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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey - 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 neighboring Turkey.

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Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

- A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices.

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Gazprom to resume gas supply after Ukraine pays $2.2 billion

MOSCOW - Russia may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debt and pre-payments, gas export monopoly Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that is also vital to ensure deliveries to Europe.

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Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

HONG KONG - Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. | Video

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U.S. third-quarter wage gains largest since 2008

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 - - U.S. labor costs rose more than expected in the third quarter as wages recorded their largest gain since 2008, a sign that a long-awaited pick-up in wage growth was underway.

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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video

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Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.