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WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

updated: 08/20/2014 1:05 p.m. Discuss

The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people.

Ukrainian troops take over much of Luhansk

updated: 08/20/2014 1:08 p.m. Discuss

After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made significant gains Wednesday into rebel-held territory, capturing a large part of the city of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, in fighting that left at least 52 dead.

Mob breaches Pakistan's government zone

posted: 08/20/2014 4:57 a.m. Discuss

Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's Parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime minister resign.

Gaza fight restarts after talks fail

posted: 08/20/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a month-long war between Israel and Hamas militants collapsed Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were killed.

Talks set as Ukraine troops gain ground

posted: 08/20/2014 4:39 a.m. Discuss

Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and displaced another 300,000.

Liberia buttons up 50,000 in slum

posted: 08/20/2014 4:36 a.m. Discuss

Liberia's president declared a curfew and ordered security forces late Tuesday to quarantine a slum -- home to at least 50,000 people -- as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.

Embassy gunfire hurts 2 in Jordan

posted: 08/20/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

An accidental shooting at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan wounded two Jordanian guards Tuesday, authorities said.

Iraqi forces battle rebels in Tikrit

posted: 08/20/2014 4:29 a.m. Discuss

Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country's north.

The World in Brief

posted: 08/20/2014 4:26 a.m. Discuss

Rail laxity cited in fiery Quebec wreck TORONTO -- The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.

In the news

posted: 08/20/2014 4:22 a.m. Discuss

Rick Perry, the Republican governor of Texas, was booked in Austin on two felony counts of abuse of power regarding his carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public-corruption prosecutors, a case he has dismissed as a political ploy.

U.S. trying to verify video of American journalist's killing

updated: 08/19/2014 6:20 p.m. Comment 1

The White House said Tuesday it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

Israeli leader recalls team from cease-fire talks

posted: 08/19/2014 11:21 a.m. Comment 1

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ordered negotiators at cease-fire talks to return home from Cairo after rocket fire by Palestinian militants, an Israeli official said.

Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

posted: 08/19/2014 8:01 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — Clashes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country's north.

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

posted: 08/19/2014 8 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a new report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists.

Ukrainian government troops inch closer to rebel city

posted: 08/19/2014 7:58 a.m. Discuss

DONETSK, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government has captured most of a town near Donetsk, tightening the noose around the key rebel-held stronghold, officials said Tuesday.

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