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Discussing arming Syria rebels...NATO troops attack in Kabul...Lava slow advancing

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 16, 2014 at 2:00 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House could vote as early as Wednesday on whether to authorize arming and training moderate Syrian rebels in a mission to destroy the Islamic State militant group. Republicans are holding internal talks today. The Obama administration says arming the rebels is needed to accompany U.S. air strikes against militants who've seized large parts of Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, a senior administration official says the U.S. would go after Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to attack American planes launching airstrikes in his country.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — There's no word yet on the nationalities of the three NATO troops killed in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan. The attack happened today, just yards from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, when the Taliban says it targeted an international military convoy. Nearly 20 other troops and civilians were wounded.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says it's killed at least 20 insurgents in air strikes on militant hideouts near the Afghan border. The military says it carried out "precise" air strikes this morning that also destroyed two ammunition depots belonging to militants in the Khyber tribal region in the country's northwest.

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand are searching for clues in the brutal slayings of two British tourists whose bodies were found on a beach on Monday. Police say dozens of officers have conducted a sweep of hotels and workers' residences, and the country's leaders are calling for a swift investigation. Officials believe that a hoe found near the bodies was used to kill the 23-year-old woman and 24-year-old man on the resort island of Koh Tao.

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava is moving closer to homes in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island. Officials say right now the lava is moving over a vacant lot in the Kaohe (kah-OH'-hay) Homesteads subdivision and that no homes are in imminent danger. They say the lava from the Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) volcano is slowing and no evacuations have been ordered. Meanwhile, workers are paving defunct roads that would be used as alternate routes if the lava reaches a major highway. Officials say that could happen within weeks.

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