico’s largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness …

Ebola-infected student gives problem to Senegal

By Tribune-Review
DAKAR, Senegal — A university student infected with Ebola evaded health surveillance for weeks as he slipped into Senegal, carrying the deadly virus to a fifth West African nation. Now health officials must try to identify and monitor all of …

5 authors of Ebola study died of virus during research

By The Washington Post
Underlining the immense risks taken by those working in West Africa to understand and combat the worsening Ebola outbreak, five co-authors of an important new Ebola study were killed by the virus before their research was published. The study, published …