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U.S., backed by Arabs, launches first strikes on fighters in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States and Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing dozens of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, pursuing a campaign against militants into a war at the heart of the Middle East. | Video

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Islamic State posts video apparently of UK hostage criticizing war buildup

DUBAI - Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Tuesday that appears to show British journalist John Cantlie criticizing preparations for U.S-led attacks on the militant group, the SITE monitoring service reported.

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U.S., Iran seek common ground against militants, but doubts persist

WASHINGTON - Whether Washington likes it or not, Shi'ite Iran, a key ally of the governments of Iraq and Syria, is all but certain to be a major player in the fight against the Sunni militants of Islamic State.

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Israel says its troops kill Hamas men accused of slaying teens

HEBRON West Bank - Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday and the military said they were members of Hamas responsible for the killing of three Israeli youths in June, an attack that led to the Gaza war.

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Chinese court jails Uighur scholar for life for separatism

BEIJING - A Chinese court on Tuesday jailed for life the country's most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people, a sentence that rights advocates said sent a clear signal that the government is determined to suppress dissent.

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Boeing, Liquid Robotics to cooperate on maritime surveillance

WASHINGTON - Boeing Co , the No. 2 supplier to the U.S. Defense Department, and Liquid Robotics, a top supplier of autonomous ocean vehicles, on Tuesday said they had signed a multiyear agreement to collaborate on products for maritime surveillance.

Russia will add 80 new warships to Black Sea Fleet: fleet commander

NOVOROSSIYSK Russia - Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet by 2020 with more than 80 new warships and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016, its commander said on Tuesday.