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BEIRUT (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group has nearly been pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, activists and Kurdish officials said Monday, marking a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting the militants.
Rwanda received $70 million in aid from the World Bank to help reduce poverty by improving the African state's social protection benefits meant for the poorest households. Rwanda, one of sub-Saharan Africa's fastest growing economies over the past decade, has put poverty alleviation at the heart of its policy since the end of a genocide that killed 800,000 people in mid-1990s. The number of Rwandans living in extreme poverty fell to 24 percent in 2011 from 40 percent a decade earlier, government data showed. Rwanda's Finance Minister Claver Gatete said on Monday a portion of the aid from the World Bank will provide monthly allowances to some of the poorest families in Rwanda, women, genocide survivors, as well as fund new businesses.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least 43 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.