The head of a school in Sevastopol looks at a painting. (TWP)

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    Suicide bomber in Kabul targets British; 6 dead

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    Ebola strikes doctor who treated colleague in Sierra Leone

    Ebola strikes doctor who treated colleague in Sierra Leone

    Martin Salia died from the virus while being treated in U.S. Now a colleague in Sierra Leone has tested positive.

    Forget the Mayflower issues. Britain embraces Thanksgiving.

    Forget the Mayflower issues. Britain embraces Thanksgiving.

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    Rise of Sunni militants poses new threat to Lebanon

    Rise of Sunni militants poses new threat to Lebanon

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    In heart of Europe, migrants offer a one-stop tour of worldwide misery

    In heart of Europe, migrants offer a one-stop tour of worldwide misery

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    Sabah, renowned entertainer of the Arab world, dies at 87

    Sabah, renowned entertainer of the Arab world, dies at 87

    Singer, actress and entertainer, Sabah titillated and scandalized the Arab world.

    Japan vows to resume Antarctic whale hunt next year

    Japan vows to resume Antarctic whale hunt next year

    Critics of Japan’s whaling practices are guilty of “eco-imperialism,” a top official said.

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    Suicide bomb hits U.K. Embassy vehicle in Kabul, 5 dead

    Suicide bomb hits U.K. Embassy vehicle in Kabul, 5 dead

    A British national was among five people who were killed on Thursday in a suicide attack on an embassy vehicle in Kabul.
    Star Australian cricket player dies from head injury

    Star Australian cricket player dies from head injury

    Australian cricket player Phillip Hughes died on Thursday, two days after a ball hit his head during a match.
    U.S. troops celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

    U.S. troops celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

    Hundreds of U.S. soldiers celebrated Thanksgiving Day away from their families in Afghanistan on Thursday.
    Hong Kong police clear protesters

    Hong Kong police clear protesters

    Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests Wednesday as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a two-month-old movement seeking free elections.
    Sydney mother dumps newborn in drain

    Sydney mother dumps newborn in drain

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    Kerry calls synagogue attack ‘pure terror’

    Kerry calls synagogue attack ‘pure terror’

    Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday condemns an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem that left four Jewish worshipers and two Palestinian attackers dead.
    Russian rocket docks with International Space Station

    Russian rocket docks with International Space Station

    A Russian capsule Soyuz carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy arrived at the International Space Station on Monday.
    Kerry, Iran leave nuclear talks

    Kerry, Iran leave nuclear talks

    Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's foreign minister decided to pull back from nuclear talks Friday in Vienna, leaving the future of the negotiations unclear less than four days before the deadline for a deal.
    Demonstrators, police clash in Mexico

    Demonstrators, police clash in Mexico

    Demonstrators clashed with riot police in Mexico City’s Zocalo square after thousands marched Thursday demanding that authorities find 43 missing college students.
    Israel to demolish homes of synagogue attackers

    Israel to demolish homes of synagogue attackers

    Tensions are rising as Israeli police on Thursday handed home demolition notices to families of four Palestinian attackers from east Jerusalem, including two assailants who killed five people in a synagogue attack earlier this week.
    Israel destroys Palestinian attacker’s home

    Israel destroys Palestinian attacker’s home

    Israel said it demolished the east Jerusalem home of a Palestinian involved in a deadly attack on a train stop from October. The demolition came a day after two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem.
    Worshipers return to Jerusalem synagogue

    Worshipers return to Jerusalem synagogue

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    Giant 'World Toilet Day' cake unveiled in India

    Giant 'World Toilet Day' cake unveiled in India

    A cake shaped like a toilet and weighing more than 1,500 pounds was unveiled in New Delhi as part of the International Toilet Festival. Wednesday is “World Toilet Day,” an initiative to raise awareness of the need for clean sanitation.
    Hong Kong activists try to storm legislature

    Hong Kong activists try to storm legislature

    Protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police in the early hours of Wednesday after they tried to break into Hong Kong's Legislative Council building.
    Mexican protesters hurl fire-bombs at government

    Mexican protesters hurl fire-bombs at government

    Protesters hurled fire-bombs at the headquarters of Mexico's governing party in Oaxaca on Monday, demanding justice over the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero.
    Israeli troops respond to synagogue attack

    Israeli troops respond to synagogue attack

    Raw video from Israel Channel 10 shows Israeli troops reacting to the fatal attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday. Two Palestinian men attacked the synagogue during morning prayer services, killing four worshippers.

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