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Kidnapping shows Islamic State’s reach

A brazen but ultimately failed effort to kidnap a Syrian rebel leader in broad daylight raises troubling questions about Islamic State’s growing reach into Turkey.

    In West Bank, Palestinians gird for attacks on olive trees

    Last year, Israeli settlers destroyed or damaged nearly 11,000 Palestinian- owned trees, the U.N. reported.

    Former Nazi capital becomes a new beacon for Israelis

    Thousands of young Israelis and European Jews are streaming to Berlin.

    Ali A. Mazrui, controversial African scholar, dies at 81

    The Kenyan-born Dr. Mazrui authored many books and hosted a documentary on African heritage.

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    After Scottish vote, question of English rights arises

    After Scottish vote, question of English rights arises

    England is in an increasingly foul mood after the vote over Scottish independence yielded what some English see as a sweetheart deal for Scotland.

    Hong Kong showdown moves from streets to debate hall

    Hong Kong showdown moves from streets to debate hall

    With rowdy crowds watching, neither student leaders nor government officials offered many concessions.

    Christophe de Margerie, Total chief executive, dies at 63

    Christophe de Margerie, Total chief executive, dies at 63

    Mr. de Margerie, CEO of the French oil company, died when his jet collided with a snowplow in Russia.

    Brazil presidential candidates look back to the future

    Brazil presidential candidates look back to the future

    Candidates in the Oct. 26 election are campaigning on their past records, rather than future proposals.

    U.S., Turkey give Kurds boost in Islamic State clash

    U.S., Turkey give Kurds boost in Islamic State clash

    Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurds passage to Syria, and the U.S. dropped weapons and aid to Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling the Islamic State.

    Ebola patients are vanishing within Liberia’s chaotic medical system

    Ebola patients are vanishing within Liberia’s chaotic medical system

    Desperate families must search for loved ones at clinics that have lost track of both the living and the dead.

    Hunt for foreign submarine sends
    a Cold War chill across the Baltic

    Hunt for foreign submarine sends <br>a Cold War chill across the Baltic

    Sweden’s search has alarmed a region where Russia has been accused of border violations.

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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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    Life in Alem Paraiba, Brazil

    This is Brazil’s Midwest, a friendly, unassuming place with a quiet sense of time to be killed and space to kill it.

    Battle for Kobane continues

    The United States has stepped up airstrikes against Islamic State fighters massed around the embattled Syrian town.

    Hong Kong students, officials begin talks

    Protest leaders faced off with government officials in a debate marked by sweeping discourse but few concessions.

    Day in photos

    Oscar Pistorius’s sentencing, fighting in eastern Congo, heavy winds and waves in England and more.

    Day in photos

    Possible remains of missing U-Va. student found, a new president in Indonesia, a foam party in Scotland and more.

    Fighting continues in Ukraine

    The violence comes after talks between Kiev and Moscow end without a breakthrough.

    Volcano eruption in Indonesia

    After lying largely dormant for more than 400 years, Mount Sinabung has been intermittently exploding since last year.

    No resting place

    In Pakistani village, no resting place for Christians.

    Day in photos

    A high-wire act, protests in Hong Kong, art around the world and more.

    Death toll in Nepal avalanche, blizzard at 29

    Search teams rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered 10 more bodies.

    Best news photos of the week

    A 10-year-old meets Hillary Clinton, the fight against Ebola, Syrian border battles and more top images of the week.

    Protests resume in Hong Kong

    Pro-democracy supporters continued to occupy the streets after talks with the government broke down.

    Another side of the Ebola crisis

    In Liberia, where there are few ambulances, simply getting to a treatment center can be an ordeal.

    Day in photos

    A deadly avalanche in Nepal, an Ebola isolation chamber in Germany, a fashion show in Ukraine and more.

    U.S. military aids in fight against Ebola virus

    American servicemembers were deployed to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance.

    In Ukraine, less a cease-fire than a de-escalation

    Violence has fallen since a tenuous truce that began Sept. 5, but the atmosphere remains tense.