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Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. | Video

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Yemeni PM quits, Houthi rebels advance in Sanaa despite accord

SANAA - Yemen's prime minister submitted his resignation to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday amid chaos over reported advances by Shi'ite Muslim Houthi rebels on some military buildings and government offices in the capital.

Yemen 12:29pm EDT

UK's Cameron shifts tack on constitutional shake-up to mollify Scots

MANCHESTER England - Scotland will get more autonomy with no "ifs or buts", Prime Minister David Cameron's office said on Sunday, after Scottish leader Alex Salmond accused him and other politicians of tricking Scots out of independence.

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Turkey says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by Islamic State

ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom had been paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State but he declined to be drawn on whether their release freed Turkey's hand to take a more active stance against the insurgents.

Turkey, Syria 1:22pm EDT

Bomb kills three policemen, including witness against Mursi

CAIRO - A bomb blast beside Egypt's foreign ministry killed three policemen on Sunday, including a key witness in a trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Egypt 1:38pm EDT

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