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Posted: August 28, 2014 at 4:21 a.m.

NATO plans larger presence in E. Europe LONDON -- NATO plans to create a rapid-deployment force and a "more visible" presence in eastern Europe to assuage concerns about Russian intentions during the crisis in Ukraine, the alliance's secretary-general said Wednesday.

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U.S. rallying allies to back Syria strikes

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference, giving the first public comments by a senior Assad official on the threat posed by the Islamic State group, in Damascus, Syria on Monday, August 25, 2014. Al-Moallem warned the U.S. not to conduct airstrikes inside Syria against the Islamic State group without Damascus consent, saying any such attack would be considered an aggression. Al-Moallem also said that Syria is ready to work with regional states and the international community amid the onslaught of Islamic militants there and in Iraq, adding that the Syrian government is a crucial partner in the war on terror.

The United States has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential military action in Syria... Read »

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Afghan candidates pull out of election audit

Afghan election workers sort ballots Wednesday in Kabul for an audit of runoff votes in the country’s troubled presidential election. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, saying the process is fraught with fraud, pulled his auditors from the recount Wednesday, and the other candidate, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, was asked to do likewise in the interest of fairness. Officials said the audit would proceed.

Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil Wednesday as both candidates vying to ... Read »