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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Ukraine votes in poll likely to strengthen president's hand 6:52am GMT

KIEV - Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko's mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may fuel tension with Russia. | Video

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Uruguay votes for new president; marijuana reform hangs in balance

7:27am GMT

MONTEVIDEO - Uruguayans vote on Sunday in a presidential election with the ruling leftist party trying to fend off a young centre-right challenger who promises to undo a pioneering marijuana law.

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Analysis - Ebola shows up solidarity deficit in Africa growth story

7:47am GMT

MONROVIA/JOHANNESBURG - Africa's economic growth is bounding ahead, despite the Ebola epidemic gnawing at its western shoulder, but some see the continent showing a deficit in solidarity towards the three poor and war-weakened states worst hit by the deadly disease.

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Japanese PM Abe's public support slumps in wake of resignations - Yomiuri poll

3:38am GMT

TOKYO - Public approval of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government slumped after the resignation of two high-profile cabinet ministers last week, according to a poll published on Sunday, adding more pressure on Abe as he struggles to turn around the Japanese economy.

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Canadians flock to Parliament Hill, site of attack on soldier

2:52am GMT

OTTAWA - Canadians returned to the reopened grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after killing a soldier in the second domestic attack in a week on the country's military.

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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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'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.