September 18th, 2014

World News

Prime minister: 7 killed by angry residents while on Ebola education trip in rural Guinea

By The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

CONAKRY, Guinea – The prime minister of Guinea says seven bodies have been found in rural Guinea after a group of local residents attacked Guinean health workers carrying out Ebola awareness efforts in a rural area. In an announcement made on state television late Thursday, Mohamed Saïd Fofana said authorities had located the bodies a ... Read More »

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Man who lost leg in Boston Marathon bombing says he wants suspect to face victims in court

By Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

BOSTON – Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hasn’t appeared in court for more than a year. But prosecutors and a man who was severely injured in the bombings say they want to see him in a courtroom soon. “I’d like to see him have to face us and see what he did to us,” ... Read More »

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Polls close, vote counting begins in Scotland’s historic referendum on independence from UK

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on independence, deciding whether to dissolve a 307-year union with England that brought prosperity but has increasingly felt stifling to many Scots. As the polls closed and the vote counting began, there was a quiet thrill of ... Read More »

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Thai military ruler apologizes for suggesting bikini-clad tourists unsafe after killings

By The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

BANGKOK – Thailand’s military ruler apologized Thursday for suggesting that foreigners visiting the country’s world-famous beaches might be unsafe wearing bikinis in the wake of the killing of two British tourists this week. The bodies of the man and woman were found bludgeoned on the scenic resort island of Koh Tao on Monday, dealing another ... Read More »

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence

By The Canadian Press on September 18th, 2014

EDINBURGH, Scotland – The polls have closed and vote counting is underway in Scotland’s historic referendum on whether to end the country’s 307-year-old union with England. Polling places reported a heavy turnout Thursday. More than 4.2 million people were registered to vote – 97 per cent of those eligible. As soon as the polls closed, ... Read More »

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Militants capture Kurdish areas in Syria in setback that illustrates plight of Syrian Kurds

By Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

BEIRUT – Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. The gains highlighted the plight of Syria’s Kurds, who have been some of the most successful against the Islamic extremists. But unlike U.S.-backed ... Read More »

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Authorities: Man arrested on arson charge in California fire that has forced 2,800 from homes

By Fenit Nirappil And Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

CAMINO, Calif. – A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was arrested late Wednesday in Placerville and booked into El Dorado County Jail, where he was being held on $10 ... Read More »

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Film Review: Liam Neeson back in action again in ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

By Frank Scheck, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It’s not for nothing that the names of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe are reverentially referenced in writer-director Scott Frank’s adaptation of the 10th novel in Lawrence Block’s long-running, bestselling series featuring unlicensed private eye Matthew Scudder. Distinctly and proudly old-fashioned in its retro, film noir vibe, “A Walk Among the ... Read More »

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French president agrees to Iraqi request for airstrikes against Islamic State group

By Greg Keller, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

PARIS – France has agreed to carry out airstrikes requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group’s fighters who’ve captured swathes of the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday. Hollande stressed that France wouldn’t go beyond airstrikes in support of the Iraqi military or Kurdish Peshmerga forces, and wouldn’t attack targets ... Read More »

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As Ebola outbreak accelerates, Sierra Leone hopes to slow infections down with 3-day shutdown

By Clarence Roy-MacAulay, The Associated Press on September 18th, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country’s 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating ... Read More »

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