Some 130,000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130,000, Turkey's deputy prime minister said Monday. Numan Kurtulmus warned that the number could rise further but insisted that Turkey was ready to react to "the worst case scenario."
Week of diplomacy: Israel-Hamas talks, Abbas at UN RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - It's a busy week in Mideast diplomacy, book-ended by the launch of Israel-Hamas talks about a border deal for blockaded Gaza and the Palestinian president's U.N. speech about a new strategy for dealing with Israel. The talks about Gaza's future seem to be a long shot, and failure could set the stage for another Israel-Hamas war, even if neither side wants it. In another obstacle to an agreement, tensions are mounting between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah, the movement of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, over who will run Gaza.
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Russia wants to keep Ukraine off UN radar UNITED NATIONS (AP) - As world leaders gather at the U.N. this week, the U.S. and its European allies are consumed by efforts to blunt the savage advance of the Islamic State group, to end the raging Ebola epidemic and to make progress in nuclear negotiations with Iran. That's likely just fine with Vladimir Putin, since these issues distract from Russia's presence in neighboring Ukraine. While attention focuses elsewhere, the Russians are consolidating their annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. They are also deeply involved in turmoil in Ukraine's east and south, hoping to prevent the country from moving out of the Kremlin's orbit. Europe and the United States insist the independent nation must be free to choose its own course.
Accused White House intruder to appear in court WASHINGTON (AP) - The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance Monday in federal court. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, is facing charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. The Army says Gonzalez served from 1997 until his discharge in 2003, and again from 2005 to December 2012, when he retired due to disability.
Syria vote isn't last word from Congress on war WASHINGTON (AP) - As far as Congress is concerned, President Barack Obama's Mideast war strategy isn't in the clear yet. The president got what he wanted this past week when the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved arming and training moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants. But the go-ahead is good for less than three months. And many lawmakers want a say over the rest of a plan featuring more than 1,600 U.S. military advisers in Iraq and airstrikes expanding into Syria.
Obama and immigration: High hopes, a mixed record WASHINGTON (AP) - There were about 30, all Mexican nationals desperate to avoid deportations that would separate them from their families. Living in Illinois, they appealed for help from their new U.S. senator, Barack Obama. He turned them down.
Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark. Five years ago, Arif and her husband left impoverished Madura Island, joining the stream of migrants from across the vast Indonesian archipelago seeking a better life in its capital.
Man seen with missing UVa student being sought CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Authorities were searching for a man believed to be the last person seen with a University of Virginia student before she disappeared on arrest warrants charging him with reckless driving. But they say they also want to talk to him about the missing teen.
Police find rifle carried by ambush suspect CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have had no confirmed sightings of the alleged gunman who is accused of a deadly ambush at a police barracks 10 days ago, but they say they have found an assault rifle he was carrying and believe they are hot on his trail in the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods. Investigators said Sunday that the suspect they describe as a self-taught survivalist had been planning a confrontation with law enforcement for months, if not years, and they believe he is still armed and dangerous, and possibly concealing himself in self-built bunkers.