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Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition’s war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas he apparently considers more crucial to the survival of his government. As U.S. ...

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. lawmakers seek to end benefits to former Nazis

Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. government pension benefits will be introduced soon, members of Congress announced Thursday, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced ...

Canada remembers soldier killed in attack

Oct 24, 2014

Canada remembers soldier killed in attack

Canadians mourned the army reservist killed in a terrorist attack on Parliament Hill, with friends remembering Cpl. Nathan Cirillo as a devoted father so ready to make people smile that he was once known as the class clown. Flags were flown at half-staff Thursday ...

U.S.: Islamic State earns $1 million per day in black market oil sales

Oct 24, 2014

U.S.: Islamic State earns $1 million per day in black market oil sales

Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Thursday. David Cohen, who leads the department’s effort to undermine the Islamic State’s finances, said the ...

U.S. senators demand nationwide recall over Takata airbags

Oct 24, 2014

U.S. senators demand nationwide recall over Takata airbags

Two U.S. senators demanded Thursday that safety regulators issue a nationwide recall of automobiles with potentially defective airbags that can launch metal shards into occupants. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...

Oct 23, 2014

In a first, astronomers map comets around another star

Astronomers using an ultra-sensitive telescope in the Chilean desert said Wednesday they had mapped hundreds of comets orbiting a star 63 light-years from Earth. The feat marks the most complete census of so-called exocomets, or comets in other solar systems, they said. Comets shed ...