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Iraq's al-Maliki signals his intent to stay in job

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's embattled prime minister vowed Friday to fight until the Islamic militants who have overrun much of the country are defeated, suggesting he won't step down despite pressure for him to do so.


Italy not fingerprinting many migrants despite law

MILAN (AP) — Every day, boatloads of refugees arrive on Italian shores. European Union law requires Italy to fingerprint them, so that if they apply for asylum in another country they can be sent back to their port of entry. Instead, Italy is letting thousands of migrants slip quietly into northern Europe, with no record of their time in Italy.


Ukraine: Russia lets rebels attack from its side

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is letting separatist rebels use its territory to attack Ukrainian border posts, a top security official charged Friday as clashes in southeastern Ukraine killed nine more government troops.


France: Mom kills kindergarten teacher in class

PARIS (AP) — The mother of a pupil at a French pre-school stabbed a teacher to death in front of her class Friday, the last day of the school year, authorities said.


Ukraine: Rebels attack from both sides of border

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops have recaptured more than a dozen eastern villages from pro-Russia separatists but Russia is allowing the rebels to attack Ukrainian border posts from its territory, a top security official said Friday.


Arthur hits NC coast just before July 4 holiday

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — Hurricane Arthur began moving offshore and away from North Carolina's Outer Banks early Friday after hitting the state's barrier islands overnight, creating a Fourth of July holiday that saw flooding and tens of thousands of power outages.

Report: German intel worker allegedly spied for US

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Friday that she had been informed of the arrest of a German man who, according to media reports, is an intelligence service employee accused of spying for the United States.


Clashes in Jerusalem for Palestinian funeral

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police clashed with hundreds of Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem on Friday as an Arab teenager, who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists, was brought to rest in the neighborhood where he lived.


Indian nurses trapped in Iraq are safe

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 40 Indian nurses who were trapped by in territory captured by Islamic militants who have overrun much of Iraq in recent weeks are safe and will fly home this week, an Indian official said Friday.


Ex-editor Coulson gets 18 months for hacking

LONDON (AP) — Andy Coulson went from the editor's office at Britain's best-selling newspaper to the corridors of 10 Downing St. as Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief. On Friday, he went to prison for conspiring to hack phones.


Amid positive jobs numbers, politicians hedge bets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top jobs numbers for June would have seemed to be cause for some appreciation. After all, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent, the lowest in six years, and hiring showed five months of steady growth.


Report: German intel worker suspected of U.S. spying

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Friday that she had been informed of the arrest of a German man who, according to media reports, is an intelligence service employee accused of spying for the United States.


Rebel leader Kony "hibernates,"evades jungle hunt

NZACKO, Central African Republic (AP) — The African troops hoped the latest defector from the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group would have fresh insight into the location of infamous warlord Joseph Kony.


Obama to pitch immigration at citizenship ceremony

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to highlight a positive side of the immigration debate by presiding over an Independence Day citizenship ceremony for service members who signed up to defend the U.S. even though they weren't American citizens.


U.S. grounds entire F-35 fleet pending engine inspections

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had grounded the entire fleet of 97 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets until completion of additional inspections of the warplane's single engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. The Pentagon's F-35 program office, Air Force and Navy issued directives on Thursday ordering the suspension of all F-35 flights after a June 23 fire on an Air Force F-35A jet at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The Pentagon said U.S. and industry officials had not pinpointed the cause of the fire, which occurred as a pilot was preparing for takeoff.

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