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This Screen grab from the U.S. Department of State's Facebook page "Think Again Turn Away," taken Sept. 20, 2014, criticizes the Islamic State group as part of a broad social media campaign. As the Islamic State group battles across Syria and Iraq, pushing back larger armies and ruling over entire cities, it is also waging an increasingly sophisticated media campaign that has rallied disenfranchised youth and outpaced the sluggish efforts of Arab governments to stem its appeal. The U.S. State Department launched a “Think Again Turn Away” campaign on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, with Arabic and English videos similar in style to those of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group but none have gained the traction of the Islamic State’s videos. (AP Photo)
Arab states lag in media war against extremistsArab governments slow to combat Islamic State group's sophisticated social media campaign
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Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during a ceremony for signing a power-sharing deal between two presidential candidates, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secretAfghanistan names new president after power-sharing deal, but vote total kept hidden
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Faithful wait for Pope Francis to arrive in Tirana, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Pope Francis arrived Sunday in Albania on his first European trip, designed to highlight the Balkan nation's path from a brutal communist state where religion was banned to a model of Christian-Muslim coexistence for a world witnessing conflict in God's name. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope in Albania urges Muslims to condemn extremismPope in Albania urges Muslims, all believers to condemn 'perversion' of religion for violence
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In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, Idrissa Kargbo, top right, Sierra Leone's national marathon champion, helps volunteers distribute information on Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a boy, marathon runner Idrissa Kargbo sprinted through the villages of Sierra Leone on errands for his grandmother and later as a coffee courier. Now at 23 years old, his times have qualified him for races on three continents. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)
Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdownResidents complain of food shortages on Sierra Leone's final day of Ebola lockdown
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US general: Arab nations need to help in IraqJoint Chiefs chairman: Arab nations need direct role in fight against Islamic State group
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This Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 photo shows smoke from a California wildfire rising behind Lake Tahoe as seen from the Nevada side of the lake near Incline Village, Nev. Higher humidity Friday helped slow the growth of the massive Northern California wildfire that authorities say was set deliberately and has forced some 2,800 people to evacuate. (AP Photo/Steve Ellsworth)
Huge Northern California wildfire keeps growingAuthorities seek to assess damage from huge Northern California wildfire while preventing more
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A Hawthi Shiite rebel holds his rifle while guarding a checkpoint on a street leading to the state television building in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the violence. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Yemen state media: Prime minister resignsYemen state news agency says prime minister has resigned as violence rages
The Associated Press36 minutes ago
This image released by 20th Century Fox shows a scene from the film, "The Maze Runner." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein)
'Maze Runner' races past 'Tombstones' with $32.5 M'The Maze Runner' races past 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' with $32.5 million
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The freed Turkish hostages are welcomed at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo)
Erdogan: Turkey won't give hostage release detailsTurkish president vows to keep the secret behind release of 49 hostages held by Islamic State
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  • Sterling man charged in fatal drunk driving case among 49 indicted by grand jury

    A Loudoun County Grand Jury on Sept. 8 indicted 49 individuals, including a Sterling man who killed a pedestrian while he drove drunk near Cascades Parkway. Loudoun Times, Sat, Sep 20 2014 @ 07:00 AM
  • Ashburn Man Arrested After Wielding Knife During Assault

    An 18-year-old Ashburn man reportedly assaulted a female acquaintance while the two were driving from Sterling to an Ashburn residence Tuesday night. The incident occurred Tuesday, Sept. Patch.com, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 04:29 PM
  • 2014 Bradley Farm Haunted House Presents 'The Haunted Toy Shop'

    Looking for a some spine tingling fun this Halloween? Right here in Herndon, the Bradley Farm Haunted House promises everyone a ghoulishly fun time for just $5 a walk-thru. This all-volunteer, community fundraising event returns October 24-25, 2014 for its 8th season. Patch.com, Sun, Sep 21 2014 @ 11:17 AM
  • Hundreds Participate in Electronics, Appliance Recycling

    Hundreds of people waited in line in Loudoun County, Virginia, for the opportunity to give away their televisions and computers. NBC Washington, Thu, Sep 18 2014 @ 09:05 PM
  • LCSO to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint Friday

    Before going out in Loudoun County this weekend, make sure to plan ahead with a designated driver or stay sober. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this Friday, Sept. Patch.com, Thu, Sep 18 2014 @ 05:45 PM
  • Loudoun County drops gun charge against Severance

    Loudoun County prosecutors dropped a gun charge Monday against a man who faces multiple murder counts in Alexandria, clearing the way for him to be tried on the more serious charges. Charles Severance, 53, was transferred from Leesburg to Alexandria after Loudoun prosecutors dropped the gun charge against him during a hearing Monday morning. The Intelligencer, Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 07:11 PM
  • As Purcellville awaits final report, outrage grows over youtha s shooting

    A final ruling on whether the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old Loudoun Valley student is justified is expected to be released at the end of next week, according to Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman. Loudoun Times, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 07:51 AM
  • Public Meeting to Discuss Academies of Loudoun

    The Loudoun County Citizen Volunteer Workgroup will hold a public information session Monday, Sept. 29 to discuss the proposed Academies of Loudoun . Patch.com, Wed, Sep 17 2014 @ 04:29 PM
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