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Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered a northern Syrian border town, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled Kobani, activists said....

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state - a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem....

Brutal winter set to hit war-torn eastern Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter. Opening the door hardly alleviates the gloom, for the only lighting inside is the flicker of handmade oil lamps....

N. Korea cracking down on a distant threat: Ebola
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Japan is not exactly Ebola country, but when a high-level delegation from Tokyo arrived in Pyongyang this week, two of the first people they met were dressed in full hazmat gear....

Protesters storm Burkina Faso parliament, set fire
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) -- Protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament Thursday, dragging furniture and computers onto the street and setting the main chamber ablaze, forcing the government to cancel a vote to allow the president to seek another term next year....

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is "in a crisis situation which is going to get worse," the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries said....

Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- There was no hope of finding survivors after a mudslide tore through a tea plantation, a Sri Lankan disaster official said Thursday, amid widely conflicting reports about how many people had been buried alive under the mud....

Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city....

Milosevic's widow ridicules EU lifting sanctions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Slobodan Milosevic's exiled widow has ridiculed the European Union's decision to lift a 15-year freeze on assets of the former Serbian strongman, saying that the family has no property outside Serbia....

Ukraine-Russia gas talks deadlocked in Brussels
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Talks to guarantee that Russian gas imports flow into Ukraine throughout the winter appeared to be at an impasse Thursday because of doubts over payments from Kiev....

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