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Red Cross sends team to tackle deadly plague outbreak

WHO says 561 cases reported so far in Madagascar, as Red Cross warns “lessons learned from Ebola” show fast action needed

If Iraqi-Kurdish tension blows up, Kirkuk will be the fuse

CBS News’ Charlie D’Agata explains the mounting tension in northern Iraq threatening a delicate U.S. alliance

Crocodile suspected in killing of dementia patient

Australian officials say 79-year-old woman wandered from nursing home in northern state of Queensland and likely became disoriented

Progress is slow on the front lines of Raqqa

About 250 ISIS fighters are thought to holed up in a small area of Raqqa, the terror group's self-proclaimed capital. Holly Williams got a rare look inside the "shattered heart of Raqqa" and reports on the progress to reclaim the city.

Hurricane Ophelia strengthens to Category 2 storm, officials say

National Hurricane Center says Ophelia is barely moving and now boasts top sustained winds of 100 mph

ISIS fighters holed up in Raqqa believed to have women, children to use as...

The heart of Raqqa is shattered, but progress to root out the last of ISIS fighters is grindingly slow

Hurricane Ophelia becomes 10th Atlantic hurricane of 2017 season

There haven't been 10 straight hurricanes since 1893, according to a hurricane researcher

American teen girl forced into Syria by father escapes ISIS in Raqqa

On the edge of Raqqa, CBS News correspondent Holly Williams encountered a group of women who have just escaped ISIS territory -- including an American teen. The girl, 15, grew up in Kansas but was taken to Syria against her will five years ago.

“We were prisoners”: American teen forced into ISIS speaks

The 15-year-old grew up in Kansas, and misses the comforts of home: "There's a restaurant called Texas Roadhouse, they have steak there," she said

Spain demands clarity on Catalan independence bid

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy issues veiled threat at next move should Catalonia declare split from Spain

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