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U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

UNITED NATIONS - Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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U.S. banking group says unaware of any 'significant' cyber attack

BOSTON - An influential U.S. financial services industry group that shares information about cyber threats has said it is unaware of any "significant" cyber attacks, downplaying concerns about possible breaches at JPMorgan Chase & Co and other banks. | Video

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Turkey's Erdogan sworn in as president, consolidates power

ANKARA - Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times, in a step opponents fear heralds more authoritarian rule and widening religious influence in public life. | Video

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Exclusive: U.S. may use secrets act to stop suit against Iran sanctions group

NEW YORK - The U.S. government is considering using a powerful national security law to halt a private lawsuit against a non-profit group, United Against A Nuclear Iran, according to a source familiar with the case.

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No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by 9-year-old girl

WHITE HILLS Ariz. - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident."

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Japan defense budget request highest ever as Abe boosts military

TOKYO - Japan's defense planners are seeking its biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year, including a bulk order of patrol planes and a stealthier submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military in the face of a territorial spat with China and North Korea's nuclear program.