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Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed

JERUSALEM — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early today and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.

Sierra Leone considers repeating Ebola shutdown

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s president said today that health workers found “many sick people and corpses” during a three-day lockdown of the country, which is battling an unprecedented Ebola outbreak.

France strikes Islamic State group’s depot

PARIS — Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, French fighter jets struck today against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot, Iraqi and French officials said.

Scotland picks U.K. over independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Australian police: Raids thwarted beheading plot

SYDNEY — Police today said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney and were holding six people and have identified the suspected ringleader, officials said.

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

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.
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Militants’ new tactics blunt airstrikes

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.

More than 5,000 dead in C. African Republic

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.

Kerry: World won’t permit Islamic State growth

BAGHDAD — Secretary of State John Kerry said today that neither the United States nor the rest of the world will stand by and watch the Islamic State militant group spread its evil.

Major river overflows, threatening Pakistan city

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.

Taliban claim attack on Pakistan navy dockyard

PAKISTAN — A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack Saturday on a naval dockyard in Karachi that saw two militants and a sailor killed.

MH17 pierced by ‘high-energy objects’

AMSTERDAM — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 broke up in the air probably after being hit “by a large number of high-energy objects,” a preliminary Dutch report on the crash showed today.

Death toll in India, Pakistan floods reaches 440

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.
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NATO approves new force to deter Russia

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.

Bosnian mine accident: 29 rescued, 5 miners buried

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.

Israel to dismantle footbridge at holy site

JERUSALEM — Israel has agreed to dismantle a wooden footbridge at a Jerusalem holy site that is at the heart of a key Mideast dispute, a senior Israeli official said today.

Al-Qaida leader says it has expanded into India

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.

Obama says beheading videos won’t intimidate U.S.

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.