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People gather on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, to watch in the distance the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

US Airdrops Arms to Kurds in Syrian Town of Kobani

The U.S. military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border...

  • In this aerial photo provided by the Department of National Defense Maritime Forces Pacific, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter flies near a Russian container ship. Container Ship Adrift Again off Canadian Coast

    A disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel is adrift again but officials said Saturday there is no immediate risk of it reaching shore, hitting rocks and causing a spill. Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said a tow line from the Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid got detached, but he noted that the Russian vessel is now 24 nautical miles (44 kilometers) away from shore. Menzies said efforts are under way to get the line re-attached...

  • Pope Francis prays as he opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Bishops Scrap Welcome to Gays in Sign of Split

    Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away the welcoming tone of acceptance contained in a draft document earlier in the week...

  • Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, left, and Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, far right, listen as President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response. Obama: US Can't Cut Itself off From West Africa

    President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in...

  • In Latest Big Move, US Stocks End Sharply Higher

    U.S. stock indexes are closing out a wild week with a big gain. Industrial stocks like Textron and General Electric led the charge higher Friday after reporting strong earnings...

  • Syrian Kurdish refugees, who fled the fighting in Kobani, walk at a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. General: Kobani Provides Chance to Take Out IS

    Fierce fighting over the Syrian border town of Kobani has allowed the U.S.-led coalition to take out large numbers of Islamic State group fighters that have been pouring in to try and take over the community, the top commander in the Middle East said Friday...

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