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  • 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.

  • Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip— After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Almost none express any optimism for change in the misery in the tiny, densely populated Mediterranean coastal strip, which is suffocating under seven years of blockade by Israel and Egypt and is under the iron rule of the Hamas militant group.

  • Need regional coalition to fight ISIS: Expert     Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (retired), and Larry Bossidy, former Honeywell chairman & CEO, discuss the U.S. strategy to fight ISIS.

  • US hits ISIS position near Baghdad     Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    NBC's Ayman Moyheldin reports on the latest U.S. efforts to help the Iraqi government win back its territory seized by ISIS.

  • Ukraine grants 'special status' to rebellious east Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:46 AM ET
    A Ukrainian serviceman checks cars driving away from Donetsk near the village of Maryinka, a suburb of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, on August 5, 2014.

    Ukraine's parliament passed a law on Tuesday that will give "special status" to the east of the country including a degree of self-governance.

  • China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:57 AM ET

    BEIJING— The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday. The find by CNOOC's two-year-old, $1 billion deep sea rig is about 150 kilometers south of China's southernmost island of Hainan.

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy to shrink in 2014 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:29 AM ET

    RAMALLAH, West Bank— The Palestinian economy is expected to contract for the first time in seven years in 2014, the result of the recent Gaza war, continued Israeli and Egyptian restrictions on Palestinian trade and a drop in foreign aid, the World Bank said Tuesday.

  • It puts a check on the administration, prevents the introduction of combat boots on the ground, requires very close monitoring by the Congress, all along the way, "said Kentucky Republican Representative Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

  • WASHINGTON/ LONDON, Sept 14- Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

  • CAIRO, Sept 15- Egypt's tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil does not spread to the Arab world's biggest country, the tourism minister said.

  • JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept 15- As President Barack Obama knits together an international coalition to take its campaign against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria, fighters like Ammar al-Wawi could make the difference.

  • Ukraine shrugs off fears of Greek-style default Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 AM ET
    An Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a checkpoint of Pletnyovka, Kharkiv region on Ukraine-Russia border, where Russian humanitarian convoy is due to cross the border on August 13, 2014.

    Ukraine's central bank governor has dismissed fears of a default, even as the country is said to be facing a Greek-style debt controversy.

  • US says Middle East to help fight IS, UK cautious Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 AM ET
    Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Washington said countries in the Middle East have offered to join airstrikes against IS militants, but Britain held back.

  • Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    The Islamic State group has taken over large sections of Syria and Iraq, and controls as many as 11 oil fields in both countries, analysts say. It is selling oil and other goods through generations-old smuggling networks under the noses of some of the same governments it is fighting: Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, Turkey and Jordan.

  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:16 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects.

  • Fight over World War II-era tank goes to court Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif.— A company headed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in the San Francisco Bay Area over a World War II-era German tank it says it paid $2.5 million for but never received. After his death, his family turned them over to the Massachusetts- based Collings Foundation, which put some of them up for auction in Portola Valley in July.

  • *Russia and Iran heavily exposed to falling prices. LONDON/ KUWAIT, Sept 12- The drop in oil prices to their lowest in two years has caught many observers off guard, coming against a backdrop of the worst violence in Iraq this decade, heightened tensions between the West and Russia, and sanctions against Iran.

  • US expands sanctions to Russia's biggest bank Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    The United States its Western allies hit Russia with tougher new sanctions.