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Syrians In Raqqa Believe Assad Regime Benefits From War On ISIS

The Syrian city of Raqqa is the hub for militants from the Islamic State, and has sustained ongoing air strikes from the U.S. and the Syrian regime. Activists draw attention to the toll on civilians.
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World's Slow Response To Ebola Leaves Sierra Leone Villages Scrambling

With the number of new infections reaching a record high, there's no time to wait for international aid to build perfect Ebola treatment centers. So village leaders are making do with what they have.
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For World's Oil Exporters, Falling Prices Have A Domino Effect

Falling oil prices have been good news for the U.S. But they're causing multiple problems for some exporters. Government budgets are strained. Economies are struggling. Currencies are crashing.
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North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

A North Korean official now denies its involvement in one of the worst corporate hacks in history, after a different official played coy. How sophisticated are the Hermit Kingdom's hackers?
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Putin Stands Firm In 'State Of The Nation' Address

Russian President Vladimir Putin made his annual "State of the Nation" speech in Moscow on Thursday, with a defense of Russia's seizure of Crimea and an attack on Western nations who he said were intent on keeping Russia down.
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Pentagon Says It Failed In Rescue Of American Hostage Last Month

A brief statement says that a joint mission with the Yemeni military retrieved some hostages, but journalist Luke Somers was not at the target location.
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James Bond Will Be Back Next Year — And He's Battling An Old Enemy

Director Sam Mendes announced today that the 24th film in the franchise will be called Spectre, named for the organization 007 has battled since his first screen outing in Dr. No in 1962.
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China To End Organ Harvesting From Executed Inmates

The controversial practice has long been criticized by human rights campaigners who say that it could hasten the pace that prisoners are put to death in China.
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Putin Defiant In Speech In Face Of Sanctions, Economic Woes

The Russian president said in his state of the union speech that the "difficulties" his country faces "also create new possibilities." He accused the West of trying to break up Russia.
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Al-Qaida Branch In Yemen Threatens To Kill Hostage

The man in the video says he's a British-born American citizen, who was kidnapped in Sanaa in September. A militant on video says the U.S. has three days meet unspecified demands.

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