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U.S.-led air strikes focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led air strikes in Syria focused on the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border on Thursday, with six air strikes that destroyed seven Islamic State fighting positions, a building and a tactical unit, the U.S. military said.

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Fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 25 in eight days: medics

BENGHAZI, Libya - At least 25 people have been killed and 103 wounded in the past eight days of fighting between pro-government forces and Islamist groups in Libya's second city Benghazi, medics said on Thursday.

United Nations, Libya 5:01pm EST

Obama signs Russia sanctions bill, says no new penalties planned

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had signed into law a new Russian sanctions bill passed by Congress but did not intend to impose further sanctions against Moscow for now.

Politics 3:09pm EST

Cubans imagine new, more prosperous life without an old foe

HAVANA - From bus drivers to bartenders and ballet dancers, many Cubans are already imagining a more prosperous future after the United States said it will put an end to 50 years of conflict with the communist-run island.

Politics, Cuba 3:20pm EST

Three top Islamic State leaders killed in air strikes: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq have killed three of the militant group's top leaders but not senior commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Iraq 3:14pm EST

Some Pakistan militants denounce school attack, amid national outrage

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - As Pakistanis unite in grief over the killings of 132 schoolchildren by the Pakistani Taliban, several other militant groups have been quick to condemn the carnage too. | Video

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