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Activists: Airstrikes are inflicting militant casualties...Protests ahead of climate change summit...Changing weather could feed CA wildfire



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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Activists say airstrikes targeting the Islamic State militant group in Syria have inflicted militant casualties on the ground. The U.S. and five Arab countries carried out some of the airstrikes on the city of Raqqa (RAH'-kah), Islamic State's self-declared capital in Syria. Assisting the U.S. are Bahrain, Qatar (GUH'-tur), Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The imprisoned leader of a Kurdish rebel group fighting Turkey is calling for a mass mobilization of all Kurds against the Islamic State militant group that's fighting Kurdish forces in Syria. Abdullah Ocalan has issued a statement through his lawyer, saying, "I call on all Kurdish people to start an all-out resistance against this high-intensity war." Ocalan leads the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has long fought Turkey for autonomy. Islamic state has driven some 130,000 Syrians into Turkey over the last few days.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has shot down a Syrian aircraft that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights. The military says the circumstances of the incident are "unclear." A defense official identifies the plane as a Syrian MIG fighter jet. Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines of Syria's civil war raging across the border. But Israeli leaders appear increasingly nervous about the possibility of al-Qaida-linked fighters occupying the Golan's high ground over northern Israel.

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 100 activists were arrested Monday night in New York as they blocked parts of Broadway in Manhattan's financial district. They were protesting what they see as the role of corporate and economic institutions in the climate crisis. On Sunday, more than 100,000 people marched to warn that climate change is destroying the Earth. The protests happened ahead of today's gathering of world leaders for a U.N. summit on climate change.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials in Northern California fear that changing weather conditions today could feed a 137-square-mile wildfire. Cooler and wetter conditions have helped firefighters make progress battling the blaze east of Sacramento. But the forecast today is for winds up to 30 mph and low humidity. The wildfire has destroyed 10 homes and 22 minor buildings in Pollock Pines.

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