• 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…

  • Campaign donations highlight winners, losers in Brazil election

    By Silvio Cascione and Brad Haynes BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new…

  • Syria militants kill captive Lebanese soldier, bomb kills two

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, killed one of the Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a Twitter statement said on Friday. The Sunni militants and other rebels in Syria regularly accuse the Lebanese army of working with…

  • Roger Goodell solution to NFL domestic violence: 'Everything is on the table'

    More than a week after a notable public silence from National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, he spoke to reporters Friday afternoon to address the cases of domestic violence currently plaguing the NFL and ways the league is planning to improve the way it handles such cases. 

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  • Fighting Islamic State: Why US training of Iraqi forces will be harder this time

    The US military’s efforts to train Iraqi soldiers to take on jihadist insurgents is going to be harder than it was during the Iraq War, the nation’s top Army officer warned Friday.

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  • Joe Biden gaffe week: What did he say now?

    Geez, Joe Biden, it’s been kind of a rough week for him, hasn’t it? At least in terms of slips of the tongue.

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  • Governor Christie exonerated on 'Bridgegate?' We'll see

    Now that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been exonerated in the “Bridgegate” scandal, will he accelerate past the pack of other GOP hopefuls in the 2016 presidential race?

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  • 6 killed, 14 wounded in east Ukraine city

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in rebel-held Donetsk, the city council reported Monday — the worst violation yet of the cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops that took effect Sept. 5.

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  • Day 3: Milan designers suggest more reveal

    MILAN (AP) — Milan designers are working with the negative space in their looks for next season, suggesting more than revealing. Lace in all of its forms is making a comeback, creating feminine peek-a-boo looks. And light, airy, diaphanous fabrics are swathing frames in alluring ways, replacing…

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  • 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…

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  • U.S. won't telegraph when Syria strikes will begin: Rice

    By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United…

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  • Tropical storm Polo threatens battered Mexican resort of Los Cabos

    SAN JOSE DEL CABO (Reuters) - Tropical storm Polo barreled nearer on Friday to the Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos where thousands of troops were restoring order following widespread chaos caused by Hurricane Odile at the start of the week. Odile plowed into the southern tip of the Baja…

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  • Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

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  • Top Asian News at 11:00 p.m. GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror…

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  • Chile playmaker Valdivia faces 12-game suspension

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's sports tribunal says Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia will get a 12-match suspension for stepping on an opponent in a Brazilian league match.

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  • U.S. information chief joins response to Ebola outbreak

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government technology expert who helped Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates launch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will join the Obama administration's battle against Ebola in West Africa, administration officials said on Friday. Steve VanRoekel is stepping down…

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  • Voters go to the polls in New Zealand election

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Voters in New Zealand have begun casting their ballots in a general election that has Prime Minister John Key seeking a third term in office.

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  • 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.

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  • Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

    By Umaru Fofana and Josephus Olu-Mammah FREETOWN (Reuters) - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged people to heed the…