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· Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

An explosion following an air-strike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fightingBy Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around Kobani earlier in the day in an apparent effort to pave the way for the heavily-armed Kurdish contingent to enter. ...


· Islamic State kills 85 more members of Iraqi tribe
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. Sheikh Naeem al-Ga'oud, one of the tribe's leaders, told Reuters that Islamic State killed 50 displaced members of Albu Nimr on Friday. In a separate incident, a security official said 35 bodies were found in a mass grave. The sustained bloodshed shows how the al Qaeda offshoot has proven resilient despite U.S. ...
· Al Qaeda group seizes bastion of Western-backed rebels in Syria's Idlib region
By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist militants affiliated to al Qaeda seized the last remaining stronghold of Western-backed rebels in Syria's northwest province of Idlib on Saturday after days of fighting, rebels and a monitoring group said. Backed by other hardline Islamist groups, the Nusra Front are waging a major military campaign against the Syria Revolutionaries' Front led by Jamal Maarouf, a key figure in the armed opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, after accusing him of being corrupt and working for the West against them. ...
· Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso, ousting general

Anti-government protesters gather in the Place de la Nation in OuagadougouBy Mathieu Bonkougou OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - An officer in Burkina Faso's presidential guard seized power on Saturday promising to lead the West African country to elections after the resignation of longtime President Blaise Compaore, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff. Compaore stepped down on Friday after two days of mass protests against his attempts to change the constitution to extend his 27-year rule. At least three people were killed after protesters stormed the parliament building and set it on fire. ...


· Suicide car bomber kills 11 police, soldiers in Afghanistan
PUL-I-ALAM Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed at least 11 members of the security forces and wounded more than 20 civilians near a police checkpoint in eastern Logar province in Afghanistan on Saturday, local officials said. The Taliban did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack and could not be reached for comment, but the militant group carry out daily attacks on the country's army and police. ...
· Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal

Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of TehranWASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Kerry's talks in Muscat, Oman with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's Catherine Ashton are due to take place two weeks before a Nov. 24 deadline for Tehran and six major powers to reach a long-term agreement on Iran's nuclear program. ...


· Golfers swing behind Clarke as 2016 Ryder captain

Darren Clarke hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 6, 2014 in Louisville, KentuckyShanghai (AFP) - Darren Clarke appears to be emerging as clear favourite to captain Europe at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in the US.


· Egypt jails eight men for three years over 'gay marriage'

An Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding, which went viral on the InternetAn Egyptian court jailed eight men for three years Saturday over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding, which went viral on the Internet. The video, filmed aboard a Nile riverboat, shows what prosecutors said was a gay wedding ceremony, with two men in the centre kissing, exchanging rings and cutting a cake with their picture on it. One of the defendants, prior to their arrest, told a television talk show that the video was recorded during a birthday party. "The medical test showed that the eight defendants have not practised homosexuality recently or in the past," Hesham Abdel Hamed told AFP.


· Iraqi officials: IS extremists line up, kill 50

FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, June 23, 2014, militants from the Islamic State parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle on a main street in Mosul, Iraq. The Islamic state group has accelerated killings of former policemen and army officers, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule. Such killings, including the deadly attack on police Col. Mohammed Hassan and his son in mid October, have accelerated in recent days, as the extremists' opponents - Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes - have made some gains, taking back several towns that the militants had overrun. (AP Photo, File)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials in Anbar province say at least 50 tribesmen and women have been lined up and shot dead by Islamic State group militants.


· Cruise ship stuck off Norway, no damage
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian rescue officials say a Bahamas-registered cruise liner with more than a thousand people on board has run aground in northern Norway, in sight of the pier where it was to be moored.
· Yemen Shiite rebels in deadly attack on Sunni party HQ

Yemeni boys look at a burnt car outside the local police headquarters that was attacked by suspected militants in the Ibb Governorate, in southwest Yemen on October 16, 2014Shiite rebels attacked the headquarters of Yemen's Sunni Al-Islah party in the southwestern city of Ibb, triggering violence in which three people died, security sources said Saturday. "Two guards at Al-Islah's office in Ibb were killed and others wounded in an attack launched late at night by the Huthis using automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades," the source told AFP. Al-Islah, which represents Yemen's Sunni majority tribes, has lost influence in the face of the Shiite rebellion that seized the city of Ibb last month. The Huthis, also known as Ansarullah, overran the capital Sanaa on September 21 in a surprise offensive that later saw them take control of the port of Hudeida, and the provinces of Ibb and Dhamar.


