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Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.

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Uruguay votes for new president; marijuana reform hangs in balance

MONTEVIDEO - Uruguayans vote on Sunday in a presidential election with the ruling leftist party trying to fend off a young center-right challenger who promises to undo a pioneering marijuana law.

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Tunisians begin voting in parliamentary election

TUNIS - Tunisians began voting on Sunday in parliamentary elections, four years after they cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

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Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, six soldiers killed

BEIRUT - Six Lebanese soldiers were killed as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighboring Syria began. | Video

Lebanon 25 Oct 2014

Botswana president's party secures election victory

GABORONE - Botswana's ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) secured 33 of 57 parliament seats in national elections, initial results showed, putting President Ian Khama at the helm for a second five-year term.

Africa 25 Oct 2014

Egypt eyes legal restrictions, military measures after Sinai attacks

CAIRO - Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area. | Video

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