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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers clashed on Tuesday over how to deal with sexual assault in the armed forces and what to do about terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in the opening of Senate debate on the annual defence policy bill.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's army said it pushed rebels out of the southern town of Qara on Tuesday, strengthening its hold on a highway linking the capital to government strongholds along the Mediterranean coast.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian gang leader and two accomplices were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for 16 murders including the killing of 12 people at a farm in the south of the country.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Four gunmen who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall in September came to Kenya about four months earlier and some had exercised at a gym in an area of the Kenyan capital popular with Somalis, Western officials with knowledge of the investigation said.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militants blasted their way into a police station north of Somalia's capital on Tuesday and opened fire on officers and civilians inside, leaving at least 10 people dead, officials and witnesses said.
AMMAN/ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad's forces fired rocket and artillery barrages on a besieged mountain town near Lebanon on Monday in a push to capture the strategic area following advances against rebels in Damascus and in the north of Syria.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - When gunmen stormed a wedding and shot dead a guest in south-eastern Turkey, they stirred fears of a new outbreak of bloodshed in a region increasingly destabilised by Syria's civil war.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - More than two and a half years into the civil war devastating Syria, the United States and Russia are pushing the combatants to the negotiating table in Geneva, but on terms that mark a shift in favour of Bashar al-Assad against the increasingly fragmented rebels seeking to oust him.