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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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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

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

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

Burkina protesters burn parliament, ransack state TV

OUAGADOUGOU - Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and ransacked state television on Thursday, forcing it off the air ahead of a planned vote on a motion to allow the veteran president to extend his 27-year rule.

7:43am EDT

Malaysia's Anwar says hopeful, lawyers question DNA evidence

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday he was a victim of a conspiracy but was hopeful of winning an appeal against a sodomy conviction and five-year prison term that could stymie his political ambitions for good.

8:11am EDT

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