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    West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths

    Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, right, demonstrates to people how to wash their hands properly in order to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, during Independence Day celebrations in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday.

    Jul 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    Security forces went house-to-house looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease Thursday in Sierra Leone’s capital as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa. U.S. health officials urged Americans not to travel to the three countries hardest hit by the medical crisis: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Two Americans are sick with Ebola in Liberia. Their colleagues said Thursday they were in “grave” but stable...

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    Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel

    Displaced Palestinian Hajar Muharram, 5, looks on in a classroom where the family of seven now lives, at a U.N. school, in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on Thursday.

    Jul 31, 2014 2:08 PM

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday. Abbas hesitated in the past because such a step would transform his relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile and could put him on a collision course with the United States.

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    Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

    House Speaker John Boehner leads a Republican-majority House that has often been gridlocked with the Democratic-controlled Senate and White House. Congress, still having major unresolved issues, leaves for a five-week summer vacation this week.

    Jul 31, 2014 2:17 PM

    Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill. On the final day before a five-week summer break, Congress was leaving a long list of unfinished business after 18 months of bitter partisanship. Democrats cast Republicans as the obstacle; Republicans said President Barack...

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    CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

    CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.

    Jul 31, 2014 2:04 PM

    CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year. Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Brennan has convened an accountability board that will investigate the conduct of the CIA officers and discipline them, if need be.

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    Investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site

    Jul 31, 2014 10:12 AM

    As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago.

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