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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 meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict. | Video

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France's Chirac snubs Sarkozy to back rival for 2017 presidential bid

PARIS - Former French President Jacques Chirac has backed his one-time protege Alain Juppe in the center-right's presidential primary, resuming a feud with Nicolas Sarkozy who is seeking to gather support for a fresh tilt at the presidency in 2017.

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Putin says hopes election will bring Ukraine stability

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped Ukraine's parliamentary election on Oct. 26 would help bring stability to the country, saying this was also in Russia's interests.

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Nigeria's Boko Haram 'leader' appears in new video: AFP

ABUJA - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video, contradicting Nigerian military reports that he had been killed, French news agency AFP reported on Thursday.

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Philippine Islamist militants threaten to behead German on October 17

MANILA - Al-Qaeda linked Islamist militants in the Philippines said on Thursday they will kill one of two German captives on Oct. 17 unless their demands are met.

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France's Moscovici struggles to convince EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS - France's Pierre Moscovici struggled to convince European Union lawmakers on Thursday he could enforce budget rules that his own country has repeatedly breached, as the formation of a new European Commission turned into a tit-for-tat political battle.

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