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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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Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

GENEVA - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, an exodus that began in March 2011 and shows no sign of abating, the United Nations said.

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No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by nine-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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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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Obama signals timing of new immigration measures in question

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he still planned to take steps on his own to improve the U.S. immigration system but that his timeline for taking action has been affected by the need to deal with a flood of migrant children from central America. | Video

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Macau to 're-elect' leader as democratic rumblings, mirroring Hong Kong, are stifled

HONG KONG - Macau chief executive Fernando Chui is widely expected to be "re-elected" on Sunday after the pro-China government stifled an unofficial referendum on democracy, taking a much harder line on the gambling hub than leaders have in neighboring Hong Kong.