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Twin suicide bombing kills 70 in Baghdad’s deadliest attack this year

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A twin suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State killed 70 people in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad on Sunday in the deadliest attack inside the capital this year, as militants launched an assault on its western outskirts. Police sources said the suicide bombers were riding motorcycles and blew themselves up in a crowded mobile phone market in Sadr City, wounding more than 100 people in ad ...

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Obama gives Congress Guantanamo closure plan

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility after delivering his plan to Congress to achieve a goal that has long eluded his presidency. The blueprint comes seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants, but it already faces objections from Republicans and legal obstacles they have ...

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Quick Action on Possible NYC Ebola Patient

By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today Emergency department (ED) staff at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital reacted swiftly to a patient possibly infected with Ebola virus. "It was about 7 minutes from the time [he] walked in the door to the time [he was] in the isolation room," said Jeremy Boal, MD, the hospital's chief medical officer. The man -- whose name and occupation have no ...

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Malaysian Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine

 Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country, and Malaysian Airlines tweeted that it lost contact with one of its flights over Ukrainian airspace. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was ...

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5 Days Later, Officials Still Can’t Locate Missing Jet

  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities defended their handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged they still are unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fifth day.   The mystery over the plane’s whereabouts has been confounded by confusing and occasionally conflicting ...

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Nelson Mandela has died

"Our nation has lost its greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said in a press conference on Thursday. Addressing South Africans, Zuma said "Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we bid him farewell." Mandela was the first black president of South Africa and the first to win a fully free democratic election in the country. He served a single term from 1994 through 1999 and t ...

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