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Kasich, Christie make the cut for prime-time Republican debate

WASHINGTON - Republican Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich on Tuesday grabbed the last spots on stage next to front-runner Donald Trump and seven others in the first prime-time presidential debate, winning a potentially valuable head start in exposure.

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U.S. factory orders rebound on strong demand for aircraft

WASHINGTON - New orders for U.S. factory goods rebounded strongly in June on robust demand for transportation equipment and other goods, a hopeful sign for the struggling manufacturing sector.

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Drugmaker Shire bids $30 billion for Baxter spin-off Baxalta

LONDON - Drugmaker Shire said on Tuesday it was seeking to buy Baxalta , a company spun-off by Baxter International last month, for $30 billion to forge the leading global specialist in rare diseases.

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Pfizer wins EU approval for $15 billion Hospira buy

BRUSSELS - U.S. drugmaker Pfizer gained European Union antitrust approval on Tuesday for its proposed $15 billion acquisition of U.S. rival Hospira after pledging to sell some drugs to allay competition concerns.

Syria foreign minister in Tehran for talks with Iran, Russia

DUBAI - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with officials from allies Iran and Russia that are expected to focus on efforts to end the civil war in his country.

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Anti-Houthi fighters score more gains in south Yemen

ADEN - Fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed president seized about 10 southern villages from Houthi forces on Tuesday, pursuing their offensive a day after capturing the country's biggest air base, residents and loyalist sources said.

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