Russia defends its military action in Syria
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Russia defends its military action in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — As Russian warplanes carried out a second wave of airstrikes Thursday in Syria, Moscow defended its military involvement against Western criticism of its intentions, saying it sees “eye-to-eye” with the U.S.-led coalition campaign on its targets in the country. The claim of agreement with Washington came amid conflicting reports about Russia’s intentions … Continue reading

Al-Qaida, other groups take last army base in Syria’s Idlib
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Al-Qaida, other groups take last army base in Syria’s Idlib

BEIRUT (AP) — After a two-year siege, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria and other insurgents on Wednesday captured the one remaining Syrian army air base in Idlib province, a development that activists said effectively expelled the last of President Bashar Assad’s military from the northwestern province. It was the latest in a series of setbacks for … Continue reading

Democrats clinch critical votes for Iran nuclear deal
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Democrats clinch critical votes for Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing their advantage, the White House and insistent Senate Democrats locked up the votes Tuesday to frustrate attempts by outraged Republicans to pass a legislative rebuke to the Iran nuclear accord. Four previously undeclared Senate Democrats — Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Gary Peters of Michigan and Maria Cantwell … Continue reading

Marine killed in helicopter accident was doing rope training
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Marine killed in helicopter accident was doing rope training

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Marine who died during a helicopter accident at Camp Lejeune was part of a Virginia-based anti-terror and security team training on how to use ropes to access difficult terrain, officials said Friday. Military officials identified the dead Marine as 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis from Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team, … Continue reading

Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment
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Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Monday they discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment on the outskirts of the capital, as authorities widened their search for suspects behind Bangkok’s deadly bombing. National police spokesman Prawuth Thavornsiri said that police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose parts can … Continue reading

Trump, Cruz to hold joint event to blast Iran deal
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Trump, Cruz to hold joint event to blast Iran deal

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are expected to headline a Capitol Hill rally against President Obama’s proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, both candidates confirmed Thursday. Trump, the Republican front-runner by far, announced the event during a 45-minute speech in South Carolina. Cruz aides said the Texas senator extended … Continue reading