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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC Turkey - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. | Video

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East Ukraine separatists hold vote to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy

DONETSK Ukraine - On a campaign trip, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic lit candles at a Russian Orthodox Church and kissed icons of Jesus and the Virgin Mary before dashing off to meet about 100 voters in a local factory.

Russia, 12:58pm EDT

Protesters demand Burkina Faso president quit, burn parliament

OUAGADOUGOU - Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the ousting of Burkina Faso's veteran President Blaise Compaore faced off with security forces outside the presidential palace after burning parliament and ransacking state television on Thursday.

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Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

STOCKHOLM - The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs European Union states would follow its lead.

Israel, United Nations 1:24pm EDT

UK's opposition Labour faces collapse in support in Scotland: poll

LONDON/EDINBURGH - Britain's opposition Labour party could be almost wiped out in Scotland at a UK-wide election next year, a poll showed on Thursday, raising questions about its ability to defeat Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives.

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Thousands flee as Boko Haram seizes northeast Nigerian town

MAIDUGURI/YOLA Nigeria - Islamist Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee, witnesses said.

Africa 12:41pm EDT

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