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U.S. military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobani

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants near Kobani on Sunday in what appeared to be the Pentagon's first public acknowledgment it has provided lethal aid to the rebels.

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Setback for Japan PM as trade minister quits, media say another to resign

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suffered his biggest setback since taking office in 2012 on Monday as his new trade and industry minister resigned over questionable political spending and media said the justice minister had also decided to quit.

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Kerry in Indonesia seeking Asian support against Islamic state

JAKARTA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Indonesia for Joko Widodo's presidential inauguration on Monday, seeking more help from Southeast Asian leaders in the U.S.-led effort against Islamic State in the Middle East.

World, Indonesia 19 Oct 2014

Lufthansa cancels flights due to pilots strike; train stoppage strands millions

FRANKFURT/BERLIN - German airline Lufthansa canceled 1,450 flights after a pilots union called for a strike on Monday and Tuesday, adding to travelers' misery after millions were left stranded by a weekend-long train drivers' stoppage.

19 Oct 2014

Microsoft plans to launch smartwatch within weeks: Forbes

NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. is preparing to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks that will passively track a user's heart rate and work across different mobile platforms, Forbes reported on Sunday.

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U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role: soothe Americans' jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost.

South Korea concert victims' families call for leniency

SEOUL - The families of 16 people who died after falling through a ventilation shaft at a South Korean open-air concert asked for leniency on Monday for event organizers despite fresh concerns about safety six months after a ferry disaster.