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AP Top International News At 4:25 p.m. EDT

Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are just the start
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The one-two-three punch of American and Arab airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq was just the beginning, President Barack Obama and other leaders declared Tuesday. They promised a sustained campaign showcasing a rare U.S.-Arab partnership aimed at Muslim extremists....

Airstrikes alone may not defeat Sunni militants
BAGHDAD (AP) -- In their Syrian strongholds, extremists from the Islamic State group had been moving into civilian apartment buildings for cover days before the U.S. and its allies began pounding them before dawn Tuesday, activists say. It's just one sign of the difficulties in trying to destroy the group by relying mainly on airstrikes....

Turkey is considering a military role against IS
NEW YORK (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is considering expanding support of NATO operations against the Islamic State group to include military involvement....

Obama urges world to follow US lead on climate
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In the first international test for his climate-change strategy, President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Tuesday to follow the United States' lead on the issue, even as a one-day United Nations summit revealed the many obstacles that still stand in the way of wider agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution....

Yemeni Shiite rebel leader vows to fight al-Qaida
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- The leader of Shiite rebels who swept through Yemen's capital vowed on Tuesday to go after al-Qaida's branch in the country, a show of the group's strength and confidence as it ignored calls by the government for its fighters to leave the city....

Life term for China scholar chills ethnic dialogue
BEIJING (AP) -- A life sentence given to a moderate Chinese scholar on Tuesday shows the ruling Communist Party is cutting off dialogue on ethnic tensions and could backfire by radicalizing minorities, scholars and analysts said....

Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 150,000
SURUC, Turkey (AP) -- Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 400,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants....

EU increases Syria refugee aid by $280 million
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is increasing its aid to those affected by the civil war in Syria by 215 million euros ($280 million)....

Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria....

Main developments in fight against extremist group
Here is a look at the main developments Tuesday in the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against militants from the Islamic State group....

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