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Islamic State kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have executed 85 more members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Iraq in a mass killing campaign launched last week in retaliation for resistance to the group's territorial advances, a tribal leader and security official said on Saturday.

New question in Texas: Can Davis survive defeat?

published about 2 hours ago
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Wendy Davis once stirred excitement among Democrats nationwide, but her quest to be the next Texas governor now appears to face insurmountable odds.

Bombardments ahead of Ukraine separatist vote

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Bombardments ahead of Ukraine separatist vote
Artillery explosions could be heard every few seconds early Saturday in Donetsk on the eve of separatist elections that Ukraine and its Western backers say will undermine an increasingly hollow truce accord. Explosions were audible from central Donetsk most of the night, apparently from artillery targeting the city's ruined airport where Ukrainian soldiers are holding out against besieging rebels. In mid-morning, explosions could be heard about every five seconds, accompanied by the sound of machine-guns, AFP correspondents in Donetsk said. ... more

Kobane clashes kill 100 IS jihadists in three days: monitor

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Kobane clashes kill 100 IS jihadists in three days: monitor
At least 100 jihadists from the Islamic State group have been killed in three days of fighting for the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane, a monitor said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths brought the total number of IS fighters killed in the ground battle for Kobane to 576 since clashes there began on September 16. "Over the last three days, at least 100 members of the Islamic State and its religious police have ... more

Anger in Hong Kong as protesters compared to slaves

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Anger in Hong Kong as protesters compared to slaves
A prominent businesswoman has sparked outrage in Hong Kong by comparing the city's pro-democracy protesters to African-American slaves, suggesting they might need to "wait for a while" to win the freedoms they are seeking. "American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later, so why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?" Laura Cha, an HSBC board member, was quoted as saying by The Standard newspaper on Friday. An online petition calling for ... more