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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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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

Italy coast guard rescues 1,800 sea migrants, five found dead

ROME - Italy's coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others.

Italy 02 Aug 2015

Canada PM calls Oct. 19 election, focus on sluggish economy

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday called a parliamentary election for Oct. 19, kicking off a marathon 11-week campaign likely to focus on a stubbornly sluggish economy and his decade in power. | Video

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

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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