Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach. | Video

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McCarthy seen short of full majority in House speaker race

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears to have locked up enough support among his fellow Republicans to be nominated for speaker, but has not nailed down the 218 votes needed to be elected by the full chamber, Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday.

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SABMiller rejects AB InBev's $104 billion takeover approach

BRUSSELS/LONDON - SABMiller , the world's second largest brewer, has promptly rejected an improved takeover proposal from Anheuser-Busch InBev , saying its 68 billion-pound ($104 billion) valuation was "very substantially" under par. | Video

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Republicans defend House Benghazi panel; Democrats seek review

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans on Wednesday sought to defend the special committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, as Democrats planned to seek an internal review over potential ethics violations. | Video

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South Carolina death toll rises to 16 as floodwaters persist

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Residents in flood-ravaged South Carolina remained on alert Wednesday for more inundation from swollen rivers and vulnerable dams, while rescuers in one of the hardest hit areas found the body of a person missing after a truck was submerged by water. | Video

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DNA research deployed in war on cancer scoops Nobel prize

Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer. | Video

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U.S. investigators begin probe into freighter's sinking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Safety officials began their investigation on Tuesday into the sinking of a U.S. cargo ship off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, with deep seas likely to hamper attempts to find the ship and 32 missing crew members. | Video


Netanyahu cancels German visit as violence spreads across Israel

JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister canceled a visit to Germany on Wednesday after a spate of attacks that included the stabbing of an Israeli soldier by a suspected Palestinian militant who police said was then shot dead by special forces. | Video