US-led air strikes in Syria were reported Thursday to have killed more than 500 jihadists in a month, as Kurdish fighters prepared to reinforce the embattled border town of Kobane.
BEIJING - North Korea will close its borders to foreign tourists on Friday due to Ebola fears, travel agencies said, as the number of people that have contracted the deadly virus nears 10,000 in West Africa.
Australia got off to a solid start after wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed's brilliant hundred guided Pakistan to a big first innings total of 454 in the first Test in Dubai on Thursday.
OTTAWA - Canada's parliament reopened Thursday and gave a hero's welcome to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who a day earlier had put aside his ceremonial duties to draw a gun and take down an assailant.
WASHINGTON - An unarmed man arrested for climbing over the White House fence has been charged with assaulting a Secret Service officer after he attacked police dogs.
SINGAPORE - Serena Williams hit back from her embarrassing defeat at the WTA Finals by demolishing Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 to keep her campaign alive in fearsome fashion on Thursday.
VALENCIA (SPAIN) - Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Italian Fabio Fognini.
SINGAPORE - Serena Williams said Thursday that she and her sister Venus have received a written apology from the head of the Russian tennis federation after he caused a storm by calling them the "Williams brothers".
SINGAPORE - Simona Halep qualified for the WTA Finals semis without picking up a racquet on Thursday when Eugenie Bouchard won the first game of her match against Serena Williams.
MACAO - India's Anirban Lahiri took an early lead with a brilliant 10-under-par 61 as the Macau Open got under way Thursday, with defending champion Scott Hend a point behind.
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