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Japanese search US archives for WWII MIA info

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A Japanese group is combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information it hopes will lead to the graves of Americans still listed as missing in action on the Pacific island of Saipan. More>>

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Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

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Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working... More>>

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly Video included

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U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for... More>>

Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

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The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting... More>>

Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

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A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and... More>>

House approves VA health care overhaul

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The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. More>>

Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

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Israeli strikes hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City Wednesday, hours after tank shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with war refugees in the deadliest of a series of air and artillery attacks that... More>>

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

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The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to... More>>

Tunisia army chief resigns after soldier deaths

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Tunisia's Defense Ministry says the army chief of staff has resigned, citing personal reasons, following a deadly attack by militants against Tunisian soldiers. More>>

Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting

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Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister said Wednesday, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival... More>>

UN chief calls attack on Gaza school 'shameful'

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as "outrageous" and "unjustifiable," and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war... More>>

Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography. More>>

Senate reprieve for highly contested border bill

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A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer. More>>

Clashes prevent experts from reaching bodies

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Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was blown out of the sky, the remains of some passengers are feared rotting in the 90-degree (32-degree Celsius) midsummer heat, deepening the frustration of relatives... More>>

AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

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The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can... More>>

Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

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The Air Force's top civilian and uniformed leaders said Wednesday the failure to prevent a teenager from stowing away aboard a military cargo plane, apparently while on an airfield in the African nation of Mali, was a... More>>

Dissent quieted with most Israelis behind Gaza war

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Despite Israeli casualties and world criticism, a near-consensus in Israel supports the government's conduct of the Gaza war, views Hamas as the aggressor and considers outsiders' moralizing as hypocritical,... More>>

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

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European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite... More>>

Rights group: Syria using barrel bombs, defying UN

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The Syrian government is still indiscriminately bombing civilians with explosives-filled barrels in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution, an international human rights group said Wednesday. More>>

Iraq offers aid to those displaced by militants

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Wednesday his government has allocated more than $850 million to assist those displaced by last month's militant takeover of much of the country, and called on Sunnis remaining... More>>

13 killed in mosque bombings in Nigeria

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Residents say 13 people were killed and 35 injured when two mosques in northern Nigeria were bombed Tuesday night at the close of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan. More>>

Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

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Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations. More>>

Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

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Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy"... More>>

Khmer Rouge tribunal clears way for genocide trial

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A United Nations-assisted tribunal on Wednesday cleared the way to begin the genocide trial of two elderly former top leaders of Cambodia's 1970s Khmer Rouge regime. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Face of Syrian war seen in youngest

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At Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp near the border with Syria, the horror of the neighboring country's civil war can be seen in the faces of its youngest refugees. More>>

Japan practices amphibious landing in Hawaii

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Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month. The amphibious landing exercises, which are relatively new to Japan's military, come as Tokyo tries to boost its... More>>

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia Video included

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Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen... More>>

Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

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President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before... More>>

China reports deadly attack in northwest

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A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic... More>>

APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

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The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the... More>>

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia Video included

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Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks.... More>>

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed

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Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on... More>>

Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

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Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil... More>>

US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty Video included

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The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy... More>>

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

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The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health... More>>

Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

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Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the... More>>

House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

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A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. More>>

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

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Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong... More>>

House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

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House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would... More>>

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

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The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional... More>>

Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages

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Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya's capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country's... More>>

Shelling adds to mounting civilian toll in Ukraine

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Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encircle the rebel stronghold. The shelling killed at least two people, blew gaping holes in an... More>>

Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime... More>>

US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight Video included

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The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its... More>>

Lavrov and Kerry talk about Cold war-era arms deal

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Russia's Foreign Ministry says the chief diplomats from Russia and the United States have discussed the situation in Ukraine and the fulfillment of a Cold War-era arms control deal that the U.S. has accused Russia of... More>>

Nigerian militants bomb bridge, killing 8 people

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Witnesses say insurgents blew up a bridge in northern Nigeria, killing eight people, as soldiers stationed nearby fled for their lives. More>>

Suicide bomber kills Afghan president's cousin

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A powerful cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber hiding explosives in his cap on Tuesday, a provincial official said. It was the latest attack targeting Afghan power brokers... More>>

Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

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The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a... More>>

Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

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A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. More>>

