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U.S. labor market shows some muscle despite slower job growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. job growth slowed in August, but the unemployment rate dropped to a near 7-1/2-year low and wages accelerated, keeping alive prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this month. | Video

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Exclusive: U.S. pressed Guatemala's Perez to back corruption probes that toppled him

GUATEMALA CITY - In a series of meetings that began early this year, the U.S. government pressured Guatemala's then-President Otto Perez to rid his administration of corrupt officials and to renew the mandate of a U.N. Commission charged with investigating corruption in Guatemala, according to officials with direct knowledge of the talks.

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Eight policemen killed in Tajikistan, U.S. embassy shut

MOSCOW - Eight policemen were killed in Tajikistan on Friday in attacks the authorities in the Central Asian nation blamed on gunmen loyal to the country's own deputy defense minister.

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Kentucky clerk's office ends ban on same-sex marriage licenses

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A county clerk's office in rural Kentucky issued marriage licenses to two gay couples on Friday morning after defying a U.S. district judge's orders for months. | Video

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After troop cuts, China military warns reforms will be hard

BEIJING - China's military reforms will be difficult and risky as they require a fundamental change in thinking and could affect special interest groups, the armed forces official paper said on Friday following the announcement of a 300,000 troop cut.

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China's Xi lauds Czechs, only Western leader at war parade

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday lauded the contribution of the Czech people during World War Two in a meeting with the country's head of state, the only Western leader to attend a massive military parade in Beijing this week.

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Gunman kills one student, wounds two others at Sacramento college

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - One student was killed and two others injured after a fistfight at a Sacramento community college escalated into a shooting, a school official and police said, but classes were to be held as normal on Friday. | Video