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U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government 8:21pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.

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Bush family member angered by Republican Senate candidate's ads in Georgia

- Neil Bush, son and brother of two former presidents, has denounced assertions in political ads for Republican Senate nominee David Perdue in Georgia that an organization founded by Bush's father funneled money to extremist groups.

9:04pm EDT
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Obama nominates Indian-American as ambassador to India

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma as U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday, just ahead of a visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a White House statement said.

6:24pm EDT
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U.S. calls for Japan to buckle down on Pacific trade pact

WASHINGTON - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to ramp up efforts on a Pacific trade pact ahead of planned talks with his Japanese counterpart next week.

Japan 3:26pm EDT
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Arab Bank never backed Hamas, lawyer tells U.S. jury

NEW YORK - Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer for the bank told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's civil trial on charges of financing terrorism.

World 6:38pm EDT
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Kansas Democrat ordered removed from U.S. Senate ballot

KANSAS CITY Kan. - Kansas election officials must remove the name of the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from the November election ballot, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that could help decide which party will control the chamber.

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