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DR Congo Ebola death toll tops 400

Reports: 600-Plus Ebola Cases in D.R. Congo ‘Expected to Double’

The more than 600 people confirmed to have contracted Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in what is already the largest outbreak in that country’s history and the second deadliest ever recorded, could “double,” the director of a non-governmental organization (NGO) reportedly predicted over the weekend.

China, US trade negotiators plan 'to meet in January'

China Claims Economy ‘Resilient’ Despite Lowest Growth Since 1990

Data released by the Chinese government on Monday showed the economy growing at the slowest pace since 1990, but Chinese media took the slow growth as evidence of the Chinese economy’s “resilience” in the face of the U.S. trade war, presumably on the theory that it could have been much worse.

Afghan presidential election delayed until July 20

Afghan President Officially Registers for Election, Vows to ‘Work for Peace’

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vowed to give his life for peace with the Taliban in a speech delivered Sunday after he officially joined at least 14 other candidates expected to run for the presidency during the July 20 elections, including the notorious Gulbudddin Hekmatyar, known as the “butcher of Kabul.”

Colombia's ELN rebels claim police academy attack

Thousands March in Colombia Against Far-Left Terrorism

Thousands of people took to the streets across Colombia on Sunday to protest terrorism after the Marxist terrorist group National Liberation Army (ELN) attacked a police academy last week.

China scientist defends gene-editing babies as trial paused

China Confirms Birth of Gene-Edited Twins

Chinese authorities answered one of the lingering questions in the case of rogue scientist He Jiankui on Monday by confirming the twin girls he claims to have genetically edited as embryos were born and are currently under medical supervision.

Zimbabwe court dismisses opposition bid to annul election

Zimbabwe: President Cancels Davos Trip Amid Riots, Impeachment Rumors

President Emmerson Mnangagwa canceled a scheduled appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week after a week of rioting against his government that resulted in hundreds imprisoned and rumors of an impeachment attempt potentially organized by his own party.

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Report: Erdogan Urges Trump in Phone Call to Let Turkey Control Kurdish Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again attempted to convince American counterpart President Donald Trump to allow Turkey to control Manbij, a region in northern Syria under the auspices of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ), in a phone call Sunday.

A picture taken early on January 21, 2019 shows Syrian air defence batteries responding to what the Syrian state media said were Israeli missiles targeting Damascus. - Israel struck what it said were Iranian targets in Syria today in response to rocket fire it blamed on Iran, sparking concerns of …

IDF Targets Iranian Intel Sites, Training Camp in Syria

TEL AVIV – The IDF conducted a series of strikes overnight Sunday against Iranian weapons warehouses, intelligence sites and a training camp in Syria in response to what it said was a “premeditated” missile attack on Israel earlier in the day that was meant as a warning from Tehran against further strikes.  

John Kerry and James Taylor (Rick Wilking / AFP / Getty)

Pollak: John Kerry Should Just Go Away

Trump can only hope John Kerry is in “the middle of the debate” in 2020. But the rest of us should hope he just goes away.

Members of Secours populaire, a French non-profit association deliver food aid to Syrian refugees in the village of Al-Aqibiya near Sidon in Southern Lebanon on June 6, 2016. / AFP / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanon Uses Arab Summit to Call for Syrian Refugees’ Return

BEIRUT — Lebanon used an Arab economic summit on Sunday to call for the return of Syrian refugees to safe areas of their war-torn country, where the nearly eight-year civil war is still underway despite a recent series of government victories.