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Mourners gather in Missouri for funeral of 18-year-old black man shot by police officer

Relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a “gentle soul” with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day “the world would know his name.” READ

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament and announces early elections in October

Ukraine’s president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions. READ

Ontario man declared dead in 1986 found alive in U.S., police say

A man missing for almost 40 years and declared dead by the courts has been confirmed alive by Ontario Provincial Police. READ

UAE ruler approves anti-terrorism law with penalties ranging from execution to counselling

The ruler of the United Arab Emirates approved a new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million, state media reported Wednesday. READ

In war of attrition in Gaza, Israel kills 3 top Hamas military commanders, calls up reserves

GAZA, Gaza Strip — Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza’s ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group’s senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days. READ

West Africa’s caseload tops all previous outbreaks combined

MONROVIA, Liberia — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa. Hundreds of slum residents clashed with the gunmen, furious at being blamed and isolated by a government that has failed to quickly collect dead bodies from the streets. READ

Airstrike kills Hamas leaders’ wife and child

GAZA, Gaza Strip — Hamas’ shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops. READ

Israeli leader recalls team from Cairo cease-fire talks in response to Gaza rocket fire

CAIRO, Egypt — An Egyptian effort to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip appeared to collapse Tuesday after Israel walked out on the talks in response to a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire. READ

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters march on Pakistan’s soldier-guarded parliament

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes marched on Pakistan’s parliament Thursday, removing barriers blocking them from soldiers guarding the seat of the country’s government. READ

Ukrainian president: Troops destroyed Russian military vehicles that came across the border

Russian military vehicles crossed into Ukraine during the night, NATO and Ukraine said Friday, and the Ukrainian president said most of them were quickly destroyed by his troops. READ

Critics say Ferguson protest response shows giving U.S. military gear to police has gone too far

The police department at the centre of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen-ager acquired two armoured Humvees and other U.S. military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for “militarizing America’s Main Streets” and aggravating clashes between police and protesters. READ

Use of untested drugs for Ebola should be limited to best candidates: WHO

The World Health Organization is trying to dampen runaway enthusiasm in some quarters for trying a number of untested compounds to treat Ebola in West Africa. READ

Canada commits cargo planes to ship arms for Kurdish fighters in Iraq

Two of Canada’s military cargo planes will soon be ferrying weapons to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq — and the Harper government sounds prepared to do even more to counter the “barbarous attacks” of hard-line Islamic militants. READ

Liberia faces difficult decision: which Ebola patients should get experimental drug?

Liberian officials faced a difficult choice Thursday: deciding which handful of Ebola patients will receive an experimental drug that could prove life-saving, ineffective or even harmful. READ

Robin Williams' widow: He had Parkinson’s disease, was sober at time of death

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said Thursday. READ

Amid bedlam in Missouri, Obama tentatively tiptoes into topic of race relations

The first time Barack Obama touched a racially heated debate during his presidency, he wound up getting scorched. READ

As top medics die of Ebola in Africa, debate over who should get experimental drugs

Doctors treating a leading Sierra Leone physician who became sick with Ebola considered giving him an experimental drug but feared it could trigger a dangerous immune response and did not administer it, Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday. READ

UN says the humanitarian crisis in Iraq has reached its highest level

The United Nations on Wednesday called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants across the north of the country. READ

As cease-fire deadline looms, Israel and Hamas weigh Egyptian truce proposal over Gaza war

Egyptian mediators raced Wednesday to pin down a long-term cease-fire between Israel and Hamas to prevent more fighting in the Gaza war when the current truce expires at midnight. READ

White House plans Iraq rescue operation; talking to Canada, others

The United States is planning an international effort to whisk displaced people to safety in Iraq, and it appears there may be a supporting role for Canada. READ

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