20 October 2014 Last updated at 22:32

Fresh fighting in key Syrian town

Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants.


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Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.

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