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EU inches toward new sanctions on Russia

posted: 08/30/2014 1:40 p.m. Discuss

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position.

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

posted: 08/30/2014 1:39 p.m. Discuss

BEIRUT — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict.

Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care

posted: 08/30/2014 1:37 p.m. Discuss

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business.

22 of 26 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

posted: 08/30/2014 1:35 p.m. Discuss

BONANZA, Nicaragua — Nicaraguan rescuers have saved 22 of at least 26 workers trapped in a mine collapse and were working Saturday to free the rest, officials said.

Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug

posted: 08/30/2014 1:34 p.m. Discuss

MONROVIA, Liberia — A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after authorities reopened a slum that had been barricaded for more than a week to try to contain the disease.

Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

posted: 08/30/2014 1:33 p.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

posted: 08/30/2014 1:31 p.m. Discuss

A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

EU leaders pick Italian as bloc's new top diplomat

posted: 08/30/2014 1:27 p.m. Discuss

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders have nominated Italy's top diplomat to become the 28-nation bloc's new foreign policy chief for the next five years.

Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

posted: 08/30/2014 1:24 p.m. Discuss

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said.

Russians aid rebels' drive to seize port

posted: 08/30/2014 3:38 a.m. Comments 2

Backed by Russian troops and weaponry, hundreds of Ukrainian rebel militiamen mobilized Friday in the southeastern town of Novoazovsk, vacated by the Ukrainian military two days ago, and began to push toward the seaport of Mariupol 27 miles away.

Syrian refugee crisis deepens, U.N. says

posted: 08/30/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country, including more than 1 million people who fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the United Nations refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history.

Abbas: Hamas overreached

posted: 08/30/2014 3:13 a.m. Discuss

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, casting doubt on the future of the Palestinian unity government that the Islamic militant group backs, while Israel's premier said the end of the fighting could lead to the resumption of peace talks with Abbas.

More sanctions target Iranians

posted: 08/30/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Amid signs that Iran's military is resisting efforts to open up its nuclear program to deeper inspection, President Barack Obama's administration imposed sanctions Friday on several Iranian organizations, including one run by the scientist who is widely believed to direct research on building nuclear weapons.

Yemen throngs protest against rebels

posted: 08/30/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis rallied Friday in the capital and across the country against an armed Shiite rebel group that has been holding its own sit-in demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.

Cameron: Britain in terrorists' sights

posted: 08/30/2014 3:06 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terrorism, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida.

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