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Hollande: French forces carry out first Iraq airstrikes

September 19, 2014
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Reuters    

"France said on Friday its jets had launched strikes inside Iraq for the first time since the country promised to join military action against Islamic State insurgents who have taken over parts of the country. 'This morning at 9:40 (0840 BST) our Rafale jets launched a first strike against a logistics depot of the terrorists,' said a statement from President Francois Hollande's office on Friday shortly after the raids." (09/19/14)

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Mali: Roadside bombs kills five UN peacekeepers

September 19, 2014
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Parkersburg News and Sentinel    

"A roadside bomb in northern Mali killed five U.N. peacekeepers and wounded several others on Thursday, a spokesman said of the latest in a string of deadly attacks on the force. A car carrying Chadian troops hit the explosive north of Aguel'hoc, which is near the embattled city of Kidal, said Olivier Salgado." (09/18/14)

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Mexico: 21 killed by army had surrendered

September 19, 2014
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Thibodaux Daily Comet    

"A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered and were disarmed, the mother told The Associated Press. The Mexican government has maintained that all died during a fierce shootout when soldiers were fired on in the early morning of June 30." (09/18/14)

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Argentina: Congress approves law for controlling prices

September 19, 2014
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ABC News    

"Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a law that lets the government intervene in setting prices and profits in an attempt to tackle one of the hemisphere's worst inflation rates. Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said the measure, approved earlier by the Senate, would defend consumers against 'the innumerable abuses we suffer every day on the part of concentrated groups with monopoly power.'" (09/18/14)

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Yemen: Shiite rebels attack state TV building

September 18, 2014
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Yemen's state television said on Thursday that its headquarters in a northwestern suburb of the capital Sanaa has come under attack by Shiite rebels. The attack, a serious escalation by the rebels known as the Hawthis, prompted President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to hold emergency talks with top Cabinet aides." (09/18/14)

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US House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

September 18, 2014
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LaCrosse Tribune    

"The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces 'do not and will not have a combat mission' in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria. The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near-ceaseless partisanship." (09/17/14)

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Iran rules out cooperating with US in Iraq

September 18, 2014
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Billings Gazette    

"Iran's foreign minister is ruling out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State militants and warning that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that Iran has serious doubts about the willingness and ability of the United States to react seriously to the 'menace' from the Islamic State group 'across the board,' not just choosing where to confront it as it has just started doing in Iraq." (09/17/14)

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Fiji: Military ruler headed for big election win

September 18, 2014
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ABC    

"Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory Thursday to become the South Pacific nation's elected leader. With votes from three-fifths of polling stations counted, Voreqe Bainimarama's Fiji First party was winning 60 percent of the vote, while its closest rival, the Sodelpa party, was trailing with 27 percent." (09/17/14)

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Bahamas: Government imposes new immigration restrictions

September 18, 2014
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Albany Times Union    

"The Bahamas' government announced a measure Wednesday aimed at making it harder for migrants to work in the island chain and said it was considering additional restrictions as part of a plan that appeared mostly aimed at the large numbers of Haitians who have settled in the country in recent years. Under a new rule that goes into effect immediately, no work permits will be issued to anyone who does not have legal status in the Bahamas, Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell told parliament." (09/17/14)

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Ukraine: Junta pols ratify landmark deal with Europe

September 17, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country's rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging picture of a new Ukraine, where a determined pivot toward Europe has come at great cost: concessions to Russia and a war with rebels that killed more than 3,000 people and pushed the West's relations with Moscow to Cold War-era lows." (09/16/14)

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South Korea: Border guards detain US man in waters near border

September 17, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"An official says South Korean border guards have arrested an American man who they believe was attempting to swim across the border into rival North Korea. The government official says the man was arrested on Tuesday night at a river near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. He says investigators are questioning the man over the purpose of his apparent attempt to enter North Korea but gave no further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing office policy." (09/16/14)

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Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule

September 17, 2014
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ABC    

"Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. Yet as polls opened Wednesday morning, plenty of questions remain about how far military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama has tilted the outcome in his favor. Bainimarama is running as a candidate and polls indicate his party is by far the most popular of the seven contesting the election." (09/16/14)

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Belgium: Regime grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

September 16, 2014
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Seattle Times    

