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In this image made from video released by the U.S. Navy on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, missiles bound for Syrian Islamic State group targets are launched off of a U.S. Navy ship. U.S. officials said the airstrikes began around 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT) Monday, and were conducted by the U.S., Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy via AP video)U.S. forces simultaneously hit IS and the shadowy Khorosan Group in Syria.


2014-09-23 07:28:20 -0600

France cancels delivery of first Mistral warship to Russia over UkraineBy Vladimir Soldatkin NOVOROSSIYSK Russia (Reuters) - Russia will increase its Black Sea fleet with more than 80 new warships by 2020 and will complete a second naval base for the fleet near the city of Novorossiysk by 2016, its commander said on Tuesday. In comments made to President Vladimir Putin as he visited the port city, Vice Admiral Alexander Vitko said a second Black Sea base was needed in addition to the main base on the Crimea peninsula annexed from Ukraine because of NATO expansion. "Eighty ships and other vessels are expected to arrive (in Novorossiysk) before 2020. ...


2014-09-23 07:17:53 -0600

Pope Francis stands next to Albania's President Bujar Nishani upon arrival in TiranaVATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Tuesday for countries to join forces to help the rising number of migrants, thousands of whom have died this year on perilous journeys to flee poverty and war. The pontiff's message comes as seaborne migration from North Africa to Europe is at a record high and the United States is seeing a surge in the number of children from Central America attempting to cross its southern border. ...


2014-09-23 06:43:56 -0600