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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

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Ebola could drain billions of dollars from African economies: World Bank

WASHINGTON - The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars from economies in West Africa by the end of next year if the epidemic is not contained, the World Bank said in an analysis on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: U.S. considering options if oil export ban challenged

WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are concerned about the legality of a ban on oil exports and have begun discussing how to deal with potential challenges from nations that want to buy U.S. crude, two sources said.

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Nearly 50 dead in Syria air strikes on central province: monitor

BEIRUT - At least 48 people including rebel fighters have been killed in Syrian government air bombardments around a town in the central province of Homs, a monitoring group said on Wednesday. | Video

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IPhone emerges from 'bygone era', reviewers hail bigger handset

- Bigger is better and Apple Inc has finally realized that and given iPhone users a product that may be low on novelty but high on improvements, reviewers wrote.

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Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

LOS ANGELES - Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. | Video

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U.S. airstrikes boost Islamic State, more hostages possible: FBI

WASHINGTON - Support for Islamic State increased after U.S. airstrikes began in Iraq and the militant group may take more hostages to try to force concessions from Washington, the FBI director told Congress on Wednesday.