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Islamic State Group Fighters Closer to Syrian Town Kobani

Smoke rises after an airstrike in Kobani, Syria.

Smoke rises after an airstrike in Kobani, Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Islamic State militants will soon capture the Syrian border town of Kobani.

The United States-led coalition launched more airstrikes Tuesday. But, the attacks did not halt the militants’ movement toward the mostly Kurdish town.

The U.S. military reports that airstrikes Monday night and early Tuesday hit militant targets near Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab. The strikes destroyed targets including a vehicle carrying anti-aircraft artillery.

Mr. Erdogan said the militant group will take control of the area unless troops on the ground can stop them.

Reports say about 400 people have been killed in the three-week battle for the town.

U.S. Budgets $750 Million for Ebola Over Six Months

The U.S. military says its efforts to help end the Ebola crisis in Liberia will cost $750 million over a period of six months.

The commander of U.S. troops in Africa, David Rodriguez, told reporters that the military set up two more mobile medical laboratories last week. The labs help to quickly identify infected people.

Four thousand U.S. service members are part of the anti-Ebola effort. General Rodriguez says he believes they are well trained to avoid infection.

Myanmar Sets Free More Than 3,000 Prisoners

The government of Myanmar announced Tuesday that it will free more than 3,000 prisoners. The release is to take place before the country holds an important international political meeting next month.

A spokesman of the information ministry told VOA that President Thein Sein ordered the release. The spokesman said the leader acted for humanitarian reasons.

But the human rights group Amnesty International says Myanmar’s government still needs to do more. They say there are still many political prisoners in jail who are not on the list of those being released.

The military ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, from 1962 through 2011.

President Sein, a former general, took power in 2011. He has released more than 1,000 political prisoners since then. He had promised to release all of them by last year.

Inventors of Energy-Saving Lights Win 2014 Nobel Prize

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American scientist have won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics. They invented lights known as LEDs (light-emitting diodes), which use less energy than traditional devices.

The Nobel committee said Tuesday the technology helped save Earth’s natural resources, and that the “21st century will be lit by LED lamps.”


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