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

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT - The United States and its Arab allies bombed militant groups in Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters, members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group and opening a new front amid shifting Middle East alliances. | Video

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Exclusive: U.S. told Iran of intent to strike Islamic State in Syria - source

UNITED NATIONS - The United States informed Iran in advance of its intention to strike Islamic State militants in Syria and assured Tehran that it would not target the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

United Nations, Davos, Syria 7:39pm EDT

U.N. Security Council blacklists foreign fighters, recruiters

UNITED NATIONS - A United Nations Security Council committee blacklisted on Tuesday more than a dozen foreign extremist fighters, fundraisers and recruiters tied to militant groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Yemen, including a senior Islamic State leader.

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Rousseff gains in Brazil presidential race as Silva slips

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff has regained the edge in Brazil's presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who has lost ground among voters in the campaign's homestretch, polls showed on Tuesday.

Brazil 8:20pm EDT

Venezuela court gives long sentences to beauty queen's killers

CARACAS - Three men convicted of murdering a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband this year were sentenced to at least 24 years in jail in a case that shook the crime-ridden South American nation, authorities said.

Venezuela 8:26pm EDT

Exclusive: With Suu Kyi blocked, her Myanmar party eyes ex-general for president

YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) will go into next year's parliamentary election in Myanmar with no candidate for president and might even support a former general from the pro-military ruling party, NLD officials said.

Myanmar 8:24pm EDT

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