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Beating back IS in Syria raises new challenges for US

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Washington, Jan 24 (AP) - For the last years, the United States could neatly sum its objective in Syria in a sin-gle, uncontroversial bullet point: fighting the Islamic State group. Now that the extremists have been squeezed from all but the last bits of their former territory, the Trump administration is struggling to define the boundaries of its mission, and how and when America's lengthy engagement will end.
A crisis between the U.S. and Turkey, triggered by the latter's new military...
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Under criticism from Trump, FBI director shakes up staff

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Washington, Jan 24 (AP) - FBI Director Christopher Wray is making changes to his senior leadership team, as President Donald Trump has continued to attack the bureau for perceived biases against him and has been call-ing for a shakeup at the top.
Officials said Tuesday that Wray, who started the...
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South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

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Johannesburg, Jan 23 (AP) - Legendary South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer, according to a statementfrom his familyon Tuesday.
Often called the "Father of South African jazz," Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family...
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At least 16 hurt in volcano eruption near Japan ski resort

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Tokyo, Jan 23 (AP) - A volcanic eruption Tuesday injured at least 16 people at a ski resort in central Japan, in-cluding six soldiers hit by an avalanche during ski training, officials said.
Nine civilians were injured by volcanic rocks, while seven people - six soldiers and one civilian skier -...
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Flood of waste stirs uproar in Lebanon

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Zouq Mosbeh, Jan 23 (AP) - Lebanon's festering trash crisis came crashing ashore this week, after residents woke up to find a powerful winter storm had laid a mantle of waste at a beach just a minutes' drive north of the capital, Beirut.
The scenes were a national embarrassment for a country that...
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