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U.S. military plans deliberate campaign in Syria

The United States will need to move prudently as it pursues a deliberate campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria, relying on air raids and "moderate" Syrian rebels, senior officers and ex-commanders said Thursday.

New lawsuit filed in dispute in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A registered Democratic voter has filed a new petition with the Kansas Supreme Court asking it to force the party to name a new nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Argentine leader seeks pope's backing for debt battle

Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will visit her compatriot Pope Francis Saturday, seeking to enlist his support for her fight against hedge fund creditors before taking her pitch to the UN.

Argentina passes price control law

Buenos Aires (AFP) - Argentina's Congress passed a bill Thursday giving the government powers to regulate prices and production in a bid to control runaway inflation, a measure condemned by the business community.

Trio of Republican 2016 hopefuls stake out positions with Syria vote

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three likely Republican White House contenders thrust the party's foreign policy divide into the spotlight with their Thursday votes and comments on a measure to arm moderate Syrian rebels. While Florida Senator Marco Rubio voted in favor of the plan, which passed, Kentucky's Rand Paul and Texas Senator Ted Cruz voted against it, with Paul opposing intervention and Cruz arguing that President Barack Obama had not provided a clear plan to combat Islamic State. "Intervention is a mistake. Intervention when both sides are evil is a mistake. ...

US Congress authorizes Obama plan to train Syria rebels

Washington (AFP) - Congress on Thursday passed US President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State jihadists, a key plank of his strategy to smash the militants.

Tight EU borders fuel deadly smuggling business: Amnesty

Brussels (AFP) - Tight EU border controls are fuelling the business of smugglers who allegedly sank a boat in the Mediterranean last week, killing 500 migrants on board, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Syrian rebel commander vows to defeat IS militants

Washington (AFP) - The commander of moderate Syrian rebels vowed Thursday that his forces would crush Islamic militants who have gained a foothold in his war-torn country, in a direct appeal to US lawmakers.

US 'upgrades' plan against antibiotic resistance

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Thursday issued an executive order to ramp up the national response to the problem of antibiotic resistance and infections that cannot be treated.

US welcomes Poroshenko for symbolic visit

Washington (AFP) - The United States welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday on a visit ringing with symbolism, which nevertheless underlined the limits of Western support for Kiev in its showdown with Russia.

At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year.

Scotland referendum: Live Report

Edinburgh (AFP) - 21:40 GMT - "We are more passionate. We are more enthusiastic" than the 'No' camp, says 17-year-old Cailib Wall. He is one of the generation of young people voting for the first time, in a referendum which extended the franchise to include 16 and 17-year-olds.

Kansas court: Remove Democrat from Senate ballot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate.

IMF urges labour reform as cuts Italy growth forecast

Milan (AFP) - Italy's government must overhaul its labour market to kick-start its economy, which is set to shrink for the third year running in 2014, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.

Security Council: Ebola threatens world peace

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak a threat to world peace and called on countries to provide urgent aid to West Africa, the epicenter of the growing crisis.

Seven Guineans killed in attack on Ebola workshop

Conakry (AFP) - Seven people who were part of a team sent to educate villagers in southeastern Guinea about Ebola have been found dead after they were attacked by angry locals, the government said on Thursday.

US warns Hungary against stifling civil society

Budapest (AFP) - The United States on Thursday warned Hungary against trying to muzzle civil society groups, following controversial police raids on two foreign-backed organisations.