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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/PARIS - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighboring Syria. | Video

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Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

DIKMETAS Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. | Video

Syria, Iraq 19 Sep 2014

Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali

N'DJAMENA - Chad's government accused the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

United Nations, Africa, Mali 19 Sep 2014

Campaign donations highlight winners, losers in Brazil election

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO - Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration.

Brazil 19 Sep 2014

Syria militants kill captive Lebanese soldier, bomb kills two

BEIRUT - The Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, killed one of the Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a Twitter statement said on Friday.

Syria 19 Sep 2014

Russia critical of MH17 inquiry, wants bigger U.N. role

UNITED NATIONS - Russia on Friday criticized an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, saying it can be transparent only with more U.N. involvement, even though the world body found the inquiry met international standards.

Russia, United Nations 19 Sep 2014

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