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Washington a key player in fight to contain Ebola

“There are Washington state organizations at every point on the continuum in this fight against Ebola,” Lisa Cohen of the Washington Global Health Alliance, a center for global-health innovation, told Seattle Times columnist Sarah Stuteville. “I can’t think of anywhere in the world other than the [World Health Organization] that would have a collection of organizations doing everything from funding to research to on-the-ground response.”

SEATTLE TIMES

Roger Cohen: The great unraveling (now occurring on a planet near you)

Ebola, Putin, beheadings: Will we wake up before it's too late?

NEW YORK TIMES

Shipwrecks, ramming incident kill up to 750 refugees on Mediterranean

Authorities believe that human traffickers rammed one of the ships, which was carrying perhaps 500 refugees.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Scottish split with Great Britain would rock NATO, EU

The Scottish government would oppose any reliance on nuclear weapons, and other European countries would oppose letting Scotland have special benefits within the European Union. 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

David Brooks: Obama faces his sternest test

It's OK to be a reluctant leader, as biblical tales demonstrate. But it's vital that he follow through passionately.

NEW YORK TIMES

One take on Obama's ISIS speech

Vox's Matthew Yglesias breaks down President's Obama's speech and puts forth one take on the president's strategy for, and rhetoric about, Iraq.

VOX

Obama promises to destroy Islamic State terrorist group

Congress is debating a proposal thatt would allow training to fighters opposing militants in Syria. 

WASHINGTON POST

Obama's ISIS speech: The honest version

Vox's Zack Beauchamp takes a stab at translating Obama's ISIS plan into a speech that is a tad more "honest" than tomorrow's will likely be.

VOX

International leaders gather to advocate an end to War on Drugs

From Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan to former President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo, there will be a wide range of leaders gathering today in New York City to discuss the War on Drugs -- and how to end it.

SEATTLEPI.COM

What to expect from NATO and Obama in response to Russia

The Ukraine crisis is taking center stage, as the NATO summit meeting turns its attention to discussions of a "bilateral cease-fire."

NEW YORK TIMES
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