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Canada looks into rejection of Syrian family...Head of UN panel calls IS 'desperate'...Clinton aide testifies on Benghazi

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 3, 2015 at 7:51 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Canada's immigration minister is suspending his re-election campaign to look into why the Canadian government rejected a request to take in the Syrian family whose mother and two young sons drowned trying to get to Europe. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander says a photo of a 3-year-old boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey "broke hearts around the world." A U.N. panel says more than 2,000 Syrians have drowned in the Mediterranean since 2011 while trying to escape the country's civil war.

GENEVA (AP) — The head of a U.N. panel on Syria tells The Associated Press that the Islamic State group appears "desperate" and is losing ground to Kurdish fighters who are battling the radicals "on behalf of humanity." The chair of a U.N. Human Rights Council investigative panel on Syria spoke after it issued a report on Syria's civil war. It says the Islamic State group has resorted to tactics like hit-and-run attacks and suicide car bombings after losses to Kurds backed by U.S.-led coalition air power.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks is interviewing a former top aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The panel is interviewing Cheryl Mills, Clinton's former chief of staff, as it resumes its review of the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya and Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. Another former top aide who now works on Clinton's presidential campaign, Jake Sullivan, is also set to be interviewed today. Both sessions will be closed to the public.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government reports that more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, though applications remain at historically low levels. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000. The less volatile four-week average increased by more than 3,200 to 275,500. The Labor Department releases the August jobs report tomorrow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to forgive their college loan debt, asserting their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects. The figure represents an unprecedented spike in what's called a "borrower's defense" claim following the collapse Corinthian Colleges for-profit college chain. Under higher education law, students who believe they are victims of fraud can apply to have their loans discharged.

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