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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. | Video

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Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist

JERUSALEM - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.

World, Israel 8:44am EDT

Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal

BRUSSELS - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy.

World, Russia 7:34am EDT

Putin's spokesman casts doubt on Crimea report, says never heard of source

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday he had no idea who the Ukrainian diplomat behind a news story that Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had reached an official deal on Crimea was.

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Malaysia's Anwar says hopeful, lawyers question DNA evidence

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday he was a victim of a conspiracy but was hopeful of winning an appeal against a sodomy conviction and five-year prison term that could stymie his political ambitions for good.

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Protesters march on Burkina presidency after burning parliament

OUAGADOUGOU - Thousands of protesters marched on Burkina Faso's presidential palace after burning the parliament building and ransacking state television offices on Thursday, forcing President Blaise Compaore to scrap a plan to extend his 27-year rule.