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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State

SURUC Turkey - 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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Die at home and cut the health cover-ups, Africans urge leaders

JOHANNESBURG - When dying Zambian president Michael Sata flew to London last week he was following a long line of African leaders who have sought emergency -- and secret -- medical treatment in foreign hospitals most of their citizens can only dream of.

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Spain state adviser backs move to block Catalonia independence vote

MADRID - The Spanish state adviser on Thursday backed a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for Nov. 9, making it likely the government will try and have the "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts.

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Fathers of missing Mexican students blast president after meeting

MEXICO CITY - Angry fathers of 43 Mexican students missing for the past month turned on President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, accusing his government of deceit, fostering impunity and bungling the search for their sons.

Mexico, Mexico Election 11:14am EDT

Boko Haram seize northeast Nigerian town, dozens killed: witnesses

MAIDUGURI/YOLA Nigeria - Boko Haram militants have seized control of the northeast Nigerian town of Mubi, killing dozens of people and forcing thousands to flee, witnesses said.

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Russia may limit Belarus, Ukraine food shipments: RIA

MOSCOW/ASTANA - Moscow may limit food shipments from Belarus and Ukraine to Kazakhstan across Russian territory because of attempts to sell banned imports in Russia, the head of Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) was quoted as saying on Thursday.

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