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Kurds say they have halted Islamic State advance on Syrian town

BEIRUT - Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by Islamic State fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said.

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Islamic State urges more attacks on Egyptian security forces

CAIRO - Islamic State urged insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and beheadings, a call likely to deepen concern over ties between the militant groups.

Egypt, Middle East 10:01am BST

Putin plans to attend G20 summit in Australia - agency cites Kremlin's spokesman

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend a Group of 20 summit in the Australian city of Brisbane, Interfax news agency said on Monday, despite calls for the hosts to prevent him attending because of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.

G20 10:32am BST

Australia seeks broad new security powers after anti-terror raids

SYDNEY - Australia's government is seeking broad new security powers to combat what it says is a rising threat from militant Islamists, the prime minister said on Monday, on the heels of sweeping counter-terrorism raids last week.

Australia 6:09am BST

Chinese militants get Islamic State 'terrorist training' - media

BEIJING - Chinese militants from the western region of Xinjiang have fled from the country to get "terrorist training" from Islamic State fighters for attacks at home, state media reported on Monday.

10:45am BST

Iran foreign minister hails 'new chapter' in Saudi ties - IRNA

DUBAI - Iran and Saudi Arabia held their first foreign minister-level meeting since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, official Iranian media reported, signalling a possible thaw in chilly ties between the rival Gulf powers.

Middle East 9:31am BST

GLOBAL MARKETS-China slowdown worries hit stocks, commodities

LONDON, Sept 22 - Concern about a slowdown in China hammered stocks and commodities on Monday while signs of differences between major economic powers on the need to stimulate growth further clouded the outlook.