Kurdish official blames Turkey for peshmerga delay

A Turkish soldier climbs on an armored vehicle outside the gate of a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces' full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay.



Michigan athletic director Brandon resigns

FILE - This is a Jan. 5, 2011, file photo showing University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announcing that head football coach Rich Rodriguez has been fired during a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich. Brandon has resigned, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned Friday, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation's most prominent athletic departments.



Syria's Alawites pay heavy price as they bury sons

posters of slain Syrian soldiers and a poster of Syrian President Bashar AssadDWEIR SHEIKH SAAD, Syria (AP) — The posters of slain Syrian soldiers, put up by families to commemorate their sons killed in the fight against rebels, are plastered on walls throughout the coastal province of Tartous. The impromptu murals of death illustrate the price supporters of President Bashar Assad are paying to defend his rule.



Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque amid tight security

Palestinians pray as Israeli police officers stand guard during Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-JozBy Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around the Old City's cobbled streets and the ancient gates that lead to al Aqsa, a spokeswoman said, in addition to undercover anti-riot units and observation balloons floating in the sky. ...



Judge's rejection of nurse quarantine 'unfortunate': Maine governor

(Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Friday it was unfortunate that a judge rejected the state's attempts to impose a strict quarantine on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, but said he will abide by the ruling. The ruling appeared to end a stand-off between the state and the nurse, Kaci Hickox, who had defied officials by leaving her house and going for a bike ride. "The judge has eased restrictions with this ruling. And I believe it is unfortunate," LePage said in a statement. "However, the state will abide by law." (Reporting by Jonathan Allen)


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