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Iraq suicide bomber kills at least 11 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition.

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Russian aid trucks leave; Merkel seeks cease-fire

DONETSK, Russia (AP) — Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine rolled back across the border Saturday into Russia but questions about alleged Russian artillery in Ukraine still remained.

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Gaza militants kill 18 ‘spies’

Conspiracy theories on the rise

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Strike kills top Hamas leaders

Israeli supporters mourn fallen

Twitter tries to block images of Foley killing

AMSTERDAM — Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum.

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Another hostage at risk in Iraq

One journal killed, another is now at risk

Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) — 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 the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country’s north.

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Liberia opening 2nd Ebola center in capital

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Authorities in Liberia opened a new center to treat Ebola patients in the capital Saturday after the existing one became overwhelmed with patients, underscoring that the health crisis is far from under control.

5 aid workers abducted in western Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan is trying to secure the release of five of their staff members who were abducted in the western Herat province, a spokesman said Saturday.

Strikes on militants at Iraq dam after 'massacre'

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Airstrikes pounded the area around Iraq's largest dam on Saturday in an effort to drive out militants who captured it earlier this month, as reports emerged of the massacre of some 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority by Islamic extremists.

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Somalia battle leaves 7 dead

Combat shakes Mogadishu

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Humanitarian crises rage in Egypt

Rights watch begins inquiries

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Hamas says Gaza war not over until demands met

GAZA CITY, Gaza City— Hamas held on Thursday its first public rally since a cease-fire with Israel, vowing never give up its arms and continue to fight for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza.

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Air strikes hit pro-Russian city

Ukrainian troops encircle Donetsk

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Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.

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