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Weather

Earth headed for warmest year on record: US meteorologists

ImageEarth this year reached the hottest average temperature for September since record keeping began 135 years ago, according to US meteorologists. The planet is on course for the warmest year on record.

Strikes

US, France continue with airstrikes following Kobani arms drop

The United States and France have conducted airstrikes against "Islamic State" (IS) militants in Kobani and in northern Iraq, as the US began supplying Kurdish forces with weapons in the fight against IS.

European Union

Barroso speaks out against British euroskepticism

As one of his final acts in office, EU chief Jose Manuel Barroso has issued a stern finger wag to Britain and its anti-Europe politics. If the UK left the union, it would be a "historic mistake," the EU head warned.

Health

Neighboring countries shore up anti-Ebola defenses

West African countries that have escaped the Ebola outbreak intend to stay free of it by preparing for the worst. It is a strategy that can work as events in Senegal and Nigeria have shown.

Health

Why are we so afraid of Ebola?

Outside of West Africa, the risk of an Ebola infection is low, but the fear of catching this disease is pronounced. Why is that?

Sanctions

Russia bans import of EU animal fats

Moscow has restricted the import of animal fats from the EU after a number of products failed to meet hygiene standards. Russia has already banned most food imports from the 28-member bloc over the Ukraine crisis.

Military

Search widens for mysterious sub in Swedish waters

The search continues for a mystery submarine sighted over the weekend in Swedish waters. Russia has denied involvement and accused the Dutch. The Dutch, too, say it wasn't theirs. The region remains on edge.

Human Rights

Chile arrests former Pinochet aide over alleged human rights abuses

A former mayor and retired military official has been arrested in connection with human rights abuses committed under Pinochet's dictatorship. Cristian Labbe has denied any involvement in the crimes.

Terrorism

Fate of Chibok girls still uncertain

Fresh violence in northern Nigeria has dashed hopes of a ceasefire with the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram. Nigerians are doubtful whether the Chibok girls, kidnapped six months ago, will be released.

Agriculture

Migrant workers: South Korea's invisible minority

An Amnesty International report has found that migrant farm workers in South Korea are being exploited; a situation which can only change with a strong call for action from the Korean public, says analyst Daniel Corks.