US-led airstrikes hit Islamic State near Turkey

Syrian Kurds waited in the town of Suruc in the Sanliurfa province after they crossed the border with Turkey.


US-led coalition airstrikes targeted fighters, vehicles, and artillery pieces of the Islamic State group on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border.

Gases and ash still billowed from the peak crater of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Tuesday. There was relatively little lava flow, despite the impressive plume of the eruption.

Luck, instinct determined fates of volcano hikers

Some survivors of the eruption of Mount Ontake made a split-second decision to hide behind big rocks or escaped into lodges.

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Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy government buildings

Student leaders demand Hong Kong’s leader resign by Thursday or they will step up their actions.

Hong Kong protests leaderless but orderly

Prodemocracy protesters in Hong Kong appeared headed for a showdown with the authorities Wednesday.

Turkey moves closer to intervention in Syria and Iraq

Turkey bolstered security along its frontier with Syria and asked parliament to authorize a deployment of Turkish troops.

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