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U.S. Airstrikes In Libya Kill Algerian Militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar

Belmokhtar, a leader of al-Qaida's arm in North Africa, masterminded the 2013 attack on an Algerian gas plant in which 38 foreign hostages were killed.
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With Tensions Rising, Poland Erects Observation Towers On Russian Border

Like many former Soviet satellite states, Poland is suspicious of Russian intentions these days. Poles are joining homegrown militias, and authorities have placed observation towers along the border.
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Why MERS Is Likely To Crop Up Outside The Middle East Again

It's unknown what triggers an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. But scientists think the virus comes from camels. So until we stop it in animals, MERS will continue to cause trouble.
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Comet Lander Wakes Up, Calls Home, After Long Sleep

A little sunlight applied to solar panels proved the cure for what ailed the European Space Agency's Philae lander, which had been dormant from lack of power since November.
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Brazilians Take A Swing At Mosquitoes With The Zap Racket

The electrified tennis racket that kills mosquitoes is ubiquitous in Brazil. It's deeply deeply satisfying to use. But it does take technique.
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Hong Kong Protesters Renew Push For Electoral Reform

Although turnout was far short of what activists had hoped for, demonstration leaders have promised nightly vigils to push for direct elections for the territory's next chief executive.
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For Yemen's Ousted President, A Five-Star Exile With No End In Sight

Talks to resolve the conflict in Yemen begin Monday in Geneva. Yemen's ousted president and his former ministers are hoping it will lead to a return to their homeland.
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South African Court Orders Sudan's President Detained For War Crimes

The court's decision to prevent visiting President Omar Hassan al-Bashir from leaving the country is at odds with the South African leader's promise of immunity.
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Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

After decades of work, Israel now gets about a quarter of its water from the sea. But experts say desalination is not a magic bullet, and conservation and infrastructure fixes are also needed.
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Will The U.S. Win A Second Chance At A Sunni Awakening?

In 2007, Sunni sheikhs, fed up with al-Qaida, started fighting alongside the U.S. in Iraq. The U.S. needs help again, this time against ISIS militants. But can they win Sunni trust a second time?

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