FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Shoppers crowded streets and markets in Sierra Leone’s capital today stocking up for a three-day shutdown that authorities will hope will slow the spread of the Ebola outbreak that is accelerating across West Africa.
Militants in Iraq are seeking to blunt the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes by dispersing their forces into urban areas and increasingly adopting terror tactics such as suicide attacks and bombings, says a senior American military officer.
GUEN, Central African Republic — More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, according to an Associated Press tally, suggesting that a U.N. peacekeeping mission approved months ago is coming too late for thousands.
JHANG, Pakistan — A massive flood across India and Pakistan that’s killed more than 450 people poured into the surrounding plains today, sending a major river over its banks and threatening hundreds of thousands more.
JHANG, Pakistan — Raging monsoon floods sweeping across India and Pakistan have killed more than 440 people, authorities said today, warning hundreds of thousands more to be prepared to flee their homes as helicopters and boats raced to save marooned victims.
NEWPORT, Wales — Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans today to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eastern Europe that could quickly mobilize if an alliance country in the region were to come under attack.
ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — One by one, rescue workers pulled 29 miners out of a trouble-plagued coal mine today after it had collapsed a day earlier in central Bosnia. Officials halted rescue efforts, believing that five men who remained deep underground were dead.
NEW DELHI — Promising to “storm your barricades with cars packed with gunpowder,” al-Qaida announced today it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.
TALLINN, Estonia — President Barack Obama said today that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the group.
JERUSALEM — The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released today.
BEIRUT — 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 today.
EGYPT — Egypt’s battle against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula heated up today when a security convoy was ambushed, killing 11 members of the nation’s security forces and wounding four more, the state news agency reported.