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Russia replies to Canada's colorful map tweet

Fri Aug 29, 2014

It began with Canada tweeting some not-so-friendly travel tips for the Russian military: a map showing Russia and labeling Ukraine as "not Russia." Full Story

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Shaun the shaggy Aussie sheep finally shorn smooth

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Shaun the shaggy Australian sheep has at last been shorn smooth. But the woolly wanderer wasn't the wooliest of them all. Full Story

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Tim Hortons a big part of Canadian identity

Thu Aug 28, 2014

Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain's coffee and Timbits -- or doughnut holes to Americans. Full Story

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Lesotho military says it has disarmed police

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Lesotho's military seized two police stations Saturday as gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom. The country's prime minister said the actions amounted to a coup, though an army spokesman said the soldiers were only securing the country. Full Story

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US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. Full Story

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Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

Sat Aug 30, 2014

The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. Full Story

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Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surrounded their encampment, activists and officials said, as the international organization risked being sucked further into the conflict. Full Story

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Poland bars Russian plane from its airspace

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Poland prevented a plane carrying Russia's defense minister from traveling through its airspace Friday, drawing an angry response from Moscow. Full Story

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Iran president calls US sanctions an 'invasion'

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" Saturday after Washington imposed new penalties over the country's contested nuclear program, though he promised negotiations with world powers would go on. Full Story

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Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

Sat Aug 30, 2014

Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Full Story

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EU set to slap new sanctions on Russia

Sat Aug 30, 2014

European Union leaders are poised to slap additional sanctions on Russia because of what they condemn as a continued destabilization of Ukraine and a deepening military involvement by Moscow. Full Story

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Image of Asia: A healthy trio of panda cubs

Fri Aug 29, 2014

onth medical checkup at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The official Xinhua News Agency says the girl and two boys are healthy and have grown to about a kilogram in weight since their birth July 29. The cubs were only the fourth triplets known to have been born in artificial breeding programs, but it wasn't clear how many survived previously. China devotes major resources to increasing the population of its unofficial mascot and regularly announces the births of giant pandas at zoos and at the Wolong breeding center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, where most wild pandas live. Full Story

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EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Sat Aug 30, 2014

The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider its position. Full Story

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Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

Sat Aug 30, 2014

As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight. Full Story

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Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria

Sat Aug 30, 2014

A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane crashed in the mountains near the far southern desert city of Tamanrasset in the early hours of the morning Saturday, reported the state news agency. Full Story

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Taliban attack intel office in eastern Afghanistan

Sat Aug 30, 2014

A suicide bomber in a truck blew himself up at an intelligence headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two people and setting off an intense firefight with security forces, officials said. Full Story

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Cameron promises tough action to fight militants

Fri Aug 29, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Friday to plug gaps in Britain's armory to combat terror, describing the extremist threat posed by the Islamic State group as being more dangerous than even that of al-Qaida. Full Story

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Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo

Thu Aug 28, 2014

Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400 people. Full Story

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Israel identifies body as missing American student

Fri Aug 29, 2014

Israeli forensic investigators on Friday identified a recently found body as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week, Israeli police said, adding that he had been buried near Jerusalem. Full Story

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Israel finds body where US student disappeared

Thu Aug 28, 2014

Israeli police said Thursday "there is a strong possibility" they have found the body of an American seminary student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week. Full Story