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Syrian refugees flood to Turkey...Attack plans against Islamic State group...'Maze Runner' top flick

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 21, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.



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KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey (AP) — The head of Turkey's disaster management agency says the number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northern Syria has hit 100,000. The refugees, most of them ethnic Kurds, began fleeing this week when Islamic State extremists began capturing villages and heavy fighting is being reported today. But Turkey has closed a key border crossing, with local police saying they are trying to prevent Kurdish fighters from entering Syria.

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says U.S. military planners want the Islamic State group "looking in about five different directions." The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously. But, Dempsey says success depends on getting more Arab help. He calls that a prerequisite for the president's sign-off.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Volunteers going door to door during a three-day lockdown intended to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone say some residents are growing increasingly frustrated and complaining about food shortages. The World Food Program says it has been providing food since the lockdown started Friday, but staffers are not going door to door and instead are relying on health care workers and volunteers to identify needy households.

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people are marching through central Moscow to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleged complicity in the conflict. An Associated Press reporter estimates the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000. The fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 3,000 people. Ukraine and Western countries claim Russia is supplying troops and equipment to the rebels, which Moscow denies.

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Maze Runner" is claiming the top spot at the box-office this weekend. Studios estimates show the young-adult thriller earning more than $32 million, easily outpacing the $13 million debut of Liam Neeson's "A Walk Among the Tombstones." ''The Maze Runner" is adapted from James Dashner's series of science-fiction novels. A sequel is already in the works.

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