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Australia Foils Terror Plot

Security officials said they thwarted an alleged plot by Islamist extremists to snatch a random member of the Australian public and behead them on camera

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Apple Defends Privacy Concerns

CEO Tim Cook discussed efforts to keep consumers’ information safe and sought to distinguish how it uses personal data from its competitors

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko acknowledges applause after addressing a joint meeting of Congress in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sept. 18, 2014.

Ukraine President Asks Lawmakers for Lethal Weapons

Petro Poroshenko asked a joint session of Congress on Thursday for military weapons in the fight against battalions of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, admitting they were "urgently needed" and that "one cannot win the war with blankets"

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Darrell Hammond Set for SNL Return as Show's Voice

The longest-serving cast member in Saturday Night Live history is returning to be the voice of the show, creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said, replacing announcer Don Pardo, who hosted 39 seasons and died in August

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Here's Why Major Companies Are Relaxing Their Dress Codes

Starbucks is on a list of companies grappling with the reality that workers and customers are increasingly tattooed, pierced and at home in casual clothes. PetSmart began letting theirs show tattoos and Wal-Mart will soon let its staffers wear black pants rather than just khakis

Bono and The Edge of U2 headline the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2011 in Glastonbury, England.

Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You

The four members of the Irish band tell TIME about another new album in the works—and its secret Apple project that might just save the music industry. The point isn't just to help U2, but lesser-known artists and others who can't make money from live performance

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House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

The House passed legislation Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region; more than 70 members from each party voted against the bill

NFL Running Back Released After Domestic Violence Arrest

Running back Jonathan Dwyer was deactivated by Arizona after he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assault. The Cardinals' immediate move marked a stark contrast to how other teams have operated in the wake of domestic-abuse charges

A pro-Russian rebel walks past a building at the destroyed airport in Luhanks, eastern Ukraine, Sept. 14, 2014.

Moscow Welcomes More Autonomy for Ukraine Separatists

Russia has welcomed a new Ukrainian law granting autonomy to separatist-held eastern regions as "a step in the right direction," but some politicians in Kiev criticized the move as unpatriotic, with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko threatening to challenge it in court

A group of young volunteers wear special uniforms sterilize round the house after Baindu Koruma died due to the Ebola virus, in Lango village, Kenema, Sierra Leone on Aug. 25, 2014.

Sierra Leone Begins 3-Day National Lockdown Over Ebola

Citizens in of the three West African nations hit worst by the epidemic will reportedly be banned from leaving their homes as health workers try to identify cases and the streets are kept clear; some experts fear the measures will spread mistrust, doing more harm than good