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at 22:49 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

Secret Service chief steps up White House security after fence-jumper with knife gets inside

WASHINGTON - The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday.

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at 21:13 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

Turkish hostages held by Islamic militants are freed but many questions linger over how

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo.

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at 18:02 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

NATO's top general says cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian forces is 'in name only'

VILNIUS, Lithuania - NATO's top general said Saturday the two-week-old truce between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants fighting in the country's east is a "cease-fire in name only," and he said that by enabling a free flow of weapons and fighters across the border Russia has made it nearly impossible to determine how many of its troops are operating inside Ukraine.

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at 17:38 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

New York memorial for actress Ruby Dee features Alicia Keys and Wynton Marsalis

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialized Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song "Superwoman," Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House.

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at 16:57 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

AP Interview: El-Sissi portrays Egypt as a model in the fight against extremism

CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East.

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at 14:34 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

Venezuelan police chief freed from jail after opposition protests, will serve sentence at home

CARACAS, Venezuela - A former Caracas police chief whose decade-long imprisonment had rallied Venezuela's opposition has been released from jail on humanitarian grounds to continue serving a 30-year sentence at home.

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at 13:01 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

Sierra Leone into massive Ebola isolation effort; marathoner joins volunteers in home visits

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - Some residents ran from their homes in Sierra Leone to avoid being trapped during a three-day lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak, a health worker said Saturday, a minor setback on the second day of a massive effort to confine 6 million people to their homes.

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at 13:01 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

5 things to know about UN Climate Summit

WASHINGTON - New York will be at the epicenter of the climate change debate next week. More than 120 world leaders will attend a one-day summit on Tuesday at the United Nations on climate. Tens of thousands are expected to march to call for action on global warming. Dozens of other events are planned throughout the city as part of Climate Week NYC. Here are 5 things you need to know:

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at 12:25 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

Kenya police chief: Be wary of attacks during and after anniversary of mall massacre

NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's police chief asked residents Saturday to be "extra vigilant" of attacks in the week following Sunday's anniversary of the Westgate Mall attack.

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at 10:09 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

Afghan presidential election result to be released on Sunday, capping 5-month-voting process

KABUL - Afghanistan's drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end.

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at 08:00 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

Interview with Scotland's foreign minister: Independence just a matter of time

When asked whether Scotland might still achieve independence someday its foreign minister sounds optimistic, adamant, and a little like Rene Levesque.

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at 09:30 on September 20, 2014, EDT.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wins emphatic victory to return for 3rd term in office

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.

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