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Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor dies from virus

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - The doctor leading Sierra Leone’s fight against the worst Ebola outbreak on record died from the virus yesterday, the country’s chief medical officer said .

U.S. accuses Venezuela of using oil to press Aruba on extradition

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States accused Venezuela yesterday of using economic pressure, including a reported threat to close an oil refinery, to apply pressure on the Netherlands not to extradite an official whom Washington wants on drugs charges .

Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza’s only power plant and pounded dozens of other high-profile targets yesterday, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist guerrillas in the enclave .

U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation yesterday to ban the U .

James Brown biopic ‘Get On Up’ revels in drama and dance moves

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - At first Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer thought she was seeing early concert footage of James Brown but then was told it was a screen test by Chadwick Boseman to play the “Godfather of Soul” in the new biopic “Get On Up .

Putin may have passed point of no-return over Ukraine

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm .

Argentine economy minister in New York for last ditch talks

NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof unexpectedly arrived in New York yesterday to join last-minute debt negotiations with “holdout” investors in a bid to avert a default .

EU and U.S. announce new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The European Union and the United States yesterday announced further sanctions against Russia, targeting its energy, banking and defence sectors in the strongest international action yet over Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine .

Ex-Dominican anti-drug official pleads guilty to drug charges

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - The former chief operating officer of the Dominican Republic’s main counter-drug agency pleaded guilty yesterday to U .

Chinese police shoot dead dozens after attack in Xinjiang

BEIJING, (Reuters) - Chinese police shot dead dozens of knife-wielding attackers Monday morning after they staged assaults on two towns in the western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday .

Karzai’s cousin and Ghani ally killed in Afghan suicide attack

KABUL,  (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai's powerful cousin, a close ally of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed today in a suicide bomb attack at his home, the governor's office in the southern province of Kandahar said .

Israel warns of long Gaza war as Palestinian fighters cross border

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A grim-faced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned yesterday of a protracted war in Gaza, dashing any hopes of a swift end to the three-week conflict as Palestinian fighters launched an audacious cross-border raid .

Baghdad police find 15 dead in bloody start to Muslim holiday

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police found 15 corpses yesterday, including three women shot in the head, in a bloody start to the holiday ending the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said .

Female bombers target Nigeria trade show, petrol station, three dead

KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and a petrol station in northern Nigeria’s biggest city of Kano yesterday, killing one other person and injuring at least six others, police and a military source said .

UN blacklists operator of North Korean ship seized in Panama

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A UN Security Council committee yesterday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, including two MiG-21 jet fighters, under thousands of tonnes of sugar .

Islamic State militants open office for potential wives – monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents have opened an office in northern Syria where single women and widows can register to marry fighters from the radical al Qaeda offshoot, a monitoring group said yesterday .

Fighting in Gaza abates, but truce hopes look fragile

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Fighting subsided in Gaza yesterday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce and U .

Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice PM, kills at least three

YAOUNDE, (Reuters) - Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister and killed at least three people yesterday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said .

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

DONETSK, Ukraine, (Reuters) - Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation yesterday as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict .

US evacuates Libya embassy after ‘free-wheeling militia violence’

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya yesterday, driving diplomats across the border into Tunisia under heavy military escort after escalating clashes broke out between rival militias in Tripoli .

Ebola centre in Sierra Leone under guard after protest march

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Police were guarding an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone yesterday, the day after thousands marched on the clinic following allegations by a former nurse the deadly virus was invented to conceal “cannibalistic rituals” there, a regional police chief said .

India’s Modi under fire for silence over religious incidents

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for remaining silent about incidents deemed anti-Muslim in the past week, underscoring fears that his Hindu nationalist followers will upset religious relations in the multi-faith nation .

Israel extends Gaza humanitarian ceasefire for another 24 hours

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s security cabinet approved extending the humanitarian ceasefire begun early yesterday until midnight local time (2100 GMT) today, an Israeli government official said .

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) - Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week .

India threatens to derail WTO deal, prompts angry US rebuke

NEW DELHI/GENEVA, (Reuters) - India threatened yesterday to block a worldwide reform of custom rules, which some estimates say could add $1 trillion to the global economy and create 21 million jobs, prompting a U .

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) - The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector .

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed to a U .

Wreckage of Air Algerie plane carrying 116 people found in Mali

ALGIERS/BAMAKO, (Reuters) - Authorities said yesterday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria .

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U .

Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen yesterday, Ministry of Justice sources said, as politicians faced pressure to form a power-sharing government that can tackle a Sunni insurgency .

Alabama man claims penis was amputated by mistake

(Reuters) - An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said yesterday .

Honduran president links border crisis to U.S. policy divide

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - U .

European court says CIA ran secret jail in a Polish forest

WARSAW, (Reuters) - The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington’s closest allies, to break its long silence about the global programme for detaining al Qaeda suspects .

Missing Air Algerie plane from Burkina Faso has crashed: Algerian official

ALGIERS (Reuters) - An Air Algerie flight crashed today en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said .

Attack on bus in Iraq kills 52 prisoners, nine police

BAGHDAD, (Reuters) - A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 52 prisoners and nine policemen today, Ministry of Justice sources said, as politicians faced pressure to form a power-sharing government that can tackle a Sunni insurgency .

Gaza bloodshed deepens as airlines shun Israel

GAZA/JERUSALEM, (Reuters) - Gaza fighting raged yesterday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as U .

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