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AP Interview: El-Sissi ready to back anti-IS fight

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks to The Associated Press during an interview at the presidential palace in Cairo, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In his first interview with foreign media since taking office in June, el-Sissi has told AP he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but says military action is not the only answer. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told The Associated Press on Saturday he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but called for a "comprehensive strategy" to tackle the roots of extremism across the region.



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Sierra Leone into massive Ebola isolation effort

Police guard a roadblock as Sierra Leone government enforces a three day lock down on movement of all people in an attempt to fight the Ebola virus in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Thousands of health workers began knocking on doors across Sierra Leone on Friday in search of hidden Ebola cases with the entire West African nation locked down in their homes for three days in an unprecedented effort to combat the deadly disease. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Some residents ran from their homes in Sierra Leone to avoid being trapped during a three-day lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak, a health worker said Saturday, a minor setback on the second day of a massive effort to confine 6 million people to their homes.



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Brown says London must keep promise to Scotland as political truce ends

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks to pupils during a visit to Kelty Primary School in FifeBy Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Former prime minister Gordon Brown urged British leaders on Saturday to keep their promise to grant further powers to Scotland after it voted to remain in the United Kingdom, as a consensus between London's main parties evaporated. All the three biggest parties had promised to rapidly expand Scotland's autonomy in a last-minute push to shore up support for the union just days before Thursday's referendum, which came down 55-45 against independence. …



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NATO says Russian forces ‘still inside Ukraine’

Ukrainian troops patrol in armored vehicles in Donetsk region on September 20, 2014Vilnius (AFP) – NATO's top military commander on Saturday said Russian forces were still operating in Ukraine and that a ceasefire was not working, but he expressed hope a new peace plan could bring progress.



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Hosts South Korea set medal pace

South Korea's Im Jae-Yeon, Park Sang-Hoon, Jang Sun-Jae and Park Keon-Woo compete in the cycling track men's team pursuit qualifying during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on September 20, 2014Hosts South Korea were the Asian Games' surprise first-day medal leaders on Saturday but they had to share the limelight with China and record-breaking North Korea.



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NATO chief: Ukraine has cease-fire ‘in name only’

NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe or SACEUR, U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, left , and U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell attend on NATO Military Committee Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible for outsiders to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine.



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Teams assess damage as California wildfire grows

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2014 file photo, a an aerial tanker drops its load of fire retardant on the King fire near Pollack Pines, Calif. The massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts — more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone. By Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, state firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service together had bombarded the conflagration with more than a half-million gallons of the red slurry, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a state fire spokeswoman. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Officials say assessment teams will be checking to see how many structures have been destroyed or damaged from a massive wildfire that is threatening thousands of homes in Northern California.



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Agents nab intruder who darted into White House

A Secret Service agent gives directions during an evacuation of the White House minutes after President Barack Obama departed for Camp David aboard Marine One on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — An intruder made it through the front door of the White House after scaling the mansion's fence before Secret Service agents apprehended him. The first family was not in the residence.



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Pomp, little action expected at UN climate summit

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014 file photo, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participates in a news conference, at United Nations headquarters. More than 120 world leaders convene Tuesday, Sept. 23, for U.N. summit aimed at galvanizing political will for a new global climate treaty by the end of 2015. Environmentalists will take to the streets Sunday, Sept. 20, in what is being billed as the largest march ever on global warming. Celebrities, CEOs and climatologists will appear at a string of events as part of New York Climate Week. DiCaprio has been tapped to talk about the cause of rising seas.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City will be full of planet-saving pomp this coming week, but short on action to rescue the world.



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Pope names Cupich as next Chicago archbishop

FILE - In this June 30, 2010, file photo, Bishop Blase Cupich, 61, of Rapid City, S.D., poses for a photo at The Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes after his announcement in Spokane, Wash. Cupich will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned. Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Dan Pelle)Bishop Blase Cupich, who has struck a moderate tone on divisive social issues, was appointed the archbishop of Chicago on Saturday, succeeding a cardinal with an aggressive approach to the culture wars.



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Lack of trust keeps Iran, US away from coalition

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, left, greets a group of a hospital personnel as he leaves following prostate surgery, in Tehran, Iran. Iran and the United States share a common enemy in the Islamic State militant group, but a deep-seated lack of trust has so far kept the longtime foes from publicly joining hands in a coalition to defeat the extremists. On Monday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters, decisively ruled out an alliance. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran and the United States share a common enemy in the Islamic State militant group, but a deep-seated lack of trust has so far kept the longtime foes from publicly joining hands in a coalition to defeat the extremists.



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10 activists, officers killed in Libya

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security officials say apparently targeted killings over two days have left 10 rights activists, journalists, and army and police officers dead in the country’s east.
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‘Keg is tapped’ — Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Visitors reach for the first beer mugs at the opening of the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, on September 20, 2014Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revellers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza.



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Kenya police chief warns residents to be vigilant

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, armed police take cover behind escalators as smoke fills the air inside the Westgate Mall during a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Nairobi has tens of thousands of security guards outside banks, restaurants, malls and homes - but they aren’t armed and when criminals or terrorists attack, they are often the first casualties. (AP Photo/Jonathan Kalan, File)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief asked residents Saturday to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.



