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Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

FILE — In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of...
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Lacking a plan, Abbas opts for rhetoric

FILE — In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of...
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Submarine hunt sends Cold War chill across Baltic

In this amateur photo provided by Sweden’s armed forces and distributed by the TT News Agency on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, a partially submerged object is visible in the water at center, in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden. The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three...
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Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State

In this image shot with an extreme telephoto lens from a hilltop in Mursitpinar on the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Kurdish fighters, bottom, enter their positions in a house in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic...
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Iraq imposes curfew in Ramadi, fearing militants

Security forces inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the largely Shiite eastern neighborhood of Talibiyah in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint Thursday in the Iraqi capital, killing more than...
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WHO faulted for Ebola failures as Obama taps czar

Jeff Hulbert, of Annapolis, Md., protests U.S. handling of Ebola cases outside of the White House Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jeff Hulbert, of Annapolis, Md., protests U.S. handling of Ebola cases outside of the White House Friday, Oct. 17,...
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Egypt’s foray into Libya underlines its concerns

A fire truck drives towards smoke caused by an attack by Islamist militias during clashes with forces led by renegade Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter in Benghazi, Libya, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Islamist militias fought Wednesday with forces loyal to Hifter, who vows to seize the...
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Hong Kong police move in against protest zone

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying answers questions from media during a press conference in Hong Kong Government House, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Leung said officials have been negotiating with the students through middlemen in the past few days, and announced that...
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Putin keeps Merkel waiting in Milan

Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak (center) is welcomed by Italian Priemier Matteo Renzi (left) and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro, Pool) Slovakian...
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US still searching for credible allies in Syria

FILE – In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA...