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This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the Islamic State group marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Syria says Washington informed it before strikes

- Associated Press

Syria said Tuesday that Washington informed President Bashar Assad’s government of imminent U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group, hours before an American-led military coalition pounded the extremists’ strongholds across northern and eastern Syria.

Thousands of Hong Kong students boycotted classes Monday to protest Beijing's decision to restrict electoral reforms. The protesters plan a weeklong strike, marking the latest phase in the battle for democracy in the Chinese city-state. (Associated Press)

Hong Kong students step up pressure against Communist China

Thousands of university students waving yellow ribbons and “Democracy Now” banners boycotted their classes Monday to protest Beijing’s decision to maintain control over Hong Kong elections, marking an escalation of the city-island’s pro-democracy movement that now is taking aim at local pro-China billionaires.

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