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US election 2016: Ben Carson pulls ahead of Donald Trump in national poll

Ben Carson has placed first in a recent national Republican presidential primary poll, pushing Donald Trump into second place for the first time since June. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, received 26 percent of the support in the New York Times/ CBS News poll released on Tuesday (27 October) morning. Oct 27, 2015
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Isis in Syria: Fighters take control of main checkpoint into Aleppo

Islamic State (IS) has taken control of a major checkpoint in the Syrian city of Aleppo, amateur footage posted on the internet appears to show. A video clip said to be filmed on Sunday (25 October) purports to show the chaotic state of what is said to be a Syrian Army checkpoint after it was taken over by IS fighters. A caption on the video reads: A Syrian Army checkpoint situated on the road between Ithriya and Khanaser south of Aleppo, after Islamic State took control of it. October 25, 2015. Oct 27, 2015
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Guatemalan comedian wins presidency in landslide - no joke

Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian who has never held office, swept to power in Guatemalas presidential election on Sunday (25 October) after milking public anger over a corruption scandal that deepened distrust of the countrys political establishment. Oct 26, 2015