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Ebola outbreak: UN calls for $1bn to fight virus

Ebola outbreak: UN calls for $1bn to fight virus

More than $1bn is needed to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak - a tenfold increase in the past month, the UN's Ebola co-ordinator has said. David Nabarro made the announcement as the World Health Organization (WHO) described the health crisis as "unparalleled in modern times". It has killed 2,461 people this year, half of...

30 Iraqi troops killed in militant attack

30 Iraqi troops killed in militant attack

Sunni militants have seized an Iraqi crossing on the border, with Syria after a daylong battle in which they killed some 30 Iraqi troops, security officials said Saturday. The capture of the Qaim border crossing deals a further blow to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has struggled to push back against Islamic extremists and allied militants who have seized large swaths of the country, including the second largest city Mosul, and who have vowed to march on Baghdad. Police and army officials said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied militants seized the crossing near the border town of Qaim, about 320 kilometres west of Baghdad, after...

US to keep 9,800 Afghanistan troops after 2014

US to keep 9,800 Afghanistan troops after 2014

The US will keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after concluding its combat mission at the end of this year, President Barack Obama has said. Under the plan he announced at the White House, the US will then gradually withdraw troops until only a small residual force remains after 2016. The remaining troops would guard the...

Ukraine troops enter Kramatorsk as tension rises

Ukraine troops enter Kramatorsk as tension rises

Ukrainian troops have entered the eastern town of Kramatorsk a day after an operation began to recapture areas seized by anti-government separatists. However, they were blocked by civilians and it is unclear whether they have any control of the town. In the regional capital, Donetsk, pro-Russian gunmen took control of the mayor's office. Ukraine's interim Prime...

Russian troops 'overrun Crimea base'

Russian troops 'overrun Crimea base'

Russian troops have seized control of a Crimean naval base at Feodosia, the third such attack in 48 hours, Ukrainian officials have told the BBC. Defence spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said the Russians had attacked the base from two directions using armoured personnel carriers and stun grenades. Russia has taken over most of Ukraine's military bases...

Ukraine orders Crimea withdrawal

Ukraine orders Crimea withdrawal

Ukraine's interim President Olexander Turchynov says he has ordered the withdrawal of armed forces from Crimea. The decision was taken because of Russian threats to the lives of military staff and their families, the president announced. Russian troops have seized most of Ukraine's bases in the peninsula, including the naval base at Feodosia. Earlier this month,...

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