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US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria
US-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in SyriaUS-led strikes hit IS-held oil sites in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syrian oil installations held by the militant Islamic State group overnight and early Thursday, killing nearly 20 people as the militants released dozens of detainees in their de facto capital, fearing further raids, activists said. The latest strikes came on the third day of a U.S.-led air campaign aimed at rolling back the Islamic State group in …

Qatar to push on with hijab protest at Asian Games
Qatar to push on with hijab protest at Asian GamesQatar to push on with hijab protest at Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The Qatari women’s basketball team is still hoping for approval to play with their headscarves at the Asian Games, the chief of Qatar’s delegation said Thursday, though officials were expected to disqualify the team if it does not relent. The dispute over the Qatari players’ refusal to remove their hijabs — regarded by some as a rule that discriminates against …

'Eau de Revolution': Cuba scents honor Che, Chavez
‘Eau de Revolution’: Cuba scents honor Che, Chavez‘Eau de Revolution’: Cuba scents honor Che, Chavez

HAVANA (AP) — Call it “Eau de Revolution.” Cuba’s biggest producer of natural products has come up with a pair of colognes for the discerning supporter of international socialism who wants something more than just the iconic “Che” T-shirt. A woodsy and refreshing citric scent with notes of talcum powder called “Ernesto” honors guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara. For those seeking something …

Hollande: group that killed French man is a threat
Hollande: group that killed French man is a threatHollande: group that killed French man is a threat

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday the terrorists who beheaded a French citizen in Algeria represent a global threat that must be stopped. In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the visibly upset president said France would continue to fight terrorism despite the extremists’ call for the killing of its citizens. “This particular group … …

Israelis usher in Jewish New Year with uncertainty
Israelis usher in Jewish New Year with uncertaintyIsraelis usher in Jewish New Year with uncertainty

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis ushered in the year 5775 as they celebrated the Jewish New Year on Wednesday still shaken from this summer’s 50-day war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, distressed by turmoil along their borders, and anticipating a difficult year ahead. Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown, is celebrated not with fireworks and champagne but with family meals and …

Algerian extremists behead French hostage
Algerian extremists behead French hostageAlgerian extremists behead French hostage

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France ignored their demand to stop airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video obtained Wednesday by a U.S.-based terrorism watchdog. A group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, had said they would kill French mountaineer Herve Gourdel after abducting …

Goodbye 300? World Bowling eyes radical changes
Goodbye 300? World Bowling eyes radical changesGoodbye 300? World Bowling eyes radical changes

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — About a month and a half ago, Kevin Dornberger and his Swedish friend Christer Jonsson were watching a tournament in Hong Kong. They made it through most of the afternoon before Jonsson, the secretary general of the World Tenpin Bowling Association, looked at Dornberger, the president of World Bowling. “This is boring,” he said. Dornberger — who has bowled since he …

Snowden honored with 'alternative Nobel'
Snowden honored with ‘alternative Nobel’Snowden honored with ‘alternative Nobel’

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Edward Snowden was among the winners Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel,” for his disclosures of top secret surveillance programs. The decision to honor the former National Security Agency contractor with the Right Livelihood Award appeared to cause a diplomatic headache for Sweden’s Foreign Ministry, which withdrew the …

Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead
Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola deadRed Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa’s current outbreak. One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in Tuesday’s attack in Forecariah, according to Benoit Carpentier, a spokesman for …

 

 

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