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Thousands flee tribal home

Conflict prompts mass exodus

CIA scrambles to get Iraq data

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government.

US forces move into Iraq with security mission

WASHINGTON — Nearly 300 American armed forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or special forces.

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Brazil sees rocky start to World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO — Firefighters in the World Cup city of Natal said they were concerned about some safety problems in the stadium set to host a World Cup match on Friday even as a bus strike in the city forced officials to scramble to find alternative transportation for some fans.

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US drone kills 13 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD— Missiles from U.S. drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said Thursday.

US to boost military presence in Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) —The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.

Ukraine military helicopter down; at least 12 dead

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a government military helicopter Thursday amid heavy fighting around Slovyansk, killing at least 12 soldiers including a general, officials said.

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Village protests rape, killings of Indian sisters

‘Boys will be boys,’ official says

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Sikhs push into Pakistan parliament, protest attacks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of baton-wielding Sikhs pushed past the front gate and entered the grounds of Pakistan’s parliament on Friday as they protested against recent attacks on their houses of worship.

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UN slams Vatican on sex abuse

GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations committee concluded Friday that the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a U.N. anti-torture treaty.

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13 Ukraine troops dead, over 30 wounded in attack

BLAHODATNE, Ukraine— Three days before Ukraine holds a key presidential vote, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing 13 troops in the deadliest raid yet in weeks of fighting, Ukraine’s leader said

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Thai army declares martial law

Denies any coup is in the works

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Indian opposition party heads for landslide win

NEW DELHI— Opposition leader Narendra Modi will be India’s next prime minister, winning the most decisive victory the country has seen in more than a quarter century and sweeping the long-dominant Congress party from power, partial results showed Friday.

Russian troops pull back from Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeast Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy.

Escaped girls interviewed in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The girls in the school dorm could hear the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved.

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