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Pakistan Swears in New Parliament

Pakistan swore in newly-elected members of the National Assembly on Saturday, marking the first-ever democratic transition of power in the 66-year history of the country.

Speaker of the National Assembly Fehmida Mirza administered the oath to lawmakers in a ceremony broadcast live on television.

The new assembly will have to deal with massive energy shortages, a badly-ailing economy and rampant militant activity by the Taliban and other extremists.

Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N will command 177 of the 342 seats in the assembly, giving it significant leverage to push through his policies.

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Kurdish Fighters Celebrate Kobani Victory

Kurds Celebrate Kobani Victory

Kurdish fighters, backed by US airstrikes, pushed back Islamic State fighters from the Syrian border town Kobani. This exclusive video shows the destruction of the city, celebrations of the fighters, plus continued firing on IS targets on the outskirts of the town. More