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Airstrikes in Syria...France: no negotiations with kidnappers...Obama making climate change speech

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 5:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — There were two groups of air strikes in Syria overnight. The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes on Islamic State group targets in eastern Syria, which were followed by a unilateral U.S. attack on what Washington calls an al-Qaida affiliate. Syrian activists say the air strikes caused casualties among Islamic State group militants and some civilians.

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says his country won't negotiate with the captors of a French man in Algeria. The kidnappers are demanding that France halt airstrikes against Iraq within 24 hours or the hostage will be killed. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France will continue fighting Islamic State militants.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's remarks at a U.N. summit on climate change will contain a host of U.S. commitments. Obama will announce plans to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take climate change into account when it spends money overseas to help poorer countries. The White House says the U.S. will also offer vulnerable communities abroad new scientific tools. The summit takes place on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers are dead. Israeli special forces killed the pair in a raid on a West Bank hideout early today. The attack on the teens triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer. Israel says the suspects were well-known Hamas militants.

MADRID (AP) — A manhunt is on in Spain for the person who stabbed five people in the space of an hour in broad daylight in a northeastern city. A regional police spokeswoman says the victims were from China, Morocco, Pakistan, Spain and South America. Police say the attacker left the knife stuck in the back of his last victim.

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