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UN plea over Turkey refugee crisis The UN says Turkey urgently needs help to care for 130,000 Syrian refugees who have crossed the border fleeing Islamist militants. Details Ukraine to pull back artillery Ukraine is preparing to withdraw heavy weaponry away from separatist rebel lines in the east, the military says. Details Rockefellers to divest fossil fuels The Rockefeller family, which made its fortune from oil, is to sell its investments in fossil fuels and put money into clean energy. Details Thousands of HK students at boycott Hong Kong students begin a week-long boycott of classes to protest against China's stance on electoral reform in the territory. Details Top Israeli spy Harari dies Mike Harari, the Mossad agent who oversaw a string of Israeli operations involving the assassination of Palestinian militants abroad, has died, aged 87. Details S Leone hails lockdown 'success' Authorities in Sierra Leone say a three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak has been a success and will not be extended. Details Abbott: Security before some freedom Australian PM says the "delicate balance" between freedom and security may shift as he seeks powers to tackle Islamists, after terror raids last week. Details Russia plans for internet crisis Russia is making plans to ensure state control over the country's internet traffic in a national emergency, Russian media report. Details 'Deadly blasts' in China's Xinjiang Two people are killed and others injured in a series of blasts in Luntai county in China's restive Xinjiang region, Chinese media say. Details Afghan soldiers missing from US base Three Afghan soldiers participating in a joint exercise at an American base in Massachusetts are reported to be missing. Details Air France strikers reject offer Striking Air France pilots have rejected an offer by the airline aimed at resolving the dispute. Details Cosmic study 'underestimated' dust Big Bang cosmic super-expansion scientists underestimated the key confounding effects of dust in our own galaxy, a new analysis says. Details NZ leader wants 2015 flag vote Re-elected Prime Minister John Key says a referendum on whether to change the national flag of New Zealand could be held next year. Details