Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.... 9/18/2014 5:34 PM

Mexico boosts Los Cabos security after looting
LOS CABOS, Mexico (AP) -- Federal police on Thursday vowed to crack down on lawlessness and restore order in the hurricane-stricken resort area of Los Cabos after looting emptied store shelves and unnerved residents who worried their homes could be next.... 9/18/2014 5:22 PM

Leading Bahrain activist released from jail
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Bahrain's Interior Ministry said Thursday that police have released human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, who was being held for questioning after her arrest on arrival in the Gulf Arab country last month.... 9/18/2014 5:17 PM

Argentina approves price control law
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's congress has approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits.... 9/18/2014 5:06 PM

British hostage appears in new video
BEIRUT (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists.... 9/18/2014 5:02 PM

US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months
PARIS (AP) -- Moderate Syrian rebels, once made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that the Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:48 PM

Cardinals debate marriage before crucial meeting
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.... 9/18/2014 4:47 PM

Greece: March to honor slain rapper turns violent
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Violence has broken out at a march in Greece, held to honor a rap singer whose stabbing death a year ago triggered a crackdown on the extreme right Golden Dawn party.... 9/18/2014 4:43 PM

Scots decide whether to declare independence
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided.... 9/18/2014 4:40 PM

AP Interview: Hamas No. 2 says war a lesser option
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group's No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unless a deal is reached on ending seven years of Israeli-Egyptian border closures of Hamas-ruled Gaza.... 9/18/2014 4:38 PM

Israeli museum unveils ancient Jewish prayer book
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli museum has unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world.... 9/18/2014 4:37 PM

Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgium has arrested a high-ranking member of the rebel movement that plunged Liberia into conflict more than two decades ago and charged her with war crimes and crimes against humanity, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:36 PM

Puerto Rico singer Don Omar faces abuse charges
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar has been charged with four counts of domestic violence following his arrest in the U.S. territory, police said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:29 PM

NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force
SZCZECIN, Poland (AP) -- NATO's new rapid-reaction "spearhead" force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:23 PM

Popular Venezuelan cartoonist fired over drawing
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A popular cartoonist says she lost her job over her representation of the late Hugo Chavez's iconic signature as a flat-lined heartbeat to dramatize Venezuela's health care crisis.... 9/18/2014 4:22 PM

BEIRUT (AP) -- British hostage appears in new video released by Islamic State group militants.... 9/18/2014 4:19 PM

Arrests in Chile bomb attack focus on anarchists
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chilean police arrested three suspects on Thursday in the country's worst bomb attack in more than two decades.... 9/18/2014 4:18 PM

Turkey says it plans to stop flow of IS fighters
BERLIN (AP) -- Turkey's foreign minister says his country is resolved to stop the flow of European extremists trying to join the Islamic State group.... 9/18/2014 4:10 PM

France to provide air support in Iraq
PARIS (AP) -- France has agreed to provide air support requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group fighters who've captured swathes of the country, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday.... 9/18/2014 4:06 PM

Pakistan rescues thousands as floods hit south
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's disaster management agency said Thursday it had evacuated thousands of people stranded in parts of the country's south after it was hit by floods, as the military air-dropped rations and civil authorities sent truckloads of supplies to the regions where waters were receding after wreaking havoc.... 9/18/2014 4:02 PM