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Russia reacts to new penalties...Syria cease-fire holds...IS suspects arrested



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HONOLULU (AP) — Russia calls the latest penalties imposed by the United States a clumsy yet aggressive attempt to "harm Russian-American ties." The U.S. acted amid allegations that Moscow engaged in cyber-meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, says Russia will consider retaliation, taking into account that Donald Trump will soon take office.

BEIRUT (AP) — In a country that has shredded high-level peace initiatives for than five years, a Syrian cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey appears to be holding in its early hours. Only minor violations are being noted by opposition groups. As with previous agreements, the current cease-fire excludes both the al-Qaida-affiliated Fatah al-Sham Front and the Islamic State group.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The state-run news agency says police raids in southern Turkey have scooped up some 40 suspected Islamic State group militants. The Anadolu Agency says special forces police were backed by armored vehicles and a helicopter. Those detained are suspected of membership in the extremist group and of engaging in IS propaganda.

PATNA, India (AP) — Police in eastern India say 17 miners could still be trapped in a coal mine collapse that killed at least six workers. The mine's general manager says heavy smog prevented rescue workers from entering the mine until this morning.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing plane that took off from a small Ohio airport on the shores of Lake Erie. Coast Guard officials tell WEWS-TV that they received a report after the airport's air traffic control lost connection with the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration says the aircraft was headed to Ohio State University.

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