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Fed says economy improving; September rate hike in view

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday, leaving the door open for a possible interest rate hike when central bank policymakers next meet in September. | Video

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Islamic State claims car bomb in Yemen capital, four dead

DUBAI - A car bomb exploded outside an Ismaili mosque in Yemen's war-damaged capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing four people and wounding six, health authorities and a security source said.

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Pressed by left, Greece's Tsipras vows 'thus far and no further'

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, struggling to contain a revolt in his left-wing Syriza party, said on Wednesday that his government would not implement reform measures beyond those agreed with lenders at a euro zone summit this month. | Video

TSA chief vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

WASHINGTON - The new leader of the Transportation Security Administration said on Wednesday his top priority would be to close security gaps at airport checkpoints where an internal report showed 96 percent of undercover tests failed.

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Special Report: Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions

KIEV - From a basement billiard club in central Kiev, Dmytro Korchynsky commands a volunteer battalion helping Ukraine's government fight rebels in the east. A burly man with a long, Cossack-style moustache, Korchynsky has several hundred armed men at his disposal. The exact number, he said, is "classified."

Israel approves new homes in settlement after demolishing two buildings

JERUSALEM - Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocks in the same enclave. | Video

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Eric Garner grand jury minutes to stay private, New York court rules

NEW YORK - A New York state court on Wednesday declined to release details of a grand jury investigation that led to a police officer being cleared of wrongdoing in the death of Eric Garner after his chokehold arrest in Staten Island in July last year.

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Too early to say if debris in Reunion is from MH370 flight: police

PARIS - Debris that is probably from a plane has washed up on Reunion island off the east coast of Africa, but it is premature to suggest that it might be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, a local official told Reuters on Wednesday.