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Senegal reports first Ebola case

Senegal reports first Ebola case

DAKAR, Senegal, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has spread to Senegal, local media and state officials announced Friday.
JC Finley
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop

Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop

ANTAKYA, Turkey, Aug. 29 (UPI) --An Islamic State laptop computer found in Syria allegedly contains plans to build chemical weapons for spreading bubonic plague.
Ed Adamczyk
UNHCR: Soaring Syrian refugee crisis creates 'massive' resource strain

UNHCR: Soaring Syrian refugee crisis creates 'massive' resource strain

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Brian Hansford spoke a week ago with UPI as the number of Syrian refugees neared the three-million mark.
JC Finley
Ukraine seeks to join NATO, prime minister says

Ukraine seeks to join NATO, prime minister says

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Ukraine will seek NATO membership, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said Friday.
Ed Adamczyk
Angelina Jolie: 3 million Syrian refugees a 'searing indictment of our collective failure'

Angelina Jolie: 3 million Syrian refugees a 'searing indictment of our collective failure'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Actress and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Special Envoy Angelina Jolie issued a statement Friday as the number of Syrian refugees reached three million.
JC Finley
China warns U.S. to stops surveillance flights

China warns U.S. to stops surveillance flights

BEIJING, Aug. 29 (UPI) --China suggested the United States end its reconnaissance flights near Chinese territory, and denied claims that a plane made dangerous passes at a U.S. plane.
Ed Adamczyk
U.K. raises threat level to 'severe,' citing Iraq and Syria developments

U.K. raises threat level to 'severe,' citing Iraq and Syria developments

LONDON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The United Kingdom raised its terror threat level from "substantial" to "severe" on Friday, suggesting an attack from international terrorism is highly likely.
JC Finley
Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak traced to single incident

Sierra Leone Ebola outbreak traced to single incident

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 29 (UPI) --The Ebola virus ravaging West Africa traveled from Guinea to Sierra Leone at a funeral in May, scientists confirmed.
Ed Adamczyk
NATO-Ukraine Commission holds extraordinary meeting in response to Russian military aggression

NATO-Ukraine Commission holds extraordinary meeting in response to Russian military aggression

BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (UPI) --The NATO-Ukraine Commission convened an extraordinary session on Friday at the request of Ukraine to discuss Russia's escalated military aggression.
JC Finley
Putin mocks trapped Ukrainian soldiers, urges rebels to release them

Putin mocks trapped Ukrainian soldiers, urges rebels to release them

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko ordered a reinstatement of national military conscription in response to what appears to be a full-scale Russian invasion.
Gabrielle Levy
3 million refugees have fled Syria's war so far

3 million refugees have fled Syria's war so far

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Nearly half of the Syrian population has been "forced to abandon their homes and flee for their lives," due to the three-year civil war, the U.N. said Friday.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama speaks on Iraq, Syria, the Islamic State threat, and Ukraine

Obama speaks on Iraq, Syria, the Islamic State threat, and Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama spoke Thursday about the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, acknowledging that with regard to the latter: "We don't have a strategy yet."
JC Finley
U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

U.N. predicts Afghan presidential vote audit to take until Sept. 10

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 28 (UPI) --The U.N.'s special representative to Afghanistan announced on Thursday that Afghanistan's presidential vote audit is expected to conclude on September 10.
JC Finley
Chile's first openly gay sailor receives support from armed forces

Chile's first openly gay sailor receives support from armed forces

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Mauricio Ruiz has come out as the first openly gay member of Chile's armed forces.
JC Finley
Islamic State claims mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers

Islamic State claims mass execution of 250 Syrian soldiers

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Islamic State militants claimed Thursday to have executed 250 Syrian soldiers at an airbase in Syria's northeastern Raqqa Province.
JC Finley
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