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British public sector workers strike over "poverty pay"

LONDON - Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers including teachers, council workers and firefighters staged a 24-hour pay strike on Thursday in a stoppage that has prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to pledge a crackdown on union powers.

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Texas man charged with capital murder for shooting dead six

SPRING Texas - A Texas man was charged with capital murder on Thursday after appearing at the house of his estranged wife's relatives disguised as a FedEx driver and gunning down a married couple and four of their children, authorities said. | Video

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China, U.S. to boost security ties, but no breakthroughs

BEIJING - China and the United States agreed on Thursday to boost military ties and counter-terrorism cooperation during high-level annual talks in Beijing, but there was little immediate sign of progress on thorny cyber-security or maritime issues.

China, World 8:46am EDT

Kerry faces uphill battle to defuse Afghan election standoff

KABUL - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive to a sceptical audience in Afghanistan this week to try to resolve a deepening crisis over a disputed presidential election which has stirred ethnic tensions in the fragile country.

World, Afghanistan 8:52am EDT

Seized nuclear material in Iraq 'low grade': U.N. agency

VIENNA - The U.N. atomic agency said on Thursday it believed nuclear material which Iraq said had fallen into the hands of insurgents was "low grade" and did not pose a significant security risk.

World, United Nations, Iraq 12:19pm EDT
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Lawmakers eye U.S. immigration law changes for Central American children

WASHINGTON - Legislation to allow President Barack Obama more easily to deport thousands of Central American children who have migrated illegally appeared to gain steam in the U.S. Congress on Thursday as pressure grew to resolve a humanitarian crisis on the border.