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By David Lawder and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a two-year budget deal negotiated behind closed doors, indicating that this normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight. Representative Tom Cole told reporters that a majority of his fellow House Republicans will vote for the budget deal, which would replace some of the indiscriminate across-the-board agency spending cuts that are scheduled for the next two years. "A lot of support was expressed for it" during a closed meeting of House Republicans, Cole told reporters. The plan announced late on Tuesday by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, a Democrat, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Republican, marked a shift away from three years of budget standoffs.
The United States and Britain suspended non-lethal aid to rebel-held parts of northern Syria on Wednesday, a day after Islamists overran a border crossing in the snow-swept region near Turkey. Gulf Arab states meeting in Kuwait demanded foreign militias withdraw from Syria and said President Bashar al-Assad must have no future role, in a declaration his regime denounced as meddling. The US and British decision to suspend non-lethal aid to the opposition in northern Syria came after Islamist rebels seized the Bab al-Hawa border crossing and key bases from the mainstream Free Syrian Army. "Because of the current situation, the United States has suspended deliveries of non-lethal assistance into northern Syria."