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Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. | Video

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U.S. military struggles to preserve options in Islamic State fight

WASHINGTON - As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region’s web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines. | Video

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UK's Cameron shifts tack on constitutional shake-up to mollify Scots

MANCHESTER England - Scotland will get more autonomy with no "ifs or buts", Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday, after Scottish leader Alex Salmond accused him and other politicians of tricking Scots out of independence.

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Relief over Scotland gives way to 'Great Stagnation' worries

BRUSSELS - Scotland's rejection of independence and a lack of any fireworks at a Fed meeting last week have calmed investors enough to shift the focus back to what some call the "Great Stagnation", and how to avoid it.

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Exclusive: Siemens near deal to buy Dresser-Rand - sources

NEW YORK/LONDON - Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG is near an agreement to acquire U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc for all cash, according to people familiar with the matter, in a move that would significantly boost the German company's oil and gas business in North America.

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California wildfire destroys 10 houses, 22 other structures

- Ten houses and 22 outbuildings have been destroyed in a wildfire that swept through parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California over the past week and continues to burn, a fire official said on Sunday.

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Houthi rebels sign deal with Yemen parties to form new government

SANAA - Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim rebels signed an agreement with other political parties on Sunday to form a more inclusive government after rebels advanced on major state institutions in the capital Sanaa, largely unopposed by troops and security forces.