Israel relents after shutting access to holy site

Israeli police detained a right-wing activist after he tried to enter the Temple Mount.

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Israel barred all access to the Temple Mount on Thursday, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced “a declaration of war.”

Mourners prayed for an Ebola victim during a funeral Thursday in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Liberia makes inroads on Ebola, but outlook grim in Sierra Leone

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Israel relents after shutting access to holy site

Israel barred all access to the Temple Mount on Thursday, a step that a Palestinian spokesman denounced “a declaration of war.”

Small Iraqi peshmerga force enters Syrian town

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group.

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea announced Thursday that it will quarantine foreigners entering the country for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported in the reclusive country, or anywhere in Asia, and very few foreigners are allowed to enter.

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He was a regular guy — someone who connected easily with people — and had a great sense of humor.

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Catholic teaching on homosexuality, which prohibits sex between two people of the same gender, is black and white.

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Antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

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