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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2015, 5:18 p.m.

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, …


Resettling refugees takes time, resources

Images of Syrian refugees streaming into Europe have dominated the news for the past week, but the crisis is more than a European issue. World Relief Spokane settled 527 refugees …


9-year-old’s video kicks off donation push

Recent news accounts and alarming photos of desperate Syrian refugees fleeing into Europe captured the attention of Luke Sharon, a 9-year-old boy in Coeur d’Alene who wants to contribute to …


Rockets launched from Syria hit Golan Heights, Israel says

JERUSALEM – At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the military said. The exchange came after an …


Risch, Mitchell vie for U.S. Senate in Idaho

BOISE – When he was Idaho’s governor for a scant seven months, Jim Risch was a whirlwind of activity, writing an unprecedented management plan for roadless areas, reforming the state …


Spokane’s congressional delegation promises support to combat Islamic State

Washington’s two Democratic U.S. senators and the Republican congresswoman representing Eastern Washington promised Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the tools he needs to defeat the Islamic State. In a …


Washington senators, McMorris Rodgers react to Obama speech

Washington’s two U.S. senators and the congresswoman representing Eastern Washington promised Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the tools needed to defeat the Islamic State.


Full text of Obama speech outlining plan to defeat Islamic State

Text of President Barack Obama’s address Wednesday night on the Islamic State strategy, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House.


Officials: U.S. hostage rescue attempt in Syria failed

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James …


US confirms Syrian suicide bomber was American

WASHINGTON — The State Department confirmed Friday that a U.S. citizen from Florida launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops earlier this week in what is believed to be …


U.S. may arm some Syria rebels

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to …


Cultural heritage sites in Syria threatened by neglect

NEW YORK – The cultural heritage of the entire country of Syria and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are among the diverse cultural heritage sites threatened by neglect, overdevelopment …


2nd chemical weapons team heading for Syria

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday the organization is sending a second team of inspectors to Syria to expand its high-stakes, high-risk …


Obama applauds UN deal on Syria’s chemical weapons

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says a deal reached on a United Nations resolution to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons is “potentially a huge victory for the international community.”


Obama: UN must enforce ban on chemical weapons

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama says the U.N. Security council must agree to a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons that includes consequences for the regime of President Bashar Assad …


Amy Goodman: Progress made in avoiding war in Syria

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing …


UN: ’Convincing evidence’ of Syria chemical attack

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. inspectors say there is “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that …


Guest opinion: Intervention and legality in Syria

The legality of U.S. military action in Syria has generated debates among Americans and around the globe. The U.S. government has the obligation to satisfy two legal authorities to demonstrate …


Region’s lawmakers mixed on Obama’s Syria speech

Giving Syria a chance to resolve the crisis over its use of chemical weapons through diplomatic means is better than the military option – if it works, Idaho Sen. Jim …


Obama: US limited in ability, can save Syrian kids

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the United States cannot be the world’s policeman, but he adds that the nation can save Syrian children from being gassed to death.


Syria positive about giving up chemical weapons

MOSCOW — Syria on Monday quickly welcomed a call from Russia, its close ally, to place Syrian chemical arsenals under international control, then destroy them to avert a U.S. strike, …


Labrador: Immigration reform unlikely this year

BOISE – Lawmakers are returning to the nation’s capital after a five-week break and have unfinished business on immigration. But Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador has expressed an increasing skepticism …


Eye on Boise: Risch worries attack on Syria would make things worse

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says he believes the nation is better off doing nothing than launching a military strike against Syria in the wake of that country’s chemical …


Regional lawmakers hesitant to back Obama’s Syria plan

The Inland Northwest congressional delegation is treading softly as President Barack Obama seeks authorization to use a big stick in response to charges that the Syrian government used chemical weapons …


Kathleen Parker: Barack Obama reflects on Syria

The president is up early, already showered and preparing to shave. Wiping steam from the mirror, he grimaces slightly at his image. Obama: Good grief, I look old. So much …


Hagel: US military stands ready to strike Syria

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military stands ready to strike Syria at once if President Barack Obama gives the order, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday as the United States prepared …


UN says nearly 93,000 killed in Syrian conflict

BEIRUT — Nearly 93,000 people have been confirmed killed since Syria’s civil war began more than two years ago, the U.N. said today, a sharp rise in the death toll …


Activists: Israeli strike kills 42 Syrian soldiers

BEIRUT — Israel’s weekend airstrike on a military complex near the Syrian capital of Damascus killed at least 42 Syrian soldiers, a group of anti-regime activists said today, citing information …


Syrian premier escapes bomb attack in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s prime minister escaped a brazen assassination attempt today when a bomb exploded near his convoy in Damascus, state media reported, in the latest attack to target …


Dozens of children killed in new Syria attack

Gruesome video today showed rows of dead Syrian children lying in a mosque in bloody shorts and T-shirts with gaping head wounds, haunting images of what activists called one of …