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Two American missionaries beat Ebola

MONROVIA (AFP) ― Two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia have left the hospital after making a full recovery, doctors said on Thursday, as authorities in the west African nation struggled to deal with their dead.Doctors Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:39

Malaysia receives bodies from MH17 crash

KUALA LUMPUR (AP) ― The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the count...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:39

James Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

WASHINGTON (AP) ― The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dil...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:39

Five challengers sign up for next America’s Cup

Only five challengers have signed up for the chance to take on software billionaire Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in the 2017 America’s Cup. Organizers announced Thursday that Emirates Team New Zealand, Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge, Britain’s Ben Ainslie Racing, Sweden’s Artemis Rac...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:04

US missionaries beat Ebola as crisis worsens in W.Africa

Two American missionaries who contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia have left hospital after making a full recovery, doctors said on Thursday, as authorities in the west African nation struggled to deal with their dead.Doctors Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 60, caught ...

Updated : 2014.08.22 10:31

Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action

   PARIS (AP) _ The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and even Washington appear uncertain about how to stop t...

Updated : 2014.08.21 21:35

Beheading spurs new U.S. attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) ― The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territo...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:58

Thai coup leader named prime minister

BANGKOK (AFP) ― Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader Gen. Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenched the military’s hold on power.Nobody in the rubber-stamp legislature opposed the selection of the army chief, who ousted an...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:51

Mongolia hosts China’s leader, seeks port access

ULAN BATOR (AP) ― Landlocked Mongolia is hoping to secure better access to Chinese ports as President Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese head of state in more than a decade to visit this sprawling ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:41

Japan considers building its own fighter jets: report

TOKYO (AFP) ― Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a U.S. construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.Japan’s attempt in the 1980s to build its fir...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:41

Rescuers comb through wreckage of Japan landslide

TOKYO (AFP) ― Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.Police officers, firefighters and soldiers worked through the night in a ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

Israel kills three senior Hamas leaders

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ― An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the militant group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization’s morale and a significant scoop for Israeli intelligence.The strike near Rafah...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

U.S. failed to rescue hostages in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) ― President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State g...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

Liberia’s Ebola fight turns violent

MONROVIA (AFP) ― Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday as authorities struggled to contain the epidemic, with new suspected cases in Asia sparking fears of it s...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:40

Ukraine warplane shot down as clashes leave dozens dead

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) ― A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead.Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:39