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Israel recalls ambassador to Sweden after Stockholm recognizes Palestinian state

JERUSALEM — Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, and Israel swiftly reacted by withdrawing its ambassador from Stockholm in protest.

Coming during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem, the move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. READ

Top Ebola officials in Liberia and Sierra Leone describe successes amid looming danger

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis in Sierra Leone is going to get worse, the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said. READ

Small plane crashes into Kansas airport building after losing engine power; at least 4 dead

A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing at least four people, injuring at least five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita, officials and witnesses said. READ

United Nations official praises Canada’s stand on human rights in Iran

A top United Nations official praised the Harper government Thursday as a global champion for human rights in what amounted to a strong rebuttal to critics of the government’s foreign policy. READ

Mudslide at Sri Lanka tea plantation buries workers’ homes

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers’ houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. READ

Russian cargo arrives at space station just hours after US supply run ends in launch explosion

The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any potentially hazardous wreckage. READ

Guinean toddler was West Africa’s Patient Zero in Ebola outbreak

In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control. READ

Kuwait plays gracious but uneasy host as Canadian jets join anti-ISIL campaign

Canadian warplanes have taken up position in Kuwait, a country straining to hold back the tide of Islamic extremism from its borders. READ

Hawaii officials to arrange for occupants to observe lava destroy home as 'closure’

A river of asphalt-black lava was within yards of a home in a Big Island community on Tuesday, after weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement. READ

Gunmen kill, kidnap Germans as pirates hijack gunboat, kill police officers

Gunmen killed a German man and kidnapped a second in southwest Nigeria, police said Tuesday as the military reported that pirates in the oil-rich south hijacked a police gunboat and killed three officers. READ

UN’s top anti-Ebola official in West Africa says new cases poorly tracked, harming efforts

Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, deadly outbreak, the U.N.’s top Ebola official in West Africa said Tuesday. READ

South Korean prosecutors demand death penalty for captain of doomed ferry

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said. READ

U.S. ambassador to UN says U.S. is in fight for long haul

The United States will help fight Ebola over “the long haul,” the American ambassador to the United Nations said on a trip to the West African countries hit by the outbreak. READ

Ukraine looks to reform as pro-European parties secure commanding win in parliament vote

As Ukraine’s most ardently pro-European parties pocketed a resounding collective election triumph Monday, thoughts turned to a reform agenda that promises pain and progress in equal doses. READ

Sweden calls off weeklong search for suspected submarine in Stockholm archipelago

Swedish authorities called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea. READ

Investigators see no clear terror link in hatchet attack on NYC officers

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, police said Friday. READ

Ebola case in New York City brings demands for quarantining doctors

The case of the U.S. doctor stricken with Ebola left lawmakers, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers wondering why he was out on the town after his return from West Africa — and why stronger steps aren’t being taken to quarantine medical workers. READ

Powder-filled envelope sends employee at Cdn consulate in Turkey to hospital

Canada’s consulate in Istanbul was closed Friday after an employee opened a package filled with yellow powder. READ

White House fence jumper charged with assault, making threats

The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. READ

Ohio teen collapses at haunted house attraction, dies of heart abnormality

A 16-year-old girl collapsed at a haunted house attraction in southwest Ohio and died of a heart abnormality. READ

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