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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from...
 

Muslim men over 50 return to Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque, tension high

Muslim worshippers over the age of 50 returned to pray at Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, a day after Israeli authorities shut down all access to the sacred compound following...
 

China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia

China will dispatch an elite unit from the People's Liberation Army to help Ebola-hit Liberia, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday, responding to U.N. calls for a greater global effort to fight...
 

Compaore defies calls to step down

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore has said that he will stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down...
 

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree gas supply deal

Ukraine, Russia and the European Union have penned a deal that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbour over the winter in return for payments funded in part by...
 

Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay'

 Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Cook has never previously acknowledged his sexual orientation.
"So let me...
 

Burkina protestors burn parliament, ransack state TV

Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and ransacked state television on Thursday, forcing it off the air ahead of a planned vote on a motion to allow the veteran president to...
 

First Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria's Kobani -monitoring group

The first Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the beseiged Syrian town of Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The...
 

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens...
 

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka land slide, over 100 dead

Hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more...