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Australia Conducts First Air Strikes in Iraq

A Super Hornet fighter jet has carried out Australia's first bombing raid in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the defence ministry said Thursday. Oct 8, 2014 6:38 PM PT

NY Court Hears Arguments That Chimps Have Rights

A state appeals court will decide in coming weeks whether chimpanzees are entitled to "legal personhood" in a case that could lead to expanded rights for animals such as gorillas, elephants and dolphins, according to the lawyer advocating for a 26-year-old chimp named Tommy. Oct 8, 2014 6:35 PM PT

Sierra Leone: Ebola Burial Teams Go Back to Work

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone burial teams have gone back to work one day after organizing a strike over pay and abandoning the dead bodies of Ebola victims in the capital. Oct 8, 2014 3:07 PM PT

U.S. Troops in Africa May Come in Contact with Ebola Patients

The general suggested some soldiers would have contact with Ebola patients but later clarified his remarks, saying a small number of highly-trained medical experts would handle blood samples in testing labs but not patients. Oct 7, 2014 3:32 PM PT

Ebola Escapes Europe's Defenses; Pet Dog Must Die

MADRID (AP) — Health officials scrambled Tuesday to figure out how West Africa's Ebola outbreak got past Europe's defenses, quarantining four people at a Madrid hospital where a Spanish nursing assistant became infected. Determined to contain the spread of the deadly virus, they even announced plans to euthanize the woman's pet dog. Oct 7, 2014 3:03 PM PT

American Conservative: The Jeb Bush Fantasy

According to fairly recent polling, most Floridians (53%) don’t want Jeb Bush running for president, and in a hypothetical match-up with Clinton he receives just 44% in the state where he was governor for eight years. Oct 7, 2014 12:56 PM PT

Syria Blasts at School Kill 32, Including 10 kids

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 32 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically searched for their sons and daughters in a street littered with school bags and body parts. Oct 7, 2014 6:42 AM PT

India, Pakistan Exchange Fire over Kashmir Border

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day Tuesday, with both accusing the other of provoking the violence. Oct 7, 2014 6:27 AM PT

High Court Denies Gay Marriage Appeals

The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. Oct 6, 2014 7:32 AM PT

Ally of Putin Critic Asks for Asylum in Britain

(AFP) A key ally of top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday he had applied for asylum in Britain, linking his request to political persecution due to his work. Oct 6, 2014 6:54 AM PT

Apache Helicopter Used Against Islamic State Targets

BAGHDAD, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- An Apache helicopter was used in air assaults against the Islamic State over the weekend, the first such strikes utilizing the Army's premier attack helicopter. Oct 6, 2014 6:19 AM PT

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