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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

SURUC Turkey - 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 Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey.

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Gazprom to resume gas supply after Ukraine pays $2.2 billion

MOSCOW - Russia may restart gas supply to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion worth of debt and pre-payments, gas export monopoly Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that is also vital to ensure deliveries to Europe.

Russia 9:01am EDT

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

MADRID - Spain will ask its Constitutional Court to rule on the legality of a Nov. 9 'consultation of citizens' on independence from Spain planned by Catalonia in a move to block the vote, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said on Friday.

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Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record

GENEVA - Iran defended its human rights record on Friday, after a wave of Western criticism of its execution of a woman for murdering a man she said had tried to rape her.

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Hungary's Orban puts Internet tax on hold after huge protests

BUDAPEST - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban froze plans on Friday to impose a tax on Internet traffic, climbing down in the face of massive street protests and warnings from the European Union that the levy was a mistake.

Tech 7:19am EDT

Car bomb at bus stop kills five in northeast Nigeria: witnesses

ABUJA - A car bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 15 others, witnesses said.

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