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US officials: Airstrikes may have disrupted attack planning...More Syrians flee to Turkey...Suspect charged in UVa student disappearance

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and Homeland Security say U.S. airstrikes on militants in Syria may have temporarily disrupted attack planning against Western targets, including the U.S. But they say there's no indication of a plot by al-Qaida or the Islamic State group for an attack inside the United States. The U.S. and five Arab allies carried out more than 200 airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq late Monday.

SURUC, Turkey (AP) — Syrian refugees who've been streaming into Turkey from the city of Kobani say where they used to live is now a ghost town. They say all that's left in Kobani are a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants. Before the brutal offensive by the Islamic State group, the city had a population of about 400,000. Even before the latest offensive, more than a million Syrian refugees had fled to Turkey because of more than three years of Syrian civil war.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama says when people are free to speak their mind and hold leaders accountable, their governments work better and are more responsive. Obama spoke today at the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York, saying ordinary citizens will often have a more lasting impact on their community than their leaders. Obama attended the event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meetings.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, are on the hunt for the man they believe was the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. has been charged with abducting 18-year-old Hannah Graham, has been missing since Sept. 13. Matthew was last seen Saturday when he stopped by a police station with his mother and uncle to ask for a lawyer. Police say he sped away, losing officers who had him under surveillance.

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian spacecraft has reached its final destination — orbit around Mars. Success of the Mars Orbiter Mission adds India to an elite club of Martian explorers, whose members are the U.S., the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union.

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