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People inspect site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Oct. 1, 2014.

Baghdad Blast Kills at Least 11

Car bomb on a busy commercial street in capital brings bloody start to month as UN mission in Iraq reports that 1,100 people were killed around nation in September More

Turkish Kurds watch the fighting between Islamic militants and Kurdish forces to the west of Kobani, Syria, at the Turkey-Syria border near Suruc, Turkey, Sept. 30, 2014.

Multimedia US Confirms Airstrikes Near Turkey-Syria Border

Military officials say three strikes near Kobane - also known as Ayn al Arab - destroyed an IS tank, artillery, and an armed vehicle More

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

Video Obama, Netanyahu Air Views on Palestinians, Iran

President says Israel, Palestinians have to find ways 'to change the status quo' to resolve issues that led to 50 days of recent fighting in Gaza More

FILE - Turkish soldiers stand guard at the entrance to the memorial site of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire, in Karakozak village, northeast of Aleppo, Syria, April 2011.

Ancient Tomb May Determine Turkey's Role in IS Fight

IS Militants advance on 700-year-old tomb of grandfather of founder of Ottoman Empire; Ankara has vowed to defend the mausoleum if it is attacked More

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lower left, attends a debate marking the reconvening of parliament after a summer recess at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Oct. 1, 2014.

Turkey Faces Pressure Over Alleged Oil Smuggling With IS Group

Turkey's president declares battling jihadists is a top priority as Ankara faces criticism it has failed to take a clear stand against the Islamic State group More



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Ancient Tomb May Determine Turkey's Role in IS Fight

IS Militants advance on 700-year-old tomb of grandfather of founder of Ottoman Empire; Ankara has vowed to defend the mausoleum if it is attacked
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Video Obama, Netanyahu Air Views on Palestinians, Iran

President says Israel, Palestinians have to find ways 'to change the status quo' to resolve issues that led to 50 days of recent fighting in Gaza
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Multimedia US Confirms Airstrikes Near Turkey-Syria Border

Military officials say three strikes near Kobane - also known as Ayn al Arab - destroyed an IS tank, artillery, and an armed vehicle
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UN: Violence Killed 1,100 Iraqis in September

The toll from last month included 854 civilians and 265 members of the Iraqi Security Forces
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Kurds Claim Recapture of Syrian Border Town

Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters in northern Syria continue to resist advancing Islamic State militants, and reports say IS has advanced to positions 20 kilometers outside Baghdad
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Wave of Attacks in Shi'ite Parts of Baghdad Kill 35

It was one of the most violent days the capital has witnessed since US-led forces began bombing Islamic State insurgents in Iraq last month
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UN: ISIL Advances Could Displace Thousands More in Syria

Humanitarian chief says recent Islamic State gains in Aleppo have caused more than 160,000 people to flee to Turkey
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Journalists' Organization Honors Risk-taking Reporters

New York-based CPJ recognizes journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa for reporting in face of censorship, violence
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Tunisia Approves 27 Candidates for Presidential Race

Country to hold parliamentary vote October 26 followed by presidential poll in November 23 after adopting new constitution this year
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Photogallery Kurdish Forces in Iraq Advance Against IS Fighters

Local officials credit the US-led coalition airstrikes for Kurdish peshmerga, Shi'ite and Iraqi forces being able to recapture territory
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Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Authorities say militant groups like Islamic State use social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call 'jihad' in Syria, Iraq
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Pope Summons Mideast Envoys to Rome Over Islamist Advance

Meeting to be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday; will include Vatican ambassadors to Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Israel and Palestinians, plus UN, EU reps
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