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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; Putin remains defiant

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; Putin remains defiant

Ukraine has called for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armoured columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels.

No military strategy yet for Islamic State - US

No military strategy yet for Islamic State - US

President Barack Obama says the United States has not yet developed a strategy for confronting Islamic State in Syria, an acknowledgement that a decision had not been made on whether to launch air strikes against the militant group.

Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000

Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency says, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

Ukraine says Russian troops backing rebel thrust

Ukraine says Russian troops backing rebel thrust

Ukraine's president says Russian troops have entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

Army steps in over Pakistan political crisis

Army steps in over Pakistan political crisis

Pakistan's army has stepped into a political struggle between the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition, signalling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilised the coup-prone nation.

Girl (9) accidentally kills gun instructor

Girl (9) accidentally kills gun instructor

An instructor at a shooting range in Arizona has died after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot him in the head with an Uzi he was showing her how to use, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office says.

Swell times as beachgoers brave waves

Swell times as beachgoers brave waves

Waves up to about 6m high crashed along the Southern California coast as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials say.

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing

Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing

Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict says.

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