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Sat, Oct 25 2014

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads - WHO

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GENEVA - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.

25 Oct 2014

Canada vows tougher laws as citizens worry in face of attacks

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OTTAWA/HAMILTON Ontario - Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism in ways that critics say may curtail civil liberties as a country that prides itself on its openness mourned the second soldier this week killed by homegrown radicals.

Top News, World 25 Oct 2014

Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

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NEW YORK - A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America's biggest urban center.

25 Oct 2014

India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over U.S. Javelin - source

NEW DELHI - India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival U.S. offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win.

Top News, World, Israel 25 Oct 2014

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist

DUBAI - A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

25 Oct 2014

China's top graft-buster says fight will never end

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BEIJING - China's fight against deeply ingrained corruption will never end, the top official in charge of tackling graft said before a meeting intended to clean up business in the world's second-largest economy.

25 Oct 2014

Iraqi security forces, Kurds, gain ground against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi security forces made significant gains against Islamic State in a strategic area near Baghdad on Saturday and Kurdish fighters retook a northern town after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni Islamist insurgents.

World, Iraq 25 Oct 2014

Woman isolated in NJ under Ebola rules tests negative

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NEW YORK - The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to the deadly disease needed to be based on "facts, not fear".

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Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

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MARYSVILLE Wash. - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself.

25 Oct 2014