A U.S. Coast Guard Corpsman working with the Office of Field Operations checks the temperature of a traveler who has recently traveled to either Guinea, Sierra Leone, or Liberia in this handout picture from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection taken at Washington Dulles International Airport October 16, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Josh Denmark/Handout via Reuters

Quarantined U.S. nurse criticizes her treatment

NEW YORK - Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse back from Sierra Leone, criticized her treatment.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State 6:55pm EDT

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.

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Police seek motive in Washington shooting

MARYSVILLE Wash. - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself.  Full Article 

Presidential candidates Aecio Neves of Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) and Dilma Rousseff of Workers Party (PT) pose before a television debate in Rio de Janeiro October 24, 2014.   REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest

BRASILIA - Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday's election runoff in Brazil's closest race in decades.  Full Article 

An election commission worker adjusts a number on a ballot box at a polling station in Kiev, October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukraine set to elect pro-Western parliament

KIEV - War-weary Ukrainians are set to pick a pro-Western and nationalist-leaning parliament on October 26 that should give President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may inject new tension into ties with Russia.  Full Article | Related Story 

Inmate William Dillon applies make-up on his face before the workshop "Commedia Dell'Arte," part of the The Actors' Gang Prison Project program at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California in this September 30, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

With panache, prisoners perform

NORCO Calif. - In a prison on a hill in California, 18 inmates came face to face with Attorney General Eric Holder. And they came in full makeup.  Full Article | Photographers' Blog 

Map of the Sykes–Picot agreement, which was signed by Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot on May 8, 1916. (The National Archives/Wikimedia Commons)

A line in the sand that blood washes away

Iraq and Syria were both born of an infamous (in Arab eyes) post-World War One accord. That agreement, now almost a century old, appears in tatters, as both countries are broken, exhausted by years of war and sectarian division for which there is no easy repair.  Commentary 

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'Thousands more' U.S. troops to join Liberia Ebola mission

Thousands more U.S. soldiers are to join the American mission to fight Ebola in Liberia, the incoming head of the troops says; as a ship loaded with aid arrives at the sea port of Buchanan. Vanessa Johnston reports.