Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport


BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week. | Video

EU energy chief not ruling out 'worst case scenarios' on energy security

BRUSSELS - European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger warned on Tuesday he was not ruling out "worst case scenarios" on Europe's energy security due to Russian President Vladimir Putin's "lies" amid Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

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U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader


MOGADISHU - A U.S. military airstrike in Somalia has targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Somali and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but they added it may take time to determine whether Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed.

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Wealthy countries must send medical teams to halt Ebola: Medecins Sans Frontieres

UNITED NATIONS - The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus will not be halted unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams to West Africa to stop its spread, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday.

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Liberian doctors strike, food prices spike as West Africa struggles to contain Ebola outbreak


MONROVIA - Doctors in Liberia were out on strike on Tuesday as they struggled to cope with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, while the United Nations warned the spread of the disease in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions. | Video

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U.S. contract approved to speed tests of Mapp's Ebola drug

- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Tuesday a federal contract worth up to $42.3 million would help accelerate testing of an experimental Ebola virus treatment that is being developed by privately held Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.

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Home Depot says probing 'unusual activity' after data breach report


- Home Depot Inc said on Tuesday it was working with law enforcement to investigate "some unusual activity" related to customer data but that it could not confirm if it had become the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach.

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Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage


DUBAI - The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq. | Video

World, U.S. 4:07pm EDT

Judge denies hold-out Detroit creditor motions to block evidence


DETROIT - A federal judge on Tuesday denied motions by two bond insurance companies that sought to block Detroit from presenting certain evidence at a key hearing on the city's plan to exit bankruptcy.

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Japan's Abe to co-opt rival, draft more women in cabinet reshuffle


TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to co-opt a rival and draft more women to spruce up his image while keeping key ministers when he reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, a rejig dictated more by political dynamics than policy matters.

World, Japan 3:22pm EDT

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.