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Syrian Kurds walk with their belongings after crossing into Turkey at the Turkish-Syrian border, near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceBy Daren Butler and Sylvia Westall SURUC Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State militants tightened their noose on a northern Syrian border town on Sunday as the United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighbouring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher. Residents fleeing the frontier town of Ayn al-Arab, known in Kurdish as Kobani, and its surrounding villages said the militants were executing people of all ages in the areas they had seized to create a climate of fear and slavish obedience. ...


Afghan rival presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani exchange signed agreements for the country's unity government in KabulBy Hamid Shalizi and Jessica Donati KABUL (Reuters) - Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilized the nation as most foreign troops prepare to leave. The announcement withheld the final election numbers, apparently as part of the political deal between Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who claimed the process was rigged against him. "The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan declares Dr. ...


A Ukrainian serviceman is pictured next to an armoured vehicle near the village of Debaltseve in eastern UkraineBy Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - The Ukrainian military accused separatists and Russian troops on Sunday of continuing to shoot at government forces despite a Sept. 5 ceasefire and said Kiev would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the truce violations stopped. Ukraine's warring sides agreed on Friday to withdraw artillery and other heavy weapons to the outer limits of a 30 km (19 mile) buffer zone, building on the ceasefire in a conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 3,000 people. ...


Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi speaks as he holds an agreement signed between the government and Houthi rebels, in SanaaBy Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim rebels on Sunday signed an agreement with other political parties to form a more inclusive government and end days of fighting on the streets of the capital. Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa had earlier submitted his resignation to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to pave the way for the deal, as rebel Houthi forces advanced on government buildings in the capital Sanaa to little resistance from the troops and security forces guarding them. ...


ROME (Reuters) - Forty migrants were missing after the raft that carried them sank around 30 miles (48.28 kilometers)from eastern Libya, an Italian coast guard official said on Sunday. Italian authorities sent boats to the scene and 55 people have been rescued, but survivors said there were around 95 people in total on the raft, the official said. The sinking will likely add to a death toll from such incidents in the waters between Italy and North Africa which the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said last week had risen to nearly 3,000 since the beginning of this year. ...
By Missy Ryan and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As America re-engages with Iraq and deepens its involvement in the region’s web of sectarian conflicts, the Pentagon has made a practical assessment of the brutal job of stabilizing Baghdad: in the future, U.S. forces may be needed on the front lines. President Barack Obama has ruled out a combat mission, but military officials and former officials say the reality of a protracted campaign in Iraq and possibly Syria may ultimately require greater use of U.S. ...

Ahmad Yousuf Nouristani, chairman of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission, speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Ending an election season that began with first-round ballots cast in April, the election commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and next president. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of foreign troops. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president Sunday only hours after the leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive.


HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico have issued a new alert of a river spill from a copper mine operated by Grupo Mexico, the state director of civil protection said Sunday.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president on Sunday only hours after the two leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive. The commission named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner and next president and noted that Abdullah Abdullah will be the next chief executive. But it pointedly did not release final vote totals amid suggestions that doing so could inflame tensions.
PARIS (AP) — Sandrine Gruda had 26 points and 15 rebounds to help France stun the U.S. women's national team 76-72 in an exhibition game on Sunday.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring against Ludogorets during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Liverpool and Ludogorets at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Police say they are investigating racist messages sent to Mario Balotelli on Twitter in reaction to the Liverpool striker's posts about Manchester United's 5-3 loss to Leicester in the Premier League.


A Ukrainian serviceman mans a position next to an anti-aircraft machinegun on September 21, 2014 near the town of Debaltseve in the region of DonetskKiev (AFP) - President Petro Poroshenko warned Sunday that Ukraine must be ready to defend itself should a peace plan aimed at ending a five-month war with pro-Russian insurgents fall through.


Roma's Alessandro Florenzi, left, gets to the stands to celebrate with his 82-year-old grandmother after scoring, during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Cagliari, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Roma forward Alessandro Florenzi celebrated his opening goal of the season Sunday against Cagliari by climbing over a barrier into the stands to embrace his 82-year-old grandmother. The goal gave Roma a 2-0 lead although the celebration earned Florenzi a yellow card from the referee. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)ROME (AP) — Alessandro Florenzi set up one goal then scored another as Roma pulled level with Juventus atop Serie A with a 2-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday.


FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.

A South African police van and member of security are seen outside the Lesotho Mounted Police headquarters in Maseru on September 3, 2014Maseru (Lesotho) (AFP) - A police officer killed in Lesotho's August 30 abortive coup was laid to rest Saturday.


A masked Iraqi policeman handles a machine gun mounted on the back of a pick up truck during fighting against insurgents near Fallujah on May 7, 2014Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq lost contact with soldiers during an operation Sunday aimed at rescuing a battalion that was repeatedly attacked by militants near the city of Fallujah, the defence ministry said.


The freed Turkish hostages are welcomed at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey on Saturday ending Turkey’s most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Turkish government won't reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday.


New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka tips his cap as he leaves the game during the sixth inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka made a triumphant return from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months and a rejuvenated Derek Jeter got yet another big hit on his final homestand, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday.


An image made available by the jihadist Twitter account Al-Baraka news on June 11, 2014 allegedly shows militants of the jihadist group Islamic State after they cut a road through the Syrian-Iraqi borderAmman (AFP) - Jordan has arrested 11 members of the Islamic State (IS) group who it said confessed to planning "terrorist operations" in the kingdom, a security official said on Sunday.


