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Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit

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SYDNEY - Australia is set to step up its partnership with NATO, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, as the country pursues a bigger role in global crises from Iraq and Syria to Ukraine.

Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held

EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights/MANILA - Heavy fighting erupted on Monday between the Syrian army and Islamist rebels on the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants and scores of their fellow blue helmets from the Philippines escaped after resisting capture.

World, 01 Sep 2014

Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq.

World, 01 Sep 2014

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested after rare public dissent

BEIRUT - Syrian authorities have arrested a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldiers, residents and activists said on Monday.

World, 01 Sep 2014

Britain to pass new laws to counter homegrown Islamist fighters

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron will announce new laws on Monday to try to stop radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq launching attacks on British soil, after a video purportedly showed a London-accented man beheading a U.S. journalist.

World, Iraq 01 Sep 2014

U.N., Fiji say no word on location of peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights

UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights - The head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers abducted by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued as the United Nations said it had no word on the troops' whereabouts.

World, Israel 01 Sep 2014

Fiji says no word on location of UN peacekeepers seized in Golan Heights

UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights - T he head of the Fijian army said on Sunday negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers abducted by an al Qaeda-linked group on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights were being pursued as the United Nations said it had no word on the troops whereabouts.

World, Israel 31 Aug 2014

Top German spy says Islamic State's brutality eclipses al Qaeda

BERLIN - Some young Muslims are attracted to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because of its brutality, which makes it appear "more authentic" than al Qaeda, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency said in an interview on Sunday.

World, Iraq 31 Aug 2014

Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier - video

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for a few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.

World, 31 Aug 2014

Peacekeepers on Golan moved to safe area, U.N. and Philippines say

UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights - All the Philippine U.N. peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights have been moved to a secure place, the United Nations and the Philippines said.

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Explosions rock Damascus suburb

Syrian government soldiers advance on the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, where they killed several rebels engaged in heavy fighting, according to the Syrian army. Gavino Garay reports.

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