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Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian jets mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach. | Video

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Netanyahu cancels German visit as Palestinian attacks surge

JERUSALEM - A suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, snatched his gun and was then shot dead by special forces on Wednesday, police said, as a surge of violence prompted Israel's prime minister to cancel a visit to Germany. | Video

Israel 8:42am EDT

Furious but powerless, Turkey left smarting by Russian action in Syria

ANKARA - Turkey may be furious about Russian incursions into its air space but beyond words of protest there is little it can do, with its dependence on Russian energy and trade keeping its hands tied, and its own Syria policy in disarray.

Russia, Turkey 10:43am EDT

Kurds say blood tests show Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq

ERBIL - Islamic State fighters fired mortar rounds containing mustard agent at Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq during clashes in August, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, which oversees Kurdish armed forces there, said on Wednesday.

Iraq 11:59am EDT

Germany's Merkel warns EU against migrant crisis nationalism

STRASBOURG - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned fellow leaders of European Union countries on Wednesday against succumbing to nationalism in tackling the bloc's migrant crisis.

Migrant Crisis 11:26am EDT

U.N. chief hails U.S. plan to release thousands of prisoners

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations secretary-general welcomed on Wednesday a U.S. decision to release some 6,000 federal prisoners to ease overcrowding and provide redress for people who had received disproportionately long sentences for non-violent drug-related offenses. | Video

United Nations 1:08pm EDT

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