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Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. | Video

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Hong Kong riot police clash with protesters amid crackdown on street vendors

HONG KONG Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to disperse crowds after clashes erupted when authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class district, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in late 2014.

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U.S. military seeks to prepare Africa for shifting terror threat

THIES, Senegal African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel.

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Israel may bank on Obama's successor for future U.S. aid pact: minister

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israel may be unable to reach a new defense aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signaling a snag in negotiations.

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Migrant arrivals to Greece's Lesbos rise after days of bad weather

ON BOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Greece They waved, cheered and let out sighs of relief as their rubber boat, packed with dozens of mainly Syrian and Afghan refugees, approached the Greek coast guard ship that would rescue them at open sea near the island of Lesbos.

More rescued two days after Taiwan quake; toll could exceed 100

TAINAN, Taiwan Rescuers pulled out alive an eight-year-old girl and her aunt from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment block on Monday, more than 60 hours after it was toppled by a quake, as the mayor of the southern city of Tainan warned the death toll could exceed 100. | Video

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