Turkish PM Erdogan returning Jewish American award

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004, after the group asked for it back because of comments he made regarding the conflict in Gaza. More>>

German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

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Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home. More>>

Khmer Rouge tribunal to tackle genocide charges

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The slow course of justice for the leaders of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime will inch forward again Wednesday, as a U.N.-backed tribunal holds an initial hearing against a pair of defendants in their 80s... More>>

Ernst back from military training to Senate race

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Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for... More>>

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says

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Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave... More>>

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty Video included

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In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with... More>>

FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

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The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were... More>>

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More>>

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

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Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government... More>>

White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions Video included

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The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. More>>

Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

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Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. More>>

Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

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Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians... More>>

Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

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Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and small suitcases as shells exploded in the distance, fighting that also prevented an international police... More>>

Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

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House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration. More>>

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department... More>>

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

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The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a... More>>

Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

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Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down. More>>

Oil depot ablaze amid clashes in Libyan capital

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A fire at the oil depot for the airport in Libya's capital raged out of control Monday after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, the latest violence to plague the... More>>

In Iraq's Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

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Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the... More>>

3 female suicide bomber kill several in Nigeria

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A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said. More>>

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

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More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition... More>>

UN chief reinforces call for Gaza cease-fire

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reinforced the Security Council's call for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war on Monday and demanded that Israel and Hamas end the violence "in the name... More>>

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

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The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday. More>>

Muslims mark end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations

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Millions of Muslims across the world celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday Monday, which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. More>>

Rebels: C. African Republic ceasefire 'broken'

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A spokesman for the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic says a ceasefire has been "broken" after its fighters came under attack from the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia. More>>

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

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An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. More>>

Abu Sayyaf gunmen kill 21 Filipinos in road attack

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Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate the end of Ramadan with their families on Monday, killing 21, including at least six children, in a brazen road attack that was the bloodiest in recent... More>>

In war-struck Gaza, civilians struggle to get by

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Caught in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, Gaza's civilians are increasingly struggling to get by. There is no electricity 21 hours a day because power lines have been hit. Water taps have run dry because... More>>

Study: Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia Video included

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An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday. More>>

Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing

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By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger... More>>

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. More>>

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

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Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and... More>>

UN council agrees on demand for Gaza cease-fire

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The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it. More>>

State media: Car bomb in central Syria kills 7

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A car bomb exploded Sunday in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing at least seven people, the country's state news agency reported. More>>

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. More>>

10 Things to Know for Monday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: More>>

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

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The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up... More>>

Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria Video included

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An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. More>>

Fighting intensifies near MH17 disaster site

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Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month. More>>

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

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Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels. More>>

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

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Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he... More>>

Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

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President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week. More>>

38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east

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Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport... More>>

US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

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A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in... More>>

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

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One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. More>>

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

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The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said... More>>

Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

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A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region. More>>

Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in... More>>

Israeli Arabs caught in the middle of Gaza war

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Facing the threat of rocket fire along with the rest of Israel, residents in this central Israeli Arab town have found themselves caught in the middle between Jewish neighbors and their fellow Palestinians who are dying in... More>>

Taliban attack Afghan police chief's home

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Taliban insurgents attacked the home of a well-known provincial police chief in restive southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing a civilian and a border policeman before being shot dead by police, officials said. More>>

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

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The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. More>>

Israel says it's extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

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Hamas resumed rocket fire Saturday on Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a humanitarian cease-fire, the latest setback in international efforts to negotiate an end to the Gaza war. More>>

Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

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With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border... More>>

House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

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The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal... More>>

Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

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The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there. More>>

French minister calls on protesters to observe ban

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French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Gaza demonstration on Saturday as thousands defied a ban on the protest. More>>

Sunni politician seized in Iraq released by gunmen

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Gunmen in Iraq seized and later released a prominent Sunni politician, officials said Saturday, as confusion remained over who abducted the lawmaker. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Brief cease-fire halts Gaza war

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A brief cease-fire Saturday in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas militants allowed thousands to return home to see the destruction. More>>

North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

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North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said, adding to its unusually high number of weapons tests this year. The launch came on the eve... More>>

Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts

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Russia lashed out Saturday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant... More>>

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

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Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Aruba to hold Venezuelan official seeking immunity

