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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ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review 3:20am GMT

FRANKFURT - After putting the euro zone's top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region's lenders are safe?

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U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganisation'

4:32am GMT

NEW YORK - Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganisation." | Video

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Washington state teen shooter's family living in 'nightmare'

1:17am GMT

MARYSVILLE Wash. - Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a "nightmare" and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself.

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War-weary Ukraine set to pick pro-Western parliament in election

1:15am GMT

KIEV - War-weary Ukrainians are set to pick a pro-Western and nationalist-leaning parliament on Sunday that should give President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may inject new tension into ties with Russia. | Video

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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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Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption

4:37am GMT

BRASILIA - Presidential candidates traded accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday's election runoff in Brazil's closest race in decades. | Video

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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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'Thousands more' U.S. troops to join Liberia Ebola mission

Thousands more U.S. soldiers are to join the American mission to fight Ebola in Liberia, the incoming head of the troops says; as a ship loaded with aid arrives at the sea port of Buchanan. Vanessa Johnston reports.