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Republicans Christie, Fiorina dropping White House bids

WASHINGTON New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business executive Carly Fiorina are ending their campaigns for the 2016 Republican nomination, narrowing the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump for the right to compete in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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Despite carbon ruling, White House says U.S. can meet climate deal goals

WASHINGTON The White House promised on Wednesday that it would be able to uphold U.S. commitments to an international climate change agreement, as a court ruling heightened concerns about the stability of the global carbon reduction pact reached last year.

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks

LONDON/ONCUPINAR, Turkey Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington ahead of a new round of peace talks this week.

BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler recall vehicles in U.S. with Takata air bags

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON The three largest German automakers said they will recall 2.5 million vehicles in the United States equipped with Takata Corp air bags, the latest moves in a long-running safety crisis involving the Japanese automotive supplier. | Video

Exclusive: U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official

NEW DELHI The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

North Korea executes army chief of staff: South Korean media

SEOUL North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.

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In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls for improved tone in U.S. politics

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. President Barack Obama paid a nostalgic visit on Wednesday to the place that launched his political career and made a renewed call for better relations between Republicans and Democrats to create a more positive tone in U.S. politics.

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U.N. Security Council members push Russia to stop Aleppo bombing

UNITED NATIONS Several United Nations Security Council members pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Syria's Aleppo in support of a Syrian military offensive and allow humanitarian access ahead of a crucial meeting of major powers in Germany on the conflict. | Video