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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.

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Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

HONG KONG - Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. | Video

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Wal-Mart to expand discounts as retail price war heats up

- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it will expand its offering of discounted products during the holiday season and may broaden a price-matching scheme to include online rivals, in the latest sign of an escalating price war among big U.S. retailers.

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Nurse defies Ebola quarantine with bike ride; negotiations fail

CAPE ELIZABETH Maine - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. | Video

Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush captured after seven-week manhunt

BLOOMING GROVE Pa. - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest on Thursday. | Video

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U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

WASHINGTON - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

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Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.