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LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have opened debate on whether to join the United States and a coalition of Western and Arab nations in airstrikes on the militant group Islamic State in Iraq. They're not addressing airstrikes in Syria. Lawmakers are expected to approve the motion, which is supported by all three main parties and comes only days after Iraq's prime minister asked for help.
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say there are casualties, but they don't have exact figures following today's airstrikes in Syria by the U.S. and allies. Activists say for a second day the airstrikes targeted oil producing facilities that help fund the Islamic State group.
PARIS (AP) — The head of Interpol says the organization has vastly expanded its database of foreign fighters traveling to join extremists in Iraq and Syria and is testing ways to let banks, hotels and cruise lines access a separate database of lost and stolen passports. AirAsia is already testing a system of cross-checks. Interpol says a small pilot project is operating in France to see if the idea could apply to banks. Interpol says 43 people have been flagged with stolen passports since the AirAsia program began in May.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Police in Cyprus say they've now cleared all 345 migrants from a cruise ship that docked at the east Mediterranean island. They had been put on the cruise ship after being rescued from their small vessel following a distress call early Thursday amid rough seas. Some 62 migrants willingly got off the ship once docking yesterday. But the others insisted on being taken to Italy. They're believed to be refuges from Syria.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Authorities have finally found a truck containing 37,000 pounds of chicken that a driver was supposed to deliver from Arkansas to Washington state on Aug. 27. The foul odor of rotting poultry and the dripping of rancid juices has led authorities to a truck stop in western Montana. Police say 42-year-old Christopher Hall had refused to deliver the $80,000 cargo until he was paid more money. The trailer's refrigerator apparently continued running until the fuel ran out, finally drawing attention from people, and flies. Now police are looking for Hall.
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