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US man gets life in prison without parole for teen’s killing in dispute over loud music

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

The life sentence imposed by Circuit Judge Russell Healey was mandatory for 47-year-old Michael Dunn after prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty. READ

UN document admits WHO badly fumbled response to Ebola, says top officials unaware of severity

In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. READ

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo roars toward nighttime pass over Bermuda as Category 3 storm

Hurricane Gonzalo pounded Bermuda with wind and heavy surf Friday, bearing down on the tiny British territory as a powerful Category 3 storm that could raise coastal seas as much as 10 feet (3 metres). READ

Hong Kong leader offers talks to student protesters as anger mounts over police violence

Hong Kong’s leader tried to soothe tensions with student-led democracy protesters Thursday by reviving an offer of talks, though public anger over a video of police kicking a handcuffed activist complicates efforts to end an increasingly bitter political standoff. READ

Syrian Kurdish official appeals for weapons for Kobani fighters

In its battle for the Syrian town of Kobani, the Islamic State group enjoys a key advantage: a supply of weapons, ammunition and fighters shuttling between Syria and Iraq. READ

Bermuda braces as Category 4 Hurricane Gonzalo barrels toward it

People on the tiny British territory of Bermuda rushed Thursday to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo, which was roaring toward them as a major Category 4 storm just days after a tropical storm damaged homes and knocked down trees and power lines. READ

U.S. health officials defend Ebola response

Health officials said Thursday they still don’t know how two Dallas nurses caught Ebola from a patient, as criticism increased from lawmakers who questioned whether the U.S. is prepared to stop the deadly virus from spreading in the country. READ

Quebec woman tells harrowing tale of surviving avalanche and blizzard in Nepal

A Canadian survivor of the Nepal avalanche that has killed 27 people is telling a harrowing tale of survival and being buried waist-high in thick, heavy snow. READ

Car bomb kills 8 Afghan security troops as Taliban ambush kills district chief, guard

A car bombing during a local security force operation and an insurgent ambush killed 10 people across Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. READ

Police action against Hong Kong protesters sparks outrage as Beijing’s patience thins

Riot police moving against activists before dawn Wednesday sparked outrage after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester and dragging dozens of others away in the worst violence against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong since they began more than two weeks ago. READ

Second health worker who tested positive for Ebola was in isolation within 90 minutes

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday. READ

Avalanche and blizzard in Nepal kill 12 people, including 4 Canadians

Officials say an avalanche and a blizzard in Nepal’s mountainous north have killed at least 12 people, including four Canadians. READ

Conservative Catholic bishops distance themselves from gay, divorce document

Conservative Catholic bishops distanced themselves Tuesday from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn’t reflect their views and vowing to make changes to the final version. READ

Rights group: Iraqi Shiite militias killing Sunnis with ’impunity’ in reprisal attacks

Iraq’s Shiite militias have abducted and killed “scores” of Sunni civilians with the tacit support of the government in retaliation for Islamic State group attacks, Amnesty International said Tuesday, as a suicide car bombing killed 23 people, including a Shiite lawmaker. READ

Hong Kong protesters barricade tunnel near government headquarters

Pro-democracy activists clashed with police and barricaded a tunnel near Hong Kong’s government headquarters late Tuesday, expanding their protest zone again after being cleared out of some other streets in the latest escalation of tensions in a weekslong political crisis. READ

UN envoy to Syria warns of massacre in Syria town if it falls to Islamic State militants

In a dramatic appeal, a U.N. official warned that hundreds of civilians who remain trapped in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani near the border with Turkey were likely to be “massacred” by advancing extremists and called on Ankara to help prevent a catastrophe. READ

Child rights activists Malala of Pakistan, Kailash Satyarthi of India win Nobel Peace Prize

Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labour at great risk to their own lives. READ

Liberia’s leader loses bid for more power to fight Ebola, including confiscating property

Liberian lawmakers on Friday rejected a proposal to grant President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the power to further restrict movement and public gatherings and to confiscate property in the fight against Ebola. One legislator said such a law would have turned Liberia into a police state. READ

Nobel to visit Canada, get honorary citizenship

The young Pakistani education activist who shared this year’s Nobel Peace prize will formally receive honorary Canadian citizenship this month. READ

Police say off-duty officer shot and killed man who fired on him in south St. Louis

An off-duty police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old man who opened fire during a chase in south St. Louis, sparking loud protests in the area, police said Thursday. READ

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