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US special forces face complex challenge in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. teams of special forces going into Iraq after a three-year gap will face an aggressive insurgency, a splintering military and a precarious political situation as they help Iraqi security forces improve their ability to battle Sunni militants.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Stocks inch up after strong housing, consumer data

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes moved higher in midday trading Tuesday as investors worked through a handful of positive economic reports. Homebuilder stocks rose sharply after the government reported sales of new homes rose in May to the highest level in six years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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US: Looking at all options in immigration surge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congress on Tuesday he would consider every conceivable, lawful option to deal with a continuing flood of immigrants crossing the U.S. border illegally in South Texas.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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60 females, 31 boys abducted in northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys in weekend attacks on villages in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday, another sign of the Nigerian military's failure to curb an Islamic uprising.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Egypt president refuses pardon for journalists

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday rejected calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were handed heavy prison terms a day earlier in a court ruling that raised international outrage.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Kurdish leader cites 'new reality' in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has already created "a new reality and a new Iraq," signaling that the U.S. faces major difficulties in its efforts to promote unity among the country's divided factions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Kerry confronts threat of new war in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Confronting the threat of civil war in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Baghdad on Monday to personally urge the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014

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Justices rap EPA, but uphold global warming rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court largely left intact Monday the Obama administration's only existing program to limit power plant and factory emissions of the gases blamed for global warming. But a divided court also rebuked environmental regulators for taking too much authority into their own hands without congressional approval.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014

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