An armoured vehicle belonging to the Iraqi army patrols in Jurf al-Sakhar October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.  Full Article 

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Germany's Merkel deals blow to UK on EU migration reform - Sunday Times 25 Oct 2014

LONDON - German leader Angela Merkel has said she will not back restrictions on the freedom of workers to move around the European Union, potentially derailing plans of British Prime Minister David Cameron, a newspaper reported.

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Labour suffers setback as leader in Scotland quits

25 Oct 2014

LONDON - The head of Britain's opposition Labour party in Scotland has unexpectedly quit, further unsettling the party in one of its heartlands and posing a new problem for leader Ed Miliband ahead of national elections in May next year.

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Anti-Occupy mob roughs up Hong Kong journalists

25 Oct 2014

HONG KONG - Three journalists were roughed up on Saturday evening in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long "Occupy" movement of the financial hub's streets by pro-democracy demonstrators.

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Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, six soldiers killed

25 Oct 2014

BEIRUT - Six Lebanese soldiers were killed as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighbouring Syria began. | Video

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Brazil's election too close to call on eve of runoff

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BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff is heading into Sunday's presidential runoff vote with a slight lead in most polls over opposition candidate Aecio Neves, setting the stage for Brazil's tightest election in decades. | Video

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Egypt eyes legal restrictions, military measures after Sinai attacks

25 Oct 2014

CAIRO - Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area. | Video

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Brazil preps for historic presidential runoff

Brazil's presidential candidates, incumbent President Rouseff and pro-business senator Neves, make final appeals to voters on the eve of the closest election in decades. Vanessa Johnston reports.