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Developing: House Gives Obama Authority to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels in Fight with the Islamic State

In a crucial vote of support for the Obama administration's declared war on Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, the House of Representatives voted to give President Barack Obama authority to arm and train Syrian rebels in the war-torn country.

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Authorization to Arm Syrian Rebels Uncertain Hours Ahead of Vote

Despite broad support for President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State among House Republican and Democratic leaders, a sizeable chunk of rank-and-file lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the plan just hours ahead of a House floor vote, making backers of the Syrian rebels intensely nervous. 

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Ban Ki-moon to U.N. Member States: The World's a Mess -- Fix It!

Extremists rule large parts of Syria and Iraq. Violence consumes communities from the Central African Republic to Mali, Somalia, and South Sudan. Ukraine teeters on the verge of all-out war with Russia. Israelis and Palestinians are as far apart as ever. Libya descends into chaos. Oh, and Ebola is spreading terror and death across West Africa.

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