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Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents. Several EU nations pledged more humanitarian aid.

Aid group: W. Africa Ebola outbreak like 'wartime'

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,100 people in West Africa could last another six months, the Doctors Without Borders charity group said Friday. One aid worker acknowledged that the true death toll is still unknown.

Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area.

US couple in Indonesian resort charged with murder

|Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Indonesian police charged an American couple with murder Friday after the body of the woman's 62-year-old mother was found stuffed in a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

Huge crowds greet pope at martyr beatification

| |Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors' willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.

WHO: Ebola toll may 'vastly underestimate' crisis

| |Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

There is evidence the numbers of dead and sickened by Ebola in West Africa may "vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak," the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency said it was prepared for the crisis to continue for months.

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea

| |Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of the region's powerhouses where financial gain is a key barometer of success.

US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

| |Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night.

A birthday card to our son, Austin Tice, missing in Syria

| |Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Two years ago Thursday, freelance journalist Austin Tice of Houston was captured in Syria. He was working for McClatchy, The Washington Post, CBS and other media outlets. McClatchy, the parent company of the Star-Telegram, asked Tice’s parents, Debra and Marc Tice of Houston, to share their thoughts.

Iraq's prime minister seems increasingly isolated

| |Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

His days in power in Iraq appear increasingly numbered. World leaders, including his biggest ally, Iran, hail the nomination of the man who would be his successor.