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Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown

The country's 6 million residents have been ordered to stay in their homes in an unprecedented effort to prevent the deadly disease from spreading.

Survivors and relatives of victims carry Kenya's national flags on the anniversary of last year's deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya's capital of Nairobi.

One year after Kenyan mall attack, few answers have emerged

The people behind a vicious attack were identified as Islamist militants from Somalia, but few other details about the incident have been made public.

Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai shake hands after signing a power-sharing pact in Kabul Sunday. The first vote in the election was held in April; a runoff followed in June.

Afghan presidential rivals end dispute — and a long election season

The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan shake hands and sign a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.

Pope names a moderate to be Chicago's new archbishop

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., to succeed Cardinal Francis George, 77, a conservative who has spoken out on many social issues in his 17 years in the post.

After Scotland's vote, Cameron pledges more autonomy

At final count, the "no" votes won by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent. The British prime minister said it had settled the question "for a generation."

Scots reject independence in historic vote

Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

Scotland's voters decide: To leave or stay in the UK?

Scots went to the polls to vote in a referendum that will decide whether they remain with the United Kingdom or end a 300-year-old union.

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

Mexico airlifts tourists after Hurricane Odile

The Mexican government began airlifting the first of tens of thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area of Los Cabos on Tuesday, as residents picked up the pieces of shattered, flooded homes.

2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners announced

The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2014 recipients, who will each receive $625,000 to spend any way they like.

Ray Rice's indefinite NFL suspension appealed by players' union

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

Obama calls Ebola a global security threat, orders military aid

President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa and called on other countries to quickly supply more helpers, supplies and money.

Hagel, Dempsey defend US plan to target extremists in Iraq

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey told a Senate panel Tuesday he "would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of ground forces."

Expanding mission in Iraq, US strikes fighters south of Baghdad

The attacks were conducted in support of Iraqi Security Forces, marking the first time the U.S. has used air power outside of its original mission to protect U.S. assets.

Smartphones — used to stalk, control domestic abuse victims

Cyberstalking has transformed domestic abuse in the U.S. Tracking tools called spyware make it cheap and easy for someone to monitor a partner secretly.

Leaders meet in Paris to forge fight against Islamic militants

Representatives from more than 20 countries have gathered in the French capital to form a coalition to defeat the insurgency.