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  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value…

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  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

    By Daren Butler SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians…

    Reuters46 mins ago
  • 60,000 Syrian Kurds flood into Turkey

    Dikmetas (Turkey) (AFP) - More than 60,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing advancing Islamic State jihadists have poured across the border into Turkey since Ankara opened up its southern frontier on Friday, the country's deputy prime minister said.

    AFP
  • North Korea's Om Yun Chol sets world record

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's Om Yun Chol beat his own world record in the men's 56-kilogram clean and jerk by 1 kilogram on Saturday to grab weightlifting gold on the first day of competition at the Asian Games.

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  • Top Asian News at 12:30 p.m. GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value…

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  • Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

    DERVEN, Albania (AP) — The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15…

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  • Iraqi Christians fly to new life in France after escaping Islamic State

    By John Irish and Antony Paone ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - On a warm evening at Arbil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan some 150 mostly Christian refugees anxiously waited to flee their homeland aboard a French government plane. The refugees, of all ages and from 25 different families, had one…

    Reuters
  • G20 finance chiefs aim to 'change destiny of global economy'

    Cairns (Australia) (AFP) - Finance chiefs from G20 nations held talks Saturday, confident they can "change the destiny of the global economy" despite rising world political tensions and mounting fears of financial instability.

    AFP
  • Security upped at Vatican over attack fears

    Rome (AFP) - Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.

    AFP
  • United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State

    By Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle…

    Reuters
  • UN reaffirms support for force in Golan Heights

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Friday reaffirmed its unconditional support for maintaining the U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights that has been caught up in Syria's civil war.

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  • U.S. aims to keep Iran atomic talks separate from Islamic State conflict

    By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials hope to prevent two diplomatic challenges with Iran from colliding next week: the Iranian nuclear program and the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group. Their basic dilemma is how to keep Iran from hardening its stance in the…

    Reuters
  • Two Iranians held in Kenya amid terror alert

    Nairobi (AFP) - Authorities in Kenya said Friday they have arrested two men believed to be Iranian nationals transiting through the east African nation on fake passports.

    AFP
  • At 80, Leonard Cohen meditates on spirituality and war

    New York (AFP) - Releasing a new album near his 80th birthday, Leonard Cohen cheekily addresses his age in the very first song, intoning, "It's not because I'm old ... I always liked it slow."

    AFP
  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

    By Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. Thousands of Kurds…

    Reuters
  • France carries out first air strike in Iraq: Hollande

    Paris (AFP) - French jets carried out their first air strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq Friday, successfully destroying their target, President Francois Hollande announced, vowing that more operations would follow.

    AFP
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  • AP EXCLUSIVE: CIA halts spying in Europe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former…

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