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F1 Grand Prix of Russia
President of Russia, Vladimir Putin at Sochi Autodrom on October 11, 2015 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Putin: Russia can rebuild its Syria forces in ‘a few hours’

President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday that Russia can again build up its forces in Syria "in a few hours" if necessary, and will continue striking extremist groups.

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Omar al-Shishani
FILE - This image made from undated video posted during the weekend of June 28, 2014 on a social media account frequently used for communications by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)
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IS leader al-Shishani dies of wounds from US strike in Syria

A top Islamic State commander and feared ethnic Chechen jihadi fighter Omar al-Shishani has died of wounds suffered in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, a senior Iraqi intelligence official and the head of a Syrian activist group said Tuesday.

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Gen. Joseph L. Votel, currently the head of the Special Operations Command, left, and Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Gen. Joseph L. Votel, currently the head of the Special Operations Command, left, and Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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US commander previews revised rebel training effort in Syria

Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Army Gen. Joseph Votel described the new approach as a "thickening effort" as opposed to the raising of a large, decisive force.

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President Barack Obama pauses as he answers questions from members of the media during his meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama pauses as he answers questions from members of the media during his meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama sounds cautious note about pending Syrian cease-fire

President Barack Obama sounded a cautious note Wednesday about steps the U.S. and Russia are taking to put in place a cease-fire to help end the Syrian civil war, even as he also cited progress in pushing the Islamic State group out of territory in Iraq and Syria.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry answers a question on Russia's plans in Syria during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the State Department on February 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kerry and Santos met and discussed the proposed "Paz Colombia" plan earlier in the day. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry answers a question on Russia's plans in Syria during a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the State Department on February 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Obama administration struggles to craft ceasefire in Syria

As its struggles to craft a cease-fire in Syria's civil war, the Obama administration has become increasingly torn between its loyalty to Turkey as a NATO ally and to its longtime Arab partner, Saudi Arabia, and the cold pragmatism of Russia. The result has been a confusing mix of shifting priorities that have exposed a policy toward Syria that few understand, and even fewer see working.

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Syria Besieged
In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 file photo, people wait to leave the besieged town of Madaya, northwest of Damascus, Syria.(AP Photo, File)
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More than 1 million are besieged in Syria, new report says

More than one million Syrians are trapped in besieged areas, a new report says in a challenge to the United Nations, which estimates just half that amount and has been accused by some aid groups of underplaying a crisis.

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Josh Earnest
White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya

U.S. officials have publicly warned of the risks of Libya becoming the next Syria, where the Islamic State flourished amid civil war and spread into Iraq.

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Mitch McConnell
In this Dec. 18, 2015, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Senate leader says no ‘fearmongering’ on Syrian refugee bill

The debate over tough new screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees should be driven by facts, not fearmongering, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, ahead of a key vote that had at least one Republican presidential candidate changing his campaign schedule.

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Secretary of State John Kerry answers media questions at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Secretary of State John Kerry answers media questions at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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US criticizes Russia over civilian deaths in Syria

The United States criticized Russia on Tuesday for killing hundreds of civilians in airstrikes in Syria and accused Moscow of undermining hopes for a cease-fire between Bashar Assad's government and leading rebel groups.

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FILE - In this June 17, 1939 file photo, German Jewish refugees return to Antwerp, Belgium, aboard the St. Louis after they had been denied entrance to Cuba and the United States. More than 76 years later, fresh angst about whether to admit refugees or turn them away has put the spotlight back on the shunning of the St. Louis and other, now widely regretted, decisions by U.S. officials before and during World War II. (AP Photo, File)
FILE - In this June 17, 1939 file photo, German Jewish refugees return to Antwerp, Belgium, aboard the St. Louis after they had been denied entrance to Cuba and the United States. (AP Photo, File)
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Refugee refusal today compared, contrasted to that of WWII

Sol Messinger was just 7 when he stood with his father at the rail of the ocean liner St. Louis and stared into the gathering darkness. But nearly eight decades later, Messinger still recalls the lights of Miami glittering off the bow, so near to him and more than 900 fellow Jewish refugees aboard, yet beyond their reach.

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