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Kurdish peshmerga arrive with weapons in Syria's Kobani

MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT - Iraqi Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State insurgents to seize the town and cement control in the Turkish border region.

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Gaza rocket hits southern Israel causing no damage or injuries - army

JERUSALEM - A mortar fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel, the Israeli military said on Saturday, the second such incident since a seven-week war in the Palestinian enclave ended in August.

Israel, Middle East 9:30am GMT

China says not begun legal process for disgraced security chief

BEIJING - China has not started legal proceedings against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-profile figure to be caught in a government crackdown on corruption, a senior court official said on Saturday.

11:58am GMT

Soldiers vie for power after Burkina Faso president quits

OUAGADOUGOU - Military factions vying for power in Burkina Faso after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore met for talks on Saturday after an officer in the presidential guard said he was ousting the army chief of staff as leader of the transition. | Video

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Nigeria's purported Boko Haram leader says has 'married off' girls

ABUJA - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting Nigerian government claims they would soon be freed.

Africa 12:59pm GMT

Islamic State kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants have executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq in a mass killing campaign launched last week in retaliation for resistance to the group's territorial advances, a tribal leader and security official said on Saturday.

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