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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

Suicide attacks in Yemen kill 67, including Shiite rebels rallying in capital

Two suicide bombings in Yemen killed nearly 70 people on Thursday, with one targeting an anti-government rally by Shiite rebels who control Sanaa, leaving body parts strewn across a street in the heart of the capital and escalating sectarian tensions in a country gripped by turmoil. READ

Canadian Ebola vaccine to be shipped to Geneva next week, WHO says

The World Health Organization says it is finalizing the paperwork to take possession of 800 or so vials of an experimental Ebola vaccine donated by the Canadian government. READ

Airstrikes against Islamic State group force them to withdraw from parts of Syrian town

New U.S.-led airstrikes near the Syrian border town of Kobani have helped Kurdish fighters push back the Islamic State group a day after it appeared on the verge of seizing the town, the fate of which has emerged as a key test of whether coalition air power can roll back the extremist group. READ

For Ebola victim, visit to the US represented decades of effort in West Africa

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, grew up next to a leper colony in Liberia and was forced to flee from years of war before returning to his country, years later, to find it ravaged by the disease that ultimately took his life as well. READ

Suspected al-Qaida militants attack government offices, at least 29 die in clashes

Suspected al-Qaida militants carried out simultaneous attacks Wednesday on a half-dozen Yemeni security and government offices in a province south of the capital Sanaa, setting off clashes that left at least 29 people dead, security officials said. READ

Suspected U.S. drone strikes on Taliban compounds in Pakistan kills 10 militants

Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Taliban compounds in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 10 militants, officials said. READ

Ebola prep includes undercover actors and souped-up ambulances for disease that may never come

Public hospitals in New York City are so concerned about Ebola, they’ve secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how well the triage staffs identify and isolate possible cases. READ

Turkish president says Islamic State group about to capture Syrian border town

The Islamic State group is about to capture the Syrian border town of Kobani, Turkey’s president said Tuesday, as outgunned Kurdish forces struggled to repel the extremists with limited aid from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. READ

Tens of thousands flee along Kashmir border as India, Pakistan trade fire

Tens of thousands of villagers fled their homes in Kashmir on Monday, as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating their portions of the disputed region. At least nine civilians were killed. READ

As Hong Kong protests shrink after tumultuous week, students vow to keep up pressure

The students whose calls for democratic reforms sparked the most dramatic challenge to authorities since Hong Kong returned to Chinese control are vowing to keep up the fight. READ

Madrid nurse has tested positive for Ebola after treating Africa patient

n what is the first reported incident of Ebola transmission outside Africa, a Spanish nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital tested positive for the disease, Spain’s health minister said Monday. READ

Pit bull owner gets 15 years to life in prison in mauling death of California woman

A pit bull owner whose dogs fatally mauled a woman taking her morning stroll was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder. READ

Islamic State group fighters armed with rocket launcher shoot down Iraqi attack helicopter

Islamic State group militants armed with a rocket launcher shot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter Friday, killing two pilots and raising new worries about their ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes. READ

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