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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that U.S. troops might need to take on a larger ground role as they fend off Islamic State militants in Iraq, but the White House stressed there would be no combat mission for U.S. ground forces.

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U.S. Congress pushes ahead with bid to arm Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

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Death toll from Lagos church collapse rises to 62

LAGOS - The collapse of a guest house under construction at the compound of a popular Lagos Pentecostal church last week killed 62 people, emergency services said on Tuesday.

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U.N. Security Council eyes action to heighten Ebola response

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council could adopt a resolution later this week to expand the global response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by calling on countries to lift travel restrictions and provide urgent assistance, including field hospitals and staff.

Iraqi official briefs Syria's Assad on efforts against Islamic State

BEIRUT - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, in the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq.

Syria, Iraq 1:27pm EDT

Suicide car bomber kills three foreign troops in Afghan capital

KABUL - A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. troops and a Polish soldier in an attack on a convoy near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition said, one of the worst attacks on international forces in the Afghan capital in months. | Video

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