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France suggests Europe could help as Gaza monitor

France's president is calling on the international community to help enforce the cease-fire in Gaza, suggesting that Europe could play a role in monitoring the dismantling of tunnels dug by Hamas militants as well as helping to secure gateways between Gaza and Egypt and Israel. The comments Thursday from President ...

In this Aug. 7, 2014 photo a worker assembles construction supplies at Northeast Building Products in Philadelphia. The Commerce Department issues its second estimate of how fast the U.S. economy grew in the April-June quarter on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

US economy grew at brisk 4.2 pct. rate in Q2

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated. The upward revision supported expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove far stronger than ...

UN: Afghan election audit done around Sept. 10

The United Nations representative for Afghanistan says an audit of the country's presidential election should be completed around Sept. 10 and that the inauguration could happen after that. The announcement by Jan Kubis came after a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Thursday. The United Nations has been helping supervise ...

People stand on the shoreline near a sign reading 'NO DUMPING', amongst rubbish at West Point, a area heavily effected by the  Ebola virus, with residence not being  allowed to leave West Point,  as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of Ebola, in  Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Health officials in Liberia said the other two recipients of ZMapp in Liberia — a Congolese doctor and a Liberian physician's assistant, have recovered. Both are expected to be discharged from an Ebola treatment center on Friday, said Dr. Moses Massaquoi, a Liberian doctor with the treatment team. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as are now known, the World Health Organization said Thursday. A new plan by the U.N. health agency to stop Ebola also assumes that the actual number of cases in many hard-hit areas ...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, Jessica Pimentel, of Hollywood, Fla., fills out a job application during a job fair in Sunrise. Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. The Labor Department says the four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 299,750. That's just 6,000 ...

Egypt's Morsi accused of leaking secrets to Qatar

Egypt's state prosecutor is investigating allegations that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi leaked secret documents to Qatar via the Doha-based Al-Jazeera broadcaster, according to judicial officials. If the charges are referred to court, it would be the fourth case underway against Morsi, who was overthrown by the military last summer ...

A sign showing the direction and distance to cities stands as a metal board in the shape of a gunman is placed on an old bunker at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights, overlooking the border with Syria, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Islamic State group kills captured Syrian soldiers

Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed dozens of government soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base this week. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the militants seized the soldiers in the countryside near the Tabqa airfield on Wednesday. Observatory's director Rami Abdurrahman says ...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 2, 2014, file photo, Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Jolie and Pitt were married Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in France, according to a spokesman for the couple. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)

Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple. Jolie and Pitt wed Saturday in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie also obtained a marriage ...

US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week

Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. It will ...

French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech to French Ambassadors at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Aug. 28. 2014. The French leader who once decried global finance and vowed a 75-percent tax on millionaires has quashed dissent from his Socialist government's left flank and appointed a well-heeled former investment banker as his new point man on the economy.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

France rules out Assad as partner in terror fight

French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands. In a wide-ranging speech Thursday to international ambassadors, Hollande said France would call an international conference to address ...

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