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The New York Times reports the U.S. says Russia tested its cruise missile in violation of treaty (with a growing 7,878 shares). "After the breakup, the United States felt this sudden sense of freedom to talk about all the things Russia had done," NYT's Binyamin Appelbaum noted.
Reuters reveals where Ukraine's separatists get their weapons (315 shares). "More evidence the Russians are supplying rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk with weapons," concluded Gordon Smith with Financial Times.
From the Wall Street Journal comes the report that Al Qaeda-linked groups are increasingly funded by ransom (251 shares). "Who do extremists bank on for funding these days? Governments that pay ransom to free captives," WSJ's Bruce Orwall bleakly observed.
And from the Washington Post, here's what it’s like to be a doctor treating Ebola during the worst outbreak in history (155 shares). Author Abby Phillip divulged this distressing detail: "The Ebola paradox: '9 out of 10 their loved ones go into a treatment facility and they come out in a body bag'."
Oh, and then there's this: Turkey's deputy prime minister says women should not laugh in public. "Or exchange meal recipes on the phone," suggested Bernard Keane with Crikey.com. WSJ's Joe Parkinson could only tweet, "Wow. (Not in a good way)."