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Security Council Condemns Downing Of UN Copter In South Sudan

A Russian Mi-8AMT helicopter, pictured in the Central African Republic in June 2014. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Three Russian crewmen were killed on Tuesday when their cargo helicopter was shot down in South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity State.

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UN: Ebola Flight Cancellations Worsen ‘Diplomatic Isolation’

A World Health Organization staffer participates in an Ebola awareness campaign in the village of Kolobengu, Guinea.  Photo: WHO/Stéphane Saporito

‘The current trend of limitations on flights is having adverse effects on efforts to control the disease’ the U.N. said Monday.

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LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 25, 2014

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American Peter Theo Curtis is released by al-Qaeda in Syria, a new Ebola outbreak in the DRC, and an attempt to make the #RemainsBucketChallenge go viral.

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Russian Convoy Enters Ukraine; ‘We Waited Long Enough’

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Ukraine claims Russian soldiers prevented border guards from inspecting trucks before crossing border into the eastern Donbas region.

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Syrian Opposition Marks One Year Since Damascus Chemical Attacks

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Syrian’s foremost opposition group alleges the Assad government is still using chemical weapons in spite of an international effort to remove such weapons.

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LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 18, 2014

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The World Food Progamme’s ambitious plan to provide food to one million in Ebola-affected West Africa, and calls to ramp up the U.S. campaign in Iraq.

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LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 15, 2014

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Ukraine says it struck Russian military vehicles that entered the country overnight, and fresh fighting erupts South Sudan, exacerbating civilian suffering.

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UN: Agricultural Losses in Gaza Widespread

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U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization reports that recent fighting resulted in ‘substantial’ damage to farming, livestock and fishing operations.

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LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 14, 2014

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Human Rights Watch marks one year since the Rab’a Square massacre in Cairo, and the FAO reports substantial damage to Gaza’s agriculture sector.

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Rights Organizations Mark One Year Since Rab’a Massacre in Egypt:

Human Rights Watch says 814 members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a ‘systematic, planned attack on protesters.’

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Security Council Condemns Downing Of UN Copter In South Sudan

A Russian Mi-8AMT helicopter, pictured in the Central African Republic in June 2014. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina

Three Russian crewmen were killed on Tuesday when their cargo helicopter was shot down in South Sudan’s oil-producing Unity State.

Mother Pleads For Release Of American Journalist In ISIS Captivity

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“Steven has no control over the actions of the U.S. government. He’s an innocent journalist,” Sotloff says in the video. “I ask you to please release my child.”

LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 27, 2014

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Marijuana in China: As demand grows, Chinese authorities embrace new surveillance technology while continuing practice of executions.

A Carbon Tax Is Absolutely Essential

Putting a price on carbon encourages less fossil fuel extraction and a rapid move to clean and green energy.

Poll: Party Identification Split In North Carolina

The state hosts a major Senate race leading up to the 2014 midterms.