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Chile Eliminates Defending Champion Spain from World Cup

Chile has eliminated defending champion Spain from the World Cup, beating the Spanish 2-0 in a key Group B match Wednesday. At Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Spain suffered its second loss of the tournament after falling in demonstrative fashion to the Netherlands last week, 5-1….

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Wall Street gains on Fed’s view; S&P 500 ends at a record

By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 ending at a record after the Federal Reserve hinted at a slightly faster pace of interest-rate increases starting next year but suggested rates in the long run would be lower than it had indicated previously. The benchmark S&P 500 set intraday and closing record ...

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Europe’s Gaia telescope grapples with stray light

The orbiting Gaia telescope will lose some performance because stray light is getting inside the observatory, the European Space Agency (Esa) says. But the impacts are likely to be very small, scientists believe, and the expectation is that all the mission’s chief objectives will still be met. Most of the unwanted light appears to be creeping around the giant shield ...

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14 dead in bombing of WCup view site in Nigeria

DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — An explosion at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people while security forces arrested a “terror kingpin” among nearly 500 people detained as suspected terrorists in the southeast of the country, police said Wednesday. At least 26 people were wounded in Tuesday night’s blast as soccer fans were viewing ...

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Kenya arrests suspects after twin attacks

Kenyan police have arrested “several” suspects in connection with the twin attacks on the coastal town of Mpeketoni in which at least 60 people were killed, officials have said. The assault on the town of Mpeketoni late on Sunday, and a nearby village the following night left at least 60 dead, were claimed by Somalia’s al-Shabab…

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Serbs in tense Kosovo town remove roadblock

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo Serbs have used trucks and bulldozers overnight to dismantle a roadblock in the tense city of Mitrovica that they put up almost three years ago to stop ethnic Albanians authorities from extending authority over the Serb-run north, a NATO spokesman said…

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West Africa’s Ebola death toll rises to 337

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola is continuing to spread in three West African countries and the death toll in the outbreak has risen to more than 330….

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Israel Re-arrests Former Palestinian Prisoners in Hunt for Teens

Reuters JERUSALEM — Israel re-arrested 51 Palestinians freed in a 2011 prisoner swap deal, the army said on Wednesday, in the sixth day of a hunt for three missing teenagers believed abducted in the occupied West Bank. Israel accuses Hamas Islamists of kidnapping the seminary students, who disappeared on Thursday while hitchhiking from a Jewish settlement. There has been no ...

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Abbas criticizes abduction of Israeli teens

Associated Press= RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday defended his security cooperation with Israel against widespread criticism and said his forces are helping in the search for three Israeli teens missing in the West Bank. Security coordination with…

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UK says cyber-spies monitor Facebook, Google use

LONDON: The U.K.’s electronic spy agency is legally allowed to track the online activities of millions of Britons who use U.S.-based platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, Britain’s top counterterrorism official has said. In a witness statement made public Tuesday, Office for Security and Counterterrorism chief Charles Farr said data sent on those services is classed as “external” rather ...

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