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Syrians vote in Kurdish-led regions of north

Syrians voted on Friday in an election organized by the Kurdish-led authorities of northern Syria, the start of a three-phase process to set up new governing institutions that aim to shore up regional autonomy.

Friday Morning Briefing

Kim Jong Un issued new nuclear test threats, London’s transport regulator stripped Uber of its license and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security report revealed critical cyber security weaknesses on the SEC’s computers were detected earlier this year.

Special Report: The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus

In late May, an Iraqi cleric called Akram Kaabi visited militia fighters in a desolate Iraqi town near the Syrian border. Kaabi, who heads a Shi'ite Muslim militia named Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, was decked out in a camouflage uniform and led the fighters in prayer on mats laid on the dusty ground. A video of the session showed heavily armed militiamen standing guard.

Syria's Kurds to hold historic vote in 'message' to Assad

Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria will hold elections on Friday, a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country, a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said.

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Senator McCain to vote against Obamacare repeal: statement

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that he would vote against a new Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare if it is brought onto the Senate floor next week, in a new setback for the proposal.