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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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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.

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Investors skeptical of Rousseff's options for Brazil finance chief

BRASILIA - Whoever President Dilma Rousseff picks to head Brazil's finance ministry if she is re-elected on Sunday will likely get a cold welcome from investors, who are skeptical that the leftist leader will stop dictating policy herself.

Brazil 10:25am 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.

United Nations 9:27am EDT

Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plow

MOSCOW/PARIS - Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic and outspoken chief executive of the French oil company Total , was killed when his private jet hit a snow plow as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night. | Video

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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.

Russia 9:53am EDT

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