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Activists: Syria airstrikes toll over 500

MURSITPINAR, Turkey — U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Syria have killed more than 500 people, mainly Islamic militants, since they began last month, activists said Thursday, as fighting flared in the northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

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Africa stems Ebola via border closings, luck

NAIROBI, Kenya — Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries — and two of them appear to have snuffed out the disease.

No chemical weapons seen with Islamic State, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON — Islamic State militants do not appear to have seized any chemical weapons as they have rolled across Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday, as reports of U.S. troops’ exposure to chemical weapons during Washington’s last conflict in Iraq raised questions about the extremist group’s access to similar deadly agents.

Obama to name ACLU lawyer to Justice Dept. civil rights unit

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate top ACLU lawyer Vanita Gupta to run the often controversial Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, but will delay a formal announcement until after the midterm elections, according to sources familiar with the administration’s discussions.