• Sierra Leone registers rise in new Ebola cases

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — President Ernest Bai Koroma reinstated restrictions in Sierra Leone in response to the rise in confirmed cases of Ebola. Sierra Leone recorded 18 new cases of Ebola in the week ending Saturday, up from 16 new cases last week. This breaks the trend of...

  • China's central bank cuts rates again to boost economy

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank cut interest rates for the second time in three months Saturday, adding to signs the country's leaders are worried the economic slowdown is deepening too sharply. The People's Bank of China announced a rate cut on one-year loans by commercial banks...

  • Jailed Kurdish leader calls on PKK to lay down arms

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday. Ocalan is asking his Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, to hold an...

  • Oregon considers bill banning most vaccine exemptions

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Parents who want to maintain the right to refuse vaccinations for their children are mounting a strong fight against an Oregon bill that takes aim at the state's highest-in-the-nation rate of non-medical vaccine exemptions. The measure would eliminate personal,...

  • Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with...

  • German-based anti-Islam group holds first rally in England

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — The German-based anti-Islam group PEGIDA held its first rally in Britain Saturday, sparking scuffles as police tried to keep the group away from counterdemonstrators. Five people were arrested. Police said that about 375 people joined the PEGIDA rally in Newcastle, 290...

  • Iran offers to protect Iraqi artifacts after militant attack

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has offered to safeguard potentially at-risk Iraqi artifacts after a video released by the Islamic State group showed its militants using sledgehammers to smash relics in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, a senior official at Iran's...

  • UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country's military. UNICEF had previously said about 89 boys, some as young as 13, were...

  • Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths marched through the capital Saturday to show support for the military's battle against attacks by neighboring Nigeria's Islamic extremists. Boko Haram rebels have crossed over from Nigeria to attack towns in northern Cameroon....

  • Medicaid fight may cost Florida $1 billion federal grant

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida is scheduled to lose $1 billion in federal health funds at the end of June, a hole in the state budget the Legislature must fill in its upcoming session if a settlement isn't reached between the administrations of Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama. The...

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