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Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

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 on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants. | Video

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War-weary Ukraine set to pick pro-Western parliament in election

KIEV - War-weary Ukrainians are set to pick a pro-Western and nationalist-leaning parliament on Sunday that should give President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may inject new tension into ties with Russia. | Video

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Anti-Occupy mob roughs up Hong Kong journalists

HONG KONG - Three journalists were roughed up on Saturday evening in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters holding a rally to oppose a four-week long "Occupy" movement of the financial hub's streets by pro-democracy demonstrators.

25 Oct 2014

Brazil's election too close to call on eve of runoff

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff is heading into Sunday's presidential runoff vote with a slight lead in most polls over opposition candidate Aecio Neves, setting the stage for Brazil's tightest election in decades. | Video

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Tunisians vote for new parliament, hope for full democracy

TUNIS - Tunisians elect a new parliament on Sunday as the prospect of a full democracy finally comes within their reach, four years after they cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. | Video

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Lebanon army fights gunmen in Tripoli, six soldiers killed

BEIRUT - Six Lebanese soldiers were killed as the army clashed with Islamist gunmen in northern Lebanon for a second day on Saturday, using helicopters to fire rockets in the first such air attack since the war in neighbouring Syria began. | Video

Middle East 25 Oct 2014

BA, Iberia returns fares to eDreams' French, Spanish sites

MADRID, Oct 25 - British Airways and Spain's Iberia said they are posting their fares again on the French and Spanish websites of online travel agency eDreams ODIGEO , after resolving a dispute over what is included in the prices displayed.