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BEIRUT (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is concerned about "reports suggesting an imminent enhanced Russian military buildup" in Syria. And he's called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the reports. Russia is a stalwart ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has provided diplomatic support and weaponry to help him maintain his grip on power.
UNDATED (AP) — Thousands of asylum seekers are finally arriving in Germany and Austria after a surprise effort by authorities to transport them out of Hungary where they were languishing. The leaders of Germany and Hungary have spoken by phone about the migrant crisis. Most of the people are refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan who are fleeing the unrest in their countries.
UNDATED (AP) — Israel's opposition leader says his country should take in Syrian asylum seekers amid the current refugee crisis in Europe. Isaac Herzog says "Jews cannot be apathetic" when hundreds of thousands of refugees are seeking safety. He says the Jewish people have suffered the world's silence before and cannot ignore the "murder and massacre" taking place in Syria.
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Local, state and federal law enforcement officers are continuing the hunt for three male suspects in the shooting death of an Illinois police officer on Tuesday. Authorities say they've recovered a new piece of "significant" evidence from the crime scene in the village of Fox Lake. But they aren't releasing details, citing the ongoing investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say a 22-year-old man was killed and two others were injured in a shooting last night in northeast Washington. The slaying was the 106th homicide in the nation's capital this year. That's one more than in all of 2014. Homicides have increased by more than 40 percent over the same time last year.