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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State 1:41am BST

BAGHDAD/PARIS - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighbouring Syria. | Video

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Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing Islamic State advance

10:25am BST

SANLIURFA Turkey - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday.

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Kiev, rebels agree to extra measures to ensure Ukraine cease-fire

12:56am BST

MINSK - Pro-Russian separatists and representatives from Kiev and Moscow agreed on Saturday on further measures to ensure a cease-fire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists.

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Alibaba surges 38 percent on massive demand in market debut

1:23am BST

NEW YORK - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares soared 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance for a piece of what is likely to rank as the largest IPO in history, in a massive bet on China's burgeoning middle class. | Video

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North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

1:09am BST

SEOUL - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday.