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Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago.

El Salvador ex-president jailed on corruption charges

San Salvador (AFP) - Former El Salvadoran president Francisco Flores, accused of embezzling $15 million donated by Taiwan while in office, was sent to prison after the court revoked his house arrest.

Texas gubernatorial candidates court Hispanic vote in debate

By Marice Richter (Reuters) - Heading into the final weeks of the campaign, Texas gubernatorial candidates Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis held their first debate in a Rio Grande Valley border town as they targeted support from Hispanic voters.     Friday's televised debate in Edinburg, Texas, gave both a chance to appeal to Hispanics, an increasingly important voting bloc in a solidly Republican state that has not elected a Democrat to statewide office in two decades. ...

Foreign fighters, Ebola top Obama's UN agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the White House said Friday.

Indonesian Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex

Banda Aceh (Indonesia) (AFP) - Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.

In US, growing skepticism over 'no boots on ground' war plan

Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without US ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted.

Fence-jumper makes it into the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service says a man who jumped over the White House fence made it just past the front doors before being apprehended.

Blackwater Founder: We Could Stop ISIS

Erik Prince says his old private army could have dealt with the Islamic State militants on their own—and that Republicans need to start fighting ‘like we pay them to.’

Kiev, rebels ink deal creating buffer zone

Minsk (AFP) - Kiev and pro-Russian separatists on Saturday signed a deal creating a demilitarised zone in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine after fresh talks aimed at ending a brutal five-month war.

UK intact but constitutional battles loom

London (AFP) - Britain's press on Saturday heaved a sigh of relief over Scotland's decision to stay in the United Kingdom, but any thoughts of triumphalism were extinguished by concerns about the upcoming constitutional battle triggered by the campaign.

AP Exclusive: CIA halts spying in Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

G20 nations want Putin at leaders' summit

Cairns (Australia) (AFP) - Vladimir Putin is set to attend the G20 leaders' summit in November despite alarm over Russia's actions in Ukraine with host Australia Saturday saying it was the "emphatic" wish of member nations.

Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

Two Russian fighter jets recently entered a U.S. "air defense identification zone" and were intercepted by American warplanes near Alaska, two US defense officials said Friday.

Russia demands changes to Ukraine-EU association deal

Brussels (AFP) - Russia has demanded changes to a landmark political and economic pact between the EU and Ukraine in order to meet Moscow's concerns, according to a letter seen by AFP on Friday.

DNC raises $7M in August, has $11M banked

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee raised $7.4 million last month but still owes vendors almost $2 million, according to financial reports filed Friday.

TV drama takes diplomatic turn with 'Madam Secretary'

Washington (AFP) - Television's fascination with Washington takes a diplomatic turn in "Madam Secretary," a new CBS drama series whose lead character has more than a few traits in common with Hillary Clinton.

Dutch say WWII vets still heroes 70 years on

Arnhem (Netherlands) (AFP) - A handful of remaining World War II veterans on Friday received a hero's reception in the eastern Dutch city of Arnhem, 70 years after that global conflict's most infamous airborne operation.

US Senate: $10 mn bounty on journalists' murderers

Washington (AFP) - The US Senate has unanimously approved a bill providing up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of people involved in executing two American journalists murdered by jihadists.

Hillary Clinton in campaign mode... for fellow Democrats

Washington (AFP) - Democrat Hillary Clinton launched herself into the thick of the US midterm election campaign Friday, announcing her support for multiple congressional candidates in President Barack Obama's party.