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Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

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ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. | Video

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Islamic State keeps up Syrian oil flow despite U.S-led strikes 1:51am BST

AMMAN - Islamic State is still extracting and selling oil in Syria and has adapted its trading techniques despite a month of strikes by U.S.-led forces aimed at cutting off this major source of income for the group, residents, oil executives and traders say.

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Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani 12:58am BST

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. | Video

U.S. says Palestinian-American killed by Israeli forces 12:25am BST

RAMALLAH West Bank - Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian-American youth during clashes on Friday, the U.S. State Department said, calling for a quick and transparent investigation.

Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 33 security personnel 12:12am BST

ISMAILIA - Two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 33 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

International financial watchdog warns on Iran, North Korea 24 Oct 2014

PARIS - An international financial watchdog said on Friday member states should take action to ward off risks emanating from Iran and North Korea, which it said had failed to tackle money-laundering and financing of terrorism.

Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli forces at West Bank protest 24 Oct 2014

RAMALLAH West Bank - A Palestinian boy was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Friday, medics and residents said.

U.N. authorises ship inspections near Somalia for arms, charcoal 24 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council authorised the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday, though Russia and Jordan abstained from the vote over concerns about the move.

U.S. looking into possible chlorine gas attack in Iraq - Kerry 24 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States is looking into reports that Islamic State fighters used chlorine gas against Iraqi security forces, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday.

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Tunisian forces kill six after standoff with militants outside Tunis 24 Oct 2014

TUNIS - Tunisian security forces on Friday killed six people, including five women, after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis two days before a parliamentary election, authorities said.

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