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US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey
BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted Islamic State fighters pressing their offensive against a Kurdish town near the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday in an attempt to halt the militants' advance, activists said....
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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 responsibility for the country's security....
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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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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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Hong Kong leader rejects protesters' demands
HONG KONG (AP) -- Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub....
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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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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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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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Germany vows better checks on refugee guards
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's most populous state is tightening checks on security personnel at asylum centers following allegations that private guards repeatedly abused refugees, a senior official said Tuesday....
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Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year....
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