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Bandits in Guinea steal blood samples believed to be infected with Ebola

CONAKRY, Guinea — It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the taxi during its 265-kilometre (165-mile) trek on winding rural roads from the central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou. READ

New York Thruway reopens as snow ends in Buffalo

A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. READ

A divided Republican party searches for an answer to Obama on immigration

Sputtering with indignation, the Republican party promises there will be consequences for U.S. President Barack Obama’s sweeping, unilateral move on immigration. READ

Canadian mining company Nevsun says allegations of human rights abuses unfounded

A Vancouver-based mining company says allegations of human rights violations at the Bisha open pit mine in northeastern Africa are unfounded and it will defend itself from a civil suit filed this week in B.C. Supreme Court. READ

Israel orders demolition of east Jerusalem homes of synagogue attackers, 2 other Palestinians

Israeli police on Thursday handed home demolition notices to families of four Palestinian attackers from east Jerusalem, including two assailants who killed five people in a synagogue attack earlier this week, according to relatives and Palestinian officials. READ

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry arrives in Vienna to join Iran nuclear negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope of a last-minute nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, as he prepared to add his diplomatic muscle to talks aimed at overcoming deep differences with Tehran over the size and scope of its future atomic activities. READ

Roofs creak and collapse as Buffalo snowfall total hits 6 feet or more

Roofs began to creak and collapse under the weight as another storm brought the Buffalo area’s three-day snowfall total Thursday to an epic 6 feet or more. READ

Imprisoned Iranian-Canadian blogger pardoned by Iran’s top leader

An Iranian-Canadian blogger who was sentenced to 19 years in prison for his writings has been pardoned by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. READ

Egypt’s president says pardon for Canadian journalist 'under discussion’: report

Egypt’s president is reportedly considering a pardon for three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Cairo, including Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy. READ

Israeli troops demolish Palestinian attacker’s home as Netanyahu promises to stem violence

The east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly attack last month was demolished Wednesday, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised strict security measures in the wake of a grisly synagogue assault. READ

New Yorkers dealing with massive snowstorm amid forecast for another round of lake-effect snow

A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow Wednesday, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way. READ

Obama to announce immigration steps Thursday, potentially shield 5 million from deportation

President Barack Obama on Thursday will announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation, defying Republican lawmakers who say sidestepping Congress would poison relations with the new Republican led legislature. READ

Petraeus says ISIL momentum 'halted' but says fight could take years

Retired U.S. general David Petraeus, the architect of the 2007 U.S. surge in Iraq, says the current U.S.-led coalition there, which includes Canadian fighter jets, has “halted” the momentum of the Islamic State. READ

Japan’s prime minister delays sales tax hike to 2017, calls snap election

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election for December and put off a sales tax hike planned for next year, seeking a renewed mandate for his all-or-nothing policies to end two decades of economic stagnation. READ

Putin says U.S. wants to make Russia submissive but won’t succeed

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States Tuesday of trying to make Russia submissive; an effort he said won’t succeed. READ

Palestinian attackers storm Jerusalem synagogue during prayers, killing 3 Americans, 1 Briton

Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the city’s bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout. READ

CF-18s strike ISIL warehouse being used to construct roadside bombs

Canadian fighter jets and other coalition aircraft have effectively flattened an enemy warehouse in northern Iraq as part of a major night-time operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. READ

U.S. Senate debates Keystone XL before milestone vote on pipeline bill

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote for the first time on the Keystone XL pipeline this evening — a milestone in a drawn-out political dogfight that has dragged on for years. READ

Elephant tramples Thai handler to death, runs off with 2 foreign tourists on its back

An elephant trampled its handler to death and ran off with two Russian tourists — a mother and her 9-year-old daughter — who were riding it during a trek in southern Thailand, police said Monday. READ

Israel to step up punitive demolitions, gives notices to families of Palestinians attackers

Israel said Monday it has sent notices to the families of several Palestinians in the West Bank implicated in attacks against Israelis to vacate their homes ahead of their impending demolitions. READ

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