Italy sends 19 Eritreans to Sweden under new EU refugee plan

European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos, left, speaks to Eritrean refugees waiting to board an Italian Financial police aircraft which will take them to Sweden, at Rome's Ciampino airport, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The aircraft, carrying 19 Eritreans, will bring the first refugees to Sweden under the European Union's new resettlement program aimed at redistributing asylum-seekers from hard-hit receiving countries. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)ROME (AP) — Italy bid farewell Friday to 19 Eritreans — the first of an estimated 160,000 refugees to be resettled throughout Europe as part of a new EU redistribution program to move asylum-seekers out of hard-hit front-line countries.

1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at Northern Arizona University

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into gunfire Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University killed one person and wounded three others, authorities said.
NYC jury acquits Atlanta Hawks' Sefolosha in police fracas

Thabo Sefolosha receives congratulations outside the criminal courts in New York, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. The Atlanta Hawks' player was acquitted Friday in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday of charges stemming from a struggle with police outside a trendy New York City nightclub that left him with a broken leg and ended his NBA season.

IS at outskirts of Syria's Aleppo despite Russian raids

An image grab taken from a video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIL fighters raising their weapons with the Jihadist flag at an undisclosed locationIslamic State group fighters advanced Friday to the outskirts of Syria's second city Aleppo, despite 10 days of Russian air strikes that Moscow says are aimed at routing the jihadists. Moscow announced on Friday that its raids had killed several hundred IS fighters and hit more than 60 "terrorist targets" in Syria over the past 24 hours. Strikes on Aleppo killed "some 100 militants", and other raids struck command posts and training camps in Latakia, Hama and Idlib.

Pentagon scaling back Syria rebel training: officials

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army's Fajr al-Hurriya (Dawn of Freedom) Brigades mans a position during battles with jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) groupThe Pentagon said Friday it will halt its troubled program to build Syrian rebel units to fight the Islamic State and focus instead on training and arming vetted leaders already on the ground. The switch in tactics will be seen as a tacit admission that the Pentagon's $500 million program to train thousands of "moderate" Syrian rebels has failed. Two small groups of US-trained fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey this year, but one broke up after coming under attack and the other surrendered much of its equipment to an Al-Qaeda front group.

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