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Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State

By Daren Butler MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighboring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents. In Turkey, struggling to manage an influx of more than 130,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees since last week, security forces fire

U.S. says won't link Iran cooperation on Islamic State to nuclear talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it will refuse any effort by Iran to gain its cooperation on fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible about Tehran's nuclear program. Senior Iranian officials told Reuters that Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants but would like more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment

Frenchman says has been kidnapped by Islamic State offshoot in Algeria: video

PARIS (Reuters) - A French man purported to have been kidnapped in Algeria on Sunday appeared in a video on Monday saying he had been kidnapped by an Algeria-based Islamic State splinter group the Caliphate Soldiers. The man, who gives his name, age and date of birth, said he had arrived in Algeria on Sept. 20 and been taken on Sept. 21. "I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed gro

Houthis tighten grip on Yemen capital after swift capture, power-sharing deal

By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's Shi'ite Houthi fighters tightened their grip on the capital Sanaa on Monday after seizing much of the city in a lightning advance and signing an overnight deal to win a share of power, capping a decade-long guerrilla uprising. The Zaydi Shi'ites, who make up 30 percent of Yemen's population of 25 million and ruled a kingdom there for 1,000 years, hav

Ukrainians to pull back big guns from front line with separatists

By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday it was pulling back artillery and heavy armor from the front line with separatists, backing President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for a conflict that has cost more than 3,000 lives. Taking a noticeably soft line on the Russian-backed separatists for the first time, military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said reduced fire from t

Afghan president-elect promises unity after disputed vote

By Hamid Shalizi and Kay Johnson KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's president-elect promised to end political strife and corruption in a speech on Monday, his first since signing a power-sharing agreement with his rival aimed at bringing months of turmoil to a close. "Afghanistan's stability is most important for us," former finance minister Ashraf Ghani said in his address at the presidential pala

Canada may scale up anti-terror fight after threat

Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday his government is looking to scale up its fight against terrorism after the Islamic State group threatened lone-wolf attacks on Canadians.

IS-linked group claims kidnapping of Frenchman in Algeria

Algiers (AFP) - An Algerian militant group said it has kidnapped a Frenchman and threatened to execute him unless Paris halts air strikes on Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, in a YouTube video posted Monday.

Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An al-Qaida splinter group has kidnapped a French citizen and announced on Monday that it will execute him unless France ends its participation in air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Climate protesters march on Wall Street, block street near NYSE

By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through New York City's financial district on Monday and blocked streets near the stock exchange to denounce Wall Street's role in raising money for businesses that contribute to climate change. Protesters stopped traffic on Broadway south of the New York Stock Exchange. Occupying about two blocks, some were standing while other

Dynamo beats Torpedo to retake 2nd place in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Dynamo Moscow scored twice in the last 10 minutes Monday to beat Torpedo Moscow 3-1 and retake second place in the Russian league.

International Red Cross to resume work in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is to resume its work in Sudan after authorities lifted a suspension of its activities.

State police: 3 missing Afghan soldiers in custody

BOSTON (AP) — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said.

Jihadists kill 40 Iraqi soldiers, capture at least 70

Baghdad (AFP) - Jihadists attacked an Iraqi army base west of Baghdad with six suicide bombers, killing 40 soldiers and capturing at least 70 others who fled, a senior army officer said Monday.

Judge lowers damages against Hyundai in crash case

POLSON, Montana (AP) — A Montana judge has reduced a punitive damages award from $240 million to $73 million in a lawsuit against Hyundai over a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.

Israel court condemns African migrant detentions

JERUSALEM (AP) — A high Israeli court has condemned the government's policy of detaining illegal African migrants captured in the Negev Desert, ordering that a detention facility be closed within three months and banning new detentions for a year.

Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought

(Reuters) - California's three-year drought might have triggered Mount Shasta's worst mudslide in two decades which damaged hiking trails and forced two roads to close over the weekend, a national park spokeswoman said on Monday. Mud and debris began flowing down Mud Creek Canyon on the southeast side of Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano about 50 miles south of the Oregon border, on Saturday after

Home of man seen with missing US student searched

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) — Authorities are again searching the apartment of a man they believe is the last person seen with a British-born student before she disappeared.

Syrian opposition urges airstrikes against IS

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Syria's opposition on Monday called for airstrikes to be immediately launched against Islamist fighters seizing villages in the north.

2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar - FIFA's Zwanziger

Berlin (AFP) - Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football's governing body FIFA.

Police: Canadian woman arrested at JFK with guns

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old Canadian woman has been arrested at Kennedy Airport with handguns, ammunition and 33 pounds (15 kilograms) of marijuana in her checked baggage.

US stocks drop as China weighs on markets

NEW YORK (AP) — US stocks were on track for their biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday as investors worried about signs of weakness in China. Worries about slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy pushed the down the price of oil, weighing on energy stocks.

Representatives of Hamas, Fatah meet in Cairo

CAIRO (AP) — A Hamas and a Fatah official met in Cairo on Monday ahead of the start of reconciliation talks between the rival Palestinian factions this week in the Egyptian capital, an official told The Associated Press.

High-profile Israeli spy Mike Harari dead at 87

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad's revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country's Olympics team, has died. He was 87.

British union picks replacement for late firebrand leader Crow

London (AFP) - Britain's powerful RMT transport union on Monday elected a new leader, following the death of Bob Crow, the trade union stalwart who regularly left the London Underground paralysed by strikes.

Retailer Tesco suspends executives after profit error

London (AFP) - The new head of Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has suspended four senior executives and launched an independent investigation after the troubled supermarket revealed Monday it had massively overestimated profits.

France 'not afraid' as IS urges lone-wolf attacks

Paris (AFP) - France insisted Monday it was not spooked by a call for Muslims to kill citizens of countries fighting the Islamic State group, as Western nations scramble to prevent a surge in lone-wolf terrorism.

Yemen peace holds as toll mounts from week of clashes

Sanaa (AFP) - A peace accord appeared to be holding in Yemen Monday after a week of clashes between Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen that the government said killed at least 200 people.

Ebola toll passes 2,800 but 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria : WHO

An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but the disease is still spreading elsewhere and has now killed over 2,811 people in the region. Senegal and Nigeria, the most recent of five nations to record cases of Ebola, implemented strict measures to isolate the ill and track down further possible cases

Top Asian News at 6:30 p.m. GMT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the southern Chinese city. The strike comes as dozens of the city's tycoons and business leaders paid a rare group visit to Beijing to meet with China's co


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