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U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria

WASHINGTON - The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday.

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Kerry says refuses to be drawn into 'back and forth' with Iran

PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry refused be drawn into a "back and forth" with Iran on Monday following Tehran's assertion that it had rebuffed a U.S. request to coordinate a response to the Islamic State jihadist group.

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Brazil election poll shows very tight presidential race

BRASILIA - President Dilma Rousseff is running neck-and-neck with her main rival, Marina Silva, less than three weeks before Brazil's presidential election that will likely go down to the wire in a runoff, a poll published on Monday showed.

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'Mr. Confession' and his boss drive China's antitrust crusade

BEIJING - A signboard at the top of a staircase in the ageing Beijing offices of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) directs lawyers and company officials to numbered conference rooms for antitrust meetings.

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Fresh shelling in Ukraine's Donetsk puts ceasefire under more strain

KIEV - Fighting broke out again in Ukraine's rebel-held city of Donetsk on Monday as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to unveil a risky plan to give the separatist-minded east "special status" in a bid to end a conflict that has killed over 3,000 people.

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Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

CABO SAN LUCAS Mexico - Hurricane Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, gradually losing strength after injuring dozens of people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area.

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