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The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.
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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

Jack Chang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 9:11am
A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state.
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Top Saudi clerics issue edict against terrorism

Abdullah Al-Shihri, Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 8:10am
Saudi Arabia's highest body of religious scholars issued a stern ruling on Wednesday calling terrorism a "heinous crime" and saying perpetrators including Islamic State militants deserve punishment in line with Islamic law.
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Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 7:30am
About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.
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North Korea powerful temptation for some Americans

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 6:50am
One shouted about God's love as he crossed a frozen river, clutching a Bible. Another swam, drunk and naked. Several U.S. soldiers dashed around land mines.
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Ex-POW Jessica Lynch starring in Christian film

John Raby, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 16th - 4:20pm
Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch is enjoying her latest role, starring in a Christian movie currently in production.
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Prayer notes removed from Jerusalem's Wailing Wall

The Associated Press  |  posted 47 minutes ago
Thousands of prayer notes, some simply addressed to God, have been removed from the stones of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem ahead of next week's observance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
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Jimmy Carter defends recent speech to Islamic group

The Associated Press  |  posted 47 minutes ago
Former President Jimmy Carter says he didn't hesitate to address a Muslim convention last month in Detroit.
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Herbert: Religion not a factor for high court pick

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 3:21pm
The only non-Mormon justice on the Utah Supreme Court is retiring, but Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that religion is not something he's going to consider when choosing a replacement.
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Pope OKs canonization for Sri Lanka's 1st saint

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 5:30am
Pope Francis signed off Wednesday on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending the Vatican's rules once again to bypass the usual requirement that a second miracle be confirmed.
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Chinese minority scholar on trial for separatism

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 16th - 11:10pm
A scholar from China's Muslim Uighur minority community who often criticized the country's ethnic policies was set to go on trial Wednesday on separatism charges in the far western region of Xinjiang.
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Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

David Espo, Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 16th - 10:00pm
American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.
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