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Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish and Yazidi fighters battled to take the strategic northern Iraqi town of Sinjar back from Islamic State on Sunday after breaking a months-long siege of the mountain above it.

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China stock connect scheme scorecard throws up surprises

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A month after China opened up its equity markets in a landmark trading link with Hong Kong, demand has been subdued and the bulk of activity has come from short-term speculative investors.

Entertainment

TV talent show winner Ben Haenow lands Britain's Christmas No.1

LONDON (Reuters) - The winner of Britain's "X-factor" TV talent show, 29-year-old Ben Haenow, claimed the coveted Christmas number one spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.

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Ebola response in rural Sierra Leone not yet rapid enough

KOIDU, Sierra Leone (Reuters) - The rapid response team has arrived and the chaos is easing, but medics in a remote Sierra Leonean district are struggling to control a local Ebola outbreak when it's too late to nip it in the bud.

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U.S. judge rejects HP settlement in Autonomy shareholder case

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc.

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