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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses Turkish businessmen during a meeting of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) in Istanbul September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Turkey secures release of hostages held by Islamic State

20 September 2014

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what President Tayyip Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.

Turkish policemen and soldiers walk as Syrian Kurds wait behind the border fence to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Thousands of Syrian Kurds enter Turkey, fleeing Islamic State advance

20 September 2014

SANLIURFA Turkey (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday.

Turkey did not pay ransom for hostages held by militants in Iraq: NTV

20 September 2014

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey did not pay a ransom for the 49 hostages who were freed on Saturday after being held for three months by Islamic State militants, broadcaster NTV reported, without saying how it had obtained the information.

Residents take shelter at an evacuation centre for flood victims a day after tropical storm Fung-Wong inundated the Philippine capital Manila September 20, 2014.   REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan

20 September 2014

MANILA (Reuters) - Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding.

U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 14, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

Alice, steampunk and a false name: enigma of an American jailed in North Korea

20 September 2014

SEOUL (Reuters) - Matthew Miller, the U.S. citizen imprisoned in North Korea on espionage charges, spent months in South Korea pretending to be an Englishman named "Preston Somerset", acquaintances who met or worked with him said.

Austrian town officials resign after Nazi basement film

20 September 2014

VIENNA (Reuters) - Two conservative town council members in eastern Austria have resigned from their posts and left the People's Party after a documentary film showed them singing and toasting one another in a basement room filled with Nazi memorabilia.

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key speaks at a luncheon in Sydney February 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Brendon Thorne/Pool/Files

Third term beckons for New Zealand government as polls open

20 September 2014

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling centre-right government of John Key looks poised to be returned for a third term as voting opened in the national election on Saturday.

U.S., Canada send jets to intercept Russian aircraft

20 September 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.

U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 14, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea says imprisoned American tried to become 'second Snowden'

20 September 2014

SEOUL (Reuters) - An American recently sentenced to six years hard labour by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday.

An empty street is seen at the start of a three-day national lockdown in Freetown September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Umaru Fofana

Ebola lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

20 September 2014

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone were deserted on Friday as the West African state began a contested, three-day lockdown in a bid to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

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