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  • Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces 1 Oct 2016 | 6:45 am

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has warned the United States against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East.

  • Russian jets pound Aleppo as U.S. clings to diplomacy 1 Oct 2016 | 6:07 am

    A man walks on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike on the rebel held al-Qaterji neighbourhood of AleppoBy Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian war planes struck rebel held areas north of Aleppo on Saturday as the army shelled the besieged old quarter in a major offensive, rebels and a monitoring group said. Russia was reported on Friday to be sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign as the United States said it had not yet given up on finding a diplomatic resolution. The latest strikes come 10 days into a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive to capture rebel-held eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that began in 2011.


  • Russia says U.S. 'aggression' in Syria would mean 'tectonic shifts' 1 Oct 2016 | 6:07 am

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - "Direct aggression" by the United States toward the Syrian government and armed forces would lead to "frightening, tectonic shifts" in the Middle East, RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Saturday. Russia and the United States back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. A U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria recently fell apart, and Russian war planes on Saturday struck rebel-held areas north of the Syrian city of Aleppo. (Reporting by Alexander Winning)

  • Iran says new attack drone modeled on captured US aircraft 1 Oct 2016 | 5:34 am

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media says the Revolutionary Guard has built a new attack drone which is similar to a U.S. drone captured five years ago.

  • Orthodox delegation stays away from pope's Mass 1 Oct 2016 | 4:40 am

    Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a Mass at the Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. The pontiff is traveling to Georgia and Azerbaijan for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a public setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided not to send an official delegation to his Mass and repeated that Orthodox faithful cannot participate in Catholic services.


  • Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy 'on life support' 1 Oct 2016 | 4:18 am

    People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held area of al-Kalaseh neighbourhood of AleppoBy Dmitry Solovyov and Ellen Francis MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was "on life support" but not dead yet. Fighting continued to intensify a week into a new Russian-backed Syrian government offensive to capture rebel-held eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that began in 2011. Moscow and Assad spurned a U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire agreed to this month and launched attacks on rebel-held areas in Aleppo in potentially the most decisive battle in the Syrian civil war.


  • Russia said to send more warplanes to Syria, diplomacy 'on life support' 1 Oct 2016 | 4:18 am

    People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings in the rebel held area of al-Kalaseh neighbourhood of AleppoBy Dmitry Solovyov and Ellen Francis MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to ramp up its air campaign, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday, as the United States said diplomacy to halt the violence was "on life support" but not dead yet. Fighting continued to intensify a week into a new Russian-backed Syrian government offensive to capture rebel-held eastern Aleppo and crush the last urban stronghold of a revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that began in 2011. Moscow and Assad spurned a U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire agreed to this month and launched attacks on rebel-held areas in Aleppo in potentially the most decisive battle in the Syrian civil war.


  • Defense ministers discuss defusing South China Sea incidents 1 Oct 2016 | 4:09 am

    Singapore’s Dr. Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defense, speaks at a press conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Countries need to look for practical ways to defuse incidents in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, Singapore's defense minister said.


  • Key facts about El Cajon, California 1 Oct 2016 | 1:46 am

    The fatal shooting by police of Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, has brought attention to El Cajon, a diverse suburb of San Diego that has seen a surge of refugees, many from Iraq and more recently ...

  • Police killing shakes diverse San Diego suburb 1 Oct 2016 | 1:42 am

    Police killing shakes diverse San Diego suburbThe family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by police is like thousands who have transformed the suburban San Diego city of El Cajon: Refugees from a strife-torn country. The family of 38-year-old ...


  • Trump's habit of fuming over slights comes at political cost 1 Oct 2016 | 1:19 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Novi, Mich. (AP Photo/John Locher)NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's five-day feud with a former beauty queen is only the latest example of his insistence on airing and re-airing his grievances no matter the political cost.


  • Analysis: Change isn't part of Trump's character - or appeal 1 Oct 2016 | 1:16 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visits the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/John Locher)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will not change.


  • WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election 1 Oct 2016 | 1:14 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:

  • Threat from extremist groups to southeast Asia growing: Singapore defense chief 1 Oct 2016 | 12:59 am

    Singapore's Defence Minister Ng waits to speak during the IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in SingaporeBy Yeganeh Torbati KO OLINA, Hawaii (Reuters) - The threat that violent extremist groups pose to Southeast Asia is growing each year as they become more organized and focused in their aims, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday. Ng was speaking to reporters following a meeting of Southeast Asia defense ministers with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter in Hawaii, where the defense chiefs devoted a major chunk of time to discussing the threat from Islamic State and similar groups. Over 1,000 Southeast Asians have flocked to join Islamic State's self-declared "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, Ng said.


  • The Latest: Fourth night of protests of police shooting 1 Oct 2016 | 12:32 am

    The Latest: Fourth night of protests of police shootingThe Latest on a police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb (all times local): 10 p.m. At least 100 people are out on the streets of El Cajon, California, for a fourth night of protests ...


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