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Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.

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Anti-Occupy mob roughs up Hong Kong journalists

HONG KONG - Three journalists were roughed up on Saturday evening in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long "Occupy" movement of the financial hub's streets by pro-democracy demonstrators.

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Blast injures three U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali

BAMAKO - Three United Nations peacekeepers were injured in northern Mali on Saturday when a blast struck their convoy near the northern desert town of Kidal, the U.N. mission said.

United Nations, Africa, Mali 12:43pm EDT

Kurdish militants kill three soldiers in southeast Turkey: army

ISTANBUL - Kurdish militants killed three Turkish soldiers in Turkey's southeast on Saturday, the Turkish Armed Forces said, in a further blow to peace talks between Ankara and the insurgents. | Video

Turkey 3:44pm EDT

Egypt eyes legal restrictions, military measures after Sinai attacks

CAIRO - Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area. | Video

Egypt 5:10pm EDT

In rural Tunisia, economic malaise weighs on voters

KASSERINE Tunisia - In the western Tunisian city of Kasserine, campaign posters plastered on walls make plain what many voters want from Sunday's parliamentary election -- jobs, whose scarcity has fueled unrest and militancy. | Video

Tunisia 5:13pm EDT

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