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    Rift widens between Obama, U.S. military over strategy to fight Islamic State

    Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U.S. military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship. Even as the administration has received congressional backing for its strategy, with the Senate voting Thursday to approve a plan to

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    Senate gives final passage to Obama’s plan for arming Syrian rebels

    The Senate gave final approval Thursday to President Obama’s plan to arm Syrian opposition groups in the fight against Islamic State militants, a vote that upended party allegiances and hardened opposition to the administration’s strategy. Senators faced the same unease that House members did a day earlier, when the measure was also passed with bipartisan

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    West tells Iran it must address nuclear bomb fears

    Western powers told Iran on Thursday it must step up cooperation with a UN watchdog’s investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by the country if it wants to get a broader nuclear deal that would ease sanctions. The warning was issued at a board meeting of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna,

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    Pope Francis on ISIS persecution of Christians: ‘We are in World War Three’

    Pope Francis has told a group of Jewish leaders “first it was your turn and now it is our turn” in a discussion about the persecution and murder of Christians in the Middle East. The leader of the Catholic faith drew a comparison between the Jewish Holocaust and ISIS’s current persecution of Christians in Syria

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    Abbott confirms threat to Parliament House

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Parliament House in Canberra has been a target for terrorists and security will be beefed up. MR Abbott said a review of security at the building was conducted after the potential threats were identified. Read Full Article

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    UN Proposes Emergency Health Mission as Ebola Cases Double Every 3 Weeks

    With the number of Ebola cases doubling every three weeks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday proposed the Security Council to establish an emergency health mission to address the lethal threat. “I have decided to establish a UN emergency health mission, combining the World Health Organization’s strategic perspective with a very strong logistics and

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    Scotland Independence Result: ‘No’ to Win with 54% of Votes

    A final YouGov Scottish referendum poll has predicted the ‘No’ campaign will win with a 54% majority. The poll, based on the responses of 1,828 people along with 800 who had already cast their vote by post, taken after thay had voted today. The results gave the Better Together  a lead of 54% compared to

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    India and China in border standoff

    Indian and Chinese leaders have pledged to resolve a long-running border dispute that led to a bloody 1962 war, with a stand-off between troops on the remote frontier overshadowing a rare summit in New Delhi. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had expressed concerns to China’s visiting President Xi Jinping about “incidents” on the

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    Russia ‘massing troops in Crimea’

    Kiev is accusing Moscow of massing its troops in annexed Crimea on the Ukraine border, rattling nerves just as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko prepares to meet US counterpart Barack Obama. The apparent push north by about 4000 troops in the Black Sea peninsula came despite Russia’s declared backing of a peace overture by Kiev to

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    US opens ‘drone zones’ for a year of pioneer testing

    From the farm to firefighting, drones will soon fly into everyday life in the US – the Federal Aviation Administration has six proving grounds paving the way In May, a drone flew out over one of the largest wildfires in US history. A big chunk of Alaska south of Anchorage was burning, but the state

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