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Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.

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Hong Kong police warn protesters against occupying buildings

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police promised on Thursday to respond firmly to any attempt by thousands of pro-democracy protesters to occupy administrative buildings, and authorities urged people to immediately end their blockade of the city center. | Video

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As PIMCO bleeds assets, Gross shows risk of star culture

LONDON - Bill Gross' exit from Pimco has seen billions of dollars leave the fund group and even more value wiped off the share price of its parent company, offering a warning both to firms who rely on star managers and the investors who chase them.

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Third American held in North Korea appeals to U.S. for help: report

SEOUL - One of three Americans held in North Korea on charges of crimes against the state said he was anxiously awaiting his trial and appealed for U.S. government help to secure their freedom, a news report said on Thursday.

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U.N. nuclear watchdog pushes for headway in Iran inquiry: diplomats

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency is expected to make a new attempt soon to advance its investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran, diplomats said on Thursday, more than a month after Tehran missed a deadline for cooperation.

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Political clash over U.S. history sparks Colorado school protests

JEFFERSON COUNTY Colo. - Sitting with friends by a skate park near a Colorado high school known more for an infamous shooting than conflict over curriculum, 17-year-old Charlotte Beierle said attempts to play down the darker parts of U.S. history mystify her.