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Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

MOSCOW Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them.

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Ex Knights of Malta head defies pope order, plans Rome return

ROME The ousted Grand Master of the Knights of Malta Catholic charity will attend a meeting that could elect his successor, the group said on Wednesday, in a direct defiance of Pope Francis' order for him to stay away.

Pope 11:23am EDT

Turkish warplanes kill six Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

ANKARA Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Wednesday and killed six militants, the military said, in a second day of cross-border raids.

Russia, Iraq 12:32pm EDT

Anti-Putin protesters get a smart phone app to help get out of jail

MOSCOW Anti-Kremlin protesters who run the regular risk of being detained by the police are being given a helping hand: A smart phone app that allows them to instantly inform others where and when they have been arrested.

Tech 12:39pm EDT

Israel's 'Checkpoint Q': a daily hurdle for Palestinians

QALANDIYA, West Bank To one side loom towers manned by Israeli soldiers who keep watch from behind bulletproof glass. To the other stand concrete walls charred by fire bombs, pitted with bullet holes and scrawled with Palestinian graffiti. In between, barriers and steel fences block traffic or corral vehicles and pedestrians.

Israel 11:05am EDT

Yemen govt seeks U.N. oversight of port: prime minister

GENEVA The Yemeni government has proposed to the United Nations that it monitors the rebel-held port of Hodeidah to ensure that no arms are smuggled through it, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

United Nations, Yemen 12:25pm EDT

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