Ukrainian army soldiers from battalion "Aydar" practise shooting during a military drill in the village of SchastyaBy Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine reported more deaths among its troops and separatists on Sunday despite a ceasefire, but President Petro Poroshenko defended his peace plan, saying a military solution was no option and Western support could have been at risk. The Kiev military accused separatists and Russian troops of violating the Sept. 5 ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by continuing to shoot at government forces. Kiev would not go ahead with setting up a proposed buffer zone until the violations stopped. ...


Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi anti-government rebels sit in the back of a pick up truck on September 21, 2014 in the capital SanaaSanaa (AFP) - Rival groups in Yemen signed a UN-brokered peace deal on Sunday after Shiite rebels seized the government headquarters and the prime minister resigned after raging violence in the capital.


People wash their hands with soap and bleach on September 3, 2014 to prevent the spread of Ebola, at a market in the northern Senegalese city of DiaobeFreetown (AFP) - West Africa intensified its response to the deadly Ebola epidemic on Sunday, with Sierra Leone uncovering scores of dead bodies during a 72-hour shutdown and Liberia announcing hundreds of new hospital beds.


The image of presidential candidate of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) for October's presidential election, Marina Silva is reflected on a mirror as she speaks during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 17, 2014Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - A fiery plane crash that claimed the life of a popular politician has provided Brazil's presidential campaign with a dramatic plot twist worthy of a telenovela.


Residents arrive at JFK hospital's Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, on September 17, 2014Monrovia (AFP) - Liberia announced plans Sunday for a four-fold increase in beds for Ebola patients in its overwhelmed capital Monrovia, as US troops arrived to help tackle the deadly epidemic.


Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the violence. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at an hote in Paris, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Sarkozy is expected to announce his political come-back this weekend. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — Nicolas Sarkozy says he's learned a few things about himself in the two-and-a-half years since his bitter defeat in France's 2012 presidential elections.


Dalil Boras, a 19-year-old Kurdish militant who has been fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, speaks to the Associated Press in Suruc, Turkey, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Dalil brought his family over the border to Turkey to safety Sunday. But in the tranquility of a Turkish tea garden a few miles from the border, he vowed to head back to the fight Sunday night. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey (AP) — The 19-year-old Kurdish militant, who has been fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, brought his family across the border into Turkey to safety Sunday. But in the tranquility of a Turkish tea garden just miles from the frontier, Dalil Boras vowed to head back after nightfall to continue the fight.


Protesters walk though Times Square as they take part in the "People's Climate March" down 6th Ave. in the Manhattan borough of New YorkBy Barbara Goldberg and Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history. Organizers estimated that some 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. ...


MADRID (Reuters) - Spain on Sunday repatriated from Sierra Leone a Spanish Catholic priest working in the African country who has tested positive for the Ebola virus. The Spanish military plane sent to repatriate Manuel Garcia Viejo, a member of the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios who worked in the Western city of Lunsar, left the capital Freetown at around 1750 GMT, Spain's defence ministry said. It was scheduled to land in Madrid at around 0100 GMT on Monday, it also said in a statement. ...

Leicester's Leonardo Ulloa, center, celebrates after scoring a penalty during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Manchester United at King Power Stadium, in Leicester, England, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)LEICESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 5-3 to Leicester in a wild Premier League game on Sunday, with the promoted side scoring four times in 20 minutes to cap its thrilling comeback.


CAPTION CORRECTS THE TEAM - Manchester City's Frank Lampard reacts after scoring against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Frank Lampard made Chelsea pay for releasing him this summer after 13 years, scoring a trademark equalizer against his former club for Manchester City in a 1-1 draw between the two biggest contenders for the Premier League title on Sunday.


Syrian Kurd children carry their belongings as they enter Turkey near Suruc in Sanliurfa province on September 20, 2014 after their families fled Islamic State fightersMURSITPINAR (Turkey) (AFP) - Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.


Liberian Red Cross health workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a 18-old-month baby, victim of the Ebola virus on September 12, 2014Monrovia (AFP) - A second deployment of United States troops arrived in Liberia on Sunday as part of an eventual mission of 3,000 soldiers helping its beleaguered health services battle the Ebola outbreak.


Citizens wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at Mother Teresa square in central Tirana on September 21, 2014Tirana (AFP) - Pope Francis warned during a visit to Albania on Sunday that religion can never be used to justify violence, making apparent reference to the bloodshed wreaked by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.


CAPTION CORRECTS THE TEAM - Manchester City's Frank Lampard reacts after scoring against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea's winning start to the Premier League was ended by a dramatic goal from one of its greatest ever players while Manchester United's all-star attack was undermined by its jittery defense in a 5-3 loss at Leicester on Sunday.


BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombs and mortar fire killed 13 people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad.

South African mother Lindiwe Ndwandwe, 33, looks at the place where she was rescued on September 20, 2014 in Lagos, Nigeria, after five days in the rubble of the collapsed church guesthouse of the Synagogue Church of All NationsLagos (AFP) - Lying in the rubble of the guesthouse, only able to tell if it was night or day through a tiny crack, Lindiwe Ndwandwe heard the screams of others beneath the debris slowly turn silent.


DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's parliament speaker said Sunday that the U.S. should work with Damascus to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations which he accused of supporting terrorism.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Colombia striker Carlos Bacca scored twice as Sevilla won 3-1 at Cordoba to remain undefeated and take the provisional lead of the Spanish league on Sunday.

Russian opposition activists, one of them wearing a Ukrainan flag, rally in support of freedom of press in central Moscow, on April 13, 2014Moscow (AFP) - Thousands of Russians on Sunday marched through Moscow to protest against the Kremlin's involvement in the Ukraine crisis, in the country's first major anti-war rally since fighting erupted in April.


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