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U.S. Admits Some Airdrop Arms Fell into IS Hands in Kobane

The U.S. military admitted Wednesday a bundle of ammunition and weapons dropped over the Syrian border town of Kobane drifted off course and likely ended up in the hands of Islamic State jihadists instead of Kurdish forces.

Officials said they had no reason to doubt the authenticity of a video posted online on Tuesday showing a masked gunman displaying a parachute and wooden crates full of grenades and rockets.

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Three Suspected Jihadists Arrested in Belgium Probe

Belgian police arrested three men Wednesday on suspicion of membership of a terrorist organisation as part of a probe into jihadist fighters travelling to Syria, prosecutors said.

The arrests come after six raids in the towns of Vilvoorde and Machelen, near Brussels, as part of a probe launched in 2013, the Brussels federal prosecutor's office said.

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Saudi Jails 14 for Plans to Attack U.S. Forces in Qatar

A Saudi court Wednesday condemned 14 people to jail terms of between six months and 23 years, in a second batch of sentences over a plot to attack U.S. forces in neighboring Qatar.

The defendants were convicted of "joining a terrorist cell that aimed to launch a terrorist attack against U.S. forces in Qatar," state news agency SPA said in a statement.

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Two Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 28

Car bombs near a maternity hospital and a service station in Baghdad killed at least 28 people Wednesday, the latest in a spate of blasts to hit the city, police and medics said.

One blast struck across the street from the hospital in the frequently targeted Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, killing at least 10, a police colonel said. Another 29 were wounded.

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Turkey Arrests Woman for 'Red Stilettos Koran' Tweet

A Turkish woman was arrested on suspicion of blasphemy and inciting religious hatred after allegedly stepping on the Koran and then posting the picture on Twitter, media reported on Wednesday.

The arrest came after Melih Gokcek, Ankara's controversial mayor from the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), launched a criminal complaint against the 38-year-old-woman, who uses the Twitter handle @kedibiti (cat lice).

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IS Jihadists Again Besiege Iraq's Mount Sinjar

The Islamic State jihadist group has again surrounded Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where it trapped thousands of civilians this summer, commanders in the area said Wednesday.

The civilians, mostly members of the Yazidi religious minority, eventually escaped via Syria with the help of Kurdish fighters from Iraq's neighbor to the west, but that route has now been cut.

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Hundreds Protest Against Iran Acid Attacks

Around 1,000 people took to the streets in Iran on Wednesday to demand action after four women were maimed in acid attacks reportedly linked to them not wearing the veil.

The demonstration took place in Isfahan -- 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Tehran -- where the victims were injured in the past week by assailants on motorcycles.

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Obama Thanks Australia for Iraq Coalition Help

President Barack Obama thanked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his country's "significant" support in the coalition fighting against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, the White House said Wednesday.

In a telephone conversation with Abbott on Tuesday, Obama praised Australia for its role in Iraq, which has included airstrikes as well as a commitment to deploy around 200 special forces to assist Iraqi troops.

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Sweden Pulls Back Ships as 'Foreign Sub' Hunt Draws Blank

Sweden said Wednesday it was pulling back part of its navy which has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week with no vessel found.

Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops have scoured an area about 30 to 60 kilometers (20 to 40 miles) from the Swedish capital since Friday following reports of a "man-made object" in the water.

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Danish Court Frees 10 over Kurdish Rebel Funding Charges

A Danish court on Wednesday freed 10 men charged with "terror funding" after raising up to 140 million kroner (18.8 million euros, $23.8 million) for Kurdish rebels.

The money was channeled to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a militant separatist group, through Roj TV, a Denmark-based Kurdish television channel that had its license revoked last year for "glorifying terrorism".

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