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Kerry: Iran link not off-limits

Talks on Islamic State only aim; ayatollah disparaging

Subscriber onlyPARIS -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that President Barack Obama's administration will keep the door open to confidential communications with Iran on the security crisis in Iraq, despite criticism from Iran's supreme leader, who said the American advocacy for bombing Islamic militants, their common enemy, was absurd. Continue reading...

U.S. sets troops for Ebola battle

3,000 to join W. Africa relief

Subscriber onlyThe Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. Continue reading...

Ukraine monitors fired upon

Security group caught in crossfire after talk with rebels

Subscriber onlyDONETSK, Ukraine -- Six international monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe came under artillery fire Sunday and were pinned down for three hours in a village south of Donetsk, a spokesman said Monday. Continue reading...

Egypt releases hunger-striking activist

Subscriber onlyCAIRO -- Worn out but smiling, a prominent Egyptian activist facing retrial on a 15-year prison sentence for violating a protest law walked out of a Cairo prison Monday after a court ordered him freed on bond. Continue reading...

Odile topples buildings in Mexico

Storm weakens as it travels northwest; no deaths reported

Subscriber onlyCABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Odile weakened to a tropical storm Monday night after hammering Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, damaging homes and tearing away the facades of luxury resorts, shattering car and hotel windows, and leaving lobbies swamped and full of debris Monday. Continue reading...

Wrecks on Mediterranean Sea claim 700

Subscriber onlyGENEVA -- This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily-loaded boats wrecked in the past week, killing as many as 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe -- the same number as died during all of last year. Continue reading...

U.N. takes over C. Africa Republic mission

Subscriber onlyBANGUI, Central African Republic -- The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after the start of sectarian violence that has left at least 5,000 people dead and forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee to neighboring countries. Continue reading...

Syrian Kurds push back Islamic State

Escalating violence prompts U.N. to withdraw Golan Heights peacekeepers

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- Kurdish fighters captured more than a dozen villages from militants of the Islamic State group in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria, an activist group and a Kurdish official said Monday. Continue reading...

Unidentified airstrikes hit Islamist militias in Libya

Subscriber onlyCAIRO -- Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said. Continue reading...

The World in Brief

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Arabs offering strikes on militants, U.S. says

Subscriber onlyPARIS -- Several Arab countries have offered to carry out airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State, senior State Department officials said Sunday. Continue reading...

American convicted as spy

North Korea sentences man, 24, to 6 years of hard labor

Subscriber onlyPYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. Continue reading...

Fighting in Ukraine intensifies as 6 killed

Airport assault reportedly thwarted

Subscriber onlyDONETSK, Ukraine -- Heavy fighting broke out Sunday between Ukrainian and rebel forces on the north side of Donetsk, killing at least six people in one of the most serious clashes since the 10-day-old cease-fire went into effect. Continue reading...

Israel: Vets' protest of orders out of line

Subscriber onlyJERUSALEM -- The Israeli military on Sunday threatened disciplinary action against a group of veterans and active reservists of a secretive military intelligence unit who declared that they would no longer participate in surveillance activities against the Palestinians. Continue reading...

Group urges probe of Iraqi strike

Displaced families sheltered at school where 31 killed

Subscriber onlyBAGHDAD -- An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling militant-held populated areas to minimize civilian casualties. Continue reading...

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