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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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Rousseff regains edge in Brazil presidential race as Silva slips

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff has regained a slight edge in Brazil's presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who is losing some voter support in the campaign's homestretch, polls showed on Tuesday.

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Australia counter-terror police kill man after two officers stabbed

SYDNEY - Australian police said they shot dead an 18-year-old man after he stabbed two counter-terrorism officers, just days after sweeping raids involving hundreds of police thwarted what they said was an imminent plot to behead a member of the public.

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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.

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Judge in Chile jails bombing suspects during investigation

SANTIAGO - A judge in Chile has ordered two suspects linked to the country's worst bomb attack in more than 20 years to be jailed for 10 months and placed a third under house arrest while police continue investigations.

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Exclusive: Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to ease arms embargo

WASHINGTON - Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China.

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