Washington, D.C.

Drone campaign targets Syrian suspects

The CIA and U.S. special operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command are flying armed drones over Syria in a collaboration responsible for recent strikes against senior ISIL operatives. The program is a significant escalation of the CIA's involvement in Syria.

Supporters of Iran deal near vote goal

Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal are on the cusp of clinching the necessary Senate votes to keep the contested agreement alive. Democratic Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Chris Coons of Delaware became the 32nd and 33rd senators to announce their support, just one shy of the 34 votes needed to uphold an Obama veto of GOP legislation aimed at blocking it.

Pakistan

Suicide bombing kills at least four people

At least four people were killed and 50 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vest in a crowd lining up to enter a government building, officials said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

Britain

Wording of E.U. referendum altered

The British government will change the wording of its referendum on European Union membership after the country's election watchdog said there could be a "perception of bias" in the original formulation. The new question will ask whether the country should "remain" a E.U. member or "leave."

Lebanon

Protesters take over government building

Security forces and protesters engaged in a standoff outside a ministry that was briefly taken over by activists. Protests that erupted over a failure to deal with a garbage crisis have become the most serious anti-government demonstrations in years.

Turkey

Journalists charged with aiding terror group

Three journalists for Vice News have been arrested and charged with aiding a terrorist organization, four days after they were detained while covering the conflict between Kurdish separatists and the Turkish state. They are Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, both British citizens, and their Iraqi news assistant.

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