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Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.
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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

Jack Chang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 9:10am
A prominent Muslim Uighur scholar being tried on separatism charges told a court in far western China on Thursday that he never advocated the overthrow of Chinese rule in his native Xinjiang, according to his lawyer.
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Even seemingly benign causes draw China crackdown

Jack Chang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:30am
More than 30 people had gathered at Beijing's most august Buddhist temple to remember the siblings, children and parents lost exactly six months earlier when a Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared. They found themselves encircled by shouting police blocking them from speaking to reporters or entering the temple as a group.
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Minority scholar denies separatism at China trial

Jack Chang, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 11:31pm
A Muslim Uighur scholar accused of separatism sought to show Thursday that his writings and classroom lectures, including rhetoric saying Chinese are dragons and Uighurs are wolves, were not a campaign to split his native Xinjiang region from China.
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Federal charges for pair in Amish kidnapping case

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:10pm
The couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York were charged Thursday in federal court with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography.
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Coach tied to beating of gay couple leaves job

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 11:30am
An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday.
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Cardinals debate marriage before crucial meeting

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 10:50am
The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.
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Senate candidates unite over arming Syrian rebels

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 18th - 1:22am
Facing off in one of the most contested Senate races in the nation, Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, found something to agree on this week — giving President Barack Obama the authority he's asked for to train and arm Syrian rebels taking on brutal Islamic State militants.
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Faith motivates many Ebola doctors

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 7:01pm
Why would an American doctor risk his life to treat Ebola patients in Africa?
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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

David Espo, Donna Cassata, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 7:00pm
The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels 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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Obama praises House vote on arming Syrian rebels

Josh Lederman, Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 5:50pm
President Barack Obama praised a House vote Wednesday granting him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, calling it an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.
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Prayer notes removed from Jerusalem's Wailing Wall

The Associated Press  |  posted Sep 17th - 3:41pm
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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