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Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

BEIRUT 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.

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Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions

JERUSALEM Israel plans to increase the number of entry permits it grants to Palestinian workers, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Monday, in a drive to ease economic hardship that has contributed to a wave of Palestinian attacks.

Israel 8:52am EST

Suicide bombers in Afghanistan kill nine, wound 23

GARDEZ, Afghanistan Two suicide bombers targeting Afghan government and military employees killed at least nine people on Monday and wounded 23, officials said.

Afghanistan 7:47am EST

From beyond the grave, 'Iron Lady' Thatcher haunts Britain's EU debate

LONDON A quarter of a century since Margaret Thatcher was deposed by her own party, Britain's 'Iron Lady' has stirred a row: Would the hero of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party have voted to leave the European Union?

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Outraged Italy demands justice for student slain in Egypt

ROME An outraged Italy demanded on Monday that Egypt catch and punish those responsible for the death of student Giulio Regeni, whose tortured, half-naked corpse was found in a roadside ditch in Cairo last week.

Italy, Egypt 7:27am EST

Australian woman freed by al Qaeda says her husband is still alive

OUAGADOUGOU An Australian woman who was freed by al Qaeda after three weeks in captivity said on Monday her husband who was seized with her in Burkina Faso was still alive and she hoped he too would be released soon.

Australia 7:45am EST

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