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U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad

WASHINGTON - The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

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Turkey's main opposition accuses Erdogan of blocking coalition efforts

ISTANBUL - Turkey's main opposition leader has accused President Tayyip Erdogan of blocking efforts to form a coalition government and warned him against taking the country to new elections through "blood politics" by reopening conflict with Kurdish militants.

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Yemen Houthi boss tells men to fight on, dismisses loss of Aden

SANAA - The leader of Yemen's Houthis urged his militia on Sunday to fight on against Yemen's Gulf Arab-backed government, dismissing its recapture of Aden last month as a 'limited' achievement made possible by Ramadan.

Yemen, 02 Aug 2015

Mexico City prosecutor confirms killing of news photographer

MEXICO CITY - A prominent Mexican news photographer was among five people found dead in a middle-class neighborhood of the capital on Friday, the city's prosecutor told reporters at a Sunday press conference.

Mexico 02 Aug 2015

Thai election could be delayed to 2017 if charter rejected: minister

BANGKOK - A general election in Thailand could be delayed until April 2017 if a newly drafted constitution is rejected by a national reform assembly due to convene next month, a deputy prime minister said on Monday.

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Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

TAIPEI - Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing sense of independence from its vast neighbor and geopolitical foe.

China 02 Aug 2015

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