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Ukraine asks for more help...Months of training needed for Syrian rebels...Scotland decides its future

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 18, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Ukraine is asking the U.S. to give his soldiers lethal military equipment in its battle against Russian-backed separatists. Speaking to a joint meeting of Congress, Petro Poroshenko said that one cannot win the war or keep the peace with blankets and night vision goggles. President Barack Obama so far has resisted Ukraine's request for lethal assistance. The U.S. has provided about $60 million in nonlethal aid.

PARIS (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says it will take at least three months to begin to train and arm moderate Syrian rebel forces. Gen. Martin Dempsey says the goal is to field a cohesive fighting group in eight to 12 months. The plan to help those rebels fight the Islamic State militant group won House approval yesterday, and is expected to pass the Senate today.

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande says he's agreed to Iraq's request for air support against Islamic State fighters who've captured large areas of the country. He says France will not put troops on the ground, and that the French air strikes would only target forces in Iraq — not Syria.

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — By day's end, voters in Scotland will be deciding the future of their country's union with England -- which has lasted for 307 years. There are rival "Yes" and "No" billboards and campaigners outside many polling places. Pro-independence forces got a last-minute boost from tennis star Andy Murray, who signaled his support in a tweet to his 2.7 million followers.

PHOENIX (AP) — Police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife after she refused his sexual advances, and broke her nose. The details surfaced today in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. He spent a night in jail and was released early today. The report says the altercation took place in July -- and that the next day, another dispute turned violent when Dwyer punched his wife in the face and struck his 17-month-old son with a shoe. The son wasn't hurt. Dwyer denied committing an assault.

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