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Turkish tanks thrust into northern Iraq to cut off separatist Kurdish rebels in their bases there, military officials said Oct. 27.... A UN official said Oct. 27 Iraq may still be able to produce ballistic missiles and that experts will visit Iraq soon to assess its nuclear capabilities. UNITED STATES

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Opponents of Tennessee's restrictive law governing abortions opened a legal challenge Oct. 26. It was the first court challenge to a state abortion law since a Supreme Court ruling June 29 that partly upheld restrictions in a Pennsylvania law.... In California, a woman whose drug-tainted breast milk killed her month-old daughter was sentenced Oct. 26 to six years in prison in connection with the death.... Sales of existing homes in September edged lower, the National Association of Realtors said Oct. 26. ... Randy Daniels, scheduled to become deputy mayor for community and public for New York Mayor David Dinkins, resigned Oct. 26 following charges by a former colleague that he sexually harassed her.... Magazine publisher Mortimer Zuckerman won all but formal approval Oct. 26 to buy the troubled New York Daily News newspaper for $37.3 million. EUROPE

Russia's conservative parliamentary leadership, locked for months in a battle to take over the liberal newspaper Izvestia, sent police Oct. 27 to its offices. An Izvestia editor said it was in order to implement the legislature's decision to take control of the publication.... The last combat unit of the former Soviet Army is scheduled to leave Poland on Oct. 28, nearly five decades after Red Army troops drove out the Nazis.

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