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Obama authorizes U.S. special forces to enter Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has authorized the deployment of U.S. military advisers into Syria in a significant expansion of the U.S. fight against the Islamic State, the White House said Friday.<p>President Obama approved a contingent of no more than 50 special operations forces to enter …

Russian military mission in Syria brings history full circle | Reuters

MOSCOW/BISHKEK (Reuters) - Valery Anisimov and his fellow Russian servicemen were smuggled out of the Black Sea hiding below the decks of their ship, they grew their hair long so they could pass as tourists, then landed at a Syrian port to join up with government military units.<p>Pilots of the …

Brief reunion across Koreas: 'Let's meet again in afterlife'

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A silver-haired South Korean woman adjusted her 83-year-old North Korean husband's necktie. He held her hands and stroked …

Putin created 'new rules of the game' in Syria

On Wednesday, Russia began bombing Syrian rebels in a major escalation of the 54-month war that has the US searching for answers.<p>The bombing campaign, which apparently targeted rebels unaffiliated with ISIS, "completely bypasses every bit of legitimate discussion we've had with them so far," a …

West targeted by Isil-linked plots at a rate of more than two every month, says report

Islamic State-related plots against the West are increasing and Europe suffers a higher number of fatalities, according to a new study of the extremist group one year on<p>Islamic State-linked terror plots are increasing with attacks on the West foiled or taking place at a rate of more than two a …

Tianjin explosions: sodium cyanide on site may have been 70 times allowed amount

Fears are growing for nearly 100 Chinese firefighters still missing after being sent to tackle the deadly explosions in Tianjin last week, amid reports that 70 times the permitted quantity of sodium cyanide had been stored at a warehouse near the blasts.<p>Tianjin explosions so huge they were visible …

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Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets President Assad in Damascus in November 2014.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/29/1438189760491/09701e73-0e23-4289-a5b8-96bb875d60ac-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: AP<p>UN special envoy Steffan di Mistura meets …

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