"A Belgian man convicted of murder and rape is being put to death. Yet the country doesn't have the death penalty. Confused? Authorities have granted a request for assisted suicide by the man, who says he's a menace to society and can't live knowing that. Even in Belgium, which has one of the broadest euthanasia laws in the world, the decision is raising eyebrows, with some saying it's proof of a failing justice and health system." (09/16/14)

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Libya: Mystery airstrikes target Islamist militias

September 16, 2014
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Lincoln Journal Star    

"Unidentified warplanes conducted four airstrikes on Monday near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, leaving one dead and five wounded, a spokesman for Libya's Islamist-allied militias and a militia commander said. A series of mysterious airstrikes, which U.S. officials have previously said were carried out by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, have reinforced the perception that Libya has become a proxy battleground for larger regional struggles -- with Turkey and Qatar backing the Islamist militias and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE supporting their opponents." (09/15/14)

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Central African Republic: UN takes over peacekeeping

September 16, 2014
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ABC    

"The United Nations took over a regional African peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic on Monday, nine months after sectarian violence erupted that has left at least 5,000 people dead and has forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee into exile in neighboring countries. About 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police joined the mission as the United Nations took over, along with some 4,800 African troops and 1,000 international police from the previous mission." (09/15/14)

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Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

September 16, 2014
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Anniston Star    

"Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. The contrast in images illustrates why tiny but rich Qatar is an intriguing player in what President Barack Obama says will be a long battle to stop and eventually destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria." (09/15/14)

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Germany: 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged

September 16, 2014
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Boston Herald    

"A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp, prosecutors said Monday. Oskar Groening is accused of helping operate the death camp in occupied Poland between May and June 1944, when some 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought there and at least 300,000 almost immediately gassed to death." (09/15/14)

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NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

September 16, 2014
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Greensboro News-Record    

"NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets, asteroids and relatively large fragments of these objects that pass within 28 million miles of Earth. The purpose is to protect the planet against their potential dangers." (09/15/14)

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Arab nations offer airstrikes against Islamic State

September 15, 2014
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Several Arab countries have offered to carry out airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State, senior State Department officials said Sunday. The offer was disclosed by U.S. officials traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry, who is approaching the end of a weeklong trip that was intended to mobilize international support for the campaign against the group." (09/14/14)

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Australia to contribute planes for anti-ISIS campaign

September 15, 2014
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ABC News    

"Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Monday. Australia is preparing to contribute 600 troops and up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, the government announced on Sunday." (09/14/14)

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UN: Chadian peacekeeper dead in northern Mali

September 15, 2014
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Altoona Mirror    

"A U.N. military vehicle struck a land mine Sunday in the volatile Kidal region of northern Mali, killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four other peacekeepers, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the West African country said. Spokesman Olivier Salgado told The Associated Press that the land mine was triggered in the vicinity of Aguel'hoc." (09/15/14)

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US Navy identifies pilot presumed dead after crash

September 15, 2014
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El Paso Times    

"A Navy fighter pilot presumed dead after two jets crashed in the far western Pacific Ocean has been identified. The Navy said Sunday that the pilot was Lt. Nathan Poloski, a 26-year-old native of Lake Arrowhead. He was the subject of a 36-hour search in the waters off the U.S. territory of Wake Island after two F/A-18C Hornets collided in midair Friday." (09/14/14)

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Anti-ISIS coalition: Saudi Arabia throws in, Turkey bows out

September 12, 2014
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Portales News-Tribune    

"Key Arab allies promised Thursday to 'do their share' to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside their regional animosities and work together to defeat a common enemy. The Arab states' endorsement of a broad strategy to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents, and possibly to join military action, came as the CIA doubled its assessment of how many fighters the extremist group can muster." (09/11/14)

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Venezuela: Regime extends nighttime border closure

September 12, 2014
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ABC News    

"Venezuela's president says the nighttime closure of the border with Colombia will continue for three more months as part of the government's campaign to combat smuggling of oil and food. President Nicolas Maduro announced the decision Thursday, saying the seven-hour shutdown of border crossings that began Aug. 11 has been successful in curbing smugglers." (09/11/14)

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Israel: Officer indicted in beating of US teen

September 11, 2014
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Israeli authorities have indicted a police officer whose severe beating of a Palestinian American teenager was caught on video and drew expressions of concern from the State Department and President Barack Obama. Charges were brought Wednesday against the border policeman, whose identity was concealed by a gag order." (09/11/14)

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