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Militants Make Gains In Iraq Amid Report U.S. Rebuffed Calls For Help

Al-Qaida-linked fighters have taken Mosul and Tikrit, while Kurdish fighters have seized Kirkuk. Meanwhile, a news report says the U.S. rejected Iraqi calls for an airstrike against the militants.
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Islamist Militants Gain Ground In Northern Iraq

Sunni Islamist militants have seized control of the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit and appear to be preparing an assault on Baghdad. Americans fought and died trying to prevent that from happening.
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Hagel Defends Bergdahl Exchange Before House Panel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained why the Obama administration agreed to swap five top Taliban leaders for the release of an Army enlisted man, who willingly left his post in Afghanistan.
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Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup

The World Cup kicks off in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Thursday with the host country playing Croatia. Fans and organizers hope attention on the games will overtake the numerous problems.
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Chinese Soccer Fans Sick Over World Cup Time Difference

Need time off from work to watch soccer? If you're in China, problem solved. Online stores can provide fake doctor's notes to get you days of sick leave. In China, the daily openers begin at midnight.
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Uber's Rapid Growth Pits Innovation Against Existing Laws

The fast-growing startup is operating in more than 100 cities around the world. But Uber, which is valued at $17 billion, faces opposition from traditional taxis and regulators.
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Emirates Nixes Order For 70 Airbus A350s

The Dubai-based airline says the contract for the new planes, which was worth $16 billion, had "lapsed," but did not elaborate.
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Half A Million Iraqis Flee As Militants Move South

The militant advance in Iraq continued south as hundreds of thousands flee Mosul, a northern city which recently fell. NPR's Alice Fordham reports from northern Iraq on what the refugees and leaders are saying about the fast-moving extremist storm.
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China Signals Heavier Hand On Dissent In Hong Kong

A Beijing policy paper makes it clear that autonomy in the former British colony only goes so far, saying "many wrong views" are held by Hong Kong residents.
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Across Europe, Anti-Uber Protests Clog City Streets

Cabbies from London to Berlin are protesting the smartphone-based, on-demand car service Uber. They say Uber should be subject to the same rules as taxis; many fear they'll be driven out of business.

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