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Obama Says Delegates from Ebola-hit Regions to be Screened for Africa Summit

The United States will screen delegates from Ebola-hit countries coming to Washington for an unprecedented U.S.-Africa summit, President Barack Obama said Friday, voicing confidence appropriate measures have been taken.

"Folks that are coming from these countries that have even a marginal risk, or an infinitesimal risk of having been exposed in some fashion, we're making sure we're doing screening on that end as they leave the country," Obama told reporters, adding there would be "additional screening" when they were in the U.S.

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Obama: After 9/11 'We Tortured Some Folks'

President Barack Obama admitted Friday that U.S. officials had "tortured some folks" in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, but urged they not be judged too harshly.

The U.S. administration is expected to release a declassified Senate report in the next few days that will detail alleged abuses by intelligence agents targeting extremist groups in the wake of the attacks.

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Ukraine President Promises Early Parliament Elections

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday pledged the strife-torn nation would have a new parliament in place in the next few months, confirming that he intends to call long-awaited legislative polls.

"In autumn there will be a new parliament that will start on reforms," Poroshenko said in a televised interview.

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North Korea Turns to U.N. over U.S.-SKorea War Games

North Korea is asking the U.N Security Council to hold an urgent session to discuss upcoming U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises that Pyongyang described on Friday as a threat to peace.

Deputy representative Ri Tong Il told reporters that the top world body had not responded to the request contained in a July 21 letter, and vowed North Korea will keep up missile launches in response to the planned war games. 

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Sri Lanka Apologizes to Indian PM over Caricature

Sri Lanka extended an "unqualified apology" to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday over an article and uncomplimentary illustration of the leader and a regional Tamil politician published on a government website.

The Sri Lankan defense ministry said it had taken down the offending caricature of Modi and the chief minister of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, following complaints to Colombo.

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Putin and Obama Agree Standoff in No One's Interest

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama agreed during a phone call on Friday the current standoff in Ukraine was not in the interest of their countries, the Kremlin said.

"The presidents agreed that the current situation is not in the interests of either country," said a Kremlin statement.

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Erdogan Mocks Rival for 'Not Knowing National Anthem'

A bitter row erupted Friday between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in the presidential election after the premier accused his opponent of not recognizing the Turkish national anthem.

Erdogan mercilessly mocked Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu for not knowing the Istiklal Marsi (Independence March) anthem, a huge insult in a country which sets great store by patriotism.

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Nine Terror Suspects Killed in China's Xinjiang

Police in China's Xinjiang region shot dead nine suspected terrorists on Friday and captured one, state media said, days after one of the deadliest attacks to hit the restive area in recent months.

According to China's official Xinhua news agency, the suspects killed in Friday's showdown in Xinjiang's Hotan prefecture had been identified by police on Sunday "during the investigation of a terrorist group."

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Pakistan Paramilitary Soldier Killed by Afghan Fire

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier was killed on Friday by cross-border fire from Afghanistan in the northwestern mountainous tribal region of Bajaur, military officials said.

"A paramilitary soldier embraced martyrdom due to terrorists' fire from across the border (Afghanistan) near Ghakhai pass in Bajaur this afternoon," the army said in a statement.

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Experts Finally Gather More Remains at MH17 Site in Ukraine

Dutch and Australian experts gathered more remains from the crash site of downed flight MH17 in east Ukraine, as they scrambled to make up for lost time amid deadly clashes between government troops and pro-Russian rebels.

Seventy police investigators -- by far the largest number to reach the location so far -- finally managed to comb the scattered wreckage in the fields where the Malaysia Airlines plane was downed two weeks ago killing all 298 people on board.

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