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U.S. says 180 airlines implement enhanced security measures

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that 180 airlines worldwide that fly directly to U.S. airports have complied with the first phase of enhanced security measures outlined in June.

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On Israel's Syria front, aid turns into hearts-and-minds drive

GOOD NEIGHBOUR ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER, Golan Heights Israel has shifted from low-key humanitarian aid for Syrian civil war victims into a hearts-and-minds campaign billed as fostering new friends across a frontier that has been hostile for decades.

Syria, Israel 10:36am EDT

Moscow says in talks with U.S. to create cyber security working group: RIA

MOSCOW Moscow and Washington are in talks to create a joint cyber security working group, Russia's RIA news agency reported on Thursday, citing Andrey Krutskikh, a special presidential envoy on cyber security.

EU seeks U.N. alliance against torture trade, lethal drugs

BRUSSELS The European Union is rallying dozens of countries to stop the trade of torture equipment and lethal-injection drugs, which could make it harder for the United States to perform executions, a top EU official said on Thursday.

United Nations 9:12am EDT

U.S. to deploy officials in Qatar in counter-terrorism accord: sources

DOHA/DUBAI The United States will post officials at the Qatari state prosecutor's office as part of a Qatari-U.S. agreement signed this month to fight the financing of terrorism, people familiar with the matter said.

United Nations 11:01am EDT

Anti-Maduro strike paralyzes swathes of Venezuela

CARACAS Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute dictatorship.

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