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As Iraq burns, Islamic State jihadis forced to pour reinforcements into Kobane

The crisis in Iraq deepened with a triple suicide bombing today, as Kurdish fighters in Kobane continued their resistance against Islamic State jihadis.<p>Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian turmoil deepened today when a triple suicide bombing killed dozens in a Kurdish-controlled town and a police chief was …

The global economy’s long climb back to the new normal

There is perhaps no more potent symbol of the post-Lehman Brothers global collapse than what happened in Detroit.<p>A bankrupt city. A crippled auto industry. Workers with no future.<p>Fast forward five years. Last week, Ford Motor Co. repatriated much of the production of the Fusion – a popular sedan …

Yemen's Shiite rebels take town south of capital

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels captured a town south of the capital Sanaa early on Sunday, when they also blew up the home of a rival Islamist politician, security officials said.<p>In Sanaa, the rebels, known as the Houthis, stormed the headquarters of the capital's local government. …

S. Korea: 2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said. There were no reports of injuries or property damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising …

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Putin set to meet Western leaders on Ukraine at Milan gathering

Russian President Vladimir Putin is mounting a diplomatic blitz on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders in a bid to escape Russia's worst crisis with the West since the Cold War.<p>Putin on Friday will discuss Ukraine over breakfast with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key …

Syria Kurdish official appeals for arms for Kobani

MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) — In its battle for the Syrian town of Kobani, the Islamic State group enjoys a key advantage: a supply of weapons, ammunition and fighters shuttling between Syria and Iraq.<p>The town's Syrian Kurdish defenders, while backed by airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition, are …

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Iran says progress made in 'very difficult' nuclear talks in Vienna

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and the United States said they made some progress in high-level nuclear talks but much work remained to clinch a breakthrough deal by a late-November deadline.<p>Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif walks down an aisle at the 69th United Nations General Assembly at …

Attacks in Baghdad kill at least 50 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital of Baghdad, killing at least 50 people and wounding dozens, authorities said.<p>The Islamic State group has overrun vast areas in western and northern Iraq as well as parts …

EU has one last chance to reform, says David Cameron

Prime minister, under pressure after two defections to Ukip, adopts stronger rhetoric on potential break from Brussels<p>David Cameron says he will give the European Union one last chance to reform in yet another hint he could be prepared to lead Britain to the exit door in the next parliament.<p>The …

Hurricane Gonzalo bears down on Bermuda

Island may feel major Category Four storm on Friday Tropical storm on Sunday left 1,000 homes without power<p>People on the small British territory of Bermuda rushed to batten down for Hurricane Gonzalo, which was roaring towards them as a major Category 4 storm just days after a tropical storm …

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Apple Accidentally Releases Images of New iPads

Apple appears to have accidentally revealed images of both its new iPads, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 ahead of its Thursday event, an unusual …

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The New Face of Indonesian Democracy

World<p>Search<p>White HousePresident Trump and the First Lady Are Hosting the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll. Watch It Live<p>APW4 Shot in 'Running Gun …

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Harvard Law Professors Say New Sexual Assault Policy Is One-Sided

Just a few months after Harvard University announced a new, tougher policy against campus sexual assault, a group of Harvard law professors is blasting the rules as unfair.<p>Harvard announced its new policy this summer, after the school came under federal investigation for being too soft on sexual …

The Drug-Free Way to Fight Depression

Exercise can do a lot of physical good, from making hearts healthy to keeping weight down—and now there’s strong new evidence that it can give a …

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Hong Kong police hold back from removing barriers

HONG KONG (AP) — Police briefly scuffled with protesters camped out in Hong Kong's streets early Thursday, but held back from dismantling barricades erected by the activists pushing for greater democracy in the Chinese territory.<p>Public anger simmered over video showing police kicking a handcuffed …

Houthi fighters seize Yemen city of Ibb

Houthi rebels have seized more territory south of Yemen's capital, including the city of Ibb, near an al-Qaeda stronghold.<p>Witnesses said that dozens of cars carrying Houthi fighters were seen arriving in Ibb on Wednesday, an area bordering al-Bayda province, a bastion of al-Qaeda in the Arabian …

Femen protesters target Vladimir Putin before his meeting with Ukraine leader

Topless demonstrators accuse summit in Milan of ‘welcoming a killer’ before Russian president’s meeting with Petro Poroshenko<p>The Ukrainian feminist protest group Femen has staged a two-woman demonstration against Vladimir Putin in Milan, where he is expected to attend a summit of world leaders on …

Battle for Syria's Kobani intensifies

<b>(CNN) —</b> The battle for a key Syrian city on the Turkish border intensified Monday as ISIS continued its push for control of Kobani while also scoring a victory in neighboring Iraq, taking a strategically important military base in Anbar province.<p>A fighter from the Kurdish People's Protection Unit, …

The Most Dangerous Machine

(Photo: Simon Davison)<p>The latest Freakonomics Radio podcast is all about our long, risky, and mostly unrequited love affair … with the automobile. …

Report: Iran police airplane crash kills 7

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian police airplane flying to the country's southeast crashed late Saturday, killing all seven people aboard, including a top police officer, the country's official news agency reported.<p>The propeller Turbo Commander airplane crashed in the mountains outside of the …

Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai brings hope for Pakistan

There are so many targets in Pakistan. Government buildings and bustling bazaars. Christians, Hindus and Shiites. Decorated generals and rank-and-file soldiers. Cops, professors, journalists. Politicians and ministers. Westerners.<p>Twisted logic weaves through the violence associated with all those …

Chinese newspaper blames US for Hong Kong protests

A Chinese state-run newspaper has blamed the United States for being behind the pro-democracy protests that have rattled Hong Kong -- a claim the U.S. State Department strongly rejected.<p>Thousands of people, meanwhile, returned for sit-ins in Hong Kong's main protest zone Saturday, responding to …

Hong Kong Leader Leung: Zero Chance' Beijing Will Change Plan

HONG KONG — Hong Kong's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying vowed on Sunday to stay in office, warning students demanding his resignation that their pro-democracy movement was out of control. Leung said the blockade of key parts of the Asian financial hub - now entering its third week - could not …

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Triple suicide bombing in Iraq kills 58 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — A triple suicide bombing Sunday killed at least 58 people in Iraq as a roadside bomb killed the police chief of the western Anbar province, authorities said, attacks that dealt major blows to Iraqi security forces struggling to combat the Islamic State extremist group.<p>The triple …

Donors pledge $2.7 billion for Gaza reconstruction

CAIRO (AP) — Donors at an international conference Sunday promised $2.7 billion to rebuild the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, but all of the key participants said their efforts would be futile without a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians.<p>U.S.-mediated talks broke down this summer before …