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In Pakistan, Protesters Block Islamabad's City Center

Traffic is stopped at the nerve center of the country's federal government. It's part of a standoff between the government and two opposition politicians who accuse the government of corruption.
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'We Will Emerge From This Ordeal,' Slain Journalist's Family Says

The remarks by Steven Sotloff's family come a day after the Islamic State group released a video that showed a militant beheading the freelance journalist.
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Remembering Steven Sotloff, Who Drew Portraits From The Syrian War

Reporter Nadege Green of WLRN looks back on the life and career of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded by the militant group the Islamic State.
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Sen. Kaine: Strikes On Islamic State Must Be Approved By Congress

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., discusses the need for President Obama to seek Congressional approval before moving ahead with military actions against the Islamic State.
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When NATO Comes To Wales, The Welsh Plan To Relish The Spotlight

Foreign leaders are descending on Wales for this week's NATO summit, and the influx is a big deal for the small country on the western edge of the UK. Roy Noble of BBC Radio Wales explains just what this means for the region.
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Hong Kong's Drive For Open Elections Runs Low On Steam

Earlier this week, China insisted that the people of Hong Kong would not be allowed to nominate candidates for the territory's next leader. Occupy Central, a local democracy movement, is threatening to shut down the city's financial district in protest — but organizers acknowledge that only 3,000 people have signed pledges to participate.
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From Estonia, Obama Talks Tough On Islamic State And Russia

President Obama visited Estonia, in an attempt to reassure Estonians of the support of the U.S. and NATO. Estonia and its neighbors Latvia and Lithuania are all NATO members, but they have grown increasing concerned about a potential security threat from Russia.
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U.S. Airstrikes Might Narrow Aims Of Somalia's Leading Jihadi Group

U.S. airstrikes in Somalia this week targeted leaders of the al-Shabaab Islamist militant group. The group has claimed responsibility for many bombings in Somalia, as well as the 2013 attack on neighboring Kenya's Westgate mall. What could the death of al-Shabaab's leader mean for the group?
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Health Officials Warn Ebola Is Spreading Faster Than Efforts To Contain It

A high-level delegation from the World Health Organization is in D.C. this week for talks with U.S. leaders about the Ebola outbreak. The United Nations group is seeking commitments from donor countries to meet a projected need of $600 million to control the epidemic. Meanwhile, the outbreak shows no signs of slowing in West Africa.
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Months After Atrocities In Tikrit, Iraqi Parents Demand Answers

Iraq's parliament was overrun Wednesday by men whose sons disappeared and were likely killed when the Islamic State captured Tikrit in June. They brandished sticks as they burst through security, assaulted people and staged a sit-in at the meeting hall. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch is saying that nearly 800 men were killed in the attack on Tikrit.

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