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British hostage appears in new video

  BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and [...]

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Leading Bahrain activist released from jail

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini authorities on Thursday released human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja, who was being held for questioning after her arrest on arrival in the Gulf Arab country last month. Al-Khawaja continues to face charges of assaulting police after she refused to hand over her mobile phone during questioning at the [...]

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Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them. The gains highlighted the plight of Syria’s Kurds, who have been some of the most successful against the Islamic extremists. [...]

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  SYDNEY (AP) — Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday, Sept 18  were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State movement was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, the prime minister said. Australian police detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney in [...]

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Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s request for congressional backing to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria is halfway home after its easy approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say approval is ensured. Obama won support from staunch Republicans who [...]

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UN’s flight marks new era on Israel-Syria front

  CAMP ZIOUANI, Golan Heights (AP) — For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights — providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria. But as Syria has plunged into civil war and the peacekeepers themselves have become targets [...]

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Marine from Virginia killed in Afghanistan

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 28-year-old Marine from Virginia was killed while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Defense Department said Sgt. Charles C. Strong of Suffolk died Monday, Sept. 15, in Herat province. A NATO news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 16, said an International Security Assistance Force [...]

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Migrant group: 500 feared dead after boat rammed

  GENEVA (AP) — About 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese are feared to have died after their boat was rammed and sank off the Malta coast last week, the International Organization for Migration said Monday. The group of migrant workers was undertaking a perilous journey from the Egyptian port of Damietta, seeking a better [...]

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Man accused of IS membership on trial in Germany

  BERLIN (AP) — A 20-year-old German man went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday on charges he was a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany. Prosecutors allege that Kreshnik Berisha, who once played for a Jewish soccer club, traveled to Syria last year [...]

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Detainees in North Korea test US patience strategy

  TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. citizen arrested in North Korea for allegedly tearing up his visa and seeking asylum will go before the North’s Supreme Court this weekend in a trial almost certain to end quickly with a guilty verdict. Along with two other Americans detained in the North, the young defendant says he [...]

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Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

  PARIS (AP) — France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday, September 8, aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq — even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal with Tehran. The position reflects a recent shift in France’s policy toward Iran, [...]

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