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Wounded AP reporter vows to return to Afghanistan

  NEW YORK (AP) — Over and over, Kathy Gannon has re-lived the decisions that led to the death of her close friend Anja Niedringhaus and her own severe injuries, as they went about their jobs chronicling the story of Afghanistan. Gannon, a veteran Associated Press correspondent, and Niedringhaus, an award-winning AP photographer, had worked [...]

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Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli troops

  RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police say a 13-year-old Palestinian boy has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers during a clash in the West Bank. They say the soldiers opened fire after demonstrators threw stones and at least one Molotov cocktail at three Israeli army jeeps that entered the village of Beit Lykia [...]

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Syrian Kurds press hundreds of young men into army

  BEIRUT (AP) — Police in Syria’s beleaguered self-ruled Kurdish areas have rounded up hundreds of young men to press them into military service recently made compulsory, activists and Kurdish officials say. The unprecedented move, criticized by human rights groups, underlines the desperation of Syria’s Kurds as they fight off an onslaught by the Islamic [...]

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Clashes in Libya’s Benghazi kill at least 3

  BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Islamist militias fought Wednesday with forces loyal to a renegade general who vows to seize the eastern city of Benghazi, as a top militia commander accused Egypt of bombing his positions with warplanes. The city, the second largest in Libya and the cradle of 2011 uprising that led to the [...]

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Militants take Iraq army camp as bombs hit Baghdad

  BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday, October 13th captured a military training camp in western Iraq, inching closer to full control of the restive Anbar province, as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead. The attacks, which came as [...]

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Obama to meet with allies on militant fight

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his military commanders will meet Tuesday, October 14 with defense chiefs from more than 20 nations participating in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. The daylong meeting comes as the White House tries to tout progress in the U.S.-led campaign against the [...]

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Militias rule the day in strife-torn Middle East

  Embattled governments in Iraq and Syria have come to rely on Shiite militias as their armies have crumbled in the face of mostly Sunni insurgents and rebels. In Libya, various armed groups loosely allied with two rival governments have fought over bullet-riddled airports. Shiite rebels in Yemen have swept down from the north, capturing [...]

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Hong Kong protests fade; students vow to carry on

  HONG KONG (AP) — The students whose calls for democratic reforms sparked the most dramatic challenge to authorities since Hong Kong returned to Chinese control are vowing to keep up the fight. But as the numbers of protesters dwindle from tens of thousands into the hundreds, it is unclear what the past tumultuous week [...]

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Kurds repel jihadist attack on Syrian town

  BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish forces defending a Syrian town near the Turkish border clashed with the Islamic State group on Monday, October 6th,  after repelling a wide-ranging jihadist assault the day before in battles that left dozens dead on both sides. However, an Associated Press journalist on the Turkish side of the border saw [...]

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In squalid exile, Iraqi Yazidis hope for return

  DAHUK, Iraq (AP) — One of the most haunting memories 70-year old Aishan Ali Dirbou has of her encounter with Islamic State militants who overran her hometown is feeling the ends of their AK-47 assault rifles dig into her side as she lay face down, pretending to be dead. Today, the widow is one [...]

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In Saudi Arabia, Muslims pray on climax of hajj

  MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered Friday at a desert hill near Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Men and women wept openly at Mount Arafat as they [...]

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