Pro-Russian rebels patrol a square in Donetsk. (AP)

Putin hails Ukraine separatists; Kiev mulls joining NATO

Russia’s president likens the Ukrainian army to Nazi invaders of the Soviet Union during World War II.

    Britain raises terror threat level

    Britain raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely.

    Five co-authors of an important Ebola study died of the virus before their research was published

    The extraordinary study came with an extraordinary toll. The findings were published this week in Science.

    Australian jihadist has long history of mental illness

    Now part of the fight in Iraq and Syria, Khaled Sharrouf highlights trend of disturbed men joining Islamic State.

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    The Ebola virus has spread to Senegal as the deadliest outbreak in history gets worse

    The Ebola virus has spread to Senegal as the deadliest outbreak in history gets worse

    Senegal’s health minister confirmed the country’s first case of Ebola on Friday.

    Even in a Mexican prison, a drug lord keeps his mustache

    Even in a Mexican prison, a drug lord keeps his mustache

    The Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman may be behind bars, but might live by his own rules.

    Ellis Island in reverse: Back home in Guatemala

    Ellis Island in reverse: Back home in Guatemala

    “Now you’re in your country and with your people,” a large placard tells deportees upon their return.

    Obama on the Islamic State: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

    Obama on the Islamic State: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

    He’s asked the Pentagon to prepare options while he recruits countries to help respond to the extremist group.

    Mother of captive Russian soldier confronts army brass

    Mother of captive Russian soldier confronts army brass

    ‘I can’t eat, I can’t sleep’ while paratrooper son is in Ukrainian detention.

    Missing American found dead in Jerusalem area forest, police say

    Missing American found dead in Jerusalem area forest, police say

    Aharon Sofer’s body was discovered nearly a week after he disappeared while hiking, authorities say.

    Ebola virus could infect 20,000 before outbreak is over, WHO says

    Ebola virus could infect 20,000 before outbreak is over, WHO says

    With 1,552 deaths recorded so far, the virus is certain to claim more lives than all of the previous Ebola outbreaks combined.

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    Himalayan death tolls

    Since 1950, around 25,000 summit climbs have been attempted on peaks in the Himalayas with more than 900 people dying in the attempt.

    2009: A Rwanda homecoming

    Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

    Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

    Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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    U.S. delivers weapons to Lebanon

    U.S. delivers weapons to Lebanon

    The United States delivered weapons and equipment to Lebanon’s army on Friday to help bolster the country’s military as it faces a growing threat from Islamist militants.
    Russian columns enter Ukraine, Obama lays blame

    Russian columns enter Ukraine, Obama lays blame

    Ukrainian officials said Thursday that two columns of Russian tanks entered the country after firing missiles at a border post. President Obama blames Russia for the escalation of violence in the region.
    Cameron: UK raises terror threat level to severe

    Cameron: UK raises terror threat level to severe

    British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday that Britain is raising the terror threat level from substantial to severe — meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely — and that officials are seizing UK terror suspects’ passports in an effort to stop them from traveling.
    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff

    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff

    Malaysia Airlines will shed 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul to revive its damaged brand after two disasters involving its jets.
    Report finds 1,400 kids exploited in U.K. town

    Report finds 1,400 kids exploited in U.K. town

    About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded in a damning account of failures by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period.
    Netanyahu claims victory in Gaza

    Netanyahu claims victory in Gaza

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared victory in the Gaza war against Hamas, saying a cease-fire deal was reached without giving anything to the Islamist militant group.
    Gaza holds vigil for displaced residents

    Gaza holds vigil for displaced residents

    Gaza City residents waved flags, displayed weapons and chanted at a candlelight vigil held on Wednesday night for those among them who lost their homes in an Israeli air strike on a 12-story apartment building.
    Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

    Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are known now, according to the World Health Organization.
    Deadly landslide hits village in southwest China

    Deadly landslide hits village in southwest China

    Chinese state media reports that at least six people have died and 21 remain missing after a landslide hit a village in southwestern China.
    Sheep just shy of woolly world record

    Sheep just shy of woolly world record

    Hoping to break the record for world's wooliest, Shaun the sheep came up 10 pounds shy with his fleece weighing over 50 pounds after being shorn for the first time in years.
    American believed to be killed fighting in Syria

    American believed to be killed fighting in Syria

    A relative of Douglas McArthur McCain says he never spoke about involvement with terrorism, but a U.S. official says the man who is believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight with an extremist group, most likely the Islamic State.
    U.S. 'strongly supports' Gaza cease-fire

    U.S. 'strongly supports' Gaza cease-fire

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. "strongly supported" the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas and asked all sides to comply with its terms.
    Gaza residents have hope as cease-fire holds

    Gaza residents have hope as cease-fire holds

    An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, to the delight of some residents of Gaza after 50 days of fighting.
    Food fight for tomato festival in Spain

    Food fight for tomato festival in Spain

    The annual Tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain has thousands of revellers pelting each other with tomatoes in a battle that has become a major tourist attraction.
    Over 3 tons of cocaine seized in Peru

    Over 3 tons of cocaine seized in Peru

    Police in Peru say they have seized at least 3.3 tons of cocaine that was concealed in a shipment of coal bound for Belgium and Spain.
    Lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

    Lion cubs debut at Johannesburg Zoo

    Three white lion cubs are making their public debut at the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa on Wednesday.

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    Israel mourns three teens at public funeral

    The students who went missing in the West Bank in June were laid to rest in the city of Modiin.

    Russian soldiers advance into Ukraine

    Shellings and protests continue in Ukraine as the military conflict escalates in the east.

    Gaza cease-fire holds

    Each side claims victory as Gaza residents return to their homes.

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    Birthplace of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

    Nearly half of Sierra Leone’s Ebola cases have been found in the rural Kailahun district.

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    Boogie-boarders ride California’s high waves, elephant polo, battlefields of Verdun and more.

    Playing polo with pachyderms

    An annual elephant polo tournament in Thailand raises money for elephant conservation projects.

    A celebration of photojournalism Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan

    The International Photojournalism Festival in France features haunting images from all over the world. The festival provides thousands of professional photojournalists to meet and discuss their work.

    Ukraine, Russian troops continue to battle

    Ukraine charged Russia was deepening its foray into Ukrainian territory and sending new troops to the Crimean border.

    Fighting ends as Israel, Hamas agree to truce

    Hamas and Israel have agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that has killed more than 2,200 people.

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    Fire on the sun, tomato fight in Spain, Texas mammoth discovery, Gaza cease-fire, oil spill in Mexico and more.

    In Spain, a massive food fight

    The town’s annual festival has participants flinging tomatoes at each other, leaving the streets, and the people, awash in red.

    Animal views

    Kissing koi, a giant African snail, a rockhopper penguin, a bighorn sheep rescued in California and more.

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    Memphis Belle flies over Baltimore, 3-million-year-old Taung skull, women’s gymnastics and more.

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    Ganesh workshop, a sustainable house, California earthquake, service for James Foley and more.