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Oscar Pistorius to finally learn his sentence

| |Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Oscar Pistorius will finally learn his fate Tuesday when a judge is expected to announce the Olympic runner's sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pope beatifies Paul VI at remarkable synod's end

| |Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented.

It’s official: U.S. will build new Syrian rebel force to battle Islamic State

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

John Allen, the retired Marine general in charge of coordinating the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State, confirmed Wednesday what Syrian rebel commanders have complained about for months – that the United States is ditching the old Free Syrian Army and building its own local ground force to use primarily in the fight against the Islamist extremists.

Kurds hold their own against militants in Syria

| |Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Intensified U.S.-led airstrikes and a determined Kurdish military force on the ground appear to have had some success in halting advances by Islamic State fighters on a strategic Kurdish town near Syria's border with Turkey — at least for now.

Hong Kong police hold back from removing barriers

| |Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Police briefly scuffled with protesters camped out in Hong Kong's streets early Thursday, but held back from dismantling barricades erected by the activists pushing for greater democracy in the Chinese territory.

Syria-Iraq fight gets a name: 'Inherent Resolve'

| |Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

It's less punchy than previous nicknames for U.S. conflicts in the Middle East - remember Operation Desert Storm and its thunderous attacks against Saddam Hussein? - but the Pentagon has finally named its fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria: Operation Inherent Resolve.

Report: Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets

| |Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

In a sign of further turbulence for the U.S. led-coalition against the Islamic State group, Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said Tuesday.

WHO: 10,000 new Ebola cases per week could be seen

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday, adding that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned as Kobani battle rages

| |Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Kneeling over his brother's fresh grave, Ali Mehmud gathered clumps of dirt in his hands, raised them to his lips to kiss them, then softly placed them back on the small mound.

Hong Kong protests see weird, wonderful scenes

| |Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

It's a protest for political reform — so why are people at the scene worshipping deities, playing pingpong and singing "Happy Birthday"?