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WASHINGTON (AP) — Syria's foreign ministry says the United States informed the Damascus envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria. The airstrikes began Monday night Eastern Time, and Bahrain, Qatar (GUH'-tur), Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates are assisting the U.S. Some of the airstrikes have targeted Raqqa (RAH'-kah) in northeastern Syria, the Islamic State's self-declared capital.

NEW YORK (AP) — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law faces a possible life sentence in his terrorism case when he appears in court for sentencing Tuesday morning in New York City. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (SOO'-lay-mahn AH'-boo GAYTH) was convicted in March on charges he conspired to kill Americans in his role as a spokesman for al-Qaida. The Kuwaiti imam became the voice of al-Qaida recruitment videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks. Abu Ghaith testified at trial that his role was strictly religious.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials say two Palestinians suspected of abducting and killing three Israeli teens in June have been killed in a shootout with Israeli forces in the West Bank. The teens' abduction sparked a massive manhunt, led to the arrest of hundreds of activists of the Islamic militant group Hamas and eventually sparked the summer war in Gaza. The suspected mastermind of the abduction and murders has already been arrested.

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the number of Ebola cases could reach 21,000 in six weeks unless more is done to curb the outbreak in West Africa. Since the first cases were reported six months ago, there've been a reported 5,800 illnesses, and 2,800 have died. Health officials say there's a shortage of hospital beds, health workers and even soap in the hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

OSO, Wash. (AP) — A state highway has reopened in Oso, Washington, six months after a hillside gave way, blocking the highway and burying 43 people. State Highway 530 has be realigned and raised as much as 20 feet in places. And crews have installed six new culverts. On Sunday morning, first responders and families of slide victims gathered for a ceremony to mark the six-month anniversary of the March 22 tragedy.

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