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'Blade Runner' Pistorius gets 5 years in prison

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:31pm

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows.

Purely military action in Syria could fuel extremism: U.N.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:24pm

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence. "Our long-term strategic objective in Syria remains a political solution," Ban told the U.N. Security Council. The United Nations is spearheading efforts to end a civil war sparked by President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on pro-democracy protests more than three years ago. ...

Situation in Syrian city Kobani remains 'tenuous': Pentagon

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:24pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The situation in the Syrian city of Kobani, which is under siege from Islamic State militants, remains tenuous but Kurdish forces remain in control of the majority of the city, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday. "The situation in Kobani still remains tenuous. We do assess that Kurdish forces in the city are in control of the majority of the city," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told a media briefing. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler)

U.S. involved in seven air strikes on Islamic State targets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:24pm

Tracer rounds light the sky over the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fighting downtown, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa provinceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces carried out four air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria on Monday and Tuesday and were joined by partner nations in three attacks in Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said. Fighter, bomber and attack aircraft were used in the raids and all returned safely, the Central Command statement said. The strikes near Kobani, Syria, destroyed Islamic State fighting positions, a building and an Islamic State unit. ...


'S.H.I.E.L.D' fans push for Coulson/May romance

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:24pm

NEW YORK (AP) — There's Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, aka Kimye. But are you ready for Philinda?

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