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State Department warns US businesses in North Africa of ISIS retaliation

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The State Department is warning American businesses operating in North Africa of an increased risk of retaliation by militants over the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State.

The warning, which is specific to Morocco, is contained in an Oct. 7 dispatch -- obtained by Fox News -- from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and its Overseas Security Advisory Council.

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Illegal immigrants in Arizona must get right to post bail, federal court says

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down a voter-approved Arizona law that denies bail to immigrants who are in the country illegally and have been charged with a range of felonies that include shoplifting, aggravated identity theft, sexual assault and murder.

An 11-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law violates due process rights by imposing punishment before trial. The court said the law was a “scattershot attempt” at confronting people who flee from authorities and that there was no evidence the law dealt with a particularly critical problem.

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‘Misunderstandings’ Mark Talks on Ukraine Crisis

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The Kremlin complained of "misunderstandings and disagreements" and Ukraine’s president acknowledged he was "not very optimistic" after the start of talks in Milan aimed at calming the simmering conflict in that country’s east and settling a dispute over gas supplies.

Some European leaders involved in Friday’s talks with Russia and Ukraine have shown a reluctance to understand the "real situation" in southeastern Ukraine, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

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Battle for Kobani Enters Second Month

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Kurdish forces have entered a second month defending the northern Syrian border city of Kobani from Islamic State militants, working increasingly with a U.S.-led coalition to push back the ultra-radical group.

VOA correspondent Scott Bobb, on the Turkish side of the frontier, reported that after reported IS attacks on Kurdish positions and another round of U.S.-led air strikes overnight, Kobani's skyline quieted down as Friday prayers began.

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Exclusive: Boko Haram Negotiating Cease-fire, Abducted Girls' Release

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Islamist militant group Boko Haram is in talks with the Nigerian government to release more than 200 girls abducted six months ago and negotiate a cease-fire to a deadly insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives.

An advisor to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and a man calling himself the secretary-general of Boko Haram told VOA's Hausa service Thursday that discussions are under way in Saudi Arabia, aided by Chadian President Idriss Deby and high-level officials from Cameroon.

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Afghan intelligence arrests 2 leaders of Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network

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Two senior leaders of the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network have been arrested in eastern Khost province, the Afghan intelligence service said Thursday, claiming a major blow to the Pakistan-based militant group.

Anis Haqqani, a brother of the network's leader, and Hafiz Rashid, who allegedly helped equip suicide bombers and select targets for attacks, were detained Tuesday in a special operation, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.

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