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Islamic State presses assault on Syrian border town, Kurds warn Turkey

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents tightened their grip on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict. | Video

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Blasts kill 15 people at Bulgaria explosives plant

SOFIA/GORNI LOM Bulgaria - A series of powerful blasts at a Bulgarian explosives plant killed 15 employees and injured three others on Wednesday night, just two months after government officials warned of serious safety breaches at the factory.

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Houthis dictate state spending in absence of Yemen government

SANAA - Yemeni rebels in control of the capital ordered the finance ministry on Thursday to suspend all payments except salaries to state employees, in an apparent tightening of their control over government bodies.

Yemen 12:04pm EDT

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'leader' appears in new video: AFP

ABUJA - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video, contradicting Nigerian military reports that he was killed, French news agency AFP reported on Thursday.

Africa 10:59am EDT

Europe urges Georgia to avoid political 'revenge' in courts

TBILISI - A group of European lawmakers urged Georgia on Thursday not to pursue "revenge" when prosecuting members of the previous government of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili.

12:02pm EDT

French troops edge closer to Libya border to cut off Islamists

PARIS - France is setting up a base in northern Niger as part of an operation aimed at stopping al Qaeda-linked militants from crossing the Sahel-Sahara region between southern Libya to Mauritania, officials said.

France, Libya, Africa, Mali 11:37am EDT

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