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The World Health Organization on Monday declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days -- or two incubation periods -- without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus."The virus is gone for now.

Ukraine says goodbye Lenin as Communists face poll wipeout

Ever since Oleksiy Baburin's Stalin statue in southeastern Ukraine was bombed, he has been hiding it behind heavy metal blinds. Now the Communist lawmaker says his entire party is under attack.

Turkey aiding Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross into Kobane

Turkey said on Monday it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross its border to join Syrian Kurdish forces battling jihadists for the Syrian town of Kobane.

Runners wear masks as smog hits Beijing Marathon

Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.

Qaeda kills 20 Shiite rebels in fresh Yemen clashes

Al-Qaeda militants have killed at least 20 Shiite rebels in fresh clashes for control of parts of central Yemen, tribal sources said on Monday.

Rob Ford breaks campaign rules, kicked out of advance polls

It does not appear to matter what befalls Rob Ford, he seems incapable of staying away from controversy; indeed, not even his grave illness can stop him from making headlines. This time it was Ford's repeated failure to comply with election rules.

Kerry in Southeast Asia seeking support against IS group

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday visited Indonesia, home to the world's biggest Muslim population, to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Australia abandons controversial niqab segregation plan

A controversial plan to make women wearing the burqa or niqab sit in separate glassed public enclosures at Australia's Parliament House due to security concerns was abandoned Monday after an outcry.

Japan PM Abe loses two female ministers over cash scandals

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered a double setback Monday with the resignations of two female cabinet ministers over claims they misused political funds, dealing a blow to his proclaimed gender reform drive.

Mysterious sub near Stockholm might be Dutch: Russian source

A mysterious "foreign vessel" the Swedish military have been searching for off the coast of Stockholm might belong to the Netherlands, a source in the Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying on Monday.

Franco-German mini-summit to tackle growth, budget

French and German ministers are due to meet Monday to discuss ways of boosting growth in Europe's two biggest economies, as Paris called on Berlin to step up investment.

Op-Ed: Libyan government declares war on Islamists

The Islamist-dominated militias who control Tripoli and Benghazi, convened the General National Congress(GNC), which appointed a prime minister who formed a government, but the internationally recognized elected government is in Tobruk in eastern Libya

EU thrashes out measures to halt Ebola spread

European Union foreign ministers thrashed out measures to help halt Ebola's deadly spread on Monday, as Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country -- was expected to be declared free of the disease.

Indonesia's Widodo takes office, reaches out to foes

Joko Widodo, Indonesia's first leader from outside the political and military elite, was sworn in as president Monday and reached out to political foes to seek support for his ambitious reform agenda.

US makes first arms drop to Syria Kurds battling for Kobane

Washington made a first weapons drop to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane Monday that they hailed as a major boost for their nearly five-week resistance campaign.

Op-Ed: A confederacy of homophobes

With federal courts knocking down same-sex marriage bans in Arizona and Alaska, the practice is now legal in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Appeals of the ban are pending in all 12 states still prohibiting it.

EU's Barroso warns Britain against bloc exit

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued Monday that Britain is better off in the EU and warned that alienating its allies would be a "historic mistake", as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics before elections.

Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain and about as solid as a pile of talcum powder whizzed past Mars, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola

A Spanish nurse who became the first person outside Africa to be infected with Ebola on Sunday tested negative for the virus, Madrid said, as Liberia's president made an impassioned plea for all nations to help fight the disease.

Dutch MH17 relative visits Ukraine crash site

A Dutch relative of a victim of downed flight MH17 has travelled to the crash site in eastern Ukraine to search for the remains of his missing cousin, Dutch television reported Sunday.

Paris Opera expels veiled woman during performance

France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

Albanian PM's visit to Serbia postponed after football brawl

A planned historic visit by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to Serbia has been postponed until next month, both governments said Sunday, after political tensions soared following violence at a football match between the two countries.

Mexican police intensify search for missing students

Mexican authorities Sunday intensified efforts to find 43 students who disappeared more than three weeks ago, using dogs, horses and divers to broaden the search.

Hungarians march to celebrate 'Roma Pride'

Hundreds of Hungarians took part in a "Roma Pride" march in Budapest on Sunday to celebrate the country's largest ethnic minority, a community scarred by widespread prejudice.Around 500 people walked through the city centre chanting "Opre Roma!

Peace process deadlocked 3 years after ETA's farewell to arms

Three years ago, Basque separatist group ETA declared it was ending a more than four-decade secessionist campaign in Spain, but lasting peace is not exactly around the corner.

Second ceasefire in Yemen between rebels and Sunni tribes

In Yemen's Ibb province rebel Shia Houthi fighters have signed a second ceasefire agreement Saturday after an earlier agreement was breached.

Edmonton Marches Against Monsanto Special

A local March Against Monsanto drew dozens of activists concerned about health, and environment, food security, and related issues.

Germany says Ukraine rebels downed MH17 'with seized missiles'

German intelligence has accused pro-Russian rebels of shooting down a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine using missiles captured from government forces, a media report said Sunday.

Swedish military releases photo of mysterious 'foreign vessel'

The Swedish military on Sunday presented photographic evidence of a mysterious "foreign vessel" off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports of being on the "hunt" for a damaged submarine.

Runners wear masks as smog hits Beijing Marathon

Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.

Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

Activists lashed out Sunday at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised Pope Francis for getting bishops to confront "taboos.

Sheep get high after accidentally munching cannabis plants

A flock of sheep ended up getting high after they accidentally munched thousands of dollars worth of pot dumped on their farm.

Nepal rescuers find 34 more trekkers, 12 bodies after snowstorm

Nepalese teams Sunday rescued 34 more trekkers and guides stranded in the Himalayas since a snowstorm struck five days ago at the height of the hiking season but also found 12 more bodies, officials said.

Defiant Rome mayor welcomes gay marriage in the Vatican's shadow

The issue of gay marriage in Italy has been brought to the forefront by Rome's feisty mayor, Ignazio Marino, who registered 16 gay marriages that had been officiated abroad.

North, South Korean troops exchange border fire

North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

Reformist Pope Paul VI moves step away from sainthood

Pope Paul VI, who banned contraception but presided over Vatican reforms in the 1960s, moved one step away from sainthood on Sunday as Pope Francis beatified him.

Ukraine set to cement shift West in wartime vote

War-weary Ukrainians pick a powerful new parliament next Sunday set to be dominated by pro-Western and nationalist forces who will determine if President Petro Poroshenko can make peace with the Kremlin while holding on to the separatist east.

No safety personnel for South Korea pop concert: police

South Korean police said Sunday no safety personnel were deployed at an outdoor pop concert where a ventilation grate collapsed, killing 16 people and injuring nine others.

'Every nation' must help in fight against Ebola: Liberia

Liberia's president on Sunday made an impassioned plea for all nations to commit to the fight against Ebola as Madrid announced that a Spanish nurse, the first to be infected outside Africa, had beaten the deadly disease.

Iraq PM to visit Iran for talks on fight against IS

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is to visit Iran on Monday for talks on Baghdad's battle against the Islamic State group, which holds swathes of the country, his office said.

Obama's credit card declined in restaurant

President Barack Obama faced a moment of embarrassment recently, and one that many people have encountered as well. On one of his regular appearances at a restaurant he went to pay the bill, only to find that his credit card was declined.

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