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Brilliant Bryan Habana scored a second half hat-trick to equal Jonah Lomu's record of 15 World Cup tries on Wednesday as South Africa hammered the United States 64-0 to book their quarter final place. Habana is closing on the all time Test try record of 69 held by Japan's Daisuke Ohata. The South African is now level with Wallaby hero David Campese's mark on 64.
Heavy Russian aerial bombing and cruise missile strikes launched from warships in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday provided cover for a major Syrian army ground offensive in a coordinated attack on rebels. Amid a dramatic escalation in its air war over Syria, Moscow said it was ready to establish contacts with Western-backed rebels, which the United States and its allies accuse Russia of targeting in bombing raids. Putin, who celebrated his 63rd birthday Wednesday, also announced for the first time that four Russian warships had struck IS targets with 26 cruise missiles.