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Gun Control Measures Expected to Win in Four U.S. States

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Nov 8  – Gun control-related ballot measures in four states are expected to pass on Tuesday, opinion polls show, after gun safety advocates poured a massive amount of money into backing the initiatives. In Maine and Nevada, residents will vote on whether to mandate universal background checks for firearm sales,

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Amid Scandal, Bluster and Insults, Trump Closes in on White House

By Bill Trott WASHINGTON – Supercharging the bluster, hyperbole and media mastery that made him one of the world’s best-known businessmen, Donald Trump upended U.S. democratic traditions on a 17-month quest he hopes will lead to the White House. From his grand Trump Tower escalator entrance into the Republican presidential race on June 16, 2015,

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U.S. Warns About Possible Al Qaeda Attacks in Virginia, Texas, NY

By David Ingram NEW YORK, Nov 4 – Federal officials have warned New York City authorities about possible attacks by the al Qaeda militant group around Election Day, putting local law enforcement on alert the weekend before Tuesday’s vote, officials said on Friday. Both the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority of

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U.S. Says to Launch Campaign on Raqqa Before Mosul Complete

By Phil Stewart and Marine Pennetier PARIS, Oct 26 – The United States on Tuesday made its strongest indication yet that the battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh could be fast approaching, saying it would “overlap” with an already unfolding assault in Iraq to seize the city of Mosul. Defense Secretary

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Refugee From Iraq Pleads Guilty in U.S. to Attempting to Join Daesh

By Alex Dobuzinskis Oct 18 – An Iraqi-born man who entered the United States as a refugee pleaded guilty on Monday in Texas to attempting to volunteer to fight with Daesh, federal prosecutors said. Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, 24, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Houston to one count of attempting to provide material

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US Broadens Syria Talks After Failure of Truce Deal with Russia

By Marina Depetris and Alexander Winning LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 15 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will return to Syria talks on Saturday, three weeks after the failure of their painstakingly drafted ceasefire that many saw as the last hope for peace this year. Kerry has pointedly avoided

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Putin Ally Tells Americans: Vote Trump or Face Nuclear War

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Oct 13 – Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin who likes to compare himself to the U.S. Republican candidate. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery

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Police Issue Warning as Creepy Clown Craze Comes to Britain

LONDON, Oct 12 – British police have issued warnings after a spate of creepy clown sightings across the country, mimicking a prank that began in the United States and has spread across the world. Police forces said they had received dozens of reports of “killer clown” sightings in the last week where individuals dressed in

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Dozens of Afghan Troops Missing from Military Training in U.S.

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Oct 6 – Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said. Although the number of disappearances is relatively small — some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military

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U.S. Sept. 11 Law Weakens International Relations, Saudi Cabinet Says

DUBAI, Oct 3 – Saudi Arabia said on Monday that a U.S. law allowing citizens to sue the kingdom over the Sept. 11 2001 attacks represented a threat to international relations and urged Congress to act to prevent any dangerous consequences from the new legislation. The cabinet, at its weekly meeting in the capital Riyadh,

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