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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say there've been at least 10 airstrikes today on suspected Islamic State positions near the town of Boukamal, near the Iraqi border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it's not clear who carried out the air raids, but it says locals are saying that the intensity of the airstrikes is similar to U.S.-led strikes on the town yesterday. Boukamal is on the Syria-Iraq border, an area controlled by the militant Islamic State group.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Western-backed Syrian political opposition is criticizing U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria for focusing on the Islamic State group and other extremists while leaving President Bashar Assad's government untouched. The Syrian National Coalition says it regrets that the "international community has come up with partial solutions to the Syrian conflict." The coalition says any effort other than helping Syrians overthrow Assad will only further fuel extremism.

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly today and much of the focus is expected to be on defeating the Islamic State group. But officials says the president also will address ways the U.S. has tried to mobilize international action to resolve the crisis in Ukraine and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone has killed 10 militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border. Pakistani intelligence officials say the drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in the militant-stronghold of North Waziristan. U.S. drones often target militant hideouts in the region, which is home to local and al-Qaida-linked foreign groups.

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian satellite is now orbiting Mars. It's a first for the country. The nearly 3,000-pound orbiter will circle Mars for at least six months. Solar-powered instruments gathering scientific data may shed light on Martian weather systems as well as what happened to the water that's believed to have once existed on the planet.

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