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Kurds, Islamic State Militants Continue Kobani Fighting

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Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants continue to battle in the northern Syrian town of Kobani.

Plumes of smoke could be seen Tuesday from across the border in Turkey, as the two sides clashed again in the weekslong fight that has drawn international support to help the Kurds hold off militant attempts to take the town.

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Exclusive: North Korean Ambassador Says His Country Will Keep Nuclear Program

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North Korea will keep its nuclear program and could review its policy toward the United States completely if Washington continues to press Pyongyang on human rights, a senior North Korean official said on Monday.

Jang Il Hun, North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador in New York, told VOA that his country already declared itself a nuclear-armed state in its constitution and adopted a new policy calling for expansion of nuclear weapons. In a rare interview, he stated his country’s positions on the nuclear issue, human rights, and American detainees.    

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Benghazi Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in US Court

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A Libyan militant has pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court to charges linked to the September 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi that killed four American citizens, including a U.S. ambassador.

Ahmed Abu Khattala entered a not guilty plea on Monday at a short hearing in Washington, D.C. Khattala is charged with 18 counts including murder of an "internationally protected person" and killing a person during an attack on a federal facility. Some of the charges carry the death penalty.

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Mentally ill British suspect extradited to US to face terrorism charges

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A mentally ill British man accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon has been extradited to the U.S. after losing a nine-year legal battle.

London's Metropolitan Police says Haroon Aswat was taken Tuesday from a psychiatric hospital and escorted onto a plane by U.S. officials.

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Turkey to Allow Iraqi Kurds to Reinforce Kobani

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Turkey said on Monday it is helping Iraqi Kurds cross into Syria to aid Kurdish fighters in Kobani as they battle to hold off an advance by Islamic State militants, while the U.S. airdropped arms and medical supplies for the first time to help the Kurdish defenders.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Monday, "We are assisting peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani," but did not provide additional details.

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Iran says ready to provide aid to Lebanese military to combat 'terrorists'

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Iran says it is ready to provide aid to the Lebanese army as well as the Shiite Hezbollah group to help combat "terrorists."

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, was quoted by state TV as saying that "supporting the Lebanese nation, army and resistance will still remain on Iran's agenda." Hezbollah's allies refer to it as the "resistance" because of its stated mission of driving Israel out of occupied territory.

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