A Kurdish man walks by special Turkish police forces standing guard outside the gate of a camp hosting Peshmerga fighters in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents.  Full Article 

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Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general 5:52am GMT

OUAGADOUGOU - An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff. | Video

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Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

6:03am GMT

FORT KENT Maine - A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational." | Video

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Exclusive - U.S. probing Standard Chartered over Dubai banking: sources

31 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - U.S. authorities are investigating London-based Standard Chartered Plc for potential U.S. sanctions violations connected to its banking for Iranian-controlled entities in Dubai, according to people familiar with the probe.

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Europe won't recognise vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

12:38am GMT

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognised by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday.

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Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque amid tight security

31 Oct 2014

JERUSALEM - Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. | Video

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Malaysia Airlines sees first lawsuit on missing Flight MH370

2:43am GMT

KUALA LUMPUR - Two children of a passenger on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have sued the company and the Malaysian government for damages, the first lawsuit to be filed over the aircraft which disappeared in March.

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Britain warns travelling nationals of heightened security risk from IS

12:33am GMT

LONDON - Britain on Friday warned its citizens travelling overseas of a heightened risk of attacks against them from militants linked to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, updating its official travel advice to reflect an increase in the general threat level.