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US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State military strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and a simultaneous U.S. strike targeted an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting direct assaults on American and other Western interests, the U.S. military said Tuesday. President Barack Obama declared that Arab support for the airstrikes "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone."...

Countries, companies pledge to end deforestation
NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 30 countries set the first-ever deadline on Tuesday to end deforestation by 2030, but the feasibility of such a goal was eroded when a key player, Brazil, said it would not join....

Sierra Leone considers repeating Ebola shutdown
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's president said Tuesday that health workers found "many sick people and corpses" during a three-day lockdown of the country, which is battling an unprecedented Ebola outbreak....

UN to leaders: Set 'new course' on climate change
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday made promises of billions of dollars and better care of planet Earth....

US: Ebola cases could hit 1.4 million by mid-Jan.
LONDON (AP) -- New estimates by the World Health Organization and the U.S. health agency are warning that the number of Ebola cases could soar dramatically - the U.S. says up to 1.4 million by mid-January in two nations alone - unless efforts to curb the outbreak are significantly ramped up....

German-US reporter held in Somalia is freed
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia more than two years ago was freed Tuesday, according to a Somali police official and a leader of the Somali pirates who held the journalist....

Hamas suspects in slaying of Israeli teens killed
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer....

Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Damascus said the U.S. informed it beforehand that the strikes were coming....

Iran leader: Strikes in Syria illegal, no gov't OK
NEW YORK (AP) -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved by or coordinated with Syria's government....

Indian spacecraft on course to enter Mars orbit
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India will soon know if its first interplanetary mission will achieve its goal, when a spacecraft built with homegrown technology for a remarkably low price tag of $75 million begins its final maneuvers into orbit around Mars....

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Assad backs efforts to fight terrorism


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