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  • After Obama speech, Islamic State wins new recruits in Syria-monitor
    After Obama speech, Islamic State wins new recruits in Syria-monitor

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has won new recruits in Syria since President Barack Obama signaled last week that air strikes against the group will be expanded from Iraq to its strongholds in northern and eastern Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 162 people had joined Islamic State training camps in Aleppo province since Sept 10, when Obama said he would not hesitate to strike Islamic State in Syria. ...

  • Police resume search for missing Virginia student
    Police resume search for missing Virginia student

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police adjusted their search area Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years.

  • How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?
    How far is Putin prepared to go in Ukraine?

    Brussels (AFP) - Russia could go even further in Ukraine with the "frozen conflict" strategy it has tried and tested in other countries, and may even end up annexing around half of Ukrainian territory, analysts say.

  • South Korea detains American trying to swim to the North
    South Korea detains American trying to swim to the North

    Seoul (AFP) - South Korean soldiers detained a US citizen trying to swim across the river border into North Korea -- reportedly to meet leader Kim Jong-Un -- the South's defence ministry said on Wednesday.

  • Olive Garden defends breadstick policy
    Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

    Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity." The remark is part of a response by the chain's parent ...

  • Apple, IBM buying back billions in stock: WSJ
    Apple, IBM buying back billions in stock: WSJ

    U.S. corporations are buying back shares of their own company at the fastest pace since the financial crisis. Companies have repurchased a total of $338.3 billion of their own stock so far this year. This is according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

  • Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

    By Jason Szep WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m.  After sinking into his seat at the center of the cavernous interior of a C-17 military transport plane, he cradled his head in his palm, put his feet on a desk and shut his eyes. ...

  • Bluefin Tuna Are Showing Up in the Arctic—and That’s Not Good News

    When you throw a net into the ocean, you never know what you’ll pull out.

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