Philippine forces escape siege in Golan Heights

UN vehicles drove in Syria near a fence bordering the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Sunday. The head of the Fijian army said negotiations for the release of 44 soldiers seized on the Syrian side by an Al Qaeda-linked group were being pursued.

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The Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate, confirmed Sunday that it was still holding 44 Fijian troops.

Backed by US, militias help break siege of Islamic State

The fight appeared to be the first time US warplanes and militias backed by Iran had worked with a common purpose on a battlefield against the group.

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Nigerian forces kill 70 Boko Haram fighters, officials say

The Islamic milinats tried to take over a town in the country’s northeast during an attack Monday.

Ukraine dismisses Russia’s call for cease-fire

Ukrainians say they are locked in a war not just against the rebels but also Russia — on behalf of Europe.

Amid Senate gridlock, ambassador positions remain unfilled

One-fourth of all ambassador-ranked posts — 55 out of 226 positions — await confirmation.

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