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Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine Form Joint Brigade

Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine on Friday signed an agreement to form a joint brigade intended to modernize the Ukrainian army confronting pro-Kremlin separatists in the country's east.

"This shows our deep commitment to boosting the security and defense capabilities of our region, where the situation has become dangerous," Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said after defense ministers from the three countries inked the accord in Warsaw.

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Kenyatta Summoned to ICC Over Claims of 'Non-Cooperation'

The International Criminal Court said Friday it had summoned Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to appear before the tribunal over charges his government has withheld documents requested by prosecutors preparing his crimes against humanity trial.

Kenyatta, who faces five counts at the ICC over his alleged role in masterminding election-related violence in 2007-2008, was ordered to appear on October 8, the Hague-based court said in a statement.

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U.N. Security Council Backs Iraq in Confronting Jihadists

The U.N. Security Council on Friday expressed support for Iraq's new government as it confronts Islamist fighters.

The 15-member council adopted a statement backing Iraq at a meeting chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and attended by some 35 countries in a show of solidarity for Baghdad's anti-jihadist stance.

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Germany toughens Asylum Rules for Three Balkans States

Germany made it harder Friday for people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia to apply for asylum after lawmakers classified the three Balkan countries as safe, with respect for basic rights.

The legislation was approved by the upper house of parliament and aims to make it simpler for authorities to deport political asylum seekers from the three formerly war-ravaged states.

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White House Says Training Syrian Rebels to Take Months

Training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State extremists will take months, the White House warned Friday a day after Congress approved the plan.

"We will move out as rapidly as can be done, in partnership with the countries that will host the training facilities," said Susan Rice, national security adviser to President Barack Obama.

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Father of British Suspect in Syria Pleads Guilty in NY

An Egyptian man whose British son is reportedly a suspect in the murder of U.S. journalists in Syria, pleaded guilty Friday in a New York to playing a role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa.

Adel Abdel Bary, 54, who was extradited to the United States from Britain in October 2012, entered the plea on three counts accusing him of working for Al-Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

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U.S. Says Discussed IS Militant Threat with Iran

The United States has discussed the threat posed by Islamic State militants with envoys from its traditional foe Iran on the sidelines of nuclear talks, the State Department revealed Friday.

"Discussion on this threat did arise on the margins of the meeting as they have from time to time," spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters.

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Paris: Israel-Palestinian 'solution' to be put to U.N. Security Council

A "solution to the conflict" between the Israelis and Palestinians will be put to the U.N. Security Council, French President Francois Hollande said Friday after meeting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Paris.

"We will have a resolution, to be presented to the Security Council, that will say very clearly what we expect from the (peace) process and what the solution to the conflict must be," Hollande told reporters in a joint news conference with Abbas.

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Spain's Catalan Parliament Approves Independence Vote Law

Catalonia's regional parliament on Friday passed a law that its leaders say will authorize them to hold a non-binding "consultation" on independence from Spain on November 9.

The law was passed with 106 votes in favor and 28 against.

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Six Killed in Boko Haram Attacks in Cameroon

Six people, including four civilians, were killed on Thursday in the far north of Cameroon following two incursions by Boko Haram militants, sources told AFP on Friday.

"Boko Haram appeared yesterday (Thursday) around 1900 (1800 GMT) at Assighassia," a police officer in the region said on condition of anonymity. "There followed an engagement between them and our soldiers. Two assailants were killed and one soldier was injured."

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