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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - 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 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.

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Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

OUAGADOUGOU - The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country. | Video

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U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007

NEW YORK - U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years on growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations, a survey released on Friday showed.

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Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record

GENEVA - Iran defended itself on Friday against Western accusations of repression and a sharp rise in executions, including that of a woman hanged for murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her.

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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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U.S. envoy to U.N. defends Ebola guidelines; praises airlines

NEW YORK - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries and praised the airlines still flying there. | Video

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Gazprom to resume gas supply once Ukraine pays $2.2 billion

MOSCOW - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe.