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U.S. says won't unleash 'shock and awe' air campaign in Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday.

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U.S. pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola; experts say more needed

MONROVIA/WASHINGTON - The United States has pledged to send 3,000 troops West Africa, using its military muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola by building treatment clinics and training health workers to halt the spread of the deadly virus.

U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

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ECB's predicament leaves peers mute on currency depreciation

FRANKFURT/TOKYO/WASHINGTON - Attempts by the European Central Bank to weaken the euro have the potential to spark a currency war but policymakers across the world are keeping silent, knowing the ECB has scant alternatives to keep its economy afloat.

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U.S. auto regulators played key role in GM recalls, report says

WASHINGTON - Federal auto safety regulators played a significant role in General Motors Co's failure to promptly report and recall cars with defective parts that led to at least 19 deaths, a congressional report said on Tuesday.

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St. Louis grand jury term extended as it hears Ferguson evidence

- The St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month has been given an extra four months to weigh possible criminal charges against the officer, officials said on Tuesday.

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Iraqi official briefs Syria's Assad on efforts against Islamic State

BEIRUT - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, in the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq.