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Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. | Video

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Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. | Video

Russia 31 Oct 2014

Nigeria's purported Boko Haram 'leader' says has 'married off' girls: AFP

LAGOS - A man claiming to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said that more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago from northeast Nigeria had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting government claims they would soon be freed, AFP reported on Saturday.

Africa 5:32am EDT

Washington tries to check Hungary's drift into Kremlin orbit

ZAGREB/BUDAPEST - The United States is mounting a diplomatic offensive to stop Hungary selling a stake in a Croatian energy firm to Russia, part of what Western powers see as Budapest's dangerous drift into Moscow's orbit.

Russia 5:10am EDT

Malaysia Airlines sees first lawsuit on missing Flight MH370

KUALA LUMPUR - Two children of a passenger on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have sued the company and the Malaysian government for damages, the first lawsuit to be filed over the aircraft which disappeared in March.

31 Oct 2014

China passes counter-espionage law

BEIJING - China passed a counter-espionage law on Saturday aimed at tightening state security and helping build a "comprehensive" national security system, state media reported.

China 3:33am EDT

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