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Liberia's President Apologizes To The Mother Of A Slain Teenager

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf came to the poor neighborhood of West Point today. She talked with residents, handed out cash and apologized to the mother of a 15-year-old killed during last week's protests.
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Mexico Swears In A New Police Force, But Many Aren't Impressed

Mexico is inaugurating a new elite police force, a gendarmerie of 5,000 highly trained officers. The force was a campaign pledge by President Enrique Pena Nieto. His administration has touted a decrease in violent crimes, but despite the dip, the rate of kidnappings is up in many of the country's states.
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A New Strain Of Ebola Emerges In Democratic Republic Of Congo

A new outbreak of Ebola is being reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But scientists say it's not related to the Ebola epidemic going on in West Africa.
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Ukraine's President Dissolves Parliament, Calls For New Elections

Petro Poroshenko said fresh elections would be held Oct. 26. The move comes as his country continues to accuse Russia of backing separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
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Rival Leaders, Rival Governments In Libya As Crisis Deepens

Days after Islamist militias captured Tripoli's airport, the outgoing Parliament picked a new Islamist-backed government. Neighboring Egypt says the development threatens the entire region.
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Despite Crackdowns, China's President Rides A Wave Of Popularity

President Xi Jinping has suppressed Internet speech, imposed greater censorship and jailed critics. But his battle against corruption has made him broadly popular among ordinary Chinese.
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America's Middle East Scorecard: Many Interventions, Few Successes

U.S. actions have not resolved the multiple conflicts raging in the region. Are U.S. policies at fault, or are these convulsed lands simply beyond anyone's control?
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Austria's Social Democrat Party Wants Its Gnomes Back

The BBC reports that on Saturday more than 400 garden gnomes were stolen from an Austrian town, where they were holding election campaign signs while tied to lampposts.
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U.S. Weighs Its Option Dealing With Islamist Militants

The Obama administration is faced with a growing challenge by Islamist militants. The Islamic State controls parts of Iraq and Syria. How much can the U.S. really accomplish with airstrikes?
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U.S. Journalist Held In Syria Since 2012 Is Freed

Peter Theo Curtis was released by Jabhat al-Nusra, known as the Nusra Front. Last week, American journalist James Foley was beheaded in Syria by the group which now calls itself the Islamic State.

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