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Britain raises terror threat level

LONDON (AP) — Britain raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely. Home Secretary Theresa Mays said the decision to raise the threat level was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but that …

Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters. …

2 tank columns from Russia enter Ukraine: official

A Ukraine security spokesman says 2 columns of tanks from Russia have entered strategic town.

US hostage held by Islamic State is female aid worker

Family members and U.S. officials say the Islamic State militant group has been holding a young American woman hostage in Syria since last year.

Hamas official: Extended cease-fire reached with Israel

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A senior Hamas official says a cease-fire has been reached with Israel to end a seven-week war that has killed more than 2,000 people.

Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

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A Liberian doctor who was among three Africans to receive an experimental Ebola drug has died, the country’s information minister said Monday.ww

Whisky’s worries mirror economic fears in Scotland

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Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency.

France’s Socialist govt dissolves in internal feud

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PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande dissolved the government on Monday after open feuding among his Cabinet over the country’s stagnant economy.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls offered up his Socialist government’s resignation after accusing France’s outspoken economy minister of crossing a line with his …

Gaza fighting rages on as new truce talks rumored

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Fighting between Israel and Gaza militants raged on Monday despite claims of new cease-fire efforts as hundreds of Israelis living in communities near the coastal strip were fleeing their homes following a deadly mortar attack over the weekend.

American journalist freed after being held hostage in Syria

WASHINGTON — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The freed American is 45-year-old Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos.

Islamic authority: Extremists no ‘Islamic State’

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The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an “Islamic State.”

Jihadis capture major Syrian air base in northeast

Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province dominated by the extremist group, activists and state media said.

Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza

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Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of fighting with Hamas.

Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said Sunday its forces shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, without offering further details. Israeli officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

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The death toll from three years of Syria’s civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday.