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U.S., partner nations launch first strikes in Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The United States and partner nations are carrying out the first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, the Pentagon said on Monday, in ongoing operations that mark the opening of a new, far more complicated front in battle against the militants.

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Obama to meet Iraqi leader in New York

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will hold talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi while attending the United Nations General Assembly this week, the White House said on Monday.

United Nations 5:14pm EDT

Turkey struggles with spillover as Syrian Kurds battle Islamic State

MURSITPINAR Turkey - Syrian Kurds battled to defend a key border town from an Islamic State advance on Monday as Kurdish youths from neighboring Turkey rushed to their aid, heightening the pressure on Ankara to act against the Islamist insurgents. | Video

Turkey, Syria 8:29pm EDT

China increasingly producing 'tools of torture' for export : Amnesty

BEIJING - Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture", from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

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Libya's parliament approves new government

TOBRUK/BENGHAZI - Libya's elected parliament approved on Monday a new cabinet proposed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, a parliamentary spokesman said.

Libya 9:01pm EDT

Mexican state likely to change marijuana law this year, says ex-president

MEXICO CITY - A Mexican state could approve medicinal use of marijuana by the end of this year, paving the way for further steps toward legalizing the drug, former Mexican President Vicente Fox said on Monday.

Mexico, Mexico Election 9:00pm EDT

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