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China May Drop 9 Crimes From List Of Death Penalty Offenses

The move appears to be part of a trend to reduce the use of the death penalty in a country that still executes more people than any other.
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Planned Vote In Ukraine's Separatist East Gets Moscow's Blessing

Luhansk and Donetsk, which have been under a shaky truce since early September, would participate in the vote, which Russia's foreign minister has said is "important to legitimize authorities there."
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Over A Cappuccino, Italian Mayor Wants To Hear Local Concerns

A mayor in Italy is inviting his citizens to share their ideas over breakfast. Pino Palmieri asked residents of Roscigno to meet him at the town's main bar. He's using his own dough to pay the tab.
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Crimean Tatars Pressured To Become Russian Citizens

Since Russia took over Crimea this spring, many Crimeans have gladly switched their passports from Ukrainian to Russian. But not everyone is so eager to become a Russian citizen.
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Untangling The Roots Of Recent Flare-Ups In Lebanon

Fighting in Lebanon is spurring concerns over the country's stability. Renee Montagne checks in with New York Times Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard to discuss why America needs to pay attention.
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Facing The Islamic State Threat, Kurdish Fighters Unite

Kurdish groups have often quarreled among themselves, or at least kept their distance. But Kurds from Iraq and Turkey have been fighting side by side in northern Iraq against the Islamic State.
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An Ebola Strategy Brings Good News To One Liberian Town

The town of Foya has had no new cases in a month. Credit goes to a care center and an ongoing effort to calm fears and allow family members to communicate with patients — and view the dead.
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Ford Brothers Lose Toronto Mayor Race, Hold On To Council Seat

Unofficial results show John Tory beat Doug Ford 40-34 for mayor, a race Rob Ford abandoned after his cancer diagnosis. The latter Ford did keep the Ward 2 council seat his family has held since 2000.
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Medical Journal To Governors: You're Wrong About Ebola Quarantine

Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo have called for mandatory quarantine for "high risk" individuals returning from Ebola-stricken countries. The New England Journal of Medicine begs to differ.
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In Pakistan, Islamic State Draws In Taliban Commanders

Few scenarios worry the U.S. and its allies more than the prospect of the rise of the Islamic State on the war-battered landscape of northwest Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. In Pakistan, six top Taliban commanders have pledged allegiance to ISIS.

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