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

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - Islamic State insurgents pushed on with their assault on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict. | Video

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Five dead in helicopter crash in France near Swiss border

STRASBOURG France - Five Swiss nationals died in a helicopter crash near the eastern French city of Montbeliard on Thursday, French authorities said.

6:19am EDT

France's Moscovici struggles to convince EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS - France's Pierre Moscovici struggled to convince European Union lawmakers on Thursday that he could enforce budget rules that his own country has repeatedly breached, as the formation of a new European Commission turned into a bitter political battle.

France 6:05am EDT

Putin says sanctions will not stop Russia becoming economic power

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin took aim at "unwarranted" Western sanctions on Thursday, saying they would not stop Russia developing into a stronger economic power.

6:21am EDT

Third American held in North Korea appeals to U.S. for help: report

SEOUL - One of three Americans held in North Korea on charges of crimes against the state said he was anxiously awaiting his trial and appealed for U.S. government help to secure their freedom, a news report said on Thursday.

North Korea 5:13am EDT

Taliban bomber in Afghan capital targets army bus, kills three

KABUL - A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, killing three people and wounding 10, the interior ministry said, the fourth high-profile attack in the capital since Monday when the new president was sworn in.

Afghanistan 1:16am EDT

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