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Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's 12th president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in what his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian rule.

Tory MP defects to UKIP in blow for Cameron

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Tory MP defects to UKIP in blow for Cameron
Respected British MP Douglas Carswell dealt a heavy blow to Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday as he announced he was to leave the Conservative Party and join the UK Independence Party (UKIP). UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who flanked his new recruit throughout a press conference to announce his resignation, called Carswell's decision "the noblest thing I've seen in British politics in my lifetime".

In Aleppo, Syria rebels back US strikes against jihadists

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In Aleppo, Syria rebels back US strikes against jihadists
In Syria's Aleppo, devastated by two years of fighting and regime attacks, rebels and activists are eager for US strikes against jihadists they say have stolen their anti-government uprising. The United States has yet to decide on whether it will carry out air strikes in Syria against jihadists from the Islamic State group, though it is already doing so in neighbouring Iraq. The Islamic State's campaign of extreme violence and abuses against both civilians and rival opposition groups has prompted ... more

Why Iowa? An up-close look at how the first-in-the-nation caucuses help to pick our presidents

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Documentary “Caucus” puts viewers inside the hub of one of U.S. politics’ greatest spectacles

Lebanon army battles gunmen near Syria border

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Lebanon army battles gunmen near Syria border
Lebanese troops clashed with gunmen Thursday in a mainly Sunni Muslim area near the Syrian border where there was deadly fighting with rebels from over the frontier three weeks ago. The Aarsal area is a mainly Sunni enclave within Lebanon's largely Shiite Bekaa valley region and hosts tens of thousands of Sunni refugees from neighbouring Syria. Troops clashed with Syrian rebels in the area on August 2 after the army detained a leading jihadist. It ended with a truce negotiated ... more