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Saudi beheaded for murder as Amnesty urges halt to executions

Saudi King Abdullah bin abdel Aziz
19 Aug 2014
A Saudi national convicted of murder was decapitated by the sword in the southwest of the Gulf kingdom on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.   Wail al-Shehri, convicted of shooting dead Meshaal Assiri during an argument, was...
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West Africa Ebola toll passes 1,200, quarantine victims to get food: WHO

A worker from St Mary's Lacor hospital disinfects villagers during an earlier Ebola outbreak in Uganda. Seven doctors and 13 health workers at Kampala's Mulago hospital are in quarantine after "at least one or two cases" were taken there, with one later dying from the virus.
19 Aug 2014
Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria.   The WHO said it was...
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Former Libyan PM: Turkey, Qatar, armed militias, provided weapons

18 Aug 2014
Former Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril claimed that Qatar and Turkey armed 1,600 militias and imported 22 million firearms into his country. In a press conference held by the foreign affairs committee at the Journalists Syndicate on...
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National Guard called in after second night of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri

 A protester kicks a tear gas canister back towards police after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014.
18 Aug 2014
Missouri's governor said on Monday he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen...
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Russia says agreement reached on aid to Ukraine but not on ceasefire

A military truck drives out of Belbek Airport in the Crimea region 1 March 2014. 
18 Aug 2014
Russia on Monday said all objections to it sending a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine had been resolved but said no progress had been made in Berlin talks toward a ceasefire between government and rebel forces in the east of the country....
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Israel destroys homes of Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli teens

A Palestinian man walks past a structure after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. 
18 Aug 2014
(Reuters) - Israeli troops on Monday demolished the homes of two Palestinians it suspects of the abduction and killing of three teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the army said.   Troops set charges to destroy the homes of...
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Israel: Undeterred by Hamas warnings

17 Aug 2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday any deal on Gaza's future at truce talks in Cairo must be contingent on Israel's security needs, cautioning Hamas against carrying out its threat of a long war if Palestinian demands...
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UN nuclear chief holds top level nuclear talks in Iran

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano
17 Aug 2014
UN nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano began talks in Tehran on Sunday with President Hassan Rouhani and other senior officials to push for progress in a long-running investigation into Iran's suspected atomic bomb research.   Amano...
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Ukraine separatist leader says rebels getting tanks and reinforcements

A military truck with armed pro-Russian militants drives through a police check-point towards the airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk 26 May 2014. 
17 Aug 2014
Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday.   The...
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Kiev says forces destroyed Russian armour inside Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen are pictured at the military camp near the town of Svyatogorsk in Eastern Ukraine
16 Aug 2014
Ukraine said its artillery destroyed part of a Russian armoured column that entered its territory overnight and said its forces came under shellfire from Russia on Friday in what appeared to be a major military escalation between the ex-...
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