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About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

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SURUC Turkey - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border.

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Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State 2:54pm BST

ANKARA - Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.

United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State 1:41am BST

UNITED NATIONS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

United States says role for Iran in tackling Islamic State 12:21am BST

UNITED NATIONS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle Islamic State militants who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

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Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State 19 Sep 2014

DIKMETAS Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighbouring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have forced many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border into Turkey. | Video

U.S. won't telegraph when Syria strikes will begin - Rice 19 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - Ten days after President Barack Obama said he had authorized U.S. air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the White House gave no sign on Friday that attacks were imminent as he prepared to meet world leaders at the United Nations.

Syria militants kill captive Lebanese soldier, bomb kills two 19 Sep 2014

BEIRUT - The Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, killed one of the Lebanese soldiers it had been holding in captivity, Lebanese security sources and a Twitter statement said on Friday.

Russia fails to remove Syria nuclear probe from IAEA agenda 19 Sep 2014

VIENNA - Western states defeated a Russian proposal on Friday to remove Syria's alleged past nuclear activities from the agenda of meetings of the U.N. atomic agency, diplomats said.

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer 19 Sep 2014

BERLIN - German Muslims condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer on Friday and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and Iraq.

Bomb kills two Lebanese soldiers at Syria border, clashes erupt 19 Sep 2014

BEIRUT - Two Lebanese soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb near the Syrian border on Friday, security sources said, the first such attack since Islamist militants from Syria staged a deadly incursion there last month.

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Tension and tear gas as Turkey deals with Kurdish refugee crisis

Turkish soldiers monitoring the Syrian border have dispersed protesters with tear gas while trying to deal with thousands of Kurds attempting to escape Islamic State fighters. Rob Muir reports.

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