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Kurds issue new call to arms against Islamic State in Syria

SURUC Turkey - Kurdish militants in Turkey have issued a new call to arms to defend a border town in northern Syria from advancing Islamic State fighters, and the Turkish authorities and United Nations prepared on Sunday for a surge in refugees. | Video

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Wife of Alan Henning, Briton held by Islamic State, pleads for his release

MANCHESTER - Alan Henning, a volunteer British aid worker being held by Islamic State (IS) militants, should be released unharmed, his wife said in a statement issued a week after his captors threatened to murder him.

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Exclusive: Iran seeks give and take on 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 to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.

G20 says nearing growth goal, but more needed from Europe

CAIRNS Australia - The Group of 20 leading nations say they are tantalisingly close to adding an extra $2 trillion to the global economy and creating millions of new jobs, but Europe's extended stagnation remains a major stumbling block.

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Yemeni PM quits, Houthi rebels advance in Sanaa despite accord

SANAA - Yemen's prime minister submitted his resignation to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday amid chaos over reported advances by Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels on some military buildings and government offices in the capital.

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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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Turkey says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by Islamic State

ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom had been paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State but he declined to be drawn on whether their release freed Turkey's hand to take a more active stance against the insurgents.