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First Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria's Kobani: monitoring group

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BEIRUT - The first Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the beseiged Syrian town of Kobani through the border crossing with Turkey on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. | Video

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - A convoy of peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq headed across southeastern Turkey on Wednesday towards the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes. | Video

World, United Nations, Syria, Iraq 30 Oct 2014

Kurdish convoy heads to Syria to take on Islamic State

SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - A convoy of peshmerga fighters from northern Iraq headed across southeastern Turkey on Wednesday towards the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes. | Video

World, Syria, Iraq, United Nations 29 Oct 2014

Hopes dim for 18 workers trapped in Turkish mine

ISTANBUL - Hopes were fading on Tuesday that 18 miners who were trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey would be rescued.

World, 28 Oct 2014

Iran accuses Turkey of prolonging civil war in Syria

ANKARA - Iran accused Turkey on Tuesday of prolonging the three-year conflict in neighboring Syria by insisting on President Bashar al-Assad's overthrow and supporting "terrorist groups" in Syria, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Syria, World, 28 Oct 2014

Only Syrian opposition and peshmerga can save Kobani: Turkish PM

ANKARA - Turkey cannot be expected to send troops to defend the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani and only Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Syria's own moderate opposition can save it, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

World, Syria, Iraq 28 Oct 2014

Assad's warnings start to ring true in Turkey

BEIRUT - When Sunni rebels rose up against Syria's Bashar al-Assad in 2011, Turkey reclassified its protégé as a pariah, expecting him to lose power within months and join the autocrats of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen on the scrap heap of the "Arab Spring".

World, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria 27 Oct 2014

Turkish official says Iraqi Kurdish fighters free to cross to Kobani

BEIRUT - A Turkish official said on Monday Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters were free to move through Turkey to Syria "as soon as they are ready" after a Syrian Kurdish leader accused Ankara of stalling on an agreement to allow them passage to the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani.

World, Syria, Iraq 27 Oct 2014

Suspicious powder sent to consulates in Istanbul shows no signs of biological agent

ISTANBUL - Turkey said the unidentified yellow powder sent to a number of consulates in Istanbul showed no initial signs of biological threat agents such as anthrax or plague, but said further tests were being carried out for other possible substances.

World, 27 Oct 2014

Eastern Europe in focus amid bank test failures and extra losses

SOFIA/BUCHAREST - Some of the strongest ripples from the European Central Bank's landmark stress tests could be felt in eastern Europe as multinational lenders short of capital mull the future of their Balkan operations, while others face extra losses.

26 Oct 2014
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Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders

ARBIL Iraq - Cloaked in Kurdish flags, thousands of people lined the roads to cheer on a military convoy headed for what was -- until recently -- an obscure Syrian border town, now the focus of a global war against the militants of Islamic State.