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Fearing uprising, Iraq militants hunt ex-police
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule....

Israel to reopen Jerusalem holy site
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli authorities say they have decided to reopen a key Jerusalem holy site for Muslim worshippers on Friday....

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter....

Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Burkina Faso's leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup....

Brutal winter set to hit war-torn eastern Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter. Opening the door hardly alleviates the gloom, for the only lighting inside is the flicker of handmade oil lamps....

South Africans mourn sport deaths
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week....

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said....

Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican revealed a closely-kept secret Thursday: The Sistine Chapel's precious frescoes were starting to turn white from the air pollution caused by so many visitors passing through each day to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece....

Bodies found in Mexico where 3 Texans missing
MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) -- Mexican officials say four bodies have been found east of the border city of Matamoros, near where three young Americans went missing more than two weeks ago....

Wanted in US, Roman Polanski questioned in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of U.S. prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor, a spokeswoman said Thursday....

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Burkina Faso president declares state of emergency

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N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

Europe
Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

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Bodies of 5 men found inside car in Brazil slum

Middle East
Family of held Egypt activists on hunger strike