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Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again

BAGHDAD - In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.

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War heroes and activists to shape new-look Ukraine parliament

KIEV - Out will go the bodyguards and mistresses, in are likely to come the street activists and war veterans: Ukraine's next parliament will be pro-Western and strongly nationalist, and it won't be to Russia's liking.

World, Russia 10:36am EDT

Ukraine, Russia, EU energy chiefs meet to finalize gas deal

BRUSSELS - Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies on Tuesday as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner.

World, Russia 9:53am EDT

Palestinians downbeat on promised rebuilding of ruined Gaza Strip

GAZA/RAMALLAH West Bank - The first torrential downpour of an approaching winter has already soaked the Gaza Strip, compounding the misery of thousands of Palestinians who scrambled to patch homes wrecked by the summer war with Israel.

World, United Nations 9:27am EDT

Hong Kong students put their case to government, but no breakthrough

HONG KONG - Thousands of Hong Kong protesters listened raptly from the streets on Tuesday as student leaders debated their call for full democracy for the Chinese-run city with government leaders to try end a weeks-long occupation of major traffic arteries. | Video

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Ebola crisis turns a corner as U.S. issues new treatment protocols

DALLAS - The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected.

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Baghdad restaurant bombs kill 21

BAGHDAD - A series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Tuesday, police and medics said.