Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian jets mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assaults 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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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.

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Volkswagen plays down hopes of quick answers over emissions cheating

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen said on Wednesday it would take time to get to the bottom of its rigging of diesel emissions tests, hours before the carmaker is due to give updates on its findings to German regulators and U.S. lawmakers.

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.

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EU to step up deportations of economic migrants

BRUSSELS - European Union states will step up efforts to repatriate thousands of migrants fleeing poverty rather than war by speeding up deportations and exerting pressure on their home countries to take them back, an EU document says.

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Two missing as floodwaters persist in South Carolina

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 searched for two people missing after a truck was submerged by water.

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Pumpkin crop hit by soggy June - will affect holiday pies

CHICAGO - Pie makers are being encouraged to stock up on canned pumpkin for the holidays - an unusually wet June has cut yields of the autumn favorite by about half, according to the main U.S. supplier.


Yemen's Houthis, Saleh's party accept U.N. peace terms, eye talks

SANAA - Yemen's Houthi group and the party of the former president have accepted a peace plan brokered by the United Nations in talks in Oman, paving the way for resuming negotiations to end months of conflict in the country.