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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

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SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighbouring Turkey.

World, Syria, Middle East, Iraq 3:51pm GMT

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

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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

World, Israel, Middle East 3:32pm GMT

Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

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OUAGADOUGOU - The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in the West African country.

World, Africa 3:50pm GMT

Gazprom to resume gas supply once Ukraine pays $2.2 billion

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MOSCOW - Russia could resume natural gas deliveries to Ukraine as soon as next week if Kiev pays $2.2 billion (1.4 billion pounds) in debt and pre-payments, gas exporter Gazprom said on Friday, under a deal that also safeguards winter deliveries to Europe. | Video

3:47pm GMT

Germany's Schaeuble says doesn't think 'reasonable' British will leave EU

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DUBLIN - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday he does not believe Britain will leave the European Union as the English are "a reasonable people" and quitting the bloc would be a disaster.

4:16pm GMT

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

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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.

3:46pm GMT

Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves

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HONG KONG - Thousands have signed an online petition denouncing reported comments by an HSBC Holdings board member in which she likened Hong Kong protesters' demands for democracy to the emancipation of slaves. | Video

4:29pm GMT

U.S. blacklists Myanmar official ahead of Obama visit

WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a prominent lawmaker and businessman in Myanmar for undermining economic and political reforms in the country, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit next month.

4:58pm GMT

Portugal scrambles jets again to intercept Russian bombers

LISBON - Portugal scrambled F-16 jet fighters for the second time this week on Friday to intercept Russian bombers in the international air space along its coast in a new sign of an unusual burst of Russian activity next to NATO's southern borders.

4:25pm GMT

Dutch team recovers human remains from MH17 crash site - PM

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THE HAGUE - A Dutch team took advantage of a pause in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine on Friday to recover human remains from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, the Dutch prime minister said.