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Bill to arm Syrian rebels awaits Obama's signature...17 dead in Iraq bombings...A promise of more independence

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 19, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Legislation to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group is waiting for President Barack Obama's signature. The legislation is part of a spending bill that eliminates the threat of a government shutdown before the November elections, and it was approved by Congress this week. Meanwhile, France has become the first foreign country to publicly add military muscle to U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State. French forces today conducted airstrikes on a logistics depot in northern Iraq.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Several car bombings targeting a Shiite mosque and markets in the Iraqi capital have killed at least 17 people today. It's the second straight day of attacks in Baghdad blamed on the group Islamic State, which has seized large parts of the country. Officials say in the deadliest attack, a parked car filled with explosives detonated near a mosque in a mostly Shiite district in downtown Baghdad. Eight people were killed and 18 others were wounded.

LONDON (AP) — Leaders of Britain's three largest parties are promising Scots more autonomy following yesterday's Scottish referendum for independence. The majority of voters chose to stay with the United Kingdom, but Prime Minister David Cameron says he wants to give Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland greater independence from central government.

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — There's a new development in the case of a young American couple accused of killing the woman's mother at a luxury hotel in Bali and stuffing her body in a suitcase. Indonesian police say the boyfriend has now confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother and the girlfriend has acknowledged helping him put the body in the luggage. Police say 21-year-old Tommy Schaefer told them he killed Sheila von Wiese-Mack because he was offended by what she said to him during an argument. Schaefer and 19-year-old Heather Mack were arrested in August.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A defense lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women who were videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes. The lawyer says the seven have been sentenced to six months in jail and 91 lashes each, though the verdict won't be carried out unless the defendants commit crimes and are found guilty in the future.

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