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A judge in Aruba ruled Friday that the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever arrested on a U.S. warrant must remain behind bars pending an extradition request on drug-trafficking charges, prompting Venezuela to cancel... More>>

Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

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It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners. More>>

Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall Video included

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Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truce as a first step toward a broader deal and Israel's defense minister warned Israel... More>>

Veterans' response to senator's PTSD remarks mixed

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The talk in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War halls and barrooms across Montana has been about Sen. John Walsh since the Democrat linked a cribbed research project he wrote in 2007 to post-traumatic stress disorder. More>>

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

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Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. More>>

US: Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

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Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis. More>>

Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in... More>>

House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

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A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise. More>>

AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

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The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the... More>>

Teams converge on remote site to probe plane crash

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Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and... More>>

Nigeria arrests 1 connected to Kaduna bombings

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Nigerian security forces are holding one man connected to the Wednesday double bombings in the northern city of Kaduna that targeted a former head of state and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric and killed at least 44... More>>

Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with US

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In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting. More>>

What happened? The day Flight 17 was downed

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It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for... More>>

Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

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Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone. More>>

Hezbollah leader vows to support Gazans

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The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group vowed on Friday to support Palestinian militants battling Israeli troops in Gaza, even as his own fighters are bogged down in the war in neighboring Syria. More>>

In Gaza, pediatrics wing crowded with war wounded

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The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. More>>

US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

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The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism. More>>

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC Video included

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Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. More>>

Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

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Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation. More>>

Iraqi cleric urges leaders not to 'cling' to power

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Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric made a thinly veiled appeal to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down, calling upon political leaders Friday not to "cling" to their posts at the expense of political... More>>

Uganda: 9 bodies found after tribal clashes

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A Ugandan police official says nine bodies have been discovered buried under four different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a western part of the country that had tribal violence recently. More>>

Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire Video included

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Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

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Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer. More>>

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

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A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel - dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military - is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. More>>

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali Video included

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An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week. More>>

Navy secretary: Cost for newest ship will decline

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Operating costs for the U.S. Navy's newest ships will decline and "become more normal" over time, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Thursday. More>>

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

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Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the... More>>

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

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Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor... More>>

UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed Video included

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A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and... More>>

10 Things to Know for Friday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: More>>

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

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With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait... More>>

Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

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Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The... More>>

In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border Video included

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In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas' battle isn't only with Israel, even though that's the country it is firing rockets at. The militant group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border... More>>

Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

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Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed... More>>

Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals Video included

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In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table. More>>

2 attacks in Nigeria's north kills at least 12

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Two attacks in Nigeria's north killed more than a dozen people, an official and resident said Thursday, as the death toll from twin blasts that targeted a prominent politician and sheik on Wednesday rose. More>>

Ukraine accused of targeting civilians in east

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War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko's living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to... More>>

Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war Video included

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday - a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the... More>>

Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

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Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under... More>>

Gunmen kill female tourist on Kenya coast

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A female tourist was shot dead in the coastal town of Mombasa, the second foreigner shot in same area this month, police officials said Thursday. More>>

Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

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An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. More>>

2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

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Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled... More>>

Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

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Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on... More>>

Suspected Nazi guard's death a blow to prosecutors

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German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters. More>>

Norway: Terror threat against Norway

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Norway's intelligence service said Thursday it has received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria. More>>

Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

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Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts. More>>

Women charged with helping al-Qaida-linked group

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Five people, including two women in the U.S., were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said. More>>

Israeli border towns empty, adjust to new threats

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With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled. More>>

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages Video included

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The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to... More>>

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel... More>>

House, Senate advance competing border proposals

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At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled... More>>

Childhood traumas more common in military members

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Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from... More>>

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

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President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed. More>>

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

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Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an... More>>

Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

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Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago. More>>

Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

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Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill... More>>

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

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The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much... More>>

Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term... More>>

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

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When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas. More>>

UN says civilians make up most of Gaza deaths Video included

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Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45... More>>

2 bombs kill at least 39 in Kaduna, north Nigeria

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Bomb blasts appearing to target former Nigerian military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and a prominent moderate Muslim cleric killed dozens of people Wednesday, but left both leaders unharmed, according to Nigerian state security. More>>

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes Video included

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The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes. More>>

40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil Video included

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Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. More>>

Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

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Senate Republicans and Democrats insisted on Wednesday that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels. More>>

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