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Libyan pro-government forces on Aug. 31 battled jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in second city Benghazi, where five pro-government fighters have been killed in two days of violence, media said
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighborhood yesterday, bringing the jihadists closer than ever to the center of the capital, a monitoring group said
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Aug. 31 said the refugee crisis facing Europe is testing the core ideals of universal rights at the heart of the European Union
Myanmar’s president on Aug. 30 signed into law the last of four controversial bills championed by radical Buddhists but decried by rights groups as aimed at discriminating against the country’s Muslim minority.
Ukraine's parliament voted on Aug. 31 for constitutional changes to give separatist-minded eastern regions a special status - but divisions in the pro-Western camp and violent street protests suggested the changes would face a rougher ride to become law
A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said late Aug. 29.
A delegation of Turkish economic officials is set to hold talks this week with their Israeli counterparts to discuss establishing a new industrial zone for Palestinians in the West Bank, in the first visit after the deadly Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 which caused serious tension between Turkey and Israel
Police investigating the deadly Bangkok blast said they were seeking a Thai woman and an unidentified man after bomb-making materials were discovered over the weekend in a second apartment raided by police.
European Union leaders on Aug. 30 called for action to defend the "dignity" of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc's eastern borders over the escalating crisis.
ATHENS – Agence France-Presse
SOFIA – Agence Frence-Presse
Bulgaria’s army stepped in on Aug. 25 to buttress the southwestern border with Macedonia, which has been hit in recent days by an unprecedented influx of migrants.
KENEMA, Sierra Leone - The Associated Press
Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia’s life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day.
At least 30 die as boat with 200 migrants sinks off Libya: Coast guard
At least 30 people died on Aug. 27 when a boat carrying around 200 migrants bound for Europe sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country's coast guard said.
Tutu expected out of hospital next week: family
South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is expected to be discharged from hospital by the end of next week, his daughter said Aug. 27, as his health improves under treatment for a persistent infection
Emine Kart - JERUSALEM
BAKU - Anadolu Agency
At least five Armenian troops have been killed in border clashes with Azerbaijani soldiers, said Azerbaijani officials on Aug. 24.
WASHINGTON – Anadolu Agency
Colombia, Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border tension
Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors on Aug. 27 for consultations, amid mounting tensions that began nearly a week ago when Caracas closed off their shared border.
Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues
The gunman in the shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia on Aug. 26 was a veteran anchorman with a history of workplace grievances who had previously sued a Florida station alleging discrimination because he was black.
KIEV - Agence France-Presse
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Aug. 24 accused Russia of sending major military backup to pro-Moscow rebels, speaking just ahead of talks on the conflict with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
KABUL - Agence France-Presse
The Taliban on Aug. 31 admitted covering up longtime leader Mullah Omar's death for more than two years, saying he died in 2013 as was first claimed by the Afghan intelligence.
BERLIN - Anadolu Agency
A Turkish man has been sentenced to three years in prison for being a member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Germany.
Two British journalists detained in southeast Turkey
Turkish police have detained two British journalists from Vice News for reporting from the southeast without government accreditation, security sources say
US and S Korea troops stage massive live-dire drill
South Korean and U.S. troops staged their biggest-ever joint live-fire drill on Aug. 28, including a simulated mechanized assault deep into North Korean territory just days after the two Koreas ended a tense military standoff.
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