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Kurds claim advances in Iraq as Britain joins fray
SALHIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish officials said Tuesday their fighters recaptured a key Iraqi border crossing into Syria from Islamic State group militants in intense fighting, as Britain joined the U.S.-led international air campaign against the extremists, carrying out its first strikes in Iraq....
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Families wait in agony for word on Ebola patients
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives....
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Hostage tale suggests IS wary of upsetting Turkey
SILOPI, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish truck driver Ozgur Simsek was sleeping off a 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) fuel run to the Qayara power station in Iraq, he said, when he heard banging on his vehicle's door....
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Hong Kong leader rejects protesters' demands
HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's leader refused to meet with pro-democracy demonstrators by their midnight deadline Tuesday, despite their threats to expand the protests that have clogged the streets with tens of thousands of people in the stiffest challenge to Beijing's authority since China took control of the former British colony in 1997....
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Lawmaker: Italian spy agency paid Mafia bosses
ROME (AP) -- An Italian lawmaker has decried a secret arrangement in which intelligence agents paid imprisoned top Mafiosi for information during several of the years when Silvio Berlusconi was premier....
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Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency....
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Israel, Palestinians part ways in dueling speeches
JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a pair of fiery speeches at the United Nations, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear to have abandoned any hope of reviving peace talks and instead seem intent on pressing forward with separate diplomatic initiatives that all but ignore each other....
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Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers
TOKYO (AP) -- Huge boulders falling from the sky. Billowing gray smoke that cast total darkness over the mountain. Volcanic ash piling on the ground and fumes filling the air....
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Chinese patriotism fuels cruises to disputed isles
ABOARD THE COCONUT PRINCESS (AP) -- On a cruise more about politics than pleasure, Zhang Jing watched the gray shells of the Paracel Islands emerge from the purple, pre-dawn South China Sea....
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Iraqi Arabs claim persecution by Kurds
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- When Sunni militants captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in June, Abu Sara and his family feared their town of Taza, located some 50 kilometers southeast of the city, would inevitably be next. Government soldiers had dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts - forcing residents to fend for themselves....
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