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  • Kurdish fighters head to Syria to face militants
    Kurdish fighters head to Syria to face militants

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. As the fighting raged, more than 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees streamed across the dusty and barren border into Turkey, some hobbling on crutches as others lugged bulging sacks of belongings on their backs.

  • Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State

    By Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation. Security sources told Reuters the hostages had been released overnight in the town of Tel Abyad on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey after being transferred from the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, Islamic State's stronghold. Officials declined to give details of the rescue operation. ...

  • Diplomats: Iran receptive to new nuke proposal
    Diplomats: Iran receptive to new nuke proposal

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With Iran refusing U.S. demands that it gut its uranium enrichment program, the two sides are now discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran's enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium, diplomats told The Associated Press Saturday.

  • This is why the middle class can't get ahead
    This is why the middle class can't get ahead

    We're barely halfway through an income depression that has degraded middle-class living standards.

  • Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke
    Passenger says JetBlue plane filled with smoke

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A JetBlue airliner that experienced engine problems soon after takeoff returned to the Long Beach Airport on Thursday after smoke filled the cabin and passengers evacuated onto the runway using the plane's emergency slides.

  • Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut
    Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

    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.

  • Ukraine munitions factory hit after new peace plan adopted
    Ukraine munitions factory hit after new peace plan adopted

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Explosions ripped through a munitions factory in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels on Saturday after it came under artillery fire, local officials and AFP journalists said.

  • U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft
    U.S., Canadian jets intercept 8 Russian aircraft

    Authorities say two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska.

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