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#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – October 30 – Ten Iraqi Peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.
The development followed heavy overnight clashes as Islamic State fighters unsuccessfully tried to capture the border crossing point, the only gateway in and out of the strategic Kurdish town besieged by the militants.
Kobani-based activist Mustafa Bali said the 10 entered Kobani first and that the rest will follow gradually later in the day because the border crossing point has been targeted by Islamic State fighters.
“The first 10 are now with the People’s Protection Units and they include doctors and fighters and the rest are expected to enter in the coming hours at night,” Bali told The Associated Press.
The People’s Protection Units, also known as the YPG, are the main force in predominantly Kurdish regions in northern Syria.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the 10 peshmerga fighters entered Kobani around noon through the Turkey-Syria border crossing.
Remaining peshmerga forces are in a facility on the outskirts of the border town of Suruc, about 12 kilometers from the border with Syria, on a road that leads to the border crossing in the village of Mursitpinar.
The mission of the peshmerga troops is to help Kurdish fighters inside Kobani try to break the siege by Islamic State militants who launched the attack on Kobani six weeks ago.
The ability of the small force to turn the tide of battle will depend on the effectiveness of their weapons and on continued U.S.-led airstrikes against the extremists.
Activists say there are currently some 1,000 Syrian Kurdish fighters and more than 3,000 jihadis in the Kobani area.
Most civilians have fled.
In the Syrian capital of Damascus, President Bashar Assad’s political adviser accused Turkey of committing “aggression” against the country by allowing rebels to cross into Kobani.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 30 – In a rare moment of calm between crises over Ebola and Islamic State, a group of congressmen gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss something few Americans have had as much cause to contemplate: the outcome of next Tuesday’s midterm elections.
The private meeting of top Republican leaders from the House of Representatives concluded there was a golden opportunity.
If opinion polling is to be believed, their party is poised not just to hang on to its majority in the lower chamber, but possibly seize control of the Senate, too, uniting both houses of Congress against a Democratic president for the first time in 20 years.
According to one participant at the meeting, held last month, most of those present urged a cautious response, such as aiming to pass moderate economic and tax reform legislation with bipartisan support and daring the White House to use its veto to oppose the new Republican agenda.
Others in the party favour more combative assaults on Barack Obama’s healthcare reform and his environmental concerns over the Keystone oil pipeline, which he is likely to block.
Either way, they argue, the White House loses. “He’ll become the president of no,” another GOP congressman confidently told the Guardian, revelling in the prospect of reversing the insult that dogged House Republicans when they were the ones blocking Democratic legislative efforts.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 30 – Democrats have lost their grip on Hispanic voters heading into Election Day—and in turn could lose the Senate because of them.
Even though Latinos split heavily for their party in 2012, mounting evidence suggests Hispanics could sit the midterms out after immigration reform has fallen from the White House agenda.
#AceBreakingNews – FORT KENT, Maine – October 30 – An Ebola nurse went bike riding with her boyfriend Thursday morning, defying state orders to remain at home for 21 days.
Kaci Hickox, who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa, told reporters late Wednesday that day-long negotiations had failed to resolve a deadlock over the state’s instructions.
The 33-year-old nurse, who earlier vowed to ignore the state order beginning Thursday, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, donned helmets, stepped off the front porch of his rural house and rode off on bicycles, followed by state police.
Without a court order, troops do not have the authority to restrain her.
#AceNewsServices – CHINA – October 30 – China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft, Reuters reported.
In recent months, according to (CNN) Territorial tensions between China and Japan have flared after a close encounter between their military jets in disputed airspace over the East China Sea.
The neighbouring rivals accused each other of potentially triggering a dangerous incident, after two pairs of Chinese fighter jets were scrambled and flew close to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane and a YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft Saturday.
The fly-bys occurred in airspace claimed by both countries as part of their “air defence identification zones,” while China carried out joint maritime exercises with Russia at the weekend.
The two states have accused the other of flying military aircraft too close to its own jets in a territorial dispute as both sides claim a string of Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea.
They are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
Last year, Beijing declared an air defence zone covering most of the East China Sea. Japan’s fighter jet scrambles against Chinese planes rose 29 percent to 103 in July-September, Beijing said.
#AceBreakingNews – BURKINA FASO – October 30 – Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso’s parliament on Thursday and set fire to the building, ahead of a vote on a motion to allow the president to stand for re-election, Reuters witnesses said.
The crowd then headed towards the prime ministers office as a government helicopter flew overhead, shooting tear gas canisters at protesters, a Reuters witness said.
Lawmakers had been due to vote on Thursday a plan proposed by the government to change the constitution to allow President Blaise Compaore stand for re-election next year, when he was due to stand down due to a two-term limit. Most deputies had not yet arrived for the vote when protesters entered the building.
“We did this because Blaise was trying to stay too long. We are tired of him,” said Seydou Kabre, a protester in the crowd headed to the prime minister’s office. “We want a change. He must go!”
Protesters took the parliament building after police starting shooting in the air in a bid to disperse them. In the face of the surging crowd, police were forced to withdraw, witnesses said.
(Reporting by Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney; Writing by Joe Bavier and Daniel Flynn; Editing by David Lewis)