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AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

Ebola-stricken doctor seen as globe-trotting do-gooder driven to join global health fight

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AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EDT

World Health Organization: 2-year-old who brought Ebola to Mali dies, many at risk

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US officials see signs of new life in Iraqi army

(Karim Kadim, File / Associated Press)

Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials say.

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Girls’ journey renews fears of terror recruiting

(Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)

The case of three teenage girls who possibly tried to join Islamic State militants poses vexing questions for U.S. officials about terror groups’ use of social media to recruit people inside the United States.

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Teens’ travel renews concerns about terror appeal

(Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)

Three teenage girls being investigated for possibly trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria were victims of an “online predator” who encouraged them, a school official said Wednesday, as U.S. officials tried to determine how they made it to Europe without anyone knowing and whether the terrorists’ appeal is deepening among vulnerable youth.

State Department suggests Syrian regime soldier a hero in stray retweet

The perils of fighting Islamic State on Twitter.

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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

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Pentagon addresses video claiming U.S. accidentally delivered weapons to Islamic State

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a briefing on Tuesday that the U.S. has yet to confirm the authenticity of a video released by the Islamic State purporting to show obtained weapons and supplies meant for Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobane.

Photos: The battle for Kobane, revealed by U.N. satellite imagery

New satellite images show how the Syrian border town of Kobane has turned into a war zone.

MAP: Islamic State’s massacres in Syria and Iraq

Over the past three months, the Islamic State have used brutal tactics against civilians in Iraq and Syria and have taken part in mass killings of residents, soldiers and those belonging to minority tribes or religions.