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Libya: Protestors Force Oil Field Closure

Protestors demanding jobs at Libya's Jalo 59 oil field forced the closure of the site and seized an airplane in addition to blocking a road, Reuters reported Sept. 30.

Syria: Islamic State Releases Some 70 Kurdish Hostages

The Islamic State released some 70 Kurdish students it had been holding hostage since May 29, AFP reported Sept. 30.

U.S.: Texas Ebola Case Confirmed

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a patient admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in Dallas, Texas, has been diagnosed with Ebola after being quarantined and screened for the infection based on symptoms and recent travel history, WFAA reported Sept. 30.

Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Launch Offensive Against Islamic State

Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a triple-headed attack against Islamic State militants in Iraq on Sept. 30, Al Akhbar reported.

U.K.: Economic Growth Surpasses Forecasts

The United Kingdom's economic growth projection for the April to June quarter was revised up to plus 0.9 percent, the U.K. Office for National Statistics said, The Guardian reported Sept. 30.

Syria: Islamic State Militants Surround Turkish Shrine

Over the past couple days, more than a thousand Islamic State militants have reportedly surrounded Turkey's Suleiman Shah shrine, an enclave of sovereign Turkish territory within Syria, Turkish newspaper Radikal reported Sept. 30.

Syria: Militant Leader Killed In Airstrikes

Saleh Al-Sheabi, a top leader of the Islamic State who is also known as Abu Hamza, was killed in an airstrike led by international coalition forces in northern Syria, the Syrian opposition said, Kuwait News Agency reported Sept. 30.

Russia: EU Will Keep Sanctions In Place

EU ambassadors have kept in place sanctions against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine, EU officials said Sept. 30, Reuters reported.

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