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Islamic State group's drive for Kobani is blunted
BEIRUT (AP) -- More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted....

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts
VIENNA (AP) -- Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag Friday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal....

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus....

Narco culture surrounded slain Miss Honduras
SANTA BARBARA, Honduras (AP) -- Maria Jose Alvarado expected some difficult questions about her country at the Miss World pageant in London, so the 19-year-old beauty queen enlisted a teacher to help her prepare....

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, 1 year later
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook....

UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show
LONDON (AP) -- Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail....

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm's way
SKUKUZA, South Africa (AP) -- The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart's sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to an area they hope is safe from poachers....

Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the country's anti-government protests....

Al-Qaida in Yemen denounces Islamic State group
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch on Friday denounced the Islamic State group for declaring a caliphate on territory it seized in Syria and Iraq and for aggressively seeking to expand its area of influence....

Grocery chain's Christmas ad stirs tears, outrage
LONDON (AP) -- Artillery booms. A trench comes into view. Soldiers huddle into their overcoats for warmth....

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