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Kerry Seeks Iraq's Support On Move Against Islamic State

The secretary of state's visit to Baghdad comes ahead of President Obama's speech tonight to outline a plan to combat the militant group.
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German Waiter Trained To Carry 27 Beer Steins

Oliver Struempfel set a reputed world record for carrying beer. Video shows him pressing the 27 steins together in one great two-tiered mass.
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Every Briton Will Be Affected If Scots Secede, British Journalist Says

A referendum will be held next week on whether Scotland should break away from the U.K. Steve Inskeep talks to British journalist Jonathan Freedland about why he doesn't want Scotland to leave.
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Shakey Cease-Fire Manages To Hold In Ukraine

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is largely holding, but the mood in the capital Kiev is cautious. Each side accuses the other of sporadic shelling.
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Google Sets Out To Repair Its Image In Europe

Google is the latest in a string of American technology companies that has run into roadblocks in Europe. Steve Inskeep learns more from Danny Hakim of The New York Times.
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Dogged By Controversy, A Jewish Sect Is On The Move Again

Members of Lev Tahor left Canada with trail of allegations of child abuse. Then leaders of the Guatemalan village where they settled asked them to leave. The sect is again looking for a new home.
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Rep. Jackie Speier: 'Imperative' To Have A Coalition In Taking On ISIS

Robert Siegel talks with California Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier about Tuesday's briefing by the House Armed Services Committee on the administration's strategy regarding ISIS. Speier was one of the House members who signed a letter this summer calling on President Obama to consult Congress before taking military action in Syria. She has also supported the use of airstrikes and drones to restore stability in Iraq.
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Lawmakers Want Vote On Obama's ISIS Response

Congressional leaders met with President Obama on Tuesday, ahead of his speech on the Islamic State terrorist group.
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In Liberia's Hard-Hit Lofa County, Ebola Continues To Take A Toll

The farming town of Barkedu accounts for a fifth of Liberia's Ebola deaths. Residents have revved up anti-Ebola efforts. But the virus has swept away entire families, and there's no end in sight.
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Behind Every Good Whisky Is A Trusty Distillery Cat

Whisky requires grain, which attracts mice and birds, which is why we have distillery cats. These days, though, public relations is also a key part of the job.

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