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Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders


ANKARA/BEIRUT - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani, while the United States air-dropped arms for the first time to help the defenders resist an Islamic State assault.

After clashes, Hong Kong students, government stand their ground before talks

HONG KONG - Hong Kong students and the government stood their ground on Monday ahead of talks aimed at defusing more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests that have blocked traffic around the Chinese-controlled city, but expectations of a breakthrough were low. | Video

11:28am BST

Blast rocks Donetsk in east Ukraine, no deaths reported

KIEV - A powerful explosion near a munitions factory rocked the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday, breaking windows several kilometres (miles) away, but there was no word of any casualties.

1:41pm BST

Bank of England suspends real-time payments system

LONDON - The Bank of England said on Monday that it had temporarily suspended its automated Real Time Gross Settlement payment system, which banks use to transfer large sums of money, and that it was handling major payments manually.

UK 11:31am BST

Nigeria declared Ebola-free after containing virus

ABUJA/LAGOS - The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus on Monday after six weeks with no new cases, an achievement with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.

Africa, World 1:30pm BST

Fire closes UK power generation unit, squeezing electricity supply

LONDON - A fire at a British power station close to London has closed a power generation unit, which could exacerbate Britain's already constrained electricity supply as winter approaches and demand rises.

11:16am BST

Small avalanches hamper final search for Nepal storm survivors

KATHMANDU - Small avalanches hampered the search for Nepali porters and guides missing for six days after a devastating Himalayan storm, officials said on Monday, as rescue crews began to scale back the hunt for survivors of a disaster that killed 40 people.

10:53am BST

Japanese PM Abe suffers setback as two ministers quit

TOKYO - Two Japanese cabinet ministers resigned on Monday over the dubious use of political funds, dealing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his biggest setback since he took office in December 2012. | Video

Japan, World 11:26am BST

Shelling in east Ukraine's Donetsk kills 4 civilians

DONETSK Ukraine - Four civilians were killed and nine wounded by shrapnel during fighting on Saturday and Sunday in eastern Ukraine's separatist stronghold city of Donetsk, local officials said. | Video

6:31am BST

Reform-minded outsider Widodo takes over as Indonesia's president

JAKARTA - Indonesia's Joko Widodo took over as president of the world's third-largest democracy on Monday with supporters' hopes high but pressing economic problems and sceptical rivals set to test the former furniture businessman. | Video

World, G20 10:27am BST
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