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  • Set to begin, U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already mired in doubt

    By Dasha Afanasieva, Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of U.S. training to battle Islamic State, without knowing whether or how Washington would come to their aid on the battlefield and as other rebel leaders…

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  • Islamist rebels say capture army base in Syria's Idlib province

    A coalition of Islamist rebels said they seized a Syrian army base in northwestern Idlib province at dawn on Monday after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda's Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives inside and set it off. It would allow the rebels to tighten their siege on the major Mastouma…

  • Australia concern over doctor in IS video

    Australia Monday said it was deeply concerned about an Australian-trained doctor who appears in an Islamic State propaganda video which urges other medical professionals to join the jihadists. The slick video, uploaded to YouTube, shows a man who identifies himself as Abu Yusuf explaining that he…

  • Israel says airstrike on Syrian border targeted militants

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

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  • Syrian jets pound insurgent-held town: monitor

    Syrian jets killed at least 34 people in air strikes on the town of Jisr al-Shughour in northwestern Syria on Sunday, a group monitoring the war said, one day after it was seized by Islamist fighters closing in on government-held territory by the coast. Syrian state television said the military…

  • Ex-Yemen leader urges rebel allies to heed UN, pull back

    Yemen's influential former president urged his rebel allies to heed UN demands to withdraw from territory seized in months of fighting so Saudi-led air strikes can end and reconciliation begin. Ali Abdullah Saleh, who still holds sway over army units allied with Huthi rebels who now control large…

  • Oil, gas, power, prices: big themes from energy meeting

    HOUSTON (AP) — In the year since the energy industry last gathered for its big annual confab in Houston, prices for oil and natural gas took a dive that few, if anyone, saw coming.

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  • Italian judge keeps migrant disaster ship skipper behind bars

    The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned is to remain behind bars as an Italian judge continues his inquiry into the deadly disaster. A judge in the Sicilian city of Catania on Friday ruled that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, should be kept in detention along with his…

  • Iran summons Saudi diplomat over plane interception in Yemen: ISNA

    Iran's foreign ministry summoned the Saudi charge d’affaires on Friday to protest Riyadh's interception of two Iranian planes carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, the Students News Agency ISNA reported. ISNA said two Iranian cargo planes carrying food and medicine to Yemen had been forced by Saudi…

  • Fourteen migrants killed in Macedonia, hit by train in gorge

    By Ognen Teofilovski NEAR VELES, Macedonia (Reuters) - Fourteen migrants were killed when they were struck by a train in a narrow gorge in Macedonia late on Thursday, part of a growing tide of people trying to get to western Europe via the Balkans instead of crossing the treacherous Mediterranean.…

  • U.N. welcomes EU migrant plan, says test is whether lives saved

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations on Friday welcomed the European Union's plan to triple the size of its naval search mission in the Mediterranean, but said the key test was whether lives were saved and war refugees gained asylum. The EU's assurances meant the operation…

  • US appeals court upholds dismissal of suit by Abbas' son

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has upheld a decision to throw out a $10 million libel suit by the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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  • Documents show flash crash trader's frenetic business dealings

    Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, was arrested in London on criminal charges this week, and authorities have sought to link his trades to the flash crash, when about $1 trillion was briefly wiped out from U.S. stock markets in a matter of minutes. Sarao, who has been charged in separate civil and criminal…

  • Europe needs strong will to tackle migrants: Australian minister

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Australia's tough policies have stopped migrants reaching the country by boat and Europe will need strong will to tackle boat migrants in the Mediterranean, Australia's foreign minister said on Friday. Julie Bishop said NATO ambassadors had discussed the…

  • After Iran deal, world looks to jump-start nuclear disarmament

    Nuclear powers join non-nuclear nations on Monday to launch a conference on non-proliferation, buoyed by the Iran deal but alarmed by slow-moving US-Russian disarmament. US Secretary of State John Kerry will address the conference that reviews the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and he may…

  • Biden, seeking to ease U.S.-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes

    By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel’s security. …

  • Flash crash trader an impatient businessman for others

    By Sarah N. Lynch, Tom Polansek and Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Briton blamed for contributing to the May 2010 Wall Street flash crash maintained frenetic relationships with a series of brokers, banks and software firms that appear to mirror his rapid-fire trading activity,…