A Nusra Front fighter carries a shell near a Nusra Front flag on his weapon in Jisr al-Shughour town, after rebels took control of the area April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

U.S. plan for Syrian rebels already in doubt

REYHANLI, Turkey/WASHINGTON - The U.S. plan to train and arm a Syrian rebel force is a major test of President Obama's strategy of engaging local partners to combat extremists. But the administration is already scaling back expectations of its impact.   Full Article 

File photo of chickens looking out of a cage at an hatchery, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Increased protection offered as bird flu spreads

CHICAGO - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication. Since flu viruses are highly mutable, there is a worry that those in direct contact with infected birds could fall ill.  Full Article 

A homeless woman begs on an Athens street October 27, 2011. REUTERS/ Yannis Behrakis

If Greece falls, no one wants the blame

BRUSSELS -Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: if Greece goes down, they don't want their fingerprints on the murder weapon.  Full Article 

Plan to train Syrian rebels mired in doubt

The much-touted plan to train and equip rebels to fight Islamic State in Syria is in trouble, with doubts about the mission and fears the force being assembled is far too small.