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Ukrainian President Thanks Congress For Supporting Freedom

Petro Poroshenko called Russia's annexation of Crimea a "cynical act of treachery." He is in the U.S. meeting with President Obama and others to lobby for increased aid to fight insurgents.
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Islamic State Seizes Villages; Australia Says It Foiled Beheading Plot

The Islamist rebels also known as ISIS or ISIL reportedly captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre of civilians.
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Scotland's Historic Decision: Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

Scots went to the polls to vote in a referendum that will decide whether they remain with the United Kingdom or end a 300-year-old union.
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Most Of D.C. Region's Lawmakers Back Plan To Arm Syrian Rebels

The House has passed a bill that authorizes the arming of moderate rebel groups in Syria — it's a vote that most, though not all, local lawmakers supported.

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Iranian Official Shares Little About Detained U.S. Reporter

On July 22, Tehran-based Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian was detained by Iranian authorities. Steve Inskeep talks to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif about the case.
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Scottish Voters Cast Ballots On Whether To Cut Ties To U.K.

Voting is underway in Scotland on a referendum that will decide if the country becomes independent. British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised Scotland more autonomy if it stays in the union.
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Kerry Briefs Skeptic Senators On Coalition Plans Against ISIS

President Obama says more than 40 countries are joining together to fight the Islamic State militants. Secretary of State John Kerry has returned from a trip to try to put together a coalition.
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ISIS Militants Found To Have American-Made Weapons

Audie Cornish talks to Shawn Harris of Conflict Arms Research about how the Islamic State militants acquire weapons. Harris embedded with Kurdish troops in order to trace weapons from the battlefield.
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Teen Voters Could Sway Outcome Of Scotland's Independence Vote

Voters go to the polls on Thursday to decide whether to remain part of the United Kingdom. For the first time in U.K. history, 16 and 17 year olds are being allowed to take part in the referendum.
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Doctor Says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has 'Rare ... Difficult' Cancer

The mayor, who made international news after he admitted to smoking crack, dropped out of the mayoral race last week. Ford's doctor said he was "optimistic."

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