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Kurdish forces in Iraq are protecting Arab villages from being attacked by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. They are also encircling those Arabs and not letting them enter or leave the villages.
A 13-year-old girl from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wants to be an astronaut. In a video produced by the BBC, Alyssa Carson explains her goal of being the first person on Mars.
The Treasury Department imposed stricter rules on businesses in the city's fashion district. Authorities raided businesses last month on suspicion they were laundering money for Mexican drug cartels.
Events in Ferguson, Mo, and New York reopened the debate on police tactics. In New York, a suspect accused of selling cigarettes, a violation of tax law, was killed in part because of a chokehold.
The Nobel Prize for literature is announced Thursday. This year, as the usual speculation about who might win heated up, a Nobel judge, known for his outspokenness, stirred up a little controversy.
One humanitarian group warned about the potential danger of Ebola back in June. The French organization Doctors Without Borders is known for bringing attention to the world's worst disasters.