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Record 4.1 million in Syria got food aid in August, U.N. says

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GENEVA - A record 4.1 million people in Syria received food rations in August due to more convoys being able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

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Australia to step up formal partnership with NATO at summit 6:58am BST

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.

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Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held 01 Sep 2014

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. | Video

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Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports 01 Sep 2014

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.

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Syrian army, rebels fight on Golan where peacekeepers held 01 Sep 2014

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. | Video

Macedonia detains more than 100 illegal immigrants from Syria, Iraq 01 Sep 2014

SKOPJE - Macedonian authorities have detained more than 100 illegal immigrants, mostly from Syria and Iraq, who were found hiding in a train carrying coal from neighbouring Greece, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested after rare public dissent 01 Sep 2014

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.

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Britain to pass new laws to counter homegrown Islamist fighters 01 Sep 2014

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.

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U.N., Fiji say no word on location of peacekeepers abducted in Golan Heights 31 Aug 2014

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.

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Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy 31 Aug 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine.

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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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