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Putin: Moscow won’t let pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine be defeated, urged pullback

Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, arguing that both sides need to make concessions for a floundering peace deal to succeed. READ

Paris prosecutor identifies at least 1 Frenchman among extremists in Islamic State video

A 22-year-old French convert to radical Islam appears in a propaganda video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, a Paris prosecutor said Monday. READ

Canada silent as U.S. debates policy shift in Islamic State war strategy

The Obama administration is under pressure to stretch the definition of what it means to “advise and assist” Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. READ

Race against time: Europe’s lander drills into comet; scientists hope batteries can hold out

The good news: The spacecraft that landed on a comet has begun drilling beneath the surface to see what secrets the celestial body can reveal. READ

Iraqi forces score major victory over IS, drive militants out of key oil refinery town

Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of a strategic oil refinery town north of Baghdad on Friday, scoring their biggest battlefield victory since they melted away in the face of the terror group’s stunning summer offensive that captured much of northern and western Iraq. READ

Obama’s critical comments loom large over U.S. vote on Keystone XL pipeline

The biggest development in the Keystone XL saga Friday wasn’t witnessed in the U.S. Congress. It was witnessed, however, by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. READ

Town warns tiger on loose near Disneyland Paris, residents of 3 towns urged to remain indoors

French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris, one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, and have urged residents in three towns to stay indoors. READ

U.S. expected to expand strategy of drone patrol to Canadian border

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border. READ

Islamic State, al-Qaida branch agree to stop fighting and work together in Syria

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press. READ

Head of extremist Islamic State group says will fight to last man in new audio

The head of the extremist Islamic State group has said it will fight to the last man. READ

Potential pitfalls to pipeline progress: Obama veto just one way to stop KXL

The wild and unexpectedly speedy ride of Keystone XL legislation through the U.S. Congress late Wednesday had supporters of Canadian oil hopeful of a celebratory end to the project’s six years of stagnation. READ

Prime Minister Harper in New Zealand for talks on trade, world hot spots

Stephen Harper is meeting today with his New Zealand counterpart in the first official visit by a Canadian prime minister since Jean Chretien made the lengthy trip exactly 19 years ago. READ

Supreme Court refuses to hear case of Ottawa man wanted by France

An Ottawa sociology professor is a big step closer to being extradited to France for questioning about the 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue. READ

ISIL fighters ’likely’ killed in Tuesday’s CF-18 airstrike north of Baghdad

Canadian warplanes have destroyed only two Islamic State targets in nearly two weeks of air operations, but the commander of the mission says success can’t be measured in the number of bombs dropped. READ

With eye on future climate treaty, US and China strike emissions deal, prod others to act

A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world’s two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. READ

Sterilization deaths expose troubles in Indian health care, drive to curb population boom

The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers’ breasts. READ

WHO says more than 5,000 have now died of Ebola, Mali records 3 new deaths

More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic. READ

European Space Agency says it has landed a spacecraft on a speeding comet - a cosmic 1st

Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — an audacious first designed to answer big questions about the universe. READ

Kevin Vickers feted at international security conference in Israel

The House of Commons’ sergeant-at-arms is getting celebrity treatment at an international security conference in Israel. READ

Harper heads for New Zealand for talks with ally seeking end to dairy tariffs

Stephen Harper arrives in New Zealand today for an official visit with the country’s prime minister that will include discussions on a touchy subject between the otherwise friendly leaders — Canada’s heavily protected dairy sector. READ

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