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30 hurt as new clashes erupt in East Jerusalem

east Jerusalem clashesThirty young Palestinian protesters have been injured in the latest clashes with police in East Jerusalem following the death of a second Israeli in an attack earlier this week.

The Israeli died from injuries suffered when a Palestinian drove a van into pedestrians at an eastern Jerusalem rail station on Wednesday. The first clashes between Palestinians and police erupted when the driver was shot dead by police. The driver was identified by Israeli authorities as a member of Hamas, which claimed responsibility for the attack.


Car bombs kill 20 in Baghdad, Ramadi: police, medical sources

Baghdad bombingCar bombs killed 20 people, including five soldiers, in the Iraqi capital and the city of Ramadi to the west on Saturday, police and medical sources said, in attacks that resembled operations carried out by Islamic State militants.

Hours after the violence Al-Hadath television station reported that U.S.-led air strikes targeted a gathering of Islamic State leaders in Iraq's western province of Anbar, possibly including the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Gang members confess to mass killing of Mexico students

gang member skilled Mexican studentsSuspects in the disappearance of 43 college students have described a macabre and complicated mass murder and incineration ending with ashen remains in a landfill or being dumped into a river in southwest Mexico, Mexican authorities said Friday.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo cited the confessions of three detained gang members. Murillo said the detainees admitted they set fire to members of the group in a rubbish dump near the southwestern city of Iguala, where the students went missing on Sept. 26 after clashing with police on their way to a rally to protest proposed government educational reforms.


US says North Korea releases 2 detained Americans

Korean prisoners releasedThe two remaining Americans who had been held in North Korea have been released and are on their way home, U.S. officials said Saturday.

A spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Clapper was accompanying Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller on their journey back to the United States.

Bae and Miller were the last Americans held by North Korea following the release last month of Jeffrey Fowle, an Ohio resident detained for nearly six months.


Nigerians flee as Islamic extremists dig in

Nigerians flee extremistsThirteen-year-old Sulaiman wanders the streets of Nigeria's northeast town of Yola, hungry, dusty and frightened. He has walked through the bush for days from the town of Uba where Islamic extremists raised their black and white flag last week after seizing the town, killing many and leaving the rest in a state of shock.

"They slaughtered my father, killed my two brothers and abducted my mother and her sister," said the tearful teenager, who identified himself only as Sulaiman.

Insurgents in north Nigeria have intensified their struggle to create an Islamic caliphate in recent weeks, seizing towns and cities spread over an estimated 20,000 kilometers (7,700 square miles) along the border with Cameroon.


Think helping to fight ISIS will get you off terrorist list? Think again

Kurdish Workers partyThe role of Syrian Kurds in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State has prompted calls for the removal of an affiliated Kurdish guerrilla group from the U.S. blacklist, bringing fresh scrutiny to a terrorist-designation process that some critics call arbitrary and outdated.

So far, the U.S. government’s response to the fighters of the Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK, could be summed up as: Thanks for the help, but you’re staying on the list.


Thousands in Sierra Leone break Ebola quarantine to find food

Sierra Leone patients break quarantineThousands of people in Sierra Leone are violating Ebola quarantines to find food because aid deliveries are not reaching them, international relief agencies said Tuesday.

While public health authorities have said restrictions on movement may be necessary to bring under control an Ebola outbreak unlike any other, the Disasters Emergency Committee, an umbrella organization for aid organizations, warned that they were cutting off food to thousands of people.


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