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  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State
    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 driven many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border to Turkey. Several thousand Kurds began crossing the frontier on Friday fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, after Islamic State (IS) fighters seized dozens of nearby villages over the past two days. ...

  • Another financial crisis is inevitable: Martin Wolf
    Another financial crisis is inevitable: Martin Wolf

    Financial Times’ chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, contends economic growth is still too closely tied to debt. Wolf’s new book, “The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned—and Still Have to Learn—From the Financial Crisis,” looks at how dependent world economies remain on the creation of money and credit by financial institutions.

  • Long-Lost Roman Fort Discovered in Germany
    Long-Lost Roman Fort Discovered in Germany

    Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 1,900-year-old Roman fort that once quartered 500 troops in what is today Germany. Researchers knew the area was the site of a village during the first to third centuries, but otherwise, the region's history during the Roman occupation is largely unknown, dig leader Thomas Maurer, an archaeologist at the University of Frankfurt, said in a statement.

  • Alibaba surges in its debut
    Alibaba surges in its debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba's stock is surging as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse begins its first day trading as a public company.

  • Kansas Democrat ordered removed from U.S. Senate ballot
    Kansas Democrat ordered removed from U.S. Senate ballot

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - Kansas election officials must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the November election ballot, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that could help decide which party will control the chamber. Democrat Chad Taylor properly withdrew from the race when he submitted papers two weeks ago and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is ordered not to include him on the ballot, the state supreme court ruled. ...

  • Modern Europeans descended from three groups
    Modern Europeans descended from three groups

    Paris (AFP) - Modern Europeans are descended from three major groups of ancient humans, not two as was previously thought, according to a gene analysis published on Wednesday.

  • Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before
    Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before

    The Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records.

  • Paralyzed Marine walks thanks to ReWalk technology
    Paralyzed Marine walks thanks to ReWalk technology

    Marine Capt. Derek Herrera was paralyzed on his third tour in Afghanistan. Within 9 months of his injury he was back on his feet thanks to an exoskeleton built by the Israeli company ReWalk Robotics.

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