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Fugitive VP: Iraq violence could lead to holy war

The violence in Iraq is part of a broader Sunni Arab revolt that could lead to a holy war in the country, and is not just a rampage by Islamist militants from an al Qaeda splinter group, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi told Reuters.


Supreme Court hands a win to gun control groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal government can strictly enforce laws that ban a "straw" purchaser from buying a gun for someone else.


Ukraine president plans truce, vows to control Russia border

By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Monday he had ordered troops to regain control of the frontier with Russia to pave the way for a truce and peace talks after weeks of fighting with pro-Russian separatists. President Petro Poroshenko did not say how long the truce should last in Ukraine's east, where the rebels have risen up against central rule, but he said it could start only if the long and porous border was secure. His remarks underlined his concern that Russia is supporting the rebels by sending tanks, guns and fighters across the border, especially after the separatists shot down a military transport plane on Saturday. Russia denies the accusation.


Police ID suspect in Phoenix priest attacks

Police have arrested an ex-convict in an attack that left one priest dead and another injured at a Roman Catholic church in Phoenix, connecting forensic evidence from the crime scene with the suspect.


Arrest made in priest attacks at Phoenix church

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police on Monday said they had made an arrest in the killing of a Roman Catholic priest and the beating of a second priest at a church in the city's downtown.


Coast Guard celebrates ship in record-setting Cold War mission

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — In the midst of the Cold War, a Coast Guard ship dedicated by President Harry Truman embarked on a novel mission. The 338-foot ship had only small arms and giant balloons to hold up the antennas vital to its task.


Report: Ukraine president proposing cease-fire

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Interfax news agency is reporting that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he will this week propose a detailed peace plan, including a cease-fire with separatist rebels in the country's east.

Israel rounds up Hamas members, weighs deportation

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops on Monday rounded up dozens more senior Hamas activists and killed a Palestinian in a clash with stone throwers — part of a feverish search for three kidnapped Israeli teenagers who Israel alleges were seized by the Islamic militant group.

Iraqi Christians flee homes amid militant push

ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, then returning home when the danger eased. Now they are doing it again as Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, but this time few say they ever want to go back to their homes.

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine as tensions grow

Russia on Monday cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. The decision ...


Spokeswoman: Schumacher out of coma, leaves French hospital

PARIS/LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) - Formula One ex-champion Michael Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident in late 2013, is out of a coma and was transferred on Monday from a French to a Swiss hospital to continue rehabilitation, officials said. "Michael has left the CHU Grenoble (hospital) to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore," spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said in a statement. "For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye," Kehm said of Schumacher, who turned 45 earlier this year.


Russia to cut gas supply to Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday said it would cut off gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills.


Police: 48 killed in terror attack on Kenya town

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dozens of Somali extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street. At least 48 people were killed, officials said Monday.


Brazil cops shoot live rounds during Cup protests

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A police officer can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters Sunday near Rio de Janeiro's Maracana soccer stadium.


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