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U.S.-led air strikes focus on Islamic State Kobani in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led air strikes in Syria focused on the contested city of Kobani near the Turkish border on Thursday, with six air strikes that destroyed seven Islamic State fighting positions, a building and a tactical unit, the U.S. military said.

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Three top Islamic State leaders killed in air strikes: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON - U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq have killed three of the militant group's top leaders but not senior commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

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Iraqi Kurds liberate besieged Sinjar mountain, freeing hundreds

ZUMAR, Iraq - Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq's Sinjar mountain and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader said on Thursday.

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Some Pakistan militants denounce school attack, amid national outrage

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - As Pakistanis unite in grief over the killings of 132 schoolchildren by the Pakistani Taliban, several other militant groups have been quick to condemn the carnage too. | Video

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Islamic State fight to take at least three years: U.S. general

WASHINGTON - The general in command of U.S. forces involved in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria said on Thursday he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group. | Video

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U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. | Video

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