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Peshmerga depart from Turkey to besieged Kobani

A convoy of Kurdish Peshmerga troops departed from Turkey in a convoy overnight to help bolster Syrian Kurds holding out against self-styled Islamic State militants in the besieged town of Kobani.

Islamic State combatants have been trying to capture Kobani, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, for over a month, pressing their assault despite U.S.-led air strikes on their positions and the deaths of hundreds of their fighters.

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Up to 14 killed in anti-IS clashes in Istanbul

Up to 14 people have been killed, 30 injured and almost a hundred people arrested in anti-Islamic State protests in Istanbul

Turkish police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon in clashes with Kurdish protesters.

Protesters clash with riot police in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters

Protesters set fire to barricades and threw stones at police officers. Thousands of people have taken part in protests across Turkey to call for the government to take action against Islamic State militants advancing towards the country's border with Syria.

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