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Sep 16, 2014

U.S. would hit back against Assad attack on aircraft: officials

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Officials said the U.S. has a good sense of where the Syrian air ...

Sep 16, 2014

China's Xi heads to Sri Lanka seeking to boost ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping will on Tuesday begin his first state visit to Sri Lanka, seeking to bolster already strong ties with the island just days after Japan’s prime minister launched a rival bid for influence. China is already the biggest foreign investor in ...

Sep 16, 2014

Brown tree snake found in Northern Mariana Islands

A snake that can wipe out bird populations and short out electrical grids by climbing power poles has been found in Rota on the Northern Mariana Islands. Biologists and government officials there tell the Pacific Daily News (bit.ly/1qFFiF3 ) they’re on high alert. The ...

Sep 16, 2014

House Republicans back Syrian rebel training

U.S. lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State group. The Obama ...

Looting erupts after hurricane thrashes Mexico resorts

Sep 16, 2014

Looting erupts after hurricane thrashes Mexico resorts

Looters ransacked shops in Mexico’s Los Cabos beach Monday after Hurricane Odile destroyed homes, flooded streets and wrecked hotels packed with tourists. Dozens of people, including children, ransacked stores for batteries and alcohol before troops arrived to stop the looting. “I’m taking water for ...

U.S. Vietnam War soldiers receive Medal of Honor

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. Vietnam War soldiers receive Medal of Honor

Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm’s way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama ...