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  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer for the bank told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's civil trial on charges of financing terrorism.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters)- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's trial on civil charges under the U.S. anti-terrorism law.

  • LONDON, Sept 18- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development warned on Thursday that the crisis over Ukraine could erode some of the economic "peace dividend" eastern Europe gained when the Cold War ended.

  • AP NewsAlert Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Home Depot says 56 million payment cards affected by data breach between April and September.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- A lawyer for Arab Bank Plc urged U.S. jurors to find that it never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, as closing arguments began on Thursday in a closely-watched terrorism financing trial.

  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    PARIS— Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 18- Hundreds of Russian volunteers are supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine, offering them vital experience in battle tactics and training to attack Ukrainian forces, a top rebel leader said. "the infantry, the motorized infantry division, airborne units and naval forces of Russia and the border guards.

  • Jury hears arguments in terror finance trial Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A U.S. jury was asked Thursday to decide whether executives at Jordan- based Arab Bank should be held responsible for a wave of suicide bombings in the early 2000 s that left several Americans dead or wounded, part of a high-stakes legal offshoot of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,.

  • *Riyadh trains Syrian rebels, praised new Iraq govt. RIYADH, Sept 17- In its war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria the United States wants strong public support from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and champion of Arab Sunni Muslims.

  • US shouldn’t divulge IS combat plans: Saudi prince Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:42 AM ET
    Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014.

    Saudi Arabia's ex-head of intelligence has criticized U.S. anti-terrorism tactics, saying Obama was wrong to rule out troops in Syria and Iraq.

  • Navy Secretary: Submarine to be named USS Vermont Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    BURLINGTON, Vt.— U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus used Lake Champlain, with its history of a key naval battle in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as a backdrop Thursday to announce the naming of the USS Vermont, a nuclear attack submarine due to be built over the next several years.

  • *Army has shrunk by 30-50 percent. *Army faced setbacks since June. Western officials believe the Syrian army, already stretched, has been under growing strain since Islamic State staged lightening advances in Syria and Iraq in June: insurgents this week briefly pushed into an area of Damascus that had not seen fighting for 18 months, the Observatory reported.

  • Iran's Rouhani blasts ISIS and US-led coalition Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:40 AM ET
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in an exclusive interview with NBC News, denounced ISIS for its savagery.

  • India, China vow cooperation as troops face off Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:08 AM ET

    NEW DELHI— Indian and Chinese troops faced off along their Himalayan border on Thursday as the countries' leaders held a rare meeting in New Delhi, promising to boost economic cooperation and substantially increase Chinese investment in India's infrastructure. India's worries about the frequent standoffs on the border came up at the meeting.

  • Obama: When the world is threatened 'they call us' Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:43 PM ET
    President Barack Obama takes part in a briefing at US Central Command with General Lloyd Austin at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, on September 17, 2014.

    Even the countries that "complain about America" will call on the nation in a time of need, Obama says.

  • Europe’s winners and losers from Russia trouble Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:48 AM ET
    Riga, Latvia

    Russia’s incursion in Ukraine and worsening relations with the West have caught neighboring countries in the cross-fire.

  • US general says cannot rule out ground role in Iraq Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:46 AM ET
    Members loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) wave ISIL flags as they drive around Raqqa June 29, 2014.

    The most senior U.S. military officer has raised the possibility that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The U.S. Congress appeared poised on Tuesday to quickly approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels, a major part of the effort he announced this week to fight Islamic State militants.

  • Russia still has around 1,000 troops in Ukraine - NATO Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Sept 16- NATO believes Russia still has around 1,000 soldiers inside Ukraine despite some cuts in troop numbers since a ceasefire began there on Sept. 5, a NATO military officer said on Tuesday. Russia continued to provide combat and logistical support to separatist positions in Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, he added.