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  1. Taliban stage attacks day after Afghanistan and U.S. sign security deal


    KABUL, Afghanistan — Two suicide attacks targeting military transport vehicles here Wednesday killed seven Afghan soldiers and wounded nearly 20 others, officials said, one of the deadlier strikes on security forces in the capital since the summer fighting season began.

  2. Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport


    DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.

    Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko
  3. U.S. sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project


    WASHINGTON — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

    President Barack Obama listens Wednesday as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the White House.
  4. Secret Service chief is out after series of security scandals


    WASHINGTON — Julia Pierson resigned as Secret Service director Wednesday after just 1 1/2 years on the job following a series of major security lapses by her agency that eroded President Barack Obama's confidence in her ability to run the agency tasked with protecting him.

    Julia Pierson’s tenure as head of the Secret Service was rarely without controversy.
  5. U.S. to increase production of experimental Ebola drug


    U.S. federal officials are planning to sharply increase production of ZMapp, which is viewed by many experts as the most promising experimental drug for treating people stricken by Ebola in West Africa.