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Army Lt. Gen. William Mayville, Jr., Director of Operations J3, speaks about the operations in Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during a news conference at the Pentagon. In a separate action from the air strikes against the Islamic State group, the U.S. bombed a cell of al Qaida militants in northwestern Syria after concluding they were close to attacking the U.S. or Europe, Pentagon officials say. Mayville, the Pentagon’s operations chief, said that the Khorasan Group was nearing “the execution phase of an attack either in Europe or the homeland." (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)U.S. bombed cell of al-Qaida militants in northwestern Syria of whom few have heard.


2014-09-23 10:26:30 -0600

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2014, file photo, a Nigerian health official wearing a protective suit waits to screen passengers for the Ebola virus at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they’ve learned more about how the potentially lethal virus behaves and how future outbreaks might be stopped. The first cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea by the World Health Organization on March 23 before spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)Sierra Leone says 130 confirmed cases of Ebola were found during a three-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease. Officials are awaiting tests on about 70 more suspected cases.


2014-09-23 11:36:52 -0600

At their peak in January 2011, Somali pirates held more than 700 hostagesMogadishu (AFP) - Somali pirates on Tuesday freed a German-American journalist and writer, Michael Scott Moore, two and a half years after he was kidnapped in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, officials said.


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