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Alibaba IPO ranks as world's biggest after additional shares sold

HONG KONG - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's initial public offering now ranks as the world's biggest in history at $25 billion, after the e-commerce giant and some of its shareholders sold additional shares.

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Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on Islamic State militants, nuclear program

UNITED NATIONS - Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.

Iran foreign minister hails 'new chapter' in Saudi ties: IRNA

DUBAI - Iran and Saudi Arabia held their first foreign minister-level meeting since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, official Iranian media reported, signaling a possible thaw in chilly ties between the rival Gulf powers.

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More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State crossed into Turkey: Deputy PM

ISTANBUL - More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants have crossed into Turkey in the past three days and the authorities are preparing for more, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

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Australia seeks broad new security powers after anti-terror raids

SYDNEY - Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the prime minister said on Monday, on the heels of sweeping counter-terrorism raids last week.