U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war. | Video

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Afghanistan's Karzai slams U.S., Pakistan in farewell speech

KABUL - Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday blamed the United States for his country's long war, a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter.

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Exclusive: Libya asks chemical weapons watchdog to remove stockpile: sources

AMSTERDAM - Libya has asked the global chemical weapons watchdog to draw up plans to ship a stockpile of 850 tonnes of chemicals overseas due to deteriorating security, sources have told Reuters.

World, United Nations, Libya 9:59am EDT

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.

World, Syria, Iraq 6:55am EDT

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. | Video

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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.


Iraq PM Abadi retires two top generals after Islamic State conquests

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi retired two senior generals on Tuesday as part of an overhaul of armed forces that collapsed this summer in the face of Islamic State insurgents who seized wide areas of northern and western Iraq.