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ANKARA, Turkey - Hundreds of Turkish troops backed by tanks took part in an overnight operation into neighboring Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the remains amid fears the shrine was threatened by Islamic State militants.The mission late Saturday, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stuck for months at the tomb of the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, was the first such major military incursion by Turkey since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011.

CAIRO - An Egyptian court Monday sentenced to death nearly 530 suspected backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi over a deadly attack on a police station, capping a swift, two-day mass trial in which defense attorneys were not allowed to present their case.It was the largest single batch of death sentences in the world in recent years, Amnesty International said. The U.S. State Department said it "defies logic" that so many people could get a fair trial in just two sessions.
Locals, visitors compete in 3rd Tri-The-Kenai

...he said. He said he started his goal about four years ago while reading a copy of USA Today. He flipped over to the state news section and started checking off all the states he'd done triathlons in before. He has been a triathlete for 28...
Muslim pilgrims from Iran will be allowed to visit Shiite shrines in Iraq

...toward normalizing relations between two former enemies. Iraq's visiting Foreign Minister Naji Sabri was quoted by the state news agency as saying the air route between the two countries ''will be opened soon.'' Pilgrims now travel by land...


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