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Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT - Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria.

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Turkey's Erdogan says new constitution priority after 2015 election

ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday forging a new constitution after a parliamentary election next year would be a priority for Turkey, signaling no let-up in his drive to create an executive presidency.

Turkey 10:12am EDT

German defense crisis puts potential Merkel successor in hot seat

BERLIN - Ursula von der Leyen, whose ambitions of succeeding Angela Merkel are too transparent for German taste, is finding out the hard way why her job as defense minister is considered the most dangerous in the cabinet, nicknamed the 'ejector seat'.

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Eyeing 2015 vote, British PM Cameron pledges 7 billion pounds in tax cuts

BIRMINGHAM England - British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to hand almost half the British population a tax cut if re-elected next year, a pledge he hopes will win over millions of voters and refocus debate away from a schism inside his party over Europe.

10:18am EDT

Kenya sentences two Iranians for using fake Israeli passports

NAIROBI - A Kenyan court on Wednesday ordered two Iranians held under anti-terrorism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a hefty fine after they pleaded guilty to using fake Israeli passports to enter the East African country last month.

Israel, Africa 9:11am EDT

Britain's Hill charms EU parliament despite doubts

BRUSSELS - Britain's choice for the European Commission disarmed EU lawmakers with a combination of charm, grasp of financial regulation and a stated commitment to European integration at a hearing in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

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