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In this photo released by the United Nations, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, meets with Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Monrovia, Liberia, on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Ban praised health workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Friday, saying they have shown "the most noble face of humankind" amid an epidemic that has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. Ban, who made stops in both countries on Friday, travels Saturday to Guinea where the Ebola virus first emerged a year ago.  (AP Photo/United Nations, Evan Schneider)
WHO: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000World Health Organization: Recorded Ebola deaths top 7,000, fueled by surge in Sierra Leone
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US sends 4 Afghans back home from GuantanamoUS sends 4 Afghans home from Guantanamo; move seen as sign of confidence in new Afghan leader
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Pakistani women leave the Rahman Baba graveyard after offering prayers at the graves of victims in Tuesday's school massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Taj Muhammad, one of the gravediggers at Peshawar’s largest graveyard has a rule. He said he never cries when he buries the dead. He's a professional, he said. But as the dead bodies, mostly children, started coming in from a school massacre this week that killed 148 people, he began to weep. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
Burying the dead after Pakistan's school massacreEven the gravedigger wept: Burying the smallest of the dead in Peshawar's school massacre
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, Madonna visits Malawian President Peter Mutharika at State House in Lillongwe  Malawi. In a surprise preview of her new album, Madonna released six songs Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014,  on iTunes and various streaming services.  The songs were released because several in-progress demos were leaked earlier this week, according to Madonna publicist Liz Rosenberg.  (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Madonna releases 6 songs after leakMadonna releases 6 songs by surprise after demos from her new album were leaked
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FILE - In this file photo taken Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, center, sitting next to Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, attends an event for the Afghan Women's Empowerment Grants Program in Kabul, Afghanistan. The repeated delays of appointing Cabinet ministers have meant that Ghani is single-handedly grappling with a dizzying array of challenges, from a revitalized Taliban insurgency to a reset of long-fraught relations with neighboring Pakistan, and have fueled speculation that he and Abdullah, the equivalent of his prime minister, are still at each other's throats. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
Afghan leader's two-man government raises concernsAfghan president has yet to name Cabinet after 3 months, missing promised deadlines
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Kidnapped Mozambican businessman releasedMozambican businessman, who was abducted last month, is released, authorities say
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A Pakistani man walks his children home after their school Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The attack of the Taliban, who carried out a school massacre in the city earlier this week, killing 148 people, mainly children, shocked the nation and prompted a massive military response in the tribal regions along the Afghan border, longtime strongholds of both foreign and local militants. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
US drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militantsUS drone strike in northwestern tribal area kills 5 militants, Pakistan officials say
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FILE - In this July 11, 2014, file photo, an oil well pump operates in Boca de Jaruco, Cuba.  Cuba sits close to one of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet, leading to hopes that a thaw in relations with the U.S. will bring technology and investment needed to invigorate Cuba’s oil industry. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil futureCuba hopes to spur oil industry but environmentalists worry and industry remains skeptical
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this photo provided by the Bruce Bairnsfather Society, British World War I soldier and cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather is seen in Ploegsteert, Belgium in an undated photograph. Bairnsfather was known for his "Old Bill" cartoons, and even more famously for his account of the Christmas Truce at Ploegsteert where he reported that he traded a uniform button with a German soldier. (AP Photo/Bruce Bairnsfather Society)
Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanityChristmas Truce: Suddenly, day of peace, friendship amid WWI horrors _ 'Marvelous, isn't it?'
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  • Fairfax County Closes Loan for Silver Line Phase Two

    Fairfax County closed on a $403 million federal loan on Thursday, ensuring that the county will be able to pay for its portion of Phase 2 of Metro's Silver Line. Fairfax County, which obtained the loan through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan program, received the second- lowest interest rate in the history of the federal TIFIA loan program - a 2.73 percent interest rate. WTOP-FM Washington, Thu, Dec 18 2014 @ 06:52 PM
  • Playgrounds may be included when Loudoun builds future elementary schools

    At a joint committee meeting this month between members of the Loudoun County School Board and the Board of Supervisors, officials agreed to examine the possibility of including playgrounds in construction costs for planned elementary schools. Committee members also indicated that they would consider providing playgrounds for the four county public elementary schools that do not have them: Frederick Douglass in Leesburg, Moorefield Station in Ashburn, Cardinal Ridge in South Riding and Meadowland in Sterling. The Washington Post, Mon, Dec 15 2014 @ 01:54 PM
  • LCSO to conduct sobriety checkpoint tonight

    The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on tonight, starting at 10 p.m. "Be responsible or risk a DUI," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. Loudoun Times, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 04:11 PM
  • Sterling sex offender gets 15 years on rape charge

    A Loudoun County Circuit judge on Dec. 15 handed down a 15-year sentence to a Sterling man convicted in August of rape. Loudoun Times, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 04:36 PM
  • Flying Dog Brewery to open experimental farm brewery destination in Virginia

    Flying Dog Brewery isn't betting the farm. Rather, it's placing its bets on the farm. Business Journal, Fri, Dec 19 2014 @ 08:33 AM
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