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Al-Qaida still offers olive branch to IS

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Washington, Oct 29 (AP) - Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets - a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to capitalize on the younger group's ruthless advance across the region.
Analysts are closely watching al-Qaida's repeated overtures, and while a full reconciliation is not expected soon - if ever - there is...

Girls accused of trying to join jihadis confused

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Denver, Oct 29 (AP) - One of three girls who authorities say tried to join Islamic State militants in Syria was confused about what her role would be if she had actually made it there, the girl's father said Tuesday.
The FBI says a 16-year-old Somali girl and her friends, 15- and 17-year-old...

Myanmar’s story, told by one crumbling building

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The little apartment building was graceful once. Maybe even beautiful. There is an elegance in the arched windows now covered with grime. It's in the ornamental pillars, coated with paint so faded that it's hard to say if the building is yellow or white. It's in wide windows kept open through the...

UN investigator cautious on North Korea engagement

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United Nations, Oct 29 (AP) - A U.N. human rights investigator said Tuesday that he was surprised and gratified that North Korean officials raised the possibility of allowing him to visit their country, but the prospect of such a trip remains deeply uncertain because of demands the North Koreans...

Violence marks Afghan president’s first month

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Kabul, Oct 28 (AP) - Suicide bombers, roadside bombs and rocket attacks on the Afghan capital have intensified in the one month since President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office as the Taliban are sending a message that they disapprove of his tough stance on ending the insurgency and close...

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