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Oscar Pistorius goes to jail after being sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. READ

CDC releases new Ebola gear guidelines for health workers; monitoring ends for some in Dallas

The government announced Tuesday that everyone travelling to the United States from Ebola-afflicted African nations will have to be screened at one of five airports, as officials took to the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers who might be at risk of contracting the disease. READ

Hong Kong leader says ’external forces’ involved in pro-democracy protests, provides no proof

Hong Kong’s leader has claimed that “external forces” are participating in student-led pro-democracy protests that have occupied parts of this financial capital for more than three weeks, but provided no evidence to back his accusation. READ

Mexican federal police assume control of 13 municipalities linked to cartels, missing students

Federal police have taken control of 13 municipalities in southern Mexico where local police are suspected of links to organized crime and possibly to the case of 43 missing students, a top official said. READ

Despite sharp U.S. criticism, Jews occupy more homes in contested Arab area of Jerusalem

Residents of a hotly contested part of east Jerusalem said armed Israeli guards moved into two buildings in the area before dawn Monday — a step likely to raise already heightened tensions in the disputed neighbourhood. READ

Canada won’t send medical staff to West Africa without evacuation plan: Ambrose

Health Minister Rona Ambrose says Canada is looking at options for sending medical personnel to West Africa. READ

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

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. 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

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