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A person holds up a sign as local clergy, activists and and community leaders protest for the safe return of the 276 abducted schoolgirls outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations on June 2, 2014 in New York City.  Despite a global outcry and renewed military effort to locate them, the girls, who were kidnapped last month by the islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, have yet to be found. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images) Nigerians await news on missing girls

There is cautious optimism in Nigeria Monday over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country's Islamic rebels, Boko Haram.

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Iran's top tourism official says the number of foreigners visiting the country has jumped dramatically over the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year earlier.
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German train drivers launch 2-day strike
Train drivers at Germany's national railway have started a two-day strike after their union rejected a new pay offer in a bitter dispute complicated by rivalry between unions.
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Indonesia's new president faces tough early tests
Rebooting a slowing economy in a nation of 250 million where inequality is rising, a looming decision on raising fuel prices and vulnerability to any U.S. interest rate hikes would be enough to tax any incoming president.
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WHO won't discuss Ebola mistakes document
The World Health Organization says it won't explain details contained in an internal document obtained by The Associated Press in which the U.N. health agency said it fumbled early attempts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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UN training Ebola survivors to help with care
The United Nations has begun training survivors of the Ebola outbreak to help treat the soaring number of cases in West Africa, since the survivors are believed to be immune to that particular strain of Ebola.
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Bermudans await hurricane
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HONG KONG - OCTOBER16:  Protesters scream at police after scuffles broke out between police and protesters October 16, 2014 in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district after talks broke down with the government. Protesters continue to call for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) (Paula Bronstein, 2014 Getty Images)
In Hong Kong, no endgame for chaotic protests
Three weeks ago, students at a rally stormed a fenced-off courtyard outside Hong Kong's government headquarters, triggering unprecedented mass protests for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese city.
President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas is seen during a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House April 24, 2008 in Washington, DC. Abbas was in Washington to discuss the Middle East peace process with Bush. (Alex Wong, Getty Images)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested Jews should be banned from a holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims.

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