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Kurdish fighters head to Syria to fight militants

FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, a group of armed Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party enter northern Iraq in the Heror area, northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. On Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, hundreds of Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants, activists said. The Islamic State group has been barreling through the area over the past three days, seizing villages and forcing tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee. (AP Photo/Ceerwan Aziz, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have crossed from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants, as leaders of the ethnic group appealed for international assistance in their battle against the extremists.



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AP NewsAlert

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt: el-Sissi tells AP he can’t interfere with courts in case of jailed Al-Jazeera reporters.
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Egypt el-Sissi to AP: I warned of regional terror threat a year ago, now broad strategy needed

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt el-Sissi to AP: I warned of regional terror threat a year ago, now broad strategy needed.
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GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race

FILE- In this May 20, 2014 file photo, Dr. Monica Wehby greets supporters at the headquarters in Oregon City, Oregon after winning the Oregon Republican Primary race for Senate. The pediatric neurosurgeon is looking to leave behind her highly specialized medical career for a seat in the U.S. Senate. She’s styled herself as a moderate on abortion and gay marriage, earning national attention. But she’s perhaps best known for something less flattering, a series of old police reports showing her ex-husband and a former boyfriend separately called police to report she was harassing them. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Looking to leave behind her highly specialized medical career for a seat in the U.S. Senate, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby burst onto the political scene with a splash last year.



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Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church

File photo of Bishop Blase Cupich answering questions from the press in Bellevue WashingtonVATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. Cupich, 65, who is seen as a moderate and is currently the bishop of Spokane, Washington, succeeds the more conservative Cardinal Francis George, 77, who is retiring. Chicago, with more than 2.2 million parishioners, is the third-largest U.S. …



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More than 300 Kurd fighters cross into Syria from Turkey: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – More than 300 Kurdish fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey to help push back an Islamic State advance on a Kurdish border town, a group monitoring Syria’s conflict said on Saturday. “They crossed over last night, they are more than 300,” said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that monitors the war using sources on the ground. He said it was not clear which group the fighters belonged to but said they had joined Kurdish forces in Syria who are fighting Islamic State around the town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish. …
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About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Islamic State advances

Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBy Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) – About 60,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, which is also known as Kobani. Islamic State is now within 15 km (9 miles) of the town, a Kurdish commander on the ground said. …



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Hamilton pips Rosberg for Grand Prix pole in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton drives on the Marina Bay Street circuit on September 20, 2014 during the third practice session for the Formula One Singapore Grand PrixSingapore (AFP) – A remarkably cool Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic last-gasp pole position from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for Sundayâ??s Singapore Grand Prix with a phenomenal qualifying lap on Saturday.



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Craig Ferguson plays it loose with new game show

This undated photo provided by FremantleMedia North America & Debmar-Mercury shows host Craig Ferguson on "Celebrity Name Game." The game show, produced by Courtney Cox and David Arquette, debuts Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in syndication. (AP Photo/FremantleMedia North America & Debmar-Mercury, Michael Becker)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Craig Ferguson approached his first TV game show host's job with a subversive attitude. Then came the simple matter of his wardrobe for "Celebrity Name Game."



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Potential push for Obama to expand military effort

In this Sept. 17, 2014 photo, President Barack Obama, center, with Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, right, Commander of the US Central Command (CentCom), before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago. But military experts both inside and outside of the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are on the front line of the fight against the violent militants. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined.



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Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world’s most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.
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Journal aims to stoke interest in Midwest history

FILE - In this file photo from March 7, 2014, historians and members of the Midwest History Working Group from left to right, John Miller, Mike Allen, Jon Lauck, Kurt Leichtle and Catherine Cocks attend a meeting in Omaha, Neb., Friday, March 7, 2014. One of the ideas they came up with was to publish an online journal on a shoestring budget. But the University of Nebraska Press expressed interest in publishing a printed journal, and the group jumped at the chance. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When T.V. Golden set out to bring a modern irrigation system to parched northwestern Nebraska in the late 19th century, some of the more established settlers objected, fearing that acknowledging the problem would stanch the flow of immigrants who had turned the area into a "young Ireland."



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Last stretch of New York’s High Line to open

Pedestrians stroll between gleaming luxury apartment buildings along the High Line in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The last stretch of the elevated walkway opens to the public Sunday, Sept. 21. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — The last stretch of New York's High Line opens Sunday, completing one of the nation's most distinctive urban transformations: an abandoned stretch of elevated rails that's been turned into a linear oasis of flowers, grasses and trees.



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Four killed in cross-border Boko Haram attack in northern Cameroon

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – Four civilians were killed in the remote north of Cameroon in a cross-border attack by Boko Haram militants, according to state radio. Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group operating in northern Nigeria, has made several incursions into the hilly jungle region of neighbouring Cameroon in recent months. Cameroon has deployed troops to the border in an attempt to repel them. The militants launched their first assault in the early evening on Thursday in the village of Assighassia near the city of Mokolo. …
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