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Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Poll

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WASHINGTON - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria's Assad says Islamic State has expanded since start of U.S. air strikes

WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a U.S. television interview that Islamic State, which has seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, has been gaining recruits since the start of U.S.-led air strikes against the militant group.

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Islamist groups seize Syrian city Idlib for first time

BEIRUT - Islamist groups including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have seized the city of Idlib for the first time in Syria's civil war, fighters and a monitoring group said on Saturday.

World, 28 Mar 2015

"Unholy alliance" of Islamists threatens Sweden - spy chief

STOCKHOLM - Sweden, once cited by Osama bin Laden as the kind of country al Qaeda did not attack, is facing a rising threat from Islamist militants because of the crises in Iraq and Syria, its spy chief said in an interview on Friday.

Syria's Assad says West wants to weaken Russia

MOSCOW - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of trying to weaken Russia by turning Ukraine into a puppet state, a tactic he said had also been used against his own country.

World, 27 Mar 2015

Syria's Assad says open to dialogue with U.S. - CBS interview

WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is open to having a dialogue with the United States, but there can be no "pressuring of the sovereignty" of his country, he said in an excerpt of an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired on Thursday.

World, 27 Mar 2015

U.S. has no policy to protect Syrian force after training - general

WASHINGTON - Syrian opposition forces being trained to fight Islamic State militants will need support from the U.S.-led coalition when they return home, but the Obama administration has yet to decide what protection to offer, a top U.S. commander said on Thursday.

World, 27 Mar 2015

Asylum seekers in the West highest since Bosnia war - UNHCR

GENEVA - Wars in Syria and Iraq drove the number of people requesting asylum in industrialised countries to a 22-year high last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, appealing for Western nations to open their doors to more refugees.

World, Iraq 26 Mar 2015

Britain says to train Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State

LONDON - Britain will send around 75 military personnel to join a U.S.-led programme to train Syrian opposition forces to fight the hardline Islamic State group, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday.

World, 26 Mar 2015

Syrian Islamist insurgents advance around Idlib city - monitor

BEIRUT - An alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels including al Qaeda's Nusra Front have overun 17 defence posts around Idlib in an offensive to take the city from the army and allied militia, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

World, 26 Mar 2015

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Iraqi forces press ahead with Tikrit offensive

Iraqi military forces shell Islamic State positions in western Tikrit as Baghdad aims to re-take the city following its fall to militants last summer. Nathan Frandino reports.