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Poll: Americans oppose paying ransom for hostages

Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages.

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Basketball Tournament For Peace

Holyoke is gearing up for its annual "Myriam Miranda Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament."

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Pentagon: Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’

The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the U.S., military leaders say.

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American aid workers released from hospital, cleared of Ebola

Two Americans who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola have been cleared of the virus.

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U.S. military mission failed to rescue journalist Foley

Earlier this summer the military attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria.

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Obama: Beheading ‘shocked the conscience’ of the world

The beheading of James Foley was said to be in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the Iraqi insurgents.

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Iraqi’s Maliki steps aside, paving way for new government

Nuri al-Maliki finally bowed to pressure and stepped down as prime minister.

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U.S.: Rescue mission for Iraq’s Yazidis unlikely

A mission to evacuate Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely, the Pentagon said.

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Maliki says Abadi’s appointment as Iraqi PM ‘has no value’

Nuri al-Maliki says the appointment of Haider al-Abadi to replace him as prime minister violated the constitution.

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Power struggle on Baghdad streets as Maliki refuses to go

Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight year rule, but the leader refused to go, creating a dangerous political showdown.

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U.S. bombs Islamic State to prevent Iraq ‘genocide’

U.S. warplanes struck Iraq for the first time since 2011, attacking fighters in an effort to prevent "genocide."

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Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour ceasefire begins

Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas as a first step toward a more enduring end to the month-old war.

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Lights go out in Britain marking WWI anniversary

Lights will be switched off at landmarks around Britain on Monday, marking the centenary of the start of the first World War.

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Palestinians accuse Israel of breaking seven-hour Gaza truce

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its own ceasefire on Monday by…

A Palestinian firefighter reacts as he tries to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip July 29, 2014.

Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave.

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting.

U.S says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

In another sign of deteriorating relations, the U.S. government claims that Moscow has violated the Cold War treaty.

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region on July 28, 2014.

Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine kills at least 19 civilians.

A Palestinian walks on the rubble of the house of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, hit by a pre-dawn Israeli strike, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Early Tuesday, Israel warplanes struck a series of targets in Gaza City, including Haniyeh's house and government offices, while Gaza's border area with Israel was hit by heavy tank shelling.

Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader

Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave.

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Military: Jet in Virginia crash based in Massachusetts

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DEVELOPING: An Air Force F-15C has crashed in the mountains of western Virginia and the pilot's status is unknown.

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Plainfield Chicken Barbecue Sunday

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Plainfield's annual chicken barbecue is this Sunday.

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Transperformance A Huge Success

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Last night's Transperformance was a rousing success.

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Fort Hill Brewery Up And Running

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The Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton is up and running, two years after breaking ground.

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Gus Morales Still Holyoke Teacher Union Prez

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Fired Holyoke teacher Gus Morales says he's still president of the teacher's union, even though he no longer has a job.