· Former Burkina president Compaore arrives in Ivory Coast: sources
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Burkina Faso's longtime ruler Blaise Compaore, who resigned on Friday amid mass protests against his 27-year rule, has arrived in neighboring Ivory Coast, Ivorian military sources said on Saturday. The sources, who asked not to be identified, said that Compaore was in Assinie, a beach resort to the east of the economic capital Abidjan. "He's been in Assinie since this morning," said one of the sources. "He is not alone. Some members of his family are with him." (Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Toby Chopra)
· 2nd soldier claims presidency in Burkina Faso

Anti government political leader Boukari Kabore, center, among anti government protestors in Burkina Faso after the announcement of a new interim leader, Gen. Honore Traore, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending the 27-year reign of one of Africa's longest-serving rulers who had survived previous attempts to topple him. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A largely unknown military colonel emerged early Saturday to say he had taken the helm of Burkina Faso, hours after an army general had made a similar declaration following the ouster of the country's president of 27 years.


· Battle for Kobane rages as Iraqi fighters arrive

Kurdish people observe smoke rising from the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, following an explosion as seen from the southeastern Turkish village of Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province on October 20, 2014Fighting raged in the Syrian border town of Kobane on Saturday after jihadists launched a new assault on Kurdish militia bolstered by the arrival of heavily armed Iraqi peshmerga forces. The roughly 150 Iraqi fighters, many of them chanting "Kobane", received a hero's welcome as they crossed the border from Turkey late Friday to join fellow Kurds trying to repel the Islamic State (IS) group. The town has become a key battleground whose capture would be a major prize for the jihadists, giving them unbroken control of a long stretch of Syria's border with Turkey. Fierce clashes in and around Kobane have killed about 100 IS fighters in the past three days, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.


· Australia batsmen reeling in 2nd test vs. Pakistan
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Australia was left staring at a second consecutive defeat after slumping to 239-8 at tea on day three of the second test against Pakistan on Saturday.
· Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. The blackout was caused by a "technical glitch" and swept across the impoverished and energy-starved South Asian nation at around noon, said Masum-Al-Beruni, managing director of the state-run Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. He did not elaborate on the cause.
· Ukraine rebels to hold election, despite criticism

The Ukrainian national emblem is seen through a sticker with the rebel eagle symbol and the words Donetsk Peoples Republic on the ballot boxes at a polling station in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. On Sunday Nov. 2 supreme council and presidential elections will be held in Donetsk Peoples Republic. The eagle is a symbol of rebels Donetsk Peoples Republic, being placed over the trident national emblem of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine prepared Saturday to elect legislators and executives in a vote that has been roundly condemned by the international community but backed by Russia.


· Iraqi officials say Islamic State group lines up, kills 50 tribesmen, women in Anbar province
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say Islamic State group lines up, kills 50 tribesmen, women in Anbar province.
· Power vacuum in Burkina Faso as president flees to I.Coast

People celebrate in Ouagadougou on October 31, 2014 after Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced he was stepping down to make way for electionsDeposed Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore is currently in a luxury hotel in Ivory Coast's capital Yamoussoukro, witnesses said Saturday. "The services of the President hotel in Yamoussoukro served him (Compaore) dinner yesterday (Friday) and breakfast this morning (Saturday)," according to a hotel employee. Rival military factions laid claim to power in Burkina Faso on Saturday after Compoare fled following days of violent unrest over plans to extend his 27-year rule. The leader of a group of young army officers, Isaac Zida, declared himself in charge, dismissing as "obsolete" an earlier such bid by the army chief and close ally of the ousted president.


· Afghan president: Corruption, security top issues
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has vowed that his crackdown on official corruption will ensure there is no repeat of a banking scandal in which almost $1 billion was embezzled, decimating confidence in the country's financial sector.

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