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Turkey, frustrated with West, clings to fading vision for the Middle East

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ANKARA/ISTANBUL - Frustrated by Western failure to heed his advice in Syria and Iraq and still smarting over the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu makes no apology for a foreign policy that has left his country isolated.

Turkey may let foreign troops use its bases in Islamic State campaign 8:40am BST

ANKARA - Turkey may send troops into Syria and Iraq and allow foreign soldiers to use its bases for cross-border incursions against Islamic State militants, according to a government proposal to be debated by parliament on Thursday.

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In attack by al Qaeda, lines blur between Pakistan's military, militants 7:38am BST

KARACHI Pakistan/ISLAMABAD - Months after Owais Jakhrani was sacked from the Pakistan navy for radical Islamist views, he led an audacious mission to take over a warship and turn its guns on a U.S. naval vessel in the open seas.

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Amid differences, Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran 7:26am BST

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants.

Egypt offers military training to Libya, cites Islamic State threat 6:13am BST

CAIRO - Egypt has offered to train pro-government forces battling rival armed groups in Libya, stepping up efforts to eradicate what it says is a threat to its own stability from the anarchy engulfing its neighbour.

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Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven 6:08am BST

KABUL - Two Taliban suicide bombers carried out separate attacks on Afghan army vehicles in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan signed security deals with NATO and the United States.

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Australian aircraft to support U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq - PM 6:05am BST

SYDNEY - Australian aircraft will join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes against Islamic State insurgents in Iraq in an initial support role, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, ahead of a final decision to undertake bombing missions.

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Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State 4:21am BST

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. | Video

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U.S. signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014 4:13am BST

KABUL - Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani. | Video

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Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State 30 Sep 2014

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. | Video

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