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India directs spacecraft toward Martian orbit

September 24, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian spacecraft was nearing its final destination in orbit around Mars on Wednesday, with scientists hoping a success will launch the nation into an elite club of deep-space... more »»

Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest

September 23, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican... more »»

Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate

September 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as... more »»

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue

September 23, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing... more »»

Wife of hostage held in Syria receives life plea

September 23, 2014

LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group said Tuesday she has received an audio message from him pleading for his lif. more »»

US warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million

September 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. more »»

German-US reporter held in Somalia is freed

September 23, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali... more »»

Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start

September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders... more »»

Turkey considers military role against ISIL

September 23, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he is considering expanding support for Western and Arab operations against the Islamic State group to include military... more »»

Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000

September 23, 2014

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters... more »»

EU increases Syria refugee aid by $280 million

September 23, 2014

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is increasing its aid to those affected by the civil war in Syria by 215 million euros ($280 million). more »»

Main developments in fight against extremist group

September 23, 2014

Here is a look at the main developments Tuesday in the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against militants from the Islamic State group.

— Warplanes from the U.S. more »»

Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants

September 23, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. more »»

New jihad appeal makes policing even harder

September 23, 2014

PARIS (AP) — The Islamic State group's call on Muslims to go after the "filthy French" and other Westerners multiplies already deep security concerns in nations targeting the militant organization. more »»

Yemeni Shiite rebel leader vows to fight al-Qaida

September 23, 2014

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The leader of Shiite rebels who swept through Yemen's capital vowed on Tuesday to go after al-Qaida's branch in the country, a show of the group's strength and confidence as i... more »»

Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism

September 23, 2014

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S. more »»

Algerian troops search for kidnapped Frenchman

September 23, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian police and soldiers combed the imposing Djura Djura mountains on Tuesday searching for a kidnapped Frenchman that a security official said had been snatched by a... more »»

Islamic militants parade captured Iraqi soldiers

September 23, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday paraded captured Iraqi troops through the streets of a militant stronghold west of Baghdad, residents sai. more »»

Countries pledge to end forest loss; Brazil balks

September 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it... more »»

Sierra Leone: 130 Ebola cases found in lockdown

September 23, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health teams that went door-to-door in Sierra Leone found 130 confirmed cases of Ebola during a nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the disease, an official... more »»

Airstrikes in Syria: US, Arab allies hit IS sites

September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Arab allies launched what leaders declared would be a long and sustained military assault against Islamic State strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the U.S. more »»


Belmont County Commissioners Meeting September 24, 2014

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