World leaders vow to step up anti-terror efforts after Paris
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World leaders vow to step up anti-terror efforts after Paris

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — World leaders vowed Monday to boost intelligence-sharing, cut off terrorist funding and strengthen border security in Europe, as they sought to show resolve and unity following the Islamic State’s deadly terror attacks in Paris. U.S. President Barack Obama said the militant group was “the face of evil” and urged other nations … Continue reading

US defense chief: Russia airstrikes targeted non-IS areas
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US defense chief: Russia airstrikes targeted non-IS areas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the Russian airstrikes in Syria appear to have targeted areas that do not include Islamic State fighters, a development which Secretary of State John Kerry said would cause “grave concern” for the United States. Kerry told the United Nations Security Council that the U.S. would … Continue reading

Russia launches airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria
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Russia launches airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian military jets carried out airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State group in Syria for the first time — a move that came after President Vladimir Putin received parliamentary approval to send Russian troops to Syria. The airstrikes targeted positions, vehicles and warehouses that Russia believes belong to IS militants, ministry spokesman … Continue reading

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The Latest: US seek talks with Russia about Syria air raids

MOSCOW (AP) — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local: 5:00 p.m. Pentagon’s press secretary says Defense Secretary Ash Carter has instructed his staff to talk to Russian officials about how to keep each other’s air operations in Syria from colliding or getting in each … Continue reading

At UN event, speakers call for end to Syria barrel bombs
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At UN event, speakers call for end to Syria barrel bombs

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Deadly barrel bombs dropped by Syrian army helicopters on opposition-held neighborhoods of Syria are the main driver behind the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed neighboring countries and now Europe, speakers at a panel held at the United Nations said Monday. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, urged the … Continue reading

Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear
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Syrian official: Amount of damage at Palmyra temple unclear

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an explosion near the ancient Temple of Bel caused the ancient structure in the militant-controlled city of Palmyra. Activists, including a Palmyra resident, said an Islamic State bombing extensively damaged the … Continue reading

Iraqi troops, militias repel IS attacks in Anbar province
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Iraqi troops, militias repel IS attacks in Anbar province

BAGHDAD (AP) — Government forces and Shiite militiamen repelled two Islamic State group attacks in Anbar province on Saturday, officials said. In one attack, they used anti-tank missiles to stop four would-be suicide car bombers, officials said, as violence continues to roil the war-torn country. Police and military officials said IS fighters attacked the government-held … Continue reading

Launching ’16 bid, Chafee refuses to rule out talks with IS
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Launching ’16 bid, Chafee refuses to rule out talks with IS

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee entered the race for president Wednesday by calling for the U.S. to switch to the metric system, take an “open-minded approach” to drug trafficking and consider negotiating with Islamic State militants. With his announcement, Chafee became the biggest longshot among Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Democratic rivals, … Continue reading