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In this Sept. 15, 2014, photo, Kurdish citizens who live in Lebanon shout slogans and hold a photograph during a demonstration against militants who refer to themselves as the Islamic State, in front of the UN building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Journalists beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be executed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal. The Islamic State group’s rampage through Iraq and Syria has shocked the United States into launching expanded air strikes at a time when Americans were expecting to pull back from the Middle East after more than a decade of war.  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimesUN war crimes panel emphasizes Assad government role in daily atrocities
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Iraq officials: Premier has chosen final ministersIraqi officials: Prime minister has completed Cabinet, filling key posts of defense, interior
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People in traditional Dutch clothes pose for pictures outside the 13th century "Hall of Knights", where Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander is to officially open the new parliamentary year with a speech outlining the government's plan and budget policies for the year ahead, in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Dutch to present less austere budget for 2015Dutch ready to look beyond austerity as more money set for defense, security
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A man observes damage done to a car after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine. The casualties come as Ukraine's parliament plans to review a bill that would give greater autonomy to the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where fighting between separatists and Kiev's forces has claimed at least 3,000 civilian lives. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pactUkraine's parliament has ratified an agreement to deepen ties with the European Union
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In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 photo, workers lay cables on a new oil rig under construction for China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) in a shipyard in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province.  The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday, Sept. 16. The discovery by CNOOC was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoffBeijing says deep sea rig that sparked standoff with Vietnam later found gas closer to China
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Medical charity: Time running out to stop EbolaAs international response to Ebola ramps up, Doctors Without Borders warns it's still too slow
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FILE - This March 20, 2002 file photo shows a vial of Botox, made by Allergan. Allergan has agreed to move forward with a special shareholders meeting on Dec. 18, 2014, as Pershing Square and Valeant continue their pursuit of the Botox maker. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Allergan agrees to move forward with meetingAllergan agrees to move forward with special shareholders meeting in December
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Egypt official says working to amend protest lawMinisterial official says body working to amend disputed protest law
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NATO and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a foreign convoy just a couple hundred yards (meters) from the U.S. Embassy in a blast that rattled nearby neighborhoods, a police official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troopsTaliban suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops in strike on convoy near US Embassy in Kabul
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  • Loudoun County drops gun charge against Severance

    Loudoun County prosecutors dropped a gun charge Monday against a man who faces multiple murder counts in Alexandria, clearing the way for him to be tried on the more serious charges. Charles Severance, 53, was transferred from Leesburg to Alexandria after Loudoun prosecutors dropped the gun charge against him during a hearing Monday morning. The Intelligencer, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 07:11 PM
  • Suspect transferred to Alexandria to face charges in 3 homicides

    A man charged with three homicides spanning more than 10 years in Alexandria was booked into the city's detention facility Monday in anticipation of his first court appearance in connection with the case Tuesday. Charles Severance was taken into custody in March on an unrelated weapons charge, but prosecutors announced last week that they would be charging him with three counts of murder, including the 2003 fatal shooting of the wife of the city's then sheriff. Washington Times, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 03:26 PM
  • Reston man sentenced for child sex assault

    A Reston basketball coach who pleaded no contest in June to sexually assaulting a minor, was sentenced in Loudoun County last week to 15 years in prison. Marlow Mikassas Afshartous, 40, who also goes by the name Marlow Talley, was arrested Aug. 3, 2013, and charged with sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography. WTOP-FM Washington, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 09:30 AM
  • Loudoun Cares executive director resigns

    Andy Johnston, Loudoun Times-Mirror Citizen of the Year and executive director of Loudoun Cares, announced his resignation from his position with the Leesburg nonprofit on Monday. Loudoun Times, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 05:09 PM
  • Witnesses Sought in Sterling Auto Crash

    Loudoun County deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of W. Church Road and Waxpool Road at the ramp for Rt. 28 northbound Friday evening for an auto crash. Patch.com, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 04:12 PM
  • Veterans outreach program planned for Virginia

    Loudoun County's first "Salute to Military, Veterans and Families" event is Sept. 27 in Ashburn, Va. American Legion Magazine, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 02:43 PM
  • Loudoun honors African American Civil War veterans

    More than 300 Loudoun County officials, civic leaders, veterans and residents gathered Sept. 6 to honor the service and sacrifice of the county's African American Civil War veterans at a historic ceremony in Leesburg. The Washington Post, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 11:03 AM
  • Alexandria Circuit Court Judges Recuse Themselves from Charles Severance Case

    All three of Alexandria's Circuit Court judges are recusing themselves from the Charles Severance case, according to a report by FOX-DC. Severance was charged last week in the murders of three prominent Alexandrians. Patch.com, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 12:48 AM
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