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Thursday, September 18, 2014
US lawmakers voted Wednesday to authorize training and arming of Syrian rebels to combat Islamist radicals, a crucial step in President Barack Obama's bid to thwart extremism surging across Iraq and Syria.
Orioles, Nationals clinch division titles
The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals became the second and third teams to book their places in Major League Baseball's playoffs, clinching the American League East and National League East titles respectively with victories on Tuesday.
Wary lawmakers agree to arm Syrian rebels
Wary House lawmakers are on track to give U.S. President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants in Syria.
Rio 2016 Games organizers Tuesday unveiled ticket pricing aimed at making attendance “as affordable as possible,” with entry to the blue riband 100m final costing just half of what it did at London 2012.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war.
Weakening Odile heads up Baja California
A weakening Tropical Storm Odile pushed up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula early Tuesday, dumping heavy rains that could bring dangerous flash floods and mudslides but also a potential boon to the drought-stricken region.
For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, according to data released Monday, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.
Microsoft's decision to spend US$2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game “Minecraft” could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.
BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, on Monday announced plans to lay off 275 employees and direct contractors early next year.
Billionaire investor William Ackman Monday unveiled plans to raise US$2 billion through an Amsterdam public listing that would capitalize on international interest for shareholder activism.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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