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Kurdish peshmerga arrive with weapons in Syria's Kobani

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT - Iraqi Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State insurgents to seize the town and cement control in the Turkish border region.

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Egypt jails eight men over gay marriage video

CAIRO - Eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in jail on Saturday on charges of spreading indecent images and inciting debauchery after they appeared in an online video purporting to show the country's first gay marriage ceremony.

8:20am EDT

Libyan port rebel leader refuses to hand over oil ports to rival group

TUNIS - A former Libyan rebel leader, who seized oil ports in the past to campaign for eastern autonomy, said he had turned down an offer to join an armed group challenging the internationally-recognized government.

Libya 6:54am EDT

Suicide car bomber kills 11 police, soldiers in Afghanistan

PUL-I-ALAM Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber killed at least 11 members of the security forces and wounded more than 20 civilians near a police checkpoint in eastern Logar province in Afghanistan on Saturday, local officials said.

Afghanistan 8:09am EDT

China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief

BEIJING - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday.

China 1:38am EDT

Gaza rocket hits southern Israel causing no damage or injuries: army

JERUSALEM - A mortar fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel, the Israeli military said on Saturday, the second such incident since a seven-week war in the Palestinian enclave ended in August.

Israel 5:28am EDT

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