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GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. human rights commission says that despite the increasing strength of Islamic State militants in Syria, most civil war atrocities have been committed by President Bashar Assad's government. The 47-nation Human Rights Council authorized the commission to investigate all alleged violations since March 2011 in Syria. Meanwhile, reports from the Islamic State group stronghold of Raqqa tell of large numbers of residents fleeing the city.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The medical charity Doctors Without Borders says the clock is ticking on efforts to halt the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and it may soon be too late. The United States plans to send 3,000 troops to the region. And the World Health Organization says China has committed to sending a mobile laboratory team.
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Heavy rain is still pushing through Mexico's Baja California Peninsula today from a weakening Tropical Storm Odile (oh-DEEL'). The continued deluge brings the threat of dangerous flash floods and mudslides, as well as a potential boon to the drought-stricken region. Mexico is sending planes to transport thousands of stranded tourists in the Los Cabos resort region.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin Dempsey will be in the Senate Armed Services committee spotlight today as it considers an administration request to authorize training and arms shipments to moderate Syrian rebels. Some lawmakers are concerned about that but other facets of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria have broad support.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Health workers in Indian Kashmir are scrambling today to deal with a growing health crisis on the heels of massive flooding that engulfed much of the region. They are treating cases of diarrhea, skin allergies and fungus as they hope the stagnant waters do not create conditions for more serious disease outbreaks. Floodwaters contain countless bloated livestock carcasses.