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War Loot: Islamic State militants rummage through a cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces. The weapons were meant to supply Kurdish forces battling the extremist group in Kobani, Syria, but "now they are spoils for the mujahedeen," one militant said. (Associated Press)

Islamic State seizes airdropped U.S. arms as Kurds await troop reinforcements

Kurdish militias defending the northern Syrian town of Kobani waited Tuesday for Turkey to allow promised reinforcements across the border, as Islamic State fighters posted video of militants opening crates of weapons presumably airdropped by U.S. forces.

Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical conditions to health authorities upon arrival in Rwanda. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Rwanda requires U.S., Spain visitor health reports

Associated Press

Rwanda’s Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities upon arrival in Rwanda, the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda said Tuesday.

People gather on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, to watch in the distance just across the border the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group in Kobani, Syria, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Islamic State fighters seize weapons airdrop meant for Kurds

Associated Press

Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.

John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa hearing on Examining U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Afghanistan anti-corruption task force shuttered amid U.S. troop drawdown

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combating corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama’s target force of 9,800 U.S. troops in the country — adding to concerns about oversight and accountability in a government rife with waste, fraud and abuse.

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Dutch police have been evicting immigrants who have been staying in the Netherlands after their applications for asylum have been rejected. The government has taken an increasingly hard line on immigration to try to allay public concerns about overcrowding. (Associated Press)

Dutch battle surge of desperate, violent Muslim refugees

Nasir Galid fled Somalia hoping for a better, safer life. Instead, he died in an Amsterdam hospital five days after being attacked in a garage where he was living with other homeless immigrants.

Elements of historic march remain in Ohio today

- Associated Press

A journey into what is now Coshocton proved to be so historically pivotal that remnants of and testaments to the feat can still be found across the county.

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, walks with President-elect Joko Widodo upon arrival prior to a tour of the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, will be inaugurated as the country's new president on Monday, Oct. 20. (AP Photo/Adek Berry, Pool)

Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.

Iraq lawmakers approve interior, defense ministers

- Associated Press

Iraqi lawmakers approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees for the remaining posts in his government Saturday, including the critical posts of defense and interior ministers amid the fight against the extremist Islamic State group.

Secretary of State John Kerry, right, talks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi prior to a meeting in Boston, Saturday Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

- Associated Press

The U.S. and China pledged Saturday to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Barack Obama prepares to travel to the Chinese capital next month.

Rome's Mayor Ignazio Marino, center, smiles as he registers the gay marriage between Jonathon Dominic Spada, left, and Fabrizio Maffeo, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Marino has registered 16 gay marriages entered abroad in open defiance of Italy's Interior Ministry. Gay marriage is illegal in Italy. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano recently sent a notice to local prefects saying any registrations of gay marriages celebrated abroad would be voided. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Rome mayor defies law, registers 16 gay marriages

Associated Press

The gay marriage debate arrived within walking distance of the Vatican on Saturday as Rome's mayor defied Italy's government and registered 16 gay marriages celebrated abroad.

A burial team in protective gear carry the body of woman suspected to have died from Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014. The death toll from Ebola will rise this week to more than 4,500 people from the 9,000 infected and the outbreak is still out of control in three West African nations, a top official with the U.N. health agency said   (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Canada will send experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

Associated Press

The Canadian government said it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak.

Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Catholic bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Associated Press

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

Kobani key to US strategy against Islamic State

- Associated Press

Dusty and remote, the Syrian city of Kobani has become an unlikely spoil in the war against Islamic State militants - and far more of a strategic prize than the United States wants to admit.

Markey, Herr face off in debate for US Senate seat

- Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey and Republican challenger Brian Herr squared off Friday over the nation's response to Ebola, the situation in Syria and Iraq and President Barack Obama's health care law during their first televised debate.

FILE - In this Thursday May 30, 2013 file photo, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria's government and Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, officials said Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The fate of more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents six months ago remains unclear. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said their release is still being negotiated. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

Nigeria, Boko Haram agree to cease-fire; fate of captive girls remains unclear

Associated Press

Nigeria's government and Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, officials said Friday, in a move that could end five years of insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa's most populous nation and its biggest oil producer.