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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. | Video

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Canadian who killed police gets five life sentences

- A man who shot and killed three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounded two others in June has been given five life sentences in prison, with no possibility of parole for 75 years, an unprecedented sentence in Canada, according to several media reports.

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Houthi rebels give Yemen's president 10 days to form government

SANAA - Shi'ite Houthi rebels set an ultimatum on Friday for Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to form a government in 10 days or face "other options", raising the tension in a political standoff that has crippled the country.

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Eleven dead, over 45 injured in Honduras bus accident

TEGUCIGALPA - At least 11 people were killed and over 45 injured in western Honduras on Friday when a bus ran off the road and crashed into a ravine, a government official said.

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Italy to end sea rescue mission that saved 100,000 migrants

ROME - Italy said on Friday it would close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from Africa and the Middle East, a move one rights group warned could lead to a "surge of deaths" in the Mediterranean.

Italy, Africa 2:16pm EDT

Italy PM picks Paolo Gentiloni as new foreign minister in surprise choice

ROME - Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appointed Paolo Gentiloni, a close ally and former communications minister, to be Italy's new foreign minister on Friday, in a surprise decision.

Italy 2:36pm EDT

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