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U.S., allies stage 22 air strikes in Iraq: U.S. Central Command

CF-18 Hornet fighter jets depart from 4 Wing Cold Lake, AlbertaWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies conducted 22 air strikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq on Friday and Saturday, the U.S. Central Command said. U.S. warplanes also destroyed an Islamic State artillery piece near Kobani, Syria, officials said Saturday. The 22 strikes in Iraq included attacks in the frequently targeted areas near the vital Mosul dam, the city of Fallujah and the northern city of Bayji, home of an oil refinery. The Iraq strikes hit large and small Islamic State units, buildings, vehicles and fighting positions, Central Command said. ...

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:14:56 -0400
Canada's Parliament Hill reopens following Wednesday shooting

The Canadian flag flies at half-mast on the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in OttawaBy Richard Valdmanis OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadians returned to the grounds of their parliament building on Saturday, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country's military at home in a week. The grounds of the hilltop gothic building, whose clock tower is a centerpiece of Ottawa's skyline, attracted scores of visitors, many still stunned by Wednesday's attack, which took place as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers. ...

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:26:21 -0400
Al Qaeda militants push back Shi'ite rebels' advance on central Yemen stronghold

Shi'ite Houthi rebel mans a checkpoint in Yareem town of Yemen's central province of IbbSANAA (Reuters) - Sunni al Qaeda militants killed dozens of Yemeni Shi'ite rebels on Saturday in the city of Radda in central Yemen as they pushed back the rebels' advance on the al Qaeda stronghold, tribal sources said. Shi'ite Houthi rebel forces have advanced into central and western Yemen since they seized control of the country's capital Sanaa on Sept. 21, taking on Sunni tribesmen and al Qaeda militants, who regard the Houthis as heretics. Fighting has flared in several provinces, alarming neighbor Saudi Arabia, the world's No. 1 oil exporter. ...

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:06:13 -0400
On eve of poll, Ukraine leader seeks support for pro-Europe course

An election commission worker adjusts a number on a ballot box at a polling station in KievKIEV (Reuters) - President Petro Poroshenko called on Ukrainians on Saturday to elect a majority on Sunday that would see through a pro-Europe, reform agenda and break with the Soviet past. Poroshenko, who is expecting a big win for his political bloc in the first parliamentary election since the overthrow of the Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich, said he saw a "radically new" assembly emerging on Sunday. ...

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:15:52 -0400
Kurdish militants kill three soldiers in southeast Turkey: army

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish militants killed three Turkish soldiers in Turkey's southeast on Saturday, the Turkish Armed Forces said, in a further blow to peace talks between Ankara and the insurgents. Three members of the "separatist terrorist organization", a term used by the army to describe the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), shot the soldiers who were in plain clothes, the army said in a statement. The soldiers were buying electrical supplies for the military post where they served, media said. ...

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:41:26 -0400
Blast injures three U.N. peacekeepers in northern Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three United Nations peacekeepers were injured in northern Mali on Saturday when a blast struck their convoy near the northern desert town of Kidal, the U.N. mission said. The attack on the peacekeepers from Senegal is the latest in a string of incidents that has forced France to reinforce its presence in Mali to help the U.N. force weather a resurgence by Islamist militants. The U.N. peacekeepers were attacked as they were transporting water on a road 12 km (7 miles) southwest of Kidal. The two most seriously injured soldiers will be flown to Dakar for treatment, the U.N. ...

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:43:56 -0400
WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:44:16 -0400
Clashes in Jerusalem ahead of Palestinian killer driver funeral

Israeli security officers run past burning tires during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the Issawiya district of Arab east Jerusalem on October 24, 2014Israeli police clashed with Palestinians in east Jerusalem on Saturday and braced for more ahead of the funeral of a Palestinian driver who drove into a crowd, killing an Israeli baby. Police were "ready for anything" Saturday after disturbances in Arab east Jerusalem prompted four arrests overnight, spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. Police branded as a "terror attack" an incident Wednesday in which Abdelrahman Shaludi, 21, from east Jerusalem's flashpoint Silwan neighbourhood drove at high speed into a crowd of Israelis. Palestinian sources said he was to be buried in Jerusalem at 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) Saturday.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:42:17 -0400
PSG beats Bordeaux 3-0 to move into 2nd place

PARIS (AP) Lucas Moura scored with two penalties and fellow winger Ezequiel Lavezzi capped his return from injury with a late goal as unbeaten Paris Saint-Germain beat Bordeaux 3-0 Saturday to move into outright second place in the French league.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:41:54 -0400
Iran re-arrests leading human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian security forces arrested world-renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several others on their way back from a protest on Saturday, her husband said. "While returning from the sit-in outside the Bar Association in Tehran, Nasrin was detained along with several friends and colleagues," her husband, Reza Khandan, said on his Facebook page. "They photographed and ran identity checks on all the detainees and then released everyone but Nasrin, who is still detained wantonly and without a court order. ...

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:41:40 -0400
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