Obama urges Turkey to reduce tensions with Russia

PARIS U.S. President Barack Obama urged Turkey on Tuesday to reduce tensions with Moscow after the downing of a Russian warplane and to seal its border with Syria to choke off the supply of money and fighters to Islamic State militants.

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Colombia declines rebel extradition to U.S. amid FARC peace talks

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Merkel cabinet backs German role in military campaign against IS

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber to argue for new trial

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U.S. deploying special force to boost fight against Islamic State

WASHINGTON The United States is deploying a specialized expeditionary targeting force to help Iraq put additional pressure on Islamic State and be positioned to conduct unilateral operations into Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday.