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Peshmerga troops cheered by fellow Kurds in Turkey

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Iraqi peshmerga troops were cheered Wednesday by fellow Kurds in southeastern Turkey as the fighters slowly made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by Islamic State militants.

New Islamic State video challenges Western version of battle for Kobani

| |Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

The Islamic State posted a video Monday in which a captured British photojournalist, shown in an embattled Syrian town on the border with Turkey, denied that the fanatical group was retreating before a Syrian Kurdish militia backed by U.S. airstrikes and arms supplies.

18 miners trapped in coal mine accident in Turkey

| |Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in a coal mine in Turkey, officials and reports said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation's poor workplace safety standards.

Seoul: N. Korea's Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery

| |Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

South Korea's spy agency believes it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's 6-week public absence that set off a frenzy of global speculation, a lawmaker who attended the agency's closed-door briefing said Wednesday.

India slides, US gains in gender equality ranking

| |Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Indian women still face some of the world's worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to a survey of 142 nations released Tuesday.

Toronto elects a new mayor, ends Ford era

| |Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Toronto's next mayor will be a straight-laced, button down moderate conservative — almost the polar opposite of current Mayor Rob Ford, whose term was plagued by scandals involving public drinking and illegal drug use.

US official urges allies to combat IS ideology

| |Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

The United States is pressing Arab nations and other allies to do more to counter the Islamic State group's slick propaganda campaign, with a top American envoy on Monday describing efforts to combat the extremist messages as a vital pillar in the fight to defeat the group.

Poland in defense shift as security concerns rise

| |Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Poland is planning a major realignment of its military structure because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine, the country's defense minister said Monday, a move that could shift thousands of troops to its eastern border.

Prosecutors say will appeal Pistorius verdict

| |Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case said Monday they will file appeal papers in the next few days against the verdict and sentence after the Olympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide and given a five-year prison term for killing his girlfriend.

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist

| |Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift international condemnation for a prosecution several countries described as flawed.