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Kerry Slams 'Abhorrent' Yazidi Slavery by IS Militants

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the Islamic State group for "abhorrent" abuses on Tuesday after the jihadists boasted of selling captured women and girls as slaves.

Islamic State militants said abducted Yazidi women and children had been divided among its fighters according to sharia law. 

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Obama Rallies Coalition Commanders against IS Jihadists

President Barack Obama attempted to rally allied commanders around his emerging strategy to defeat Islamic State jihadists on Tuesday, as the U.S.-led air armada stepped up its raids in Syria.

Coalition jets carried out two dozen strikes to relieve pressure on Kobane, but Obama admitted to deep concern about the Syrian border town's fate and he warned of a long campaign ahead. 

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Bomb Wounds 12 in Central Cairo

A bomb exploded in the center of the Egyptian capital Cairo late Tuesday wounding 12 people, security and medical officials said.

A police officer on the scene told Agence France Presse the explosive device was placed near the entrance of a metro station  close to the court house, apparently targeting policemen standing guard.

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MP Says 160 Detained Kobane Kurds on Hunger Strike in Turkey

Scores of Kurds from the besieged Syrian town of Kobane are still on hunger strike after being detained by Turkey in a border town when they fled the advance of jihadists, an MP said on Wednesday.

The 160 Syrian Kurds, members of the main Syrian Kurdish party the Democratic Union Party (PYD), have been held for the last nine days in a sports hall in the Turkish town of Suruc.

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Netherlands Says OK for Biker Gangs to Fight Islamic State

The Dutch public prosecutor said on Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Iraq are not necessarily committing any crime.

"Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it's no longer forbidden," public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told Agence France-Presse.

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21 Air Raids Slow IS Advance near Kobane

U.S.-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday and there were signs the strikes had "slowed" the group's advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said.

"Indications are that airstrikes have slowed ISIL advances" around Kobane, U.S. Central Command said in a statement, but added the situation remained fluid.

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12 Dead, Including 3 Kids, in Regime Raids on Damascus Suburb

At least 12 people were killed Tuesday, including three children, in Syrian regime air strikes on the Ain Tarma area outside Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Ain Tarma is under rebel control and is one of the areas around the capital that regime forces have been battling to recapture.

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Turkey Accuses PYD of 'Torturing' Kobane Kurds

Turkey on Tuesday accused the main Kurdish political party in Syria of "torturing" Syrian Kurds who fled to Turkey when Islamic State jihadists launched their assault on the border town of Kobane.

Turkey has so far taken in some 200,000 refugees from Kobane just a few kilometers (miles) from the border with Syria where Kurdish fighters have been battling the jihadists to defend the town.

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10 Syrian Troops Killed in Clashes with IS

At least 10 Syrian soldiers were killed on Tuesday in clashes with Islamic State group jihadists in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came in fighting in Hawijat Sakr on the Euphrates River.

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Kurdish Town Becomes Symbolic Heart of War against Jihadists

Few people had ever heard of Kobane before recent weeks, but the once-sleepy Syrian border town has become a crucial symbolic battleground in the fight against Islamic State jihadists.

Desperate to preserve their hopes of autonomy in the face of the jihadists' expanding "caliphate", Kobane's rag-tag Kurdish defenders have been fighting for nearly a month to save the town.

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