10 things you need to know today: September 29, 2015

Obama and Putin clash over Syria at the U.N., NASA announces evidence of water on Mars, and more

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1. Obama and Putin clash over Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed openly Monday over Syria before they held what Putin called "frank talks" on the Syrian civil war during the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Obama said in a speech that Russia's support of the government in Syria was harmful to "democratic principles and human rights." Putin said the West's efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a violation of international law and "an enormous mistake," because his army can defeat the Islamic State.

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