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Syrian border town emerges as pivot point in Islamic State fight

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — An obscure spot on Syria’s border with Turkey has become a place where American interests or Islamist ambitions could die. Kobani, a city …

Iraq: Key town taken from Islamic State

By McClatchy Newspapers
BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government claimed that its troops and Shiite Muslim militias captured a key Islamic State stronghold near Baghdad on Saturday in an …

Hong Kong protesters to vote

By The Los Angeles Times
HONG KONG — Hong Kong democracy protest leaders were organizing for an electronic vote Sunday to gauge protesters’ opinions about the government’s recent olive branch. …

Pakistan coup fails to make finish line as parliament backs Prime Minister Sharif

By The Associated Press
ISLAMABAD — It had all the elements of a classic coup: thousands descending on the capital, clashing with police outside parliament and commandeering state TV to demand the ouster of a civilian leader who had locked horns with the military …

16 killed in China coal mine shaft collapse

By The Associated Press
BEIJING — A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said Saturday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a leveling off of demand. Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster, …

Iran executes woman who claimed man she killed had tried to rape her

By The Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she alleged was trying to rape her, drawing swift …

Barricaded lawmakers fashioned ‘spears’ from flag poles in attack on Canada’s Parliament Hill

By From Wire and Online Reports
OTTAWA, Ontario — As Canadians returned to the reopened grounds of Parliament Hill on Saturday just three days after a soldier was killed in a terrorist attack, details emerged of how lawmakers prepared to fight and that intelligence was not …

Israelis label relations with U.S. ‘critical,’ lament state of ‘crisis’

By Bloomberg News
Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid told a town hall in Tel Aviv on Saturday that relations between Israel and the United States are in a …

Mussolini’s air raid shelter opens

By The Associated Press
ROME — A Roman villa’s wine cellar, which was converted into an air raid shelter for Benito Mussolini and the Italian dictator’s family, is opening …

Gestapo impostor tricked British fascists, secret files show

By The Associated Press
LONDON — At the height of World War II, Hans Kohout wanted to give the Nazis advance word of a top-secret British tactic that could neutralize an enemy’s air defenses, leaving major cities exposed to devastating air raids, according to …

Everything is America’s fault, Putin says

By The Washington Post
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering the international order by trying to “remake the whole world” for its own, exclusive interests, and he predicted that Ukraine would not be the last conflict …

Canada balances security, openness

By Reuters
OTTAWA — Canada vowed on Friday to toughen laws against terrorism as an opinion poll showed a majority of Canadians lacked confidence in their security …

Miss Uganda hopefuls get dirty in agriculture phase of contest

By The Associated Press
WOBULENZI, Uganda — When the Miss Uganda contestants arrived at this sprawling farm outside Kampala, they quickly realized their high-heels would not be useful. So …

Attack on Egypt army post in Sinai peninsula kills 30 troops

By The Associated Press
EL-ARISH, Egypt — A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of …

Sweden calls off search for mystery submarine

By The Associated Press
STOCKHOLM — Swedish authorities ended their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago Friday, saying the presumed intruder had probably escaped into the Baltic Sea. Naval and amphibious forces were ordered back to base, while some ground …

As oil prices fall, fear rises in Venezuela

By The Associated Press
CARACAS — The falling oil prices that are providing relief to drivers around the world threaten to bring more misery to the life of Milagro …

China to test lunar orbiter

By The Associated Press
BEIJING — China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country’s first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program is a test run for a …

Gunman in Ottawa attack had been waiting for passport to go to Syria

By The Washington Post
OTTAWA, Ontario — Before he shot and killed a soldier, before he opened fire inside the Canadian parliament and before he sparked a panic that …

U.S. airstrikes beat back Islamic State’s push for Mosul dam

By McClatchy Newspapers
IRBIL, Iraq — An Islamic State offensive in northern Iraq that began Monday with a series of car bombings on Kurdish military positions has been thwarted thus far by U.S.-led airstrikes outside the critical Mosul Dam area, although the terrorists …

Saudis tell women: Don’t defy and drive

By Reuters
RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry on Thursday issued a warning to women not to get behind the wheel in defiance of the kingdom’s men-only road rules in the face of a renewed social media campaign to challenge the law …