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Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

LAKE SELIGER Russia/KIEV - Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. | Video

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Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

DAKAR/CONAKRY - The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. | Video

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Cuban migrants head back to sea as relatives pray in the U.S.

GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands - Sixteen Cuban migrants who sought refuge in Grand Cayman have resumed their voyage in a small, homemade aluminum boat after local officials turned them away, citing a migration agreement with Cuba.

Cuba, U.S. 9:26pm EDT

Islamist gains in Syria alarm some Assad allies

BEIRUT - A mounting death toll in President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces is causing alarm among some government loyalists who are worried about Islamic State's territorial gains and are turning their anger on the authorities in Damascus. | Video

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Pakistan PM tries to distance himself from army as crisis drags on

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's prime minister, weakened by weeks of opposition protests calling for him to resign, distanced himself from an army move to intervene in the crisis on Friday, saying he was not turning to the military for help to defuse the stand-off. | Video

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Suriname leader's son pleads guilty to trying to help Hezbollah

NEW YORK - Suriname President Desi Bouterse's son pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of attempting to aid Hezbollah, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, and conspiring to import cocaine into the United States.

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