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Putin Defends Russian Military Aid to Syria

VOA News Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his country's military support for Syria, saying Tuesday that Russia will continue to aid President Bashar al-Assad's forces in their "fight against terrorist aggression." Speaking at a regional security conference in Tajikistan, Putin said Assad is open to working with the "healthy" opposition in Syria on a political solution to the conflict that has stretched on for four and a half years, but that the focus must first be on terrorism. Assad has routinely used the word "terrorist" to describe rebels who have opposed his forces in the fight that has grown in…
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Serbia Says Unable to Handle Migrant Influx

ÖSZKE, HUNGARY—Serbia says it is not able to handle the vast number of migrants gathered on its sealed border with Hungary, after Hungarian officials closed the gap in its fence with Serbia as part of a crackdown on the migrants. Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday that Serbia is not a "collection center." He said it is unacceptable for migrants to have to return to Serbia while at the same time more were arriving from Greece and Macedonia. Earlier Tuesday, Hungarian officials closed two official border crossings due to what they said were inadequate controls on the Serbian side. …
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Politics

Trump Braces for Attacks in 2nd Republican Debate

Jim Malone Last updated on: September 15, 2015 8:48 AM WASHINGTON—Republican presidential contenders will gather Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California for their second nationally televised debate. A total of 11 candidates will be on stage this time, including the current frontrunner, real estate mogul Donald once again will be the center of attention as he was in the first debate last month in Cleveland; but Trump is expecting plenty of barbs headed his way from Republican rivals intent on seeking to share the spotlight in what has become an unpredictable and heated contest for the party's…
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1 Confirmed Dead in California Wildfires

Authorities in California say an elderly disabled woman has been killed in one of two massive wildfires in the northern part of the state that have overwhelmed firefighters with their speed and intensity. The body of 72-year-old Barbara McWilliams, who suffered from advanced multiple sclerosis, was discovered in the rubble of her home near California's world-famous Napa Valley winemaking region.  Firefighters dispatched to rescue McWilliams could not reach her house because the neighborhood was engulfed in flames. The fire which has been dubbed the Valley fire, has destroyed 400 homes and and over 24,000 hectares of land since erupting last…
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On US Visit, Spanish to Prevail in Pope’s Speeches

VOA News When Pope Francis visits the United States next week on a three-city tour, he will deliver only four of his 18 planned speeches in English. The native of Argentina is most comfortable speaking in Spanish, a spokesman for the Vatican told The Associated Press, although the pontiff also speaks German and Italian fluently. The pope's remarks at the White House and Congress —  the first ever by a pope — will be among those made in English. The 78-year-old Francis faces a packed schedule on his first trip to the , arriving on September 22 for two days in…
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Trump, Carson Top Latest US Republican Survey

VOA News As the 16-candidate Republican field gets set for another round of debates Wednesday night, the CBS/New York Times poll released Tuesday shows the flamboyant Trump with 27 percent support and the much more reserved Carson trailing with 23 percent. None of a large group of current and former governors and senators seeking the nomination reached double digit figures in the poll that was conducted in the last few days. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two former presidents, was third at 6 percent, less than half of the 13 percent figure he recorded in an…
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Kentucky Clerk Back in Court Over Gay Marriage Controversy

VOA News Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a federal courthouse in Kentucky where a local county clerk faces charges for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis defied last month's court order to resume issuing marriage licenses to all eligible couples, straight or gay, a practice she stopped after the Supreme Court's historic ruling in June that legalized same-sex marriages across the nation. Davis says issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples would violate her religious beliefs. The judge issued the order after four couples — two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples — filed…
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Tech Worker Declines to Testify on Clinton Email Server Set-Up

VOA News A former employee of the State Department who helped Hillary Clinton set up her personal email server has said he will not testify before a special congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Attorneys for Brian Pagliano sent a letter to the House committee Monday in which Pagliano invoked his constitutional right to not answer questions that could expose him to criminal charges. The Washington Post, which initially reported the letter Wednesday, said Pagliano worked in the State Department in its information technology section during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State from…
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Obama to Address American Jewish Groups on Iran Deal

VOA News President Barack Obama is set to participate in a live webcast Friday to address concerns from the American Jewish community about the nuclear agreement with Iran. Obama will deliver remarks about the disputed deal signed by the United States, Iran and five world powers and take questions from participants. The webcast is being organized by two major Jewish organizations that have held similar events with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Obama's sanctions chief, a top Treasury Department official who helped negotiate the accord, is scheduled to arrive for a three-day visit in Israel…
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US Teen Jailed for 11 Years for Supporting IS

VOA News A teenager in the state of Virginia has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State group. A Justice Department statement Friday described 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin as  "a young American who used social media to provide material support" to IS and said his prison sentence will be followed by a "lifetime of supervised release and monitoring of his Internet activities." “Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no…
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