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US orders diplomats out of Lebanon

Posted: 09/06/2013 - The State Department is ordering nonessential U.S. diplomats to leave Lebanon due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria.

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In south Egypt, Islamists take over a town

Posted: 09/06/2013 - The Coptic Orthodox priest would only talk to his visitor after hiding from the watchful eyes of the bearded Muslim outside, who sported a pistol bulging from under his robe.

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Iran's FM confirms he sent Rosh Hashana tweet

Posted: 09/06/2013 - Iran's foreign minister says he sent a message on Twitter saying "Happy Rosh Hashana," a local news website reported, in what is likely a small diplomatic step toward easing the hostilities between his nation and Israel.

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Egypt: Interior minister survives car bombing

Posted: 09/05/2013 - Security officials say a car bombing has targeted the convoy of Egypt's Interior Minister in Cairo's Nasr City district. They say the minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, has survived the attack.

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Obama to meet with Japan's Abe in Russia

Posted: 09/04/2013 - The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) this week in Russia.

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AP Interview: Putin warns West on Syria action

Posted: 09/04/2013 - The interview Tuesday night at Putin's country residence outside the Russian capital was the only one he granted prior to the summit of G-20 nations in St. Petersburg, which opens Thursday.

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In Sweden, Obama to showcase common global goals

Posted: 09/04/2013 - President Barack Obama is seeking to use a 24-hour visit to this Swedish capital to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world's gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria.

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France: Syria action would 're-balance' situation

Posted: 09/04/2013 - Shoring up support for a military response, French officials said a punitive military response would help shift the balance in a 2 ½-year-old civil war that was tipping in favor of Bashar Assad.

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Vatican ramps up opposition to Syria strikes

Posted: 09/04/2013 - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Catholics and non-Catholics alike to participate in his planned day of fasting and prayer for peace Saturday.

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Putin urges US to hold off on striking Syria

Posted: 08/31/2013 - Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging President Barack Obama not to rush into any decision on striking Syria, but to consider whether strikes would help end the violence and be worth the likely civilian casualties.

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France: UK vote doesn't thwart plans to hit Syria

Posted: 08/30/2013 - French President Francois Hollande says his country can go ahead with plans to strike Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons despite the British parliament's failure to endorse military action.

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US readies possible solo action against Syria

Posted: 08/30/2013 - President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Britain opted out in a stunning vote by Parliament.

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Syria opposition chief: strikes are a moral duty

Posted: 08/30/2013 - The head of the Western-backed Syrian opposition says that the British parliament's failure to endorse military action in Syria isn't enough to hold back strikes by other allies.

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APNewsBreak: US: Iran can't access much oil income

Posted: 08/30/2013 - The U.S. has concluded that nearly half of Iran's monthly earnings from crude oil exports are accumulating in accounts overseas because of sanctions that restrict Tehran's access to the money.

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Russian, NORAD forces unite for exercise

Posted: 08/30/2013 - Flying at 34,000 feet over the Bering Strait, the Russian pilots had a singular focus: making sure they smoothly received the hand-off of a "hijacked" jetliner from their U.S.-Canadian counterparts.

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Hagel: US discusses 'facts' on Syria with allies

Posted: 08/30/2013 - Speaking at a news conference in Manila, Hagel said the administration also would continue to seek input from members of Congress on how the U.S. should respond to the deadly attack.

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UN chemical experts leave Damascus hotel

Posted: 08/29/2013 - U.N. experts investigating purported poison gas attacks left their Damascus hotel Thursday, but anti-regime activists said the team's destination was not immediately known.

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