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Congress scrutinizes Obama military strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war.


AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.


Iran FM heads to New York for nuclear talks

Tehran (AFP) - Iran's foreign minister headed to New York on Tuesday to resume nuclear talks with major powers but it was unclear if there would be a repeat visit by President Hassan Rouhani, who launched Tehran's opening a year ago.


Study urges 15-year plan for low-carbon growth

New York (AFP) - The world can save both financial and environmental costs by shifting toward a low-carbon economy over the next 15 years, a high-level panel said Tuesday ahead of a UN summit.


Chinese police detain 81-year-old writer: lawyer

Beijing (AFP) - Police in Beijing have detained an 81-year-old writer who has long been a sharp critic of the Communist Party, a human rights lawyer said Tuesday, as Chinese authorities further their campaign against dissent.


Obama to announce major Ebola effort

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will on Tuesday seek to "turn the tide" in the Ebola epidemic by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa and launching a major health care training and hygiene program.

Excitement, tension as Fiji returns to democracy

Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - There was a mood of optimism tinged with apprehension at Suva's eerily quiet central market Tuesday ahead of the first election for eight years in Fiji -- a South Pacific island nation with a history of coups.


Embattled French government faces key confidence vote

Paris (AFP) - France's under-fire government faces a crucial parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday as the country battles a political and economic crisis and President Francois Hollande's popularity stagnates at record lows.


US lawmakers to debate tailored Syria action bill Tuesday

Washington (AFP) - Republican leaders will seek to convince lawmakers on Tuesday to authorize the Pentagon to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight extremists, while also putting checks on President Barack Obama's use-of-force powers.


White House backs use of body cameras by police

WASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri.

First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.


Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

PARIS (AP) — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.


US bombs IS near Baghdad for first time

Paris (AFP) - US warplanes carried out their first air strike on the Islamic State near Baghdad, as world diplomats pledged to support Iraq in its fight against the militants.


State Sen. Wright resigns after voter fraud case

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.


California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate. ...

NASA asteroid defense program falls short: audit

Washington (AFP) - The US space agency's program to detect and protect the Earth from incoming asteroids is poorly managed and far behind schedule, said a government audit report on Monday.


Yemen army, tribes clash with Shiite rebels

Sanaa (AFP) - Shiite Huthi rebels clashed Monday with Yemeni army forces and loyalist tribes northeast of Sanaa as a UN envoy kept up mediation efforts, tribal sources said.


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