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Obama: Not just our fight...Bin Laden son-in-law gets life...Pledges against climate change

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria "makes it clear to the world this is not America's fight alone." Obama says the joint fight against the Islamic State will take time but is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world. The U.S.-Arab airstrikes last night targeted the group's headquarters in eastern Syria.

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) says the U.S.-led coalition's airstrikes in Syria are illegal because they were not approved or coordinated with Syria's government. Speaking in New York on the first day of the United Nations General Assembly gathering of world leaders, Rouhani stressed that Iran condemns the Islamic State group for trampling on human rights and torturing and killing civilians. He says Iran stands ready to help fight terrorism. But he says the U.S. policy is confused because it simultaneously opposes the militants while also trying to undermine the government of Syria's President Bashar Assad.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has sentenced Osama bin Laden's son-in-law to life in prison for his conviction in a terrorism case. 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.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders speaking at the United Nations today are pledging billions of dollars for the fight against global warming, while also promising better care of planet Earth. Today's one-day summit is a forum for non-binding pledges -- and it's aimed at laying the groundwork for a new global treaty next year to tackle climate change. The European Union says its member nations will cut greenhouse gases so that by 2030 they will be 40 percent below their levels from 1990.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crews have nearly doubled containment of a wildfire threatening thousands of homes in Northern California, as they brace for dry heat and erratic winds that could undo their progress. The fire east of Sacramento is 35 percent contained. It's burned through nearly 140 square miles, but it showed little growth overnight. The fire is threatening 12,000 homes and has forced about 2,800 people to evacuate.

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