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  US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading
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    WASHINGTON, Aug 20: A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

Separately, Foley´s family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they "have never been prouder of him."

 
  3 Receiving Untested Ebola Drug Improving
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    MONROVIA, Liberia, Aug 19 :  Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug to treat Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday.

The three are being treated with the last known doses of ZMapp, which had earlier been given to two infected Americans and a Spaniard. The Americans are also improving, but the Spaniard died.

 
  450-kilogram Alligator Caught In US
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    CAMDEN, Alabama, Aug 19: A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot (4.5-meter)-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms).

Al.com (http://bit.ly/1p5ycbg ) reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state´s alligator hunting season.

 
  15-year-old Norwegian To Play UAE Friendly
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    OSLO, Norway, Aug  19 : A 15-year-old has been selected by Norway for the country´s upcoming friendly against the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 27.

Martin Odegaard, a midfielder with Norwegian club Stromsgodset, says "it is huge" to play for a team that he has watched on television.

 
  WHO Says Ebola Has Killed More Than 1,200
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    GENEVA, Aug 19: The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people.

The World Health Organization says the death toll has risen to 1,229 from among the 2,240 reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

 
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