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Democrats scour records for provocative comments

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the nation's midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders imploding with their own politically off-key statements.

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank clashes: family

A Palestinian was killed by the Israeli army in a clash near the southern West Bank city of Hebron early on Monday, his family said. Relatives identified him as Munir Ahmed Badarin, in his early twenties. They said he was shot near Al-Samua in the southernmost part of the West Bank, and died later in hospital. An army spokeswoman said earlier that troops in the West Bank had arrested 23 Palestinians overnight as part of their ongoing campaign to hunt down those who kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers last month.

Iraqi Kurdish leader in Turkey amid independence moves

The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region will meet Turkish leaders on Monday as Ankara keeps a close eye on moves for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan amid the chaos in its conflict-torn neighbour. Massud Barzani is due to meet President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara in separate meetings from 1100 GMT. The visit comes as lightening gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) -- formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) -- in Iraq have alarmed countries in the region and sparked calls for Kurdish autonomy to counter the radical Islamist threat. In an interview this month, Barzani said Iraq's Kurds would hold an independence referendum within months, adding that the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively divided by IS's actions in Iraq.

Russia deputy PM tells Farnborough staff to 'go home' over snub

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Monday told the Russian delegation at the Farnborough air show to go home after being snubbed by the British government over the Ukraine conflict. Britain also said that it would remove Russia from the list of countries eligible to buy British planes "in order to discourage Russian attendance." The Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) is a key biennial show, to which Russia usually sends a sizeable contingent as it seeks foreign sales. Sergei Kornev, head of the department for sales of military aviation of Russia's arms exports agency, Rosoboronexport, told Russian news agencies on Monday that "the lack of British visas for a significant number of the Russian delegation is an unhealthy sign of unfair competition and weakness."

Is the Summer Blockbuster Dead?

It’s been the worst summer at the box office in years, and no man in tights or robot-fighting action hero has been able to save it. Do audiences still care about things that go boom?

Arab League to meet on Israel's Gaza offensive

Arab League foreign ministers will meet in Cairo later Monday to discuss Israel's deadly offensive against the Gaza Strip, aimed at countering militant rocket attacks. The Arab League meeting comes amid intense international efforts to end the conflict, and with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas seeking UN intervention. An Egyptian foreign ministry statement late on Sunday said Monday's meeting, due to begin at 1900 GMT, "is aimed at finding a solution to stop the shedding of Palestinian civilians' blood and to formulate a common Arab stance on the issue". So far, efforts to broker a ceasefire have been unsuccessful, with Cairo taking a hands-off approach.

Iraq militants renew town assault after offer rejected

Militants on Monday assaulted the final area of the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah still outside their control, after tribesmen rejected an offer to let them enter uncontested, an official said. Jihadist-led militants launched a major offensive on June 9 that has overrun large areas north and west of Baghdad, and appear to be making a renewed push to gain ground after a period in which battle lines were relatively static. The militants began their attack on Dhuluiyah, just 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Baghdad, on Sunday and have overrun most of the town, local official Marwan Mitaab said. The militants negotiated with tribesmen in Al-Jubur, a lone area of the town still holding out, offering to spare the lives of their fighters and security forces if they surrendered, Mitaab said.

Booted spy crisis puts White House, CIA ties under strain

Germany’s dramatic decision to expel the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin has put fresh strain on the frequently fraught relationship between American spies and the policymakers who rely on – and sometimes clash with – the nation’s cloak-and-dagger operatives.

Sex Talk With Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel

The stars of the R-rated sex comedy ‘Sex Tape’ discuss everything from sex tapes to staying in shape and period-tracking apps. [Warning: NSFW]

Moscow 'considering targeted strikes' on Ukraine

Moscow is considering targeted strikes against Ukraine after a shell reportedly crossed the border and killed a Russian civilian, the Kommersant daily reported Monday, citing a source close to the Kremlin. The respected daily quoted a source as saying that Moscow was considering the possibility of "targeted retaliatory strikes" against Ukraine, where escalating clashes between pro-Moscow rebels and government troops threatened to spiral into an all-out civil war over the weekend. "Our patience is not limitless," the source was quoted as saying, adding that Russia "knows exactly where they (Ukrainians) are firing from." The source said that Russia was not considering any large-scale action, but only targeted one-off strikes on positions from which fire is directed at Russian territory.

Democrats get help from Massachusetts Sen. Warren

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraiser and campaign powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Kerry, top Iranian diplomat to hold in-depth talks

VIENNA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will hold in-depth discussions Monday with Iran's top diplomat in a bid to advance faltering nuclear negotiations, with a deadline just days away for a comprehensive agreement.

Key findings in AP nuclear missile corps probe

Over the past year, The Associated Press has documented evidence of security problems, low morale and other troubles in the nation's nuclear missile corps. In response, the Air Force is now undertaking a series of management changes.

As 'fresh eyes,' James targeted nuke missile ills

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago she had no inkling a nuclear crisis was brewing. But once it erupted in the form of exam-cheating by dozens of missile launch officers, she quickly announced conclusions that no Air Force leader before her had dared state publicly.

Vampires without Glitter & Girl Problems

The infected have worms writhing under their skin and vicious stingers waiting to shoot out of their mouths at the slightest whiff of hemoglobin. ‘The Strain’ isn't 'Twilight.'

Jolie to visit Nauru to check refugee facilities

Hollywood star and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation to visit the small island of Nauru where Australia sends asylum-seekers for processing and resettlement, the government said Monday. Jolie, a UN goodwill ambassador, was invited by the Pacific island nation's President Baron Waqa when they met at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence Against Women in Conflict in London. "The government of Nauru can confirm that Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation by President Baron Waqa to visit our nation," a government spokeswoman told AFP.

Link-up between Yemen and Syria Islamists of 'extreme concern': US

US Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday that intelligence suggesting bomb makers from Yemen have teamed up with militants in Syria was "more frightening than anything" he had seen before. In an interview with ABC television's "This Week," Holder called the alleged cooperation between expert bomb-makers in Yemen and jihadists fighting in Syria's civil war a "deadly combination." ABC News, citing unidentified sources, said US intelligence suspects Yemeni bomb makers in Syria have designed an explosive device small enough to fit in a laptop computer. Holder expressed "great concern" about the influx of Europeans and Americans into Syria to fight and the "potential impact" they could have back in their home countries.

UN has 'moral responsibility' to tackle Haiti cholera: Ban

The United Nations has a "moral responsibility" to help impoverished Haiti end a devastating cholera outbreak some blame on peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. Ban spoke to The Miami Herald ahead of a visit to the Caribbean nation due to begin Monday during which he is set to visit families affected by cholera. The United Nations has so far denied any responsibility over the outbreak that has killed more than 8,000 people and infected more than 700,000.