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Video purports to show beheading of US journalist
BEIRUT (AP) -- An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group....

Another American in Liberia contracts Ebola: Group
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A missionary group says another American doctor has contracted the Ebola virus while working at a hospital in Liberia....

Ukraine: Russian forces in major rebel cities
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists....

AP Analysis: Putin digs in for long Ukraine fight
MOSCOW (AP) -- Riding a wave of military gains by pro-Russia rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs....

6 militants killed in US Somalia strike
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit....

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops
BEIRUT (AP) -- Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday....

Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes
BAGHDAD (AP) -- An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and abducting women....

Ukraine economy at risk, may need another bailout
BRUSSELS (AP) -- While Ukraine's leaders are trying to win the war against Russian-backed separatists in the east, they appear to be losing the battle to resurrect the country's battered economy....

China's tight security clashes with unity drive
KUQA, China (AP) -- In this ancient oasis town in China's restive west, assault rifle-toting police officers patrol the cobblestone lanes of ochre-brick houses in an ethnic Uighur neighborhood. Three police surveillance cameras atop a white pole watch over a narrow dirt road frequented mostly by cows. Wanted posters for suspected Uighur assailants are stuck on walls every few hundred feet....

Saudi arrests 88 suspects in alleged al-Qaida cell
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A top Saudi security official said Tuesday that police had arrested 88 men suspected of being part of an al-Qaida cell that was plotting attacks inside and outside of the kingdom....

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