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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.

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Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish peace process will continue despite unrest

PARIS - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday a peace process with Kurdish militants would continue after the killing of four soldiers and riots this month over what Kurds saw as Turkey's refusal to help their kin in Syria.

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Spain says will seek to block watered-down Catalan vote on independence

MADRID - Spain will seek to block in the courts a watered-down version of a Catalan vote on independence planned for Nov. 9 in the same way it stopped a non-binding referendum, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said on Friday.

Spain 9:51am EDT

Libyan army says recaptures four barracks in Benghazi

BENGHAZI - Libya's army special forces have seized back four barracks from armed Islamist groups in the eastern city of Benghazi, a commander said on Friday, after two weeks of heavy fighting which has killed at least 210 people.

Libya 11:30am EDT

Rains slow Sri Lankan landslide search; nearly 150 feared dead

COLOMBO - Heavy rains hampered search operations on Friday at the site of a landslide in Sri Lanka where more than 100 people were buried under tons of mud and rubble two days ago.

Environment 10:38am EDT

Car bomb kills at least 10 at bus stop in northeast Nigeria

ABUJA - A car bomb killed at least 10 people at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday morning, emergency services said.

Africa 11:05am EDT

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