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Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 12:10 PM

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health officials in Sierra Leone say tests on the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently have tested positive for Ebola.

Dr. Brima Kargbo, chief medical officer, on Sunday confirmed the positive test results from the woman from Kambia district in northern Sierra Leone.

Last Monday, Sierra Leone's last known Ebola patient was released from a hospital, a milestone that allowed the West African nation to begin a 42-day countdown toward being declared free of Ebola transmission.


Pakistan officials: US envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 11:41 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice has discussed efforts to revive Afghan peace talks.

Rice met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif on Sunday. Two Pakistani officials say they discussed efforts to revive talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

The U.S. Embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.


Spanish mayor denies his town destroyed Stone Age tomb

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 11:15 AM

MADRID (AP) — The mayor of a village in northwestern Spain denies his town council destroyed a heritage-protected Stone Age monument to replace it with a picnic table.

A dispute erupted after an environmental protection group reported to the region's Environment and Planning office the destruction of a historically important, 6,000-year-old Neolithic burial site in Ardesende.

In its place, its report says, there is now a concrete table with benches.


Plane crashes at Austrian air show, fatally injuring pilot

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 10:37 AM

VIENNA (AP) — Authorities say a small plane has crashed at an air show in southern Austria, fatally injuring the pilot.

The accident happened near the town of Freisach in the southern province of Carinthia on Sunday.

Police spokesman Markus Dexl told the Austria Press Agency that the pilot lost control of the aircraft during a maneuver and crashed.

There were no other casualties.


Hundreds of Russians protest destruction of demon sculpture

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 10:18 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 500 people have held a protest in Russia's second-largest city over the destruction of a century-old bas-relief of the demon Mephistopheles.

The sculpture was a small landmark in St. Petersburg, a city noted for its striking architecture. It is not clear who removed it last week, although a group which identified itself as Cossacks claimed responsibility. City authorities said they have found fragments of it amid construction refuse.


Eni says it's found 'supergiant' natural gas field off Egypt

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 10:12 AM

ROME (AP) — The Italian energy company Eni says it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt. 

A company statement on Sunday is calling it the largest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea.

Eni says after full development, the discovery will be able to ensure satisfying Egypt's natural gas demands "for decades."


South Sudan rebels: Clashes continue after cease-fire

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 08:50 AM

JUBA , South Sudan (AP) — A rebel-appointed official in South Sudan's war-ravaged Unity state says government troops on Sunday attacked a village on the first day of a cease-fire that both sides have pledged to implement.

John Riek, who coordinates relief activities in an opposition-held part of southern Unity state, accused government troops of attacking Jabuar village following what he said were attacks on two other villages in the area Saturday night. He said government troops were burning houses and looting livestock on Sunday.


Activists say IS damages ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 08:43 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State militants have set off an explosion that severely damaged the Bel Temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria.

A resident of the area, who goes by the name of Nasser al-Thaer, says a huge blast went off Sunday afternoon. He says that "it is total destruction" and that "the bricks and the columns are on the ground." He says that only the wall of the temple remains.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists in Syria, says the temple was damaged.


Video shows Palestinian women, Israeli soldier scuffling

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:43 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian women and youth at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook.

In the edited video, the masked soldier is seen attempting to arrest a 12-year-old boy with a cast on his arm. He is swarmed by veiled Palestinian women, who pull at the soldier and slap him. The boy's sister is seen biting the soldier's hand.

The soldier eventually frees himself from the crowd and releases the boy.


Romanian govt examines video of man kidnapped in Africa

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:42 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Foreign Ministry says it is working to verify the authenticity of a video of a Romanian security worker pleading for help after being kidnapped by those with ties to the Islamic State group.


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