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Zero Ebola Cases Reported In Sierra Leone, As Epidemic Peters Out

A year ago, West Africa was reporting more than 500 new Ebola cases each week. This week, the region had just three. Could the epidemic finally be grinding to a halt?
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North And South Korea Trade Artillery Fire; No One Is Hurt

Joint exercises between the U.S. and South Korea have raised tensions in the region. Thursday's exchange was the first time the North and South had traded fire in five years.
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Chinese Government Looks To Assign Blame In Warehouse Explosions

Official Chinese news media report that two owners of the Tianjin warehouses, the site of explosions that killed more than 100 people, confessed to using political influence to avoid safety rules.
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Tired Of City-Life Stresses, Many Chinese Return To Farming

For many rural Chinese, the dream is to live in a big city. But some people are now rejecting urban life and moving back to the countryside to grow safer food and enjoy a more tranquil existence.
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Greek Island Of Kos Burdened By Migrant Migration

Millions of migrants and refugees are trying to get into the European Union. One way in is via the Greek islands. The migration is making a major impact on the island of Kos.
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ISIS Beheads 81-Year-Old Scholar Who Tried To Protect Antiquities

Archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad was killed in Palmyra, Syria, after he reportedly refused to answer ISIS's questions about where ancient artifacts were hidden.
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In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under

Australia suffered through a truly epic drought, and it survived. But some of Australia's solutions — like a free market for water — may be too radical for the Golden State.
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Thai Business Owners Worry Bombing Could Drive Away Tourists

The Thai economy has been struggling since the military seized power 15 months ago. The bombing in Bangkok Monday has raised fears that tourism — a driver of the economy — may now struggle too with many foreigners among the dead.
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Prominent Syrian Archaeologist Killed By ISIS In Palmyra

The Islamic State has beheaded a prominent Syrian archaeologist in Palmyra, Syria. The city is home to Roman ruins under threat amid ISIS' record for destroying antiquities.
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Israeli Court Suspends Detention Of Palestinian Prisoner On Hunger Strike

Israel's highest court temporarily suspended Tuesday the detention of a Palestinian prisoner who had been on a hunger strike for two months.

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