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US lawmakers back plan to arm Syrian rebels

House of Representatives

US lawmakers have voted to authorise training and arming of vetted Syrian rebels to combat fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a crucial step in President Barack Obama's bid to thwart the self-declared jihadist group surging across Iraq and Syria.

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US could deploy ground forces in #ISIL fight

American ground troops could be deployed against Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in Iraq, according to the most senior US military officer.

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Obama to announce plan to beat #Ebola

The US is set to announce it will expand its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, with plans to deploy 3,000 troops and reallocate at least $500m in humanitarian budget.

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#Mexico hunkers down as Odile hits coast

Thousands of tourists and locals in Mexico have taken refuge in luxury hotels, converted into shelters, after Hurricane Odile crashed into the northwest, taking down trees with powerful winds.

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Colombian prisoners handcuffed in park

Around 40 prisoners in Colombia have been handcuffed to each other, a fence and even a children's slide at a local park, after officials said there was no room at a local detention centre.

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford leaves election race

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained global notoriety for admitting he smoked crack cocaine, dropped his re-election bid, citing a health crisis, but his older brother took his place in the race to run Canada's largest city.

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US: We are at war with Islamic State group

The US has declared that it is at war with the Islamic State group, a day after Barack Obama said strikes against the fighters would extend into Syria.

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Foley family 'threatened with terror charge'

James Foley

The family of murdered American journalist James Foley says it was threatened by a US official with terrorism charges if they paid a ransom to his captors in Syria.

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#Yahoo 'faced massive fine threat' over data

The US government in 2008 threatened to fine Yahoo Inc $250,000 a day if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies, unsealed documents reveal.

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Obama to outline plan to combat IS fighters

US President Barack Obama is set to outline an expanded military and political effort to combat the Islamic State armed group in Syria and Iraq, and urge American legislators to quickly give him authority to arm Syrian opposition forces.

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