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Turkey Continue Assault on Kurds

The Menagh air base was captured by Kurdish fighters last week

A Turkish assault on positions claimed by Kurdish fighters in northern Syria has continued into a second day.

On Saturday, Turkey began shelling the militia, which it says is linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The YPG militia, which is based in Syria, has rejected a demand by Turkey to leave areas it has seized, saying Islamists would return if it left.

Turkey's assault is a new thread in an already-complex conflict that has drawn in competing regional powers.

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Weapons found in 'getaway car'-Paris attacks:

The suspected getaway car was towed away by investigators

Several Kalashnikovs have been found in an abandoned car believed to have been used by some of the Paris attackers, French judicial sources say.

The black Seat car was found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil on Sunday, suggesting some of the attackers got away.

Earlier, the first of the seven dead attackers was named as Ismail Mostefai. Six people close to him are in custody.

France is in three days of mourning for the 129 people killed in the attacks.

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Review Board Says, Oscar Pistorius Must Remain In Jail,

Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius must remain in jail and not be transferred to house arrest after a decision to grant him parole was again delayed. His lawyer Brian Webber told the AFP news agency that a decision over his early release has been referred back to the parole board. The Paralympic star was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp. He has been fighting a lengthy battle to be released early from jail. Pistorius was due to be released in August, but remained in prison after Justice Minister Michael Masutha made a last-minute intervention blocking it.

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Discussion of Turkey-Syria Border Crisis By Nato Over IS Conflict

Nato is holding an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss Turkey's military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish militants.

Turkey was until recently a reluctant partner in the US coalition against IS, but over the past few days it has bombed IS and Kurdish positions.

Turkey is also backing plans for a buffer zone on the border with Syria.

Turkey's prime minister said he expects his country's allies to show solidarity and support for its campaign.

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Why Is France's Most Beautiful Destinations Paris?

Paris

Ah France: There's a reason why nearly 85 million travelers a year vote with their passports to make this country the world's most popular destination.

It's clearly not the indifferent attitudes of some in the French service industry towards their visitors.

Nor is it the frankly disturbing insistence by French swimming pools that men must wear tiny Speedo-style bathing trunks before entering the water.

Instead, it's the food, the art, the architecture and French way of life.

Above all, it's the incredible locations.

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At least 100 People, Have Been Killed in a Taliban Assault on an Army-run School

Local hospitals have been treating the injured

At least 100 people, 80 of them children, have been killed in a Taliban assault on an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistani officials say.

Five or six militants wearing security uniforms entered the school, officials said. Gunfire and explosions were heard as security forces surrounded the area.

The army says most of the school's 500 students have been evacuated. It is not clear how many are being held hostage.

A Taliban spokesman says the assault is in response to army operations.

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Taliban kill 12 landmine clearers

Militants targeted a Nato convoy close to the Bagram air base on Friday night, killing two soldiers

Taliban gunmen have shot dead 12 people working to clear landmines in southern Helmand province, Afghan police say.

In the capital, Kabul, a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying Afghan soldiers, and the Taliban said it killed a senior Supreme Court official.

And Nato said two of its soldiers died when insurgents attacked close to the main international base north of Kabul.

The incidents come amid an upsurge of Taliban violence as the US and Nato mission in Afghanistan nears its end.

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IS and Syria Kurds in fierce gun battles

Turkish armed forces patrol the border but have not crossed

Kurdish fighters are engaged in fierce gun battles with Islamic State (IS) in the Syrian border town of Kobane, as US-led coalition air strikes continue.

In its latest report, the US Central Command said six air strikes had destroyed IS weaponry around Kobane.

An official inside Kobane said the Kurdish forces were now pushing back the Islamic State fighters.

Seizing Kobane would give the IS jihadists full control of a long stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border.

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Gaza conflict deaths pass 800 as Kerry pushes ceasefire

Gaza conflict

Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Hamas movement are intensifying as the death toll in the 18-day conflict continues to climb.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been in Cairo meeting Egypt's foreign minister and the UN secretary general.

Gaza faced more Israeli shelling and air strikes overnight, while Israeli towns raised the alarm over Hamas rockets on Friday morning.

More than 800 Palestinians have now been killed, as well as 35 Israelis.

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Algeria Airliner Missing on Sahara Route From Burkina Faso

The passenger plane had taken off from Ouagadougou airport in Burkina Faso

Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara.

Algerian aviation officials said the plane had crashed, but gave no further details.

Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, Air Algerie said, as the plane crossed Mali.

The airline said 50 French citizens were among the 110 passengers and six crew on board Flight AH 5017.

The pilot had contacted Niger's control tower in Niamey to change course because of a storm, officials say.

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