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Ebola death toll in 3 African countries hits 7,373

Ebola death toll in 3 African countries hits 7,373

The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

President Barack Obama declared that Sony made a mistake in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Koreas leader, and he pledged the US would respond in a place and manner and time that we choose to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

Kurd fighters advance in Kobani

Kurd fighters advance in Kobani

Kurdish fighters advanced Saturday in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group, a Kurdish official and an activist group said.

Dozens arrested in Turkey for protesting in favor of secular education system

Dozens arrested in Turkey for protesting in favor of secular education system

Dozens of demonstrators were arrested on Saturday in the Turkish capital Ankara as police used pepper spray and water cannon to disperse a protest in favor of secular education.

Indonesia aims to retrieve 1.8 million illegal workers

Indonesia aims to retrieve 1.8 million illegal workers

The Indonesian government is planning to repatriate 1.8 million nationals stranded abroad without work permits, local media reported Saturday.

India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to Modi

India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to Modi

The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda.

Croatia may block Serbias EU bid over war crime probes

Croatia may block Serbias EU bid over war crime probes

Croatia may block Serbia's accession process with the European Union if Belgrade would not prosecute those accused for war crimes during the breakup of Yugoslavia, Croatian foreign minister told The Anadolu Agency.

Syrian conflict causes businesses boom in Turkey

Syrian conflict causes businesses boom in Turkey

"We are struggling to put bread on the table. We put Turkish and Arabic signs in our workplace. I'm happy that I am able to continue my business here says 32-year-old Mamun Fakri from Idlib, Syria.

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for 2006 oil spill

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for 2006 oil spill

Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah.

Putin urges Russia's secret services to tackle modern challenges

Putin urges Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Saturday for improvement of Moscow's secret services to tackle "modern challenges and threats" amid his country's standoff with the West over the Ukrainian crisis.