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Islamic State extremists rooted in Syria, home to the group's declared capital and power base
BEIRUT (AP) -- As the U.S. strikes Islamic State targets in Iraq, extremists belonging to the same militant group across the border in Syria are capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day....

World Health Organization says Ebola cases underreported, may eventually hit 20,000
GENEVA (AP) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now, the World Health Organization said Thursday....

Many Israelis skeptical of PM Netanyahu's claim of clear-cut victory in Gaza war, poll shows
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Israel achieved a "great military and political" victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday....

Strategic Ukraine town under rebel control; Poroshenko summons his security council
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's president called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict....

Pooches in a pot? Pet-mad young Koreans say no to elders' taste for dog, prefer to raise pups
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat....

Undersea search for Malaysian plane refined as Australia and Malaysia ink cost-sharing deal
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A sprawling undersea search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean could be extended farther south based on new satellite analysis, only weeks before the multimillion dollar, yearlong sonar hunt for wreckage is due to begin, officials said Thursday....

From anti-finance crusader to pro-business: France's Hollande shifts stance as economy lags
PARIS (AP) -- Facing pitiful poll numbers, Francois Hollande has cast his lot: The French president who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left flank and appointed a well-heeled former investment banker as his new point man on the economy....

Pakistani cleric leading opposition rally in Islamabad says talks with government have failed
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A fiery Pakistani cleric who has been leading a mass rally outside parliament demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation said on Thursday that he has "shut the door" on further talks with the government....

Don't be fooled by Merkel. EU in dire need of women leaders as summit looks to fill top posts
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics....

India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders....

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Head of Niger parliament flees country after his immunity lifted amid baby-trafficking scandal

India launches initiative to open millions of zero-balance bank accounts for the poor

Strategic Ukraine town under rebel control; Poroshenko summons his security council

Latin America/Caribbean
In conservative Chile, sailor in country's navy announces he is gay in rare public disclosure

Middle East
Egypt charges former Islamist President Morsi of leaking secret documents to Qatar