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Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

| |Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists. Meanwhile, the United States and five Arab countries launched the first airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters.

Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

| |Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the United States recently broadened its airstrike campaign.

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

| |Monday, Sep. 22, 2014

Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

| |Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

‘No’ vote wins in Scotland by comfortable margin, ending push for independence

| |Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

The United Kingdom survived the threat of being ripped apart through a Scottish independence referendum, with voters rejecting breaking a 307-year-old union with England by a comfortable margin.

British hostage appears in new video

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.

High turnout seen in Scotland's independence vote

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

From the capital of Edinburgh to the far-flung Shetland Islands, Scots embraced a historic moment — and the rest of the United Kingdom held its breath — after voters turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum that could end Scotland's 307-year union with England.

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

In a desperate bid to slow West Africa's accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

Emotions mount on final day of Scottish campaign

| |Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

For Scots, Wednesday was a day of excitement, apprehension, and a flood of final appeals before a big decision. In a matter of hours, they will determine whether Scotland leaves the United Kingdom and becomes an independent state.