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African medics die of Ebola, drug debate continues

SIERRA LEONE — A leading physician in Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said today, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment.

Asbestos pushed as product for the poor

VAISHALI, India — The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people.

Spanish priest dies of Ebola; UN debates ethics

MADRID — A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died today in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments.

Ebola outbreak declared a public health emergency

LONDON — The World Health Organization today declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

Gaza truce ends with renewed violence

GAZA CITY — Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel today, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.

Iran is mum on journalists’ arrests

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it could not provide details of what crimes several journalists, including a Washington Post reporter, were suspected of committing before they were arrested two weeks ago.

Snowden granted residency by Russia

WASHINGTON — Russia has granted a three-year residency permit to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has leaked thousands of top-secret documents on the agency’s communications collection programs, his lawyer announced today.
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U.N. tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — They were leaders of Cambodia’s infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state — a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.

Militants seize largest dam in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Sunni militants from the Islamic State group today seized Iraq’s largest dam, placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

Russia bans food imports from West

MOSCOW — Russia banned most food imports from the West today in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.
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Liberia enforces Ebola quarantine

MONROVIA, Liberia — Soldiers clamped down on people trying to travel to Liberia’s capital today from rural areas hard-hit by the Ebola virus hours after the president declared a national state of emergency.

Death toll from China quake rises

LUDIAN, China — The death toll in southern China’s earthquake jumped from 410 to 589 today as search and rescue teams found scores more bodies while pushing into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from collapsed homes.
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Gaza truce talks start

CAIRO — Israel and Hamas began indirect talks on a new border deal for the blockaded Gaza Strip as a cease-fire ending their month-long war entered its second day today.
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U.S. general’s killing was an insider attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a NATO assault rifle in his attack, an Afghan military official said today.
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Afghan attack kills U.S. general

KABUL, Afghanistan — A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire today on NATO troops at a military base, killing a U.S. two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said.

Ukrainian troops edge closer to rebel-held Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian troops took control of a checkpoint today on the western edge of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk as the government makes further gradual advances to quash pro-Russian separatist forces in the east.

Strong currents hamper rescue effort in Bangladesh

LOUHAJONG, Bangladesh — High waves and strong currents prevented rescuers from launching a search operation today for a ferry that capsized a day earlier in central Bangladesh, leaving hundreds of passengers trapped inside and feared dead.

Troops, volunteers dig through China quake debris

LUDIAN, China — About 10,000 troops used pickaxes and backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes today after an earthquake in southwest China that killed 410 people. Groups of volunteers, meanwhile, used their bare hands.

Ukraine: Investigators start jet crash site search

HRABOVE, Ukraine — Seventy international investigators arrived today at the eastern Ukraine site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed and started recovering the remains of as many as 80 victims that have been lying in farm fields for two weeks.