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Sierra Leone registers rise in new Ebola cases

posted: 02/28/2015 11:12 a.m. Discuss

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola.

UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted

posted: 02/28/2015 11:01 a.m. Discuss

JUBA, South Sudan — The U.N. children's agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country's military.

Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'

posted: 02/28/2015 9 a.m. Comments 2

CAIRO — An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the rulers of the Gaza Strip who once found a warm welcome under the country's past Islamist government.

Kurd fighters win battle for key militant-held city

updated: 02/27/2015 11:55 p.m. Discuss

BEIRUT -- Backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way Friday into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the volatile region, Syrian activists and Kurdish officials said.

U.K. spies face fire over 'John'

updated: 02/27/2015 11:54 p.m. Discuss

LONDON -- The unmasking of Islamic State militant "Jihadi John" as a London man who had repeatedly been questioned by security services sent shock waves through Britain on Friday, with Prime Minister David Cameron stepping in to defend British spycraft.

Longtime opponent of Putin gunned down near Kremlin

posted: 02/28/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- A prominent Russian opposition leader, Boris Nemtsov, was shot dead in central Moscow late Friday within sight of the Kremlin walls.

Mexican police captured drug lord

updated: 02/28/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former schoolteacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as the purported head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, Mexican officials said.

Avalanche-stuck Afghans wait on roofs

updated: 02/28/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Afghan villagers waited on rooftops Friday, waving in desperation as helicopters swooped over avalanche-stricken Panjshir province. All around them, homes, people and livestock had vanished under the snow.

Iran says it test-fired 'strategic' naval weapon

posted: 02/28/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

With an eye on U.S.-led nuclear talks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test-fired a "new strategic weapon" in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the "Great Satan."

During withdrawals, rebels, Ukraine stay ready to fight

posted: 02/28/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary.

The World in Brief

updated: 02/28/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Rio de Janeiro to probe killings by police RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro’s Police Department said its homicide division will start investigating “resistance killings,” or slayings by officers who say victims died in shootouts while resisting arrest.

Names and faces

updated: 02/28/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Alcon Entertainment confirmed Thursday that Harrison Ford would be reprising his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic Blade Runner. The sequel's been in the works for some time now, and shooting is scheduled to begin next summer. However, Scott will not be directing.

In the news

updated: 02/28/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, whose post is similar to that of a prime minister, are to visit the White House next month, with Ghani also accepting an invitation to speak to a joint meeting of Congress.

Gaza walls show U.K. artist’s work

posted: 02/28/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip.

Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American blogger

posted: 02/27/2015 10:12 a.m. Comments 2

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.

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