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WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria have achieved their strategic aim of showing extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey says the airstrikes made it clear that the militants "have no safe haven." Last night's airstrikes in eastern Syria were carried out with Saudi Arabia, Qatar (GUH'-tur), Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military officials say the U.S. on its own launched eight airstrikes last night to disrupt what the military calls the "imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests" by a network of "seasoned al-Qaida veterans." Military officials say those airstrikes targeted what's sometimes known as the Khorasan Group, which has established a haven in Syria. President Barack Obama is expected to speak about the airstrikes before flying to New York this morning for the U.N. General Assembly meeting.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 120 world leaders will gather on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly today to galvanize support for a global climate treaty to be finalized next year in Paris. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expecting leaders to come with specific pledges to mitigate climate change. President Barack Obama will pledge to sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to take global warming into account when spending money overseas to help poorer countries.
GAUHATI, India (AP) — Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India's remote northeast. An official in Assam state says 90 villages are submerged and more than 150,000 people are being urged to head for higher ground. Police say army troops and federal workers are trying to rescue trapped residents and army helicopters are on standby. More rain is expected for the next 36 hours.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is telling diplomats to pay up on their old parking tickets. The city's Department of Finance says it's owed more than $16 million in unpaid parking tickets issued to foreign diplomatic vehicles. The big offender is Egypt, with nearly $2 million in outstanding debt as of this summer. The Wall Street Journal says most of the debt was incurred before 2002. Since then, the city has been cracking down on scofflaws.
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