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Philae lander makes historic touchdown on comet

Rosetta mission’s safe landing gives scientists their first chance to ride a comet and study close up what happens as it gets closer to the sun<p>Rosetta mission: First picture from Philae lander of comet surface - live coverage<p>The signal broke a seven-hour wait of agonising intensity and sparked …

Israeli move in east Jerusalem draws US concern

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities gave preliminary approval Wednesday to build 200 homes in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem, a move that threatened to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city's holiest sites.<p>The announcement came hours before U.S. …

Kurds gain ground but not control in struggle for Syrian border town

BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds backed by fighters from northern Iraq have gained ground towards breaking the siege of the Syrian border town of Kobani but are drawing heavy fire from Islamic State insurgents and have yet to win back control.<p>Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga, or “those who …

Cold snap jolts parts of U.S. into early winter

<b>(CNN) —</b> An early blast of cold air will leave more than half of the United States shivering into the weekend.<p>About 200 million people will be affected by the severe cold, CNN meteorologist Pedram Javaheri said.<p>The unseasonably cold temperatures associated with an arctic air mass will continue to …

Germany arrests suspected IS supporters, raid properties

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police arrested nine men suspected of supporting militant groups in Syria and raided numerous properties in one of the largest sweeps against alleged Islamists in Germany yet, prosecutors said on Wednesday.<p>More than 240 police officers took part in the operation in Germany’s most …

U.S.-led strikes have killed 865 people in Syria, 50 civilians: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the campaign in late September against Islamic State militants, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the …

West Bank Mosque Is Torched Near Ramallah Amid Simmering Tensions

TEL AVIV — A mosque was torched overnight near the West Bank city of Ramallah, amid a rising tide of Israel-Palestinian tensions. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfield said an investigation is underway into the incident in the village of Al Mghreir. The deputy of the local council accused …

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China's president confirms refusal of visas for foreign press

Chinese President<p>Xi Jinpingsaid Wednesday that foreign journalists who have had trouble obtaining or renewing their Chinese visas might be the cause of their own problems and that media outlets operating in China “need to obey China’s laws and regulations.”<p>In a rare news conference with American …

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Kurds block an Islamic State supply route to Syria's Kobani

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish forces blocked a road Islamic State militants use to resupply their forces in a Syrian town on the Turkish border, a town official and a monitoring group said on Wednesday, the first major gain against the jihadists after weeks of violence.<p>Iraqi-Kurdish peshmerga forces …

Israeli security officer arrested in connection with fatal shooting of Palestinian teens

A member of the Israeli security forces has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Palestinian teenager, police said Wednesday.<p>The development comes as Israeli police are on the defensive over the recent fatal shootings of Palestinians who rammed cars into crowds of tramway …

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