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Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 as Virus Advances
Saturday, October 25, 2014
The Ebola epidemic’s death toll has climbed to at least 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries, the World Health Organization reported Saturday. The count reflected data through Thursday, WHO said. One of the virus’ most recent victims was a 2-year-old Mali girl who died Friday after returning from a trip to neighboring Guinea, Mali health officials said. The toddler became Mali’s first confirmed Ebola casualty. Diplomatic sources have expressed concern about the ability of... (Full Story)

Israeli Military Kills Palestinian-American Youth
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Israeli Defense Forces have killed a Palestinian-American teenager. The U.S. State Department has called for a quick and transparent investigation into the killing of Orwah Hammad, who was 14 years old. The IDF said an "attack was prevented" when the military fired on the youth they say was throwing a Molotov cocktail on a highway Friday evening in the West Bank town of Silwad.   Earlier in the week, a Palestinian drove his car into a Jerusalem train station, killing... (Full Story)

Kurdish Forces Retake North Iraqi Town From Islamic State
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said. A Kurdish intelligence officer in Zumar said peshmerga forces had advanced from five directions in the early morning and encountered fierce resistance, but ultimately prevailed. A spokesman for the peshmerga ministry also said Zumar was now in Kurdish hands. Zumar was one of the... (Full Story)

On Eve of Poll, Ukraine Leader Seeks Support for Pro-Europe Course
Saturday, October 25, 2014
President Petro Poroshenko called on Ukrainians on Saturday to elect a majority on Sunday that would see through a pro-Europe, reform agenda and break with the Soviet past. Poroshenko, who is expecting a big win for his political bloc in the first parliamentary election since the overthrow of the Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich, said he saw a “radically new” assembly emerging on Sunday. But to push through his reform strategy, he needed “a majority in the Verkhovna Rada... (Full Story)

Iran: Reyhaneh Jabbari Executed
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Email Iran’s judiciary should vacate the death sentence of Reyhaneh Jabbari and ensure that she receives a fair trial. She was convicted of murdering an older man in what she says was self defense. On September 29, 2014, prison authorities transferred Jabbari to a prison west of Tehran without explanation, raising fears that her execution was imminent, but then returned her to her original prison cell overnight. Update:Iran hanged Reyhaneh Jabbari in Tehran this morning. She was 26. read more (Full Story)

Mali Reports First Ebola Death
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Health officials in Mali say a two-year-old girl, recently returned from a trip to neighboring Guinea, has died from the Ebola virus. The toddler's death Friday is Mali's first confirmed Ebola casualty. The World Health Organization says the girl and her family had contact with a lot of  people while traveling through the country by bus, and warned that many people could be in danger of contracting the disease. Diplomatic sources have expressed concern about the... (Full Story)

Afghan President Visits Saudi Arabia
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, is making his first foreign trip since taking office, fulfilling a promise to undertake a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Ghani's office said in a statement Saturday that he will perform Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year.   The president will also meet with Saudi King Abdullah and other officials during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Ghani promised during his inauguration that his... (Full Story)

Iran Hangs Woman Accused of Killing Rapist
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Iran has hanged a woman who had been on death row for five years for killing her alleged rapist.   The execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari was reported by the official IRNA news agency.   She was convicted after what Amnesty International called "a deeply flawed investigation and trial."   The man she killed - Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi - was a former intelligence officer, whom she said tried to rape her.   Jabbari's mother was allowed to visit her for... (Full Story)

South Koreans Scuffle Over Propaganda Launch
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Scuffles broke out in a South Korean border town Saturday between activists planning to send propaganda leaflets into North Korea and town residents who wanted to stop them.   The activists planned to release balloons carrying the leaflets critical of Pyongyang's government into North Korea, as they had done earlier this month.   About 1,000 police officers had been dispatched to the border town. The North has warned that failure to halt the launches could scupper the... (Full Story)

Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria.  Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani.  But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Turkish tanks patrol the country's long border with Syria, but once they are gone it is not hard to get through a loose barbed wire... (Full Story)

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