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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - 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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Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in past 24 hours despite ceasefire: military

KIEV - Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours in the east of the country despite a ceasefire with separatists, a military spokesman said on Thursday.

7:30am EDT

China says agrees with U.S. to speed up military conduct talks

BEIJING - China and the United States agreed at a meeting earlier this month in Washington to speed up talks on a mutual reporting mechanism on major military operations and a code of safe conduct, China's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

China 6:45am EDT

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes will revive peace process

STOCKHOLM - The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday, saying it hoped the move would help to revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Israel 8:05am EDT

France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants

PARIS - France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF , its interior minister said on Thursday.

France, Nuclear Power 7:19am EDT

Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives

PESHAWAR Pakistan - A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday.

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