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An F/A-18C Hornet coming from Iraq lands on the flight deck of the US navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Gulf on August 15, 2014The U.S. and five Arab countries launch strikes on Islamic State targets in eastern Syria.

NEW YORK (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria marked an unexpected foreign policy victory as he plunges the U.S. deeper into a military conflict in the Middle East that he has reluctantly embraced.

An Israeli soldier scans the area from his tank positioned in the Israeli annexed Golan HeightsJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that infiltrated its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning — the first such downing in decades, heightening tensions in the volatile plateau.

FILE - This undated file image released by the Israel Defense Forces shows a combination of three photos of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, who disappeared while hitchhiking home near the West Bank city of Hebron late at night on June 12, 2014, and were never heard from again. Their bodies were found two weeks later. Israeli forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 and killed two Palestinians suspected in the fatal abduction of three Israeli teens in June, one of the incidents that ultimately sparked the Gaza war this summer, an Israeli military spokesman said. (AP Photo/Israel Defense Forces, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli special forces stormed a West Bank hideout early on Tuesday and killed two Palestinians suspected in the June abduction and slaying of three Israeli teenagers, a gruesome attack that had triggered a chain of events that led to the war in Gaza this summer.

Geneva (AFP) - The number of Ebola infections will triple to 20,000 by November, soaring by the thousands every week if efforts are not significantly stepped up to stop the outbreak, the WHO warned Tuesday.

Soldiers who went missing from a Cape Cod military base over the weekend have been found.

(Reuters) - A U.S. Army base in Colorado ordered "an increased security presence" on Monday evening after reports of gun shots on or near the base, Fort Carson authorities said in a statement. "This is not thought to be an active shooter event," they added added. The installation near Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver, said the incident near its northwest perimeter happened at about 7:50 p.m. local time. There were no reports of injuries and an investigation was underway. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Flight deck crew member confirms the deck is all clear before a F/A-18C Hornet take offs USS George H.W. Bush in the GulfThe U.S. and five Arab partners target Islamic State strongholds inside Syria.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A record 20 percent of adult Americans, or 42 million people, have never married, marking a U.S. demographic and social shift, according to an analysis released on Wednesday. The rise in never-married adults is caused by several factors, including later ages for marriage and more people living together and raising children outside of wedlock, the report by the Pew Research Center said. In 2012, 23 percent of men and 17 percent of women 25 and older had never been married, marking a widening gap between the sexes. ...

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