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Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State10/30/2014 4:17:28 PMSURUC Turkey/BEIRUT - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.Hong Kong's loud American defies pro-Beijing 'smear campaign'10/30/2014 3:10:35 PMHONG KONG - China has often accused "foreign forces" of trying to destabilize free-wheeling Hong Kong during the current pro-democracy protests, with a garrulous expat American emerging as a key target of attack.Trade, defense spending buoy U.S. third-quarter growth10/30/2014 4:05:04 PMWASHINGTON - A smaller trade deficit and a surge in defense spending buoyed U.S. economic growth in the third quarter, but other details of Thursday's report hinted at some loss of momentum in activity.U.S. jobless claims rise, but underlying labor market trends firming 10/30/2014 4:07:57 PMWASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose for a second straight week last week, but remained at levels consistent with a firming labor market.France investigates mystery drone activity over nuclear plants10/30/2014 2:49:54 PMPARIS - France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF , its interior minister said on Thursday.Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist10/30/2014 4:14:34 PMJERUSALEM - Israeli police on Thursday shot dead a 32-year-old Palestinian man suspected of having tried hours earlier to kill a far-right Jewish activist, leading to fierce clashes in East Jerusalem and fears of a new Palestinian uprising.Ukraine gas supplies in doubt as Russia seeks EU payment deal10/30/2014 3:04:37 PMBRUSSELS - Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of Russian gas as winter sets in were deadlocked on Thursday as Moscow's negotiators were quoted demanding firmer commitments from the European Union to cover Kiev's pre-payments for energy.Putin's spokesman casts doubt on Crimea report, says never heard of source10/30/2014 2:47:31 PMMOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday he had no idea who the Ukrainian diplomat behind a news story that Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had reached an official deal on Crimea was.Malaysia's Anwar says hopeful, lawyers question DNA evidence10/30/2014 3:41:13 PMKUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Thursday he was a victim of a conspiracy but was hopeful of winning an appeal against a sodomy conviction and five-year prison term that could stymie his political ambitions for good.China says agrees with U.S. to speed up military conduct talks10/30/2014 2:15:09 PMBEIJING - China and the United States agreed at a meeting earlier this month in Washington to speed up talks on a mutual reporting mechanism on major military operations and a code of safe conduct, China's Defense Ministry said on Thursday.