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Casualties reported in Syria raids...More tension in eastern Ukraine...Indian PM visits White House


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BEIRUT (AP) — The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there are casualties, but the figures are incomplete after the latest U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State group positions in Syria. The strikes overnight spanned four provinces in northern and eastern Syria and included a grain silo as well as the country's largest gas plant.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling in eastern Ukraine continues to threaten a shaky cease-fire between pro-Russia rebels and government forces. Authorities say the rebel stronghold of Donetsk has been hit by the worst shelling in more than a week, killing three people and wounding five overnight. The Donetsk city council says more than a dozen buildings in the north of the city were damaged. Residential areas have been caught up in fighting centered on the government-held airport.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a decade ago, Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) wasn't welcome in the United states and had his visa application denied. Things are a lot different today as he makes a scheduled visit to the White House as India's new Prime Minister. He'll have dinner with President Barack Obama as they work to reinvigorate soured relations between their countries.

KISO, Japan (AP) — Including five more bodies found today, officials say there are still 24 near the summit of an erupting Japanese volcano. The total presumed death toll is now 36 as toxic gases and ash keep rescue workers from resuming efforts to recover the victims on Mount Ontake (ahn-TAH'-kay). A dozen bodies have been recovered.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion has been accomplished in Afghanistan. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (ahsh-RAHF' gah-NEE' ah-mahd-ZEYE') has been sworn in as the new president, replacing Hamid Karzai. Ghani Ahmadzai promptly swore in his election challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, as chief executive as part of a power sharing deal to defuse election